Master Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on Mar 23, 2021 – Kelvin Ho

by Kelvin Ho on 2021/03/23

Maintain two lines (This exercise came from Twisting the towel.)

  1. Head to foot
  2. Front finger tip to the central vertical line on the back

We want to first stretch things out, and then add something in the middle to further stretch a little bit. We must constantly add that little bit of stretch in our training. This is neigong training.


Dantian in the middle, the two kuas are at the two ends. When one kua moves, and the other kua moves in opposite. They cancel each other out, so it’s zero. Zero is good for neutralization, but the sum is nothing. Switching makes the non-moving dot from middle to the rear end. This is also known as switching gear, 腰裆转换.. In reality, it is switching the pivot from dantian to the rear kua (in this example).

Using Six Sealing Four Closing as the exercise, elbow comes back (gear 1), switch to use the front kua (gear 2), then switch to use the rear kua (gear 3). By locking the rear kua, the energy will go to the finger tip.

Using Twisting the Towel as the exercise:

  1. Move the hand, then stop
  2. Move the elbow, then stop
  3. Move the kua, then stop

Double heavy is needed to hit someone, but at the same time, it is bad as it allows the opponent to control us. However, double heavy can only happen for a split second to create a hit.

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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hapegei March 24, 2021 at 5:30 am

Hi Kelvin,
as always, I enjoy yourr comments. But would you please elaborate your ideas about double heavy during hitting a bit further? I have an idea about the direction you probably think, but this sounds very interesting and I would like to know, what you defintely mean.


Kelvin Ho March 26, 2021 at 2:09 pm

If you use a stick to poke at someone, the stick itself is fixed length, in order for it to reach your opponent, both ends of the stick has to travel in the same direction towards the opponent. That’s double heavy by definition. If the opponent is able to grab it, it may be able to pull you in if the stick keeps going forward.


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