“Matching Power” Online Video Trailer

by John Upshaw on 2015/05/23

Theory and training for matching power principle, to use indirect force to match opponent push

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 13 min.   In: English   Year: 2015  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton

Matching Power
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In this short video, Master Chen teaches key concepts and principles that are necessary in push hands and in the development of our taiji skills.  After watching the video you will gain and understanding of what it means to “match” an opponent’s power. Additionally, you will have a clear understanding of how “adding” beyond the contact point requires yin yang separation, which is an inherent principle to Practical Method Taijiquan.

Early on in the video Master Chen defines and demonstrates the differences between “Dynamic Power” (DP) and “Static Power” (SP).  DP utilizes movement that we are all born with.  By watching this, I discovered that when we use DP, this is what Master Chen has often referred to as “fighting”.  Yes, I have heard many times from Master Chen “John, STOP FIGHTING!”

We are not born with Static Power.  It is something we need to learn and train.  Master Chen demonstrates SP at 4:02, when he has a student push him on the stomach.  The point where the student’s force/power touches Master Chen is referred to as the “contact point”.  Master Chen then connects the contact point to his rear foot.  Power between the rear foot and the contact point uses compression to match the oncoming force.  Several times Master Chen indicates it is important that what is used to match the force does not move…it is static.

Once the opponent’s power is matched, it is considered “neutralized”.  The next step is to add something past the contact point without moving the areas of your body that is involved with the matching.  Going beyond the contact point requires yin yang separation.  Master Chen repeatedly demonstrated the matching and adding utilizing yin yang separation.  At 6:11 Master Chen demonstrates matching and adding.  He further demonstrated having multiple additions, which are all separate from one another, and with knowledge from the “Dimensions: 5 Points” online class, all in different dimensions.

In the end of the video. Master Chen shows a matching exercise that can be used with the assistance of a training partner.  During this time of social distancing, a son, daughter, husband or wife will be sufficient.  Remember there is great potential in static power…therefore “Don’t Move”, match and add!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

bruce.schaub May 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

Very good video on using ‘ static ‘ power to match your opponents power. Being able to harmonize your force with your opponents force is the first step in being able to use real taiji skill, vs. using normal physical skill. The taiji skill is of course still physical, but is produced by a particular type of ‘ method ‘. This is the most clear video I have ever seen explaining the step by step procedure for training the matching skill, as well as, eventually separating into multiple pairs of Yin and Yang. Thank you Master Chen!


Lou Sacharske May 1, 2020 at 12:42 pm

I purchased/watched the video and found it very helpful. It filled in some gaps in my understanding of static power. Without the ability to match the opponents power, there is no way to “add one”. Master clearly demonstrates how to align the body to match the power without struggling.


John Upshaw May 1, 2020 at 1:35 pm

Once your are able to train this Lou, this method becomes a series of doing this while pushing hands because it is continuous adjustment. Yeah, it does make things clear.


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