“How to create a hole in the opponent” Online Video Trailer

by Shopmaster on 2014/04/09

How to create a hole in the opponent
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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty: 2/5  At: Oakland, CA, USA. This is a short clip teaching a specific technique to create indirect power. Specify which body parts to move and which not to move so that an isolation is created on the body to create this phenomenon. Analogies used: creating a space tunnel.


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John Intervalo April 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

This clip has opened up a new way of thinking about indirect power for me. Creating a rock then making a hole in the rock for the opponent to fall into. 

In all my years of studying martial arts I have never come across a concept like this. Fantastic explanations from Master Chen as always!


Calvin Chow April 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Great! Now I see the meaning ” entice into emptyness” in Taiji classics. Thanks Master Chen.


Patrick Dickson April 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I check the website and see this video, and it says that I have access to it. I’m thinking, why do I have access? Then I realize it is from the Oakland seminar I attended last fall. I am so thankful that this was recorded as much of it I had forgotten. I appear in the last half of the video and at one point I am listening to someone’s comments to Master Chen and wondering who it is, and it’s me. LOL….An excellent video….and seeing this so many months later I get so much more out of the information being presented. I hope that Master Chen returns to the SF area again. I know I will be there.


bruce.schaub April 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

This is an absolutely brilliant video full of taiji wisdom and technology. Only by being encouraged to look at things differently can we expand upon our existing (and often shallow) understanding of “classical” taiji ideas. By changing our perspective of how we look at things like “empty space”, “sinking”, and “energy manipulation”, we can develop new tools. Master Chen really gives us a tremendous amount in this short video. Thank You!


Kelvin Ho April 10, 2014 at 10:56 pm

This video is a refreshing way of looking at separation of yin and yang. This first half talks about a theory, and the second half is a push-hand demonstration on the theory.

1) 2:04 – If there is no hole or tunnel in a rock, when you push on it, you hand can’t get through, and you will just move the whole rock. Now if you with the hands held in front are the rock, the fact that the hands can come back without you moving, it is because that you (the rock) has a hole, which the hands go through.
2) 2:59 – Your opponent fights you (the rock), he is going to find that there is a hole in you, and his energy will just go into it without him knowing why. With Practical Method, when you do it correctly, you are totally stealing your opponent’s energy or it’s like you put a virus in your opponent’s software, and his brain starts to listen to you and he doesn’t even know why his brain listens to you. It’s because you are activating the opponent’s muscles without going through his mind. This is called indirect power. You access your opponent indirectly by creating a hole.
3) 4:55 – Master Chen Zhonghua pushed against the opponent (creating a rock), and then he moved something at the bottom (creating a hole in the rock). The opponent then fell into it. This definitely required repeated watching and trying.
4) 5:44 – Another way of creating a hole, it is called a sand pit. It is like you standing on a boarding, and someone digs a hole under the board, and you will eventually fall into it.
5) 9:00 – Master Chen Zhonghua demonstrated how the stepping part of Brush Knee created a hole.


May Chen April 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

This is most interesting! I’ve always thought that the base structure must be firm and cannot collapse. But this is really revolutionary! It’s one level up agn bcos now we’ve got more room to manouver: we can make the floor disappear! YEAH!

Now I understand the related moves better and why there’s a drop in height! Thank you, Master Chen.


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