“Horizontal and Vertical axis” Online Video Trailer

by Shopmaster on 2015/09/08

how to create and the functions of vertical axis.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 8 min.   In: English   Year: 2015  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton

Horizontal and Vertical axis
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bruce.schaub September 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

‘ The Rod is the Gongfu ‘

When I first met Master Chen a few years ago at a workshop, I had learned some of the basics and choreography so he could begin teaching me. He said ” you do a pretty good ‘ copy ‘, your movements are actually pretty good but you have no Rod inside your body, inside there must be a stick that does not move… “. Saying that the ‘ rod is the gongfu ‘ ( which he later told me) is like saying, it’s not easy to accomplish it. You train very hard according to the principles and methods and gradually the ‘ axis ‘ will begin to bare out.

This is perhaps the most important lesson to understand as we go through our foundation training, and in this video Master Chen gives a very generous lesson on the details of the axes in the body and the requirements to isolate them.


Rickygene September 14, 2015 at 2:12 am

What a great lesson this was! Great video to own to start to understand basic lines. I have been going over it in my mind and attempting to implement it in my Yilu, everywhere. Just like Master Chen says in the video, the stick eventually can be anywhere. I could truly feel it on him, but can’t reproduce it yet. The reference to watching his hand and shoulder line when his arm is coming back toward him along the line of the stick really opened my brain up to apply that movement.

So, it opens up a question, if anyone wants to inject. Would this line be applicable in reference to other body parts? Meaning in the above example we have the hand/shoulder along the same line, while the elbow is pulling in, the stick is on that line. Would this be the same as say the left rear foot/right hand on the same line going in the outward direction say in the last movement of the positive circle if a person was doing a three count? If so, do we or can we reference other line relationships like elbow/center dantian?


bruce.schaub September 16, 2015 at 8:18 am

This video really helped me to understand the basis of the two basic types of lines. It might be able to help with your question.



Rickygene September 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Bruce! That did help!


Kevin February 16, 2019 at 11:39 pm

This clarifies so much, in so many ways. Priceless. Wish I had seen it 20 years ago.


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