“Yilu First 13 Moves Power Points 20200717” Online Video Trailer

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/07/29

Chen Zhonghua explains where the power is in the form of the first 13 movements of the Yilu form.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 7 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Yilu First 13 Moves Power Points 20200717
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Kelvin Ho, Master Chen Zhonghua's 97th disciple, is the instructor for Practical Method Toronto. He has been teaching and promoting the Practical Method system in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Canada since 2011. He has received numerous medals in various Taiji competitions. He is also a vice-president of MartialArts Association Canada. Like his teacher, he feels an obligation to pass this great art onto others. Contact: kelvin.ho@practicalmethod.ca

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Chen Zhonghua July 20, 2020 at 11:01 am

This is not a forms instructional video. It is not an applications video either. It talks about in each form which part is the focus. This is a “how to” video for those who already know the first 13 moves, and a reference video for those who are still learning these moves.


Kelvin Ho July 20, 2020 at 7:31 pm

0:50 Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
1) The two hands anchor on the opponent, i.e. not moving. The power is at the elbow pulling against the anchor points. At first, just do elbow-in. Adding a rotation increases the distance. At the end, through the same move, the incoming power hits a wall and is returned to throw the opponent backwards.
2) Anchor on the right foot. Left foot kick can aim at the opponent’s ankle or knee. The front kick is matched by the elbow-ins going backwards to create a stretch.
3) After the right foot comes forward, there is a split between the right hand and one of the feet. The left hand was expected to have a hold on or in contact with the opponent. The right hand goes up from the opponent’s groin area.
4) For the pound mortar part, our right hand locks the opponent’s right wrist, our left hand blocks the opponent’s right elbow. Use our dantian (not just our arm) to squeeze our right hand down to our left hand.
5) We integrate these power points into the form training to allow us to have a focus more directly on applications.

3:10 Block Touching Coat
1) After both hands are open, the right hand holds on to the opponent, the power is at the elbow to do elbowin. At the same time, the right heel goes out.
2) After you get back to half horse stance, right hand and left foot stretch against each other with the right shoulder-kua line as the middle.

3:46 Single Whip
1) At the exchange of hands part, use the whole body to squeeze each hand out.
2) Lock the right hand, use the dantian as the handle, open the right kua to create a whip at the right hand.
3) Throw the left hand against right foot.

4:15 Turn Left and Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
1) The power is at the elbows against the fists. Make sure that the dantian does not move in the same direction as the elbows.

4:24 White Crane Spreads its Wings
1) Use power to split the right hand against the right foot.
2) Use power to split the right hand and the left hand when we spread our wings. The split must be supported by the right foot on the ground, while the left foot is light to allow easy direction change of the split of the wings.

5:09 Brush the knee in Oblique Stance
1) Press down the right foot to propel the left heel out.
2) Once we reach half horse stance, at the brush knee part, the left arm is like knife against the left thigh (chopping board) to take out the space in between.

5:13 Initial Closing
1) The power is at the elbows against the fists while the dantian and the front kua have to go out against the incoming elbows.
2) Kick the left heel with our back not moving.

5:45 Walk Obliquely in Twist Steps
1) Use the right hand to grab the opponent’s hand. Put our right elbow against the opponent’s elbow. Do not power with the right arm itself. Once the right arm is tied up with the opponent hand and locked on to ourselves, it does not move anymore, use the dantian to effect the rotation. This is an example of indirect power.
2) At the point where two hands are out, as if they touch the opponent, lock them, use the kua to push and squeeze out the hands.
3) Fetch water: Lock the whole body, use the front kua to split.
4) With the left arm straight and locked, use our back side (what is behind the front knee) to pump/shoot towards to the left finger tips.

6:56 Second Closing
1) Rotate the left shoulder to change the direction of the left hand. The left hand and the right foot from a stick.
2) Left armpit goes down while the left kua comes up to split the line between the left hand and right foot.

7:12 Wade Forward in Twist Steps
1) Near the end of this move, standing on the right foot, two elbows and the two kua scome into the dantian as if everything joins. Be very small.
2) Then everything splits open. Be very big.

7:19 The Fist of Covering Handt
1) Both elbows come in on the right half horse stance. Turn to the left to go to left half horse stance.
2) Put the fists into position. Use dantian to propel the right fist forward. There is a split between the right hand and the right foot.

7:32 Turn Right and Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
1) Turn with the dantian, big move, stretch to the five ends (head, two hands and two feet).
2) Finish like the first move.


david tallant July 21, 2020 at 10:09 am

Useful, thanks Kelvin.


Matt Landau July 22, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Great video – highly recommended. Great way to practice the yilu form. One learns how to move with much more ability to issue power, destroy the opponent and develop long, clean, clear, and crisp alignment. Thank you Master Chen!


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