“Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/08/13

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Toronto Workshop March 2020-1
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 13 min. In: English Year: 2020 Difficulty:2/5 At: Toronto, Canada

In this video, Master Chen explained what it meant to have a tiger’s back and a bear’s waist, and how to practice it correctly. The close-up view allowed us to see his body movements, and how he corrected the students’ mistakes. It allows the body to be more structured, and the arms to move more freely, and not affect the body by mistake.

We will practice cave in the chest and round the back in the Power Hour Class on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 8 am ET. http://voov.practicalmethod.ca

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About Kelvin Ho

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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Kelvin Ho August 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm


1:30 Master Chen showed that the chest should be indented and the back should be protuded. Indentation and protrusion always come in a pair. The common position is to have a big and protuded chest, an indentation (a valley) at the back. When that happens, the buttocks also protrude, that’s really bad. Once we cave in the chest, the back will stick out, and we also need to create a top-bottom stretch at the back.

1:50 In Six Sealing Four Closing, our chest often protrudes. We need to cave it in, so that we create a separation between the chest and the elbow. The back also opens up.

2:34 The back is the governing body, and the front is the functioning body. The back is rounded and provides the structure. This kind of back is called the Tiger’s Back. What does that mean? It means that a tiger does not have a back. A Bear’s Waist means that a bear does not have a waist.

3:55 Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist actually indicate that our upper body should be like a cylinder, and the hands/arms can still move without the pushing the chest forward.

4:30 We can either train by 1) lock the shoulders, and cave in the chest, or 2) don’t move the chest, and move the shoulders forward. Shoulders and chest do not move together.

4:55 The shoulders should be like the sleeves of a jack hanging on a coat hanger. They should be in front, and not on the side of the torso.

5:54 The back should be stretching. We should not bend at down at the waist. When we stretch, we iron out the indentations and protrusions. When we bend, we create indentations and protusions.

7:22 Master Chen helped a couple of students in the video make the chest cave in and pull up the back.


3:05 Tear the middle of the chest open horizontally. Master Chen demonstrated how to add this little bit when practicing single whip.


Sevastianos Maillis August 14, 2020 at 2:12 am

Very useful video for all Practical Method practitioners, on how to incorporate the whole upper body movement while at the same time training the torso not to move.
Another great video! Thank you Master Chen!


nick tangri August 22, 2020 at 3:43 am

Hi Kelvin, have purchased these two videos but am getting “The requested video is not found.” Never had any trouble before?


Kelvin Ho August 22, 2020 at 5:39 am


Do you have trouble accessing https://www.shiyongquanfa.cn as well?



nick tangri August 23, 2020 at 3:17 am

Kelvin, i can access the site but can’t see any videos there. The videos are a bit cheaper there, might have to learn some Mandarin.

I can see all the Shopmaster videos, but not these two.


Kelvin Ho August 23, 2020 at 2:40 pm

I have added an alternate location. You should be access it from that page.


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