“Todd Elihu and Wu Shaozhi Testing Energy” Online Video Purchase

by Shopmaster on 2014/06/24

This is a short lesson Master Chen Zhonghua taught to Todd Elihu and Wu Shaozhi. Both students are advanced learners of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua, Todd Elihu and Wu Shaozhi   Length: 5 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:4/5  At:Daqingshan International Taiji Training Center

Todd Elihu and Wu Shaozhi Testing Energy
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Kelvin Ho June 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

1) If you don’t know how to squeeze (ji), you cannot start, and are just fighting (i.e. not doing taiji).
2) By comparing how Master Chen Zhonghua did the squeeze himself to how the two students did it, I can see the difference between the correct and not-so-correct ways, and hopefully in due time, I can get closer to the ideal.
3) Take note of Master Chen Zhonghua’s commentary while the two students were trying the squeeze action. It is important to associate what he said to what was happening at the time, so one can start to recognize the deficiency in one own’s action during training. The ability to recognize the issue paves the path to a higher level.


James Tam June 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Master Chen Zhonghua shows the effect of proper squeezing (no gap), solid waist (no horizontal motion), energy alignment (down leg & up arm) and hand co-ordination (separation from body) as a test for the presence of these fundamental requirements.


Michael Winkler June 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

As good as usual 😉 ! Thank you, Shifu!


pingwei June 26, 2014 at 5:02 am

Very impressive on both Todd and Wu’s push hand.
I heard Master Chen talk about “take out the space” a lot of times. I also heard Master Chen say “squeeze in” numerous times. Only in this video, I connected these two, with fresh meaning about “Ji” in “peng, lu, ji, an”.
Learning takes time! Thanks Master Chen. Another great lesson.


gilly June 27, 2014 at 6:47 am

Haiku on Daqingshan

Grunt of approval
Sigh of exasperation
Master Chen corrects.


Kim Allbritain June 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

Such a subtle correction, that little waist movement Todd was doing, then when it was corrected, the hands had power, very nice


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