During this time of the pandemic, I had a very valuable opportunity to attend Shifu Chen Zhonghua’s online class. By listening, seeing and following the instructions given in the class I began to understand the principles of the Taiji practical method and apply them to and push hands. All this time I thought that I understood and could do well, but what I understood was wrong.
In 2013 I started practicing the practical method of taijiquan until now. The first 2 years were the most confusing period for me. I have previously practiced many other types of Chinese martial arts, including other types of taijiquan. I started practicing Chinese martial arts since I was a teenager (13 years old) and at the age of 25 I already had a kung fu school on the island of Bali, Indonesia. I started learning and practicing the practical method of taijiquan at the age of 42 under the guidance of Shifu Chen Zhonghua.
Due to the limited distance, time and opportunities, I could only practice directly with Shifu Chen during his workshop in Indonesia (2013 -2019) and Daqingshan (in 2019) and practice on my own with video guides, books and articles that I got from the practical method.com website. The confidence from my background and experience in kung fu did not help me in learning the practical method of taijiquan.
What I already know and master must be discarded and returned to zero again. This is what made my first 2 years very confusing. In year 3 onwards I literally started from zero again. Trying to apply what I learned to
During this pendemic period there was an online class by shifu Chen, at first I was pessimistic whether by joining this class I would get progress in my practice. Because of my love for the practical method taijiquan and the desire to advance in practice, I decided to always attend the class. I had to wake up at 3am to follow some of these class schedules as the time difference between Edmonton and Bali is 14 hours. While taking the online class I gained more detail and my understanding began to improve.
Only by seeing, listening and practicing what Master taught in the online class. But I don’t dare to say that myis right and for class I haven’t had the opportunity to be corrected by Shifu Chen. Then I made some videos of form and posted them on Facebook for documentation of the weekly training in Bali. Master Chen saw and gave comments and feedback that I had undergone a transformation in my . With Shifu Chen’s words, I am convinced that what has been learned and practiced is in line with the practical method’s mood. Thank you Shifu Chen Zhonghua for teaching me all this time. I encourage other students to make video and post it to practicalmethod.com at least once a month so Shifu can give feedback and correction.