Hand-Foot Connection Online Video Trailer

by admin on 2010/10/28

Author: Chen Zhonghua     Length: 60 minutes     Language: English     Chapters: 1     Year: 2010     Location: Edmonton
In 60 minutes, Master Chen Zhonghua clearly demonstrated the hand-foot relationships in every move of the entire Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Yilu routine. Demonstrating the principles of stick energy to push, and rope energy to pull.

Hand-Foot Connection Online Video
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Allan Belsheim October 29, 2010 at 6:50 am

This video is a must have item. It clearly shows for all the moves in the form the necessary Hand and Foot connections to achieve alignment and to make your Taiji an internal martial art. Great examples showing ligament versus bone usage. A huge depth of knowledge is revealed for all levels of practitioner. An excellent companion piece for the Energy Alignment series.


Allan Belsheim October 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

This video is such an excellent source for explaining what other instructor’s can’t explain. Master Chen has again revealed his great depth of knowledge and shares it with us. A must have video!


James Chan October 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Great demonstration of gears, rotation, leverage, displacement, separation and connection. I see them in Master Chen’s movement.


greadore October 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Very good video. I have learned Yang style and another Chen style in the past and will try and learn the Practical Method Yilu from the resource material you have available. This really helped explain the concept of double weighting which I was never clear about. The concept of pivot points was enlightening as well. The Practical Method really makes sense to me and I am so glad I have found your site and thank you for being so open to sharing your information.


Chen Zhonghua October 31, 2010 at 1:06 am

Hong’s own writing on Double Heavy will give you a clear idea.


Xavier Santiago November 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Another valuable mini-lesson by Shifu Chen Zhonghua. In my personal training, one of the concepts that has given me the most difficulty in putting to practice is how to connect the hand to the foot. I previously tried it in many ways but found that I was actually causing the opposite effect and would end up using upper body power in my practice. This video’s simple format has allowed me to see clearly where I was wrong and how to fix my circles in order to have true lower body power with the hand/foot connection. I highly recommend this video lesson.


chenstylejohn November 8, 2010 at 6:19 am

Really very helpful to see his use of the kua & how he switches power to one side or the other! Clearly demonstrated, useful analogies, helpful discussion…
Overall a fantastic video (not recommended for the beginner). Thank you Master Chen!


Michael Winkler December 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Again, this is a very valuable video! When already learned the coreograohy of the yilu, with this video one can go through the whole form again, following Master Chen’s clear instructions according to the connection of hand and foot.

Following these instructions I have the feeling to gain lots of more content into my yilu. I’m really looking forward to see Master Chen the next time for hands on instructions, and meanwhile I just feel perfect support through these videos (I did also appreciate “Yilu-Detailled Instructions”, “Energy Alignment”, the “Tossing Online Video” and much more of all the online videos).

One can get a very good and close idea what and how to train with this video.

Thanks to Master Chen “Josef” Zhonghua very much for all this support!


bh7pea March 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Do you have Chinese subtitles for this video? I want to buy this video but cannot understand the language.


Chen Zhonghua March 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Sorry we don’t have Chinese subtitiles for this videos. We are planning to make videos in Chinese language in the summer of 2012.


bruce.schaub March 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

Fantastic video!!! Thank you Master Chen. This clearly shows how to utilize the lines established between hand and foot to generate Taiji power….and how important our attention to them really are. The step by step guidance through the Yilu of where all those connections should be generated seems so absolutely essential. Not to mention all the other important pieces of information on switching using kua, anchor points and anchor lines, the track, etc. Really incredible how much great taiji instruction is packed into this 1 hour lesson!


gigi June 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

That stretch is felt in the fingers doing yilu?
And is it possilile to strech only the forearm and feel the stretch
in the fingers thinking (wrong ) that everything is streched?


lrkays June 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Wow, what a gem. Almost passed this by thinking it would be to basic, this video is a classic and belongs in everyone’s library. Thank you Master Chen for sharing your knowledge.


chenstylejohn October 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Wonderful, thank you!
As usual, Master Chen’s use of tools and down-to-Earth style of explanation makes these difficult subjects much easier to grasp.
Highly recommended!


charlie wishon July 15, 2014 at 6:57 am

Awesome lesson. Further discourse on understanding tai ji principles. A great compliment to the energy alignment series, and yilu detailed instruction . A must have ! Thankyou Master Chen Zhonghua 🙂


Samvanity May 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Thanks Master Chen. This is a very important video, especially important for beginners. Getting the Waist-Kua movements correct is vital. The movements are nearly invisible to the naked eyes. If you don’t get the Waist-Kua movements right you’ll be tossing all the way from beginning to finish in your Yilu practice. And it’s nearly impossible to get right without watching this video.

I’ve purchased many videos and this one is ranked top in terms of importance.


vincent den hengst May 15, 2020 at 9:53 am

Absolutey fundamental explanations of the hand – foot connection for yilu. Good base for understanding of having power through my overal structure and the unbroken connections between my hand and feet (which are making way more sense to me now).

This video forms a complete and clear instructional set of how to connect hands to feet on in every yilu 81 move and to make sure the connection can never be broken. It makes a great combination with the four video Energy Alignment series.


Vicent den hengst May 18, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Master Chen relates the 0 – 1 computer principle to the two main actions with regard to the hand foot connection around 10minutes from start. A highly recommendable purchase!!!


Mark Hanley May 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm

This video was excellent
Starting from 7:39 Master Chen is talking about hand-out in the positive circle, He indicates that the shoulder and dantien squeeze into the line to help moving hand -out. These are both large areas. I cannot move squeeze the back shoulder without moving my body, I can squeeze starting from the back pectoral I can achieve the squeeze without moving is this ok? Master Chen also said the the dantien area is the other part of the squeeze would this be more from the front half of the body?

Master Chen suggests both variations of these moves in positive are throughout the form. Am I correct to say the squeeze is in every move that has a line between the back foot and opposite front hand?


Kelvin Ho May 26, 2020 at 11:21 pm

What Master Chen described in the video was the guiding concept. You may have a top triangle and a bottom triangle sharing two points and one side. The shared side is the line connecting the two points. The two points in this example will be the front hand and the rear foot. You can squeeze the top triangle down while you squeeze the bottom triangle up. Since the rear foot can’t go anywhere, the energy is squeezed to the front hand. What you can do today is what you can do at this point. As long as it follows the guiding concept, it is ok and you will get better at it over time.

> Am I correct to say the squeeze is in every move that has a line between the back foot and opposite front hand?
Yes, and it’s more than that. It’s the same for any three points you want to make for the triangle. Please see:


Mark Hanley May 27, 2020 at 4:47 am

Thanks Kelvin


Vincent Den Hengst January 6, 2021 at 11:31 am

You want to get more insight on amplifying your power? This incredibly valuable video stacked with very clear explanations will provide direct results!


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