Three types of not moving

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/10/23

Not Moving is one of the most important concepts in Practical Method. There are 3 types of Not Moving.

Absolutely Not Moving

  • Also known as: Truely Not Moving
  • This point is simply not allowed to move in any way.
  • Example: A nail on the wall. The nail is not moving in any direction.

Relatively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Structurally Not Moving
  • Between two points, a constant relationshiop is maintained.
  • Example: A passenger seating in the car going from place to place. The passenger is not moving relative to the car.

Restrictively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Staying on the track
  • This point is only allowed to move in a very specific way.
  • Example: A train can only move along the track.  It works properly only when it does not derail.


Let’s illustrate using Fig. 1.

Point A is absolutely not moving as it is not allowed to move at all.
Point B is relatively not moving as it’s relationship with A and C respectively is fixed to the solid stick in between.
Point C is restrictively not moving as it is only allowed to move along the AC line.

If we pull point C to the right, point B will be affected indirectly and come down while A does not move at all.  In fact, B will rotate around A as a result.


About Kelvin Ho

Kelvin Ho, Master Chen Zhonghua's 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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James Tam October 24, 2020 at 7:04 am

Excellent article! Thanks Kelvin!


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