Yilu Class Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 23 Nov 2020 – Brian Chung

by Brian Chung on 2020/11/28

In today’s class, the following students received partial Yilu corrections.
  • Sergey Schepin
  • Paul Carson
  • Carlotta Viviani
  • Paddy Hanratty
  • James Tam
  • Vincent den Hengst
  • Lutz Liese
  • Dina Kerr
  • Ardarsh Khalsa
Front and Rear Trick
  • Do not move the arm. The turning of the kua and movement of the foot powers the action. Whenever you move you have no power. Whenever you don’t move, you have power. In fighting, you are very strong if you don’t move, but you can’t fight. Our job is to figure out a method that we can fight without moving.
  • The hands and rear foot interact with the front kua as the middle not involved.
Pole Shaking
  • There is a three count. (1) Step rear foot back (2) In with elbow (3) Step front foot back / (1) Step front foot forwards (2) Step rear foot forwards (3) Out with hand.
  • The three ensures the middle is a rod. Otherwise it moves together with the move.
Rub Right Foot
  • Separate into two steps. (1) Raise the knee. (2) Kick with the ankle flat.
  • Master showed how the waist can twist to naturally pull the leg forward prior to kicking. It is like winding up a coil.
Tornado Kick
  • The move is a rotation, not straight. (1) Lift the knee up. (2) Rotate to the right.
Punch Covering Hand
  • In the double negative circle / double squeeze down we always take a shortcut without fully reaching the bottom. The shoulder has to turn over. The large move ensures the power goes back to your waist.


– Eventually your moves should become smaller in push hands. But in training, larger the better, to feel and explore every joint. But in fighting, the smaller the more your energy can pass. If it is too far away you cannot really conduct your energy.

Yilu was written by Hong in to poem form. So you always follow the beat. Like rap. The idea is that you figure out a way to link your moves to a rhythm. If you remember the rhythm, you can’t forget the move.

– The learning stage is that you are actually counting. During the first three years, you only learn it according to the designated number. It is precisely like an assembly line. Everyone is identical. Only when we reach a level where you start teaching, without missing moves, you develop your own rhythm. We never discuss it. I only correct you on the 1-2-3-4-5. How you express it cannot be taught.

– Stiff means don’t lose power. The intent is I am holding onto something, I cannot let go. I have to break it. Once you lock onto something, never let go, then add rotations from the joints.

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