“Basic Foundations 2013” Online Video Trailer

by Shopmaster on 2014/03/04

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 47 mins  Difficulty: 1/5  Language: English  
Year: 2013  Location: Australia  

Basic Foundations 2013
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1. Beginning
2. Positive circle part one
3. Positive circle part two
4. Positive circle part three
5. Positive circle part four
6. Double positive circle
7. Double positive circle moving step (Big Red Fist)
8. Negative circle
9. Double negative circle
10. Positive-negative circle (Pole shaking)
11. Fetch water
12. Six sealing and four closing
13. Full Yilu demonstration in Perth.

Basic Foundation Video 2009 can be found here.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

May Chen March 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm

This video is absolutely a MUST! It explains very clearly and in detail for each basic foundation eg fetch-water, it’s alignment in question, and how much/far does each part (kua, waist, shoulder) stretches/rotates! I am now left with no delusion/confusion as to the requirements of the basic foundations! Thank you, Master Chen again for such clarity!My humblest appreciation!


bruce.schaub March 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

Excellent! Very helpful, thank you Master Chen!


Andre March 5, 2014 at 11:16 am

This is a great improvement over the 2009 one, but they forgot about twisting the towel.
Beyond that though there is a great deal of time is spent on the positive circle, so its a great buy for everyone.


John Intervalo March 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm

This video is most definitely an essential one for your instructional video library. It goes through the basic foundations in great detail, and from my note taking I now have a comprehensive list of principles to follow when training the basic foundations which will be applied to yilu and to push hands. Again repeating the comments from above, this video is a MUST!


chenstylejohn March 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

Wonderfully helpful, thanks so much for the progressive teaching style! I’ve been practicing the YiLu movements with a more “Chen Village” flavor, and so this will help me to explore the Practical Method in a clearer way… and heal many of my bad habits! Very much appreciated!


charlie wishon April 12, 2014 at 6:59 am

A must have! A video classic for the tai ji PM practitioner.


jamierbrown85 May 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Wow. I’m a long time martial arts practitioner and jave always been interested in taiji. This video provides in depth explanations whicj are a great introduction.


blakedcarney January 4, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Which edition of the ‘Basic Foundations’ video would you recommend the 2009 or 2013 edition?


Chen Zhonghua January 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

They are both good. The 2013 version has better video quality and sound quality. There is some dissynchronization of the sound track with the 2009 version.


enricos January 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

Just purchased the video yesterday, I now have the 2009 and 2013 versions. didn’t think the 2013 would be of much value to me but after reading the comments above from folks who have opinions I value, I decided to purchase. Both in tandem are great for questions and answers I had regarding basic foundations.


david tallant January 5, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Hi admin/
Just bought 2013 basic foundations and I have not received it yet/
Please advise.
david tallant


Chen Zhonghua January 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Under what user name did you buy it with?


Mudit April 18, 2015 at 7:36 am

At about 3.40-3.55 min, lao shi says that shoulder-elbow-kua are in a line and we rotate this line. Does this mean that the axis of rotation is this line? I thought that baihui-qihai axis is the line of rotation. Plz correct me.
again In “Berlin 2012 Mini Lessons”, lao shi says that we have to create a wall. So does this shoulder-elbow-kua line forms the wall in this case?
I’ll post this comment in “Berlin 2012 Mini Lessons” too.


Mudit April 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

Continuation to comment “April 18, 2015 at 7:36 am”, The link for Berlin 2012 mini lessons is:


Tim June 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

$20 for a 45 minute video. Happy to pay a few bucks but come on, that just seems greedy.


Admin June 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

If you cannot see that this is the most important video in the entire Practical Method system, you should spend money buying less important ones. It’s all up to you, my friend.
All essentials videos cost more money.


Xiangrong October 10, 2015 at 3:34 am

Hi, is there a Chinese version of this video?


Chen Zhonghua October 10, 2015 at 4:45 am
KKNG November 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm

for the yilu denmonstration the video should show two versions, one front and one back so we can see more clearly the movements


maneal January 31, 2016 at 7:22 pm

I have limited online access, are the foundations and yilu available as DVDs?


Kelvin Ho February 4, 2016 at 10:23 pm

There are DVDs, but they are typically sold at the seminars.


Hugo Ramiro February 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

Maneal, contact me, I may be able to help you with DVDs. middlemedicine@gmail.com


bsfergie2003 September 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

This may seem like a silly question.The site makes mention of dvd’s available for purchase but I can’t find them anywhere??


charlie wishon September 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

The easiest way, Is to buy the online videos. It’s actually better than a hard copy.


VadimD January 21, 2017 at 7:27 am

For me, practicing for quite a while Chen Tai Ji under master in GM Chen Qingzhou lineage, Practical Method was quite an eyes opening, and this most likely my fault, not the method I practiced or the teaching from my master. Nevertheless, I found teaching by master Chen Zhonghua is very interesting and authentic, totally making sense to me and easy to understand. All is left now is my part: practice, practice and practice. This video is the start point for me and I found it invaluable. I strongly recommend it as a must source beside in person learning with master to build good foundation!


kumarajiva March 24, 2017 at 11:01 pm

This is amazing stuff. I am not a Taiji practitioner. I have trained mainly in Pak Mei (白眉)and Wuzuquan (五祖拳). In the the two arts that I train in we focus a lot on the concepts of float, sink, swallow, spit. The basic foundations movements on this video really made me understand the concepts of float, sink, swallow, spit. In fact I feel these are the best exercises to understand these concepts that I never found in my own art. My Wuzuquan teacher also keeps tells us ‘not to move’ and I feel that master Chen explained this concept really well.


ericallen01 August 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Thank you for the fantastic foundations video. I am making a few form adjustments after practicing Chen Tai Chi for about six years. Could anyone refer me to an explanation of the 9-point circle (positive + negative)? Thanks in advance.


Whitepigeon August 29, 2018 at 4:25 pm

This video is good and free one, thank you to Master Zhonghau:


I am also after the same, but the above is 7 point circle in brief details.
The paid foundation video has more details on 3 point circles and energy alignment.


Chen Zhonghua August 30, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Will provide a more detailed circle video.


Tinh Thai January 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm

I am so grateful that Chen Zhonghua, Paul Janssens, Annie Chew and Johnathan Kwan has put this foundations video together. There are so many principles that Master Chen raises in this video. The principles apply in the foundations also apply to the forms and push hands.

Listen to what he says.

Do what he says.

I purchased this video very early on in my study of Practical Method and stuck to as many key principles as I could remember. Every time I feel that my foundations have changed, I come back to this video and check what principles my body is capable of and what it still needs to learn.

This video is a very important resource for all PM students.


Tyson Blainey November 25, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Something is wrong with playback. Video is playing back so fast cant hear words. Also flies through all the movements.


Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy November 25, 2020 at 6:16 pm

Just played the whole video online at 6:18 pm Mountain Time. There are no problems.
If you are playing a downloaded version, it could be the file is not downloaded properly.


Surpassor March 1, 2024 at 2:42 pm


On this page, Basic Foundations 2013, it says that i can view this link:

You have access to this video. Click to view ->

but when i clicked on it, it says:

Page Not Found
This page might be a private post or post has moved url.
Hit the “back” button on your browser, or go to home page.


Carlos Hanson March 13, 2024 at 3:24 pm

Have you tried again recently? I am able to access the video directly from the link you have in your comment.


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