PM Friday Night Practice on Nov. 27, 2020

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/11/27

 Fetch Water

  • Lock the front knee
  • Lock the rear shoulder
  • Push the front kua into the line between the front knee and rear shoulder
  • Make sure that train the full range of motion
  • At the tail end, nudge a little attempting to go beyond the current maximum

Knee-kua Exercise

  • Use the knee to control the up and down of the torso
  • Use the kua to control the left and right turn of the torso.
  • Draw a sqaure, and try to reach the four corners of the square
  • Keep the central axis not moving, and draw an oval

“One knee up, one knee down” exercise

  • Make sure the two knees are going in othrogonal directions beside one knee going up, and one knee going down
  • The knee actions are the initiaters. Everything just adapts/adjusts to the knee actions.
  • The torso drops into the hole that opens up gradually as the knees move.
  • Don’t try to turn the torso ourselves, especially we have the tendency to use the shoulders to cause the torso turn.
  • Lock the ankles and don’t allow them to bend, keep them perpendicular to the gound. This added restriction will require more effort in balancing. At the beginning, we may be falling backwards.

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 November 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Fetch water

– Need to emphasize the kua movement – my kua is not making the move; my rear shoulder is.
– Make sure the front knee does not move horizontally.
– Lock the rear arm to the front knee and push the kua into that line, so that only the kua is working.
– The shoulder does have a barrier behind it but not so much that it prevents the kua from opening (I’m blocking myself).
– Was getting more kua opening with the arms relaxed – don’t lock up the upper body.

Up/turn/down/turn exercise

– Keep the spine straight.
– Don’t let the knees come toward each other.

Knee up/down

– Knee leads the movement, not the shoulder (e.g. trying to do the rotation with the upper body).
– Lock both shoulders onto the kua.
– Keep the spine vertically on the same axis.
– Put a wall in front of the knee / lock the ankles.


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