Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 3, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/09/03

Master Chen demonstrated the foundation exercise Moving-Step Shake the pole, which is the positive and negative circle. He held a real pole to begin with to show the idea behind the foundation exercise. He locked his fron hand, which was holding the pole as a pivot. The rear hand moved the pole.


  1. Front arm does a negative circle
  2. Rear arm does a positive circle.
  3. Lock the front hand (at first just hold something not moving to secure it)
  4. Pull the rear foot backwards against the front hand to create length. At the end the hand is pulled by this stretch.
  5. On top of it, make the front kua movement very big (exaggerate it at first if we need to). This also pulls against the front hand.
  6. As the body go backwards, add a downard stretch at the front shoulder.
  7. Given all these movements, the length between the front hand and the rear kua remains constant once it is made longer from the initial posture. We may see it shorter only because the orientation of the body relative to the camera viewpoint, but it is actually not shorter.

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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:

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Edward Liaw September 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

I didn’t take enough notes for a full post, so I’ll put them here:

* Front is negative circle, back is positive.

Demo with the pole
* First, the front hand serves as pivot (doesn’t move), back hand does a positive circle. When it does appear to move, it is the body moving.

* Lock the hand on (like it is on a table and cannot follow your body down), body down.
* Maintain lock on hand, use the front kua to rotate.
* Lock the front axis (so it doesn’t follow the hand out), pull the hand out.
* Throughout: keep the eyes fixed in line with hand.

Notes from corrections
* Alternating lock front and back.
* Use a lot of body to pull on the hand.
* Body like a screw, hand fixed.

Perspective change
* The distance between shoulder and hand is locked like a stick. When it rotates, the perspective/angle changes.


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