2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar

by Sarah on 2017/02/06


At the moment Master Chen is giving the 21th Practical Method Seminar on Daqinshan. More then 80 peoples are participating and there are both advanced (beneath them many disciples) and beginners.

I want to give you a brief insight of this event.

 1) Classes

Lessons are between 6:00 – 7:00, 9:00-11:30, 14:30-17:00 and 19:30-21:00.


– Early Morning – 6:00-7:00


Already around 5:00 o`clock the first participants meet to do yilus and fondations, helping each other, repeating moves, which has been learned the days before. At 6:00 o`clock the morning class starts. It contains fondations – fondations – fondations, yilu (mainly part one) – ten times. Usually three to for instructors are present, giving corrections from time to time. Also Master Chen is walking around, observing the training and giving corrections. After this practice unit the class is tought either by Master Chen or the Daqinshan Instructors.


上午– Forenoon – 9:00-11:30 and 下午– Afternoon – 14:30-17:00

The classes are starting with fondations, followed by learning and deepen yilu. Chén Xù is showing the moves step by step and gives explanations. Afterwards the whole grooup together repeats one and the same move for around thirty times. This is the time for corrections and handson. In the end of every session very often Master Chen is showing moves in the middle of the group, giving everybody the opportunity to touch him and feel, what he is showing.

晚上– Evening – 19:30-21:00

The evening class is starting with fondations and followed by pushhands. Master Chen keeps walking around showing here and there moves. Many people are staying on the third floor until 22:00 o`clock, even if the class is ending at 21:00.

2) Instructors and Participants


The classes are hold by Master Chen and Daqinshan Instructors.

This year around 80 participants practiced diligently together.


3) Surrounding

Unique this time is the closeness of the participants. Nearly all are staying in the international hotel, there are only a few tourists on the mountain, so the third and forth floor is completly occupied by taiji practioners. This gives the feeling of a big family, especially because also the meals are taken together in one conference room. The food is very diversified and luscious. The timetable is chosen wisely. Exactly after the class everybody is going to eat (the meals are already served and still hot) and has afterwards a period of rest for sleeping, hiking, chatting…










291181621e4b53764cdf9f056afb58dfAlongside Master Chen and Master Sun are inspiring with drawingbeautiful calligrafies, which can be won through pushhands or are sometimes given offhandedly. In this week we also had a very nice discipleship ceremony and got six new family members.












4) Overall

This is a marvelous week with a lot of input, very well structured learning units and a lot of practice opportunities in a beautiful and inspiring setting. The atmosphere between the participants is extremly good.





About Sarah

I am learning Taijiquan - Practical Method since 2011.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

James Tam February 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

Thank you Sarah. Nice write-up!


Suz February 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

Twisting towel – Ning maogin
Straight torso – spine stretched – legs apart –bend knees a bit just to make upside down U shape … Imagine there is a horizontal bar just below navel area, stretched forward and vertical rod from head to ground

Fingers always stretched and slightly open, except the thumb, thumb touching forefinger. Arms at navel level, stretch forward tucking elbow towards the center of your body- keeping wrist locked (wrist doesn’t movie) elbow straight – shoulders locked (moving only within its socket)


luis lanca March 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Do you have already dates for the 2018 week seminar?
Can someone share their experience in the best way to travel to and from Daqingshan?


Hugo Ramiro March 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm
James Tam March 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Luis, while waiting for an official answer from Michael Winkler, you can find some information by searching previous posts on this practicalmethod.com website. For example, have you visited this link:


luis lanca March 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Dear Michael
I’m a basic level chinese language student in Lisbon and a yang taichi practioner for some time.
I’ve been looking with interest master Cheng videos and there is an opportunity for me to travel to China next July on a two week vacation.
How would you advise me to enroll for a trainig period on your school? Is that even posible around those dates?
What steps and what cost would be necessary to organise it?
I’ve been going through the website but it’s hard to have a clear picture of the necessary steps to go through.
Could you help me or point me to the right the information?
thanks in advance
Luis Portugal
ps. I sent an email to dqs@practicalmethod.org and it camed back.


Hugo Ramiro March 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm

Luis, as listed in both articles I cited, the email to reach Michael is:
mail [at] practicalmethod [dot] de

By the way, those dates are perfectly fine.


Michael Winkler March 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

Dear Luis,

All information on the full-time training can be found here:

About the procedure to sign-up I can add: when you made up your mind when to come you just send me an e-mail (Hugo already posted the actual one below, but actually the one you used before should also still work for the next month …).
Next you need to wire a deposit of 500,- USD (like mentioned in the post), for that I will send you the bank dates via e-mail. Once this come in I will issue two letters to you, Hotel Reservation and Acceptance, and with those you go and apply for your visa (usually done within a few days).
Then you just let me know your final arrival dates, so that we can send a driver to pick you up. Thant’s it.

Please let me know when you want to book, and in any other case please contact me via e-mail to mail(at)practicalmethod(dot)de.

Kind regards and see you soon,


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