I started taijiquan practical method in 2011. In 2016 I became disciple of Master Chen. Taiji – the separation of ying and yang and having both at the same time – is a part of my daily life and I am very happy about it.

1. Practical method
This style in the lineage of Chen Fake, Hong Junshen, Chen Zhonghua follows very clear instructions to establish the taiji movements. In the end there should be no fight anymore, one is just walking through the opponent without knowing.
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here my notes of our class today. There was no title, so I would name it: Sequence to complete an action.

Step 1

– is totally free; there is no system

– ex.: go upstairs: one can step with the left foot our right foot first, any position thinkable

– taiji example: making contact with the hand, however and wherever

– learning this step normally takes 3 years

Step 2

– is free, as long as step no. 1 is not affected

– ex.: foot on the steps has to stay, cannot move anymore, but how you are getting the rest of the body on the stairs too, is totally free

– taiji ex.: you can move every point of the body, to come in as long as no. 1 is not moving

– learning this step normally takes 10 years

Step 3

– is free, as long as the centre of no. 2 is not destroyed

– centre can be everywhere

– centre results from size, weight, angles, speed, power etc.

– to learn this step takes normally 30 years


Chen Laoshi: “You have to put this into your yilu”, what for me is very difficult, as I am not sure about the no. 2 in every position, before going to the next one. I hope this knowledge will come to me 😉


Yesterday I could attend the class of Nicholas Fung, situated in the middle of Hong Kong. We have been five students and trained for two hours, which passed by surprisingly quickly.

1) Content

– First we did fetch water with yoga blocks. We did fifty each side, break and another fifty.

– Then we focused on elbow in and used rubber cords for the feedback. We did again fifty each side, break and another fifty.
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At the moment Master Chen is giving the 21th Practical Method Seminar on Daqinshan. More then 80 peoples are participating and there are both advanced (beneath them many disciples) and beginners.

I want to give you a brief insight of this event.

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Is Taiji logical? 6

by Sarah on 2017/01/12

Today I realised, why I like (our) Taiji that much. We had class (Patrick, John and me), Chén Xù was teaching. He showed us twisting the towel. Push the left foot and then don`t move (one point on the right side of the body), push the right foot, don`t move (one point on the left side of the body). This is the same principle Chen Laoshi explained in this video . When I heard Chén Xù`s explanation, I thought, that this is so illogical. Because, if you lock the right side and turn the left, and then lock the left side – there where you are – and turn the right, in the end you are moving forward. Although I saw Chén Xù doing it, believing his explanation, my mind said: How??? That`s not logical.

Just for joking I asked him about my worries and he said, don`t care about it!

This for me is the challenge and attraction. I always loved maths but practical method is more complicate! It seems to be so logical and scientific, but then very often, for me it makes no sense at all 🙂

_1130027Here are some notes of a “Dinner-Lecture“, it was funny to re-listen 😉

  • if you can rotate your shoulder, the power from your body will transmit to your hand; many people fight tough but they have no power, because power comes from the ground, by connecting soledly on to the ground → this is upper body solution
  • when the qua is open, your upper body will connect to the ground, if you can not connect to the ground your power is a superficial power
  • saying: a piece of wood can stand 1000 pounds but if it`s cricket, it cannot stand anything
  • you need to be straight, straight basically meens there is no deviation with the incoming force
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  • notesMost Important: Nobody can see, what Chen Laoshi is doing (except Chen Xu), when he is throwing a stone in the water and waves are appearing, everyone is asking, how to make such waves (form of the waves, etc.), but he just throws the stone
  • first 13 moves: shovel out, waist cannot go forward, has to be zero, only can go down, to push out
  • shovel out means to bypass
  • your opponent is strong in different dimensions, you always wrapping around him
  • all forward moves you have to lock yourself down
  • movements must be led by the piece were I and you don`t touch, move as one piece, like one wall going at you, which part is leading is very different
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How to train Yilu 11

by Sarah on 2015/11/13

I have a question regarding the training speed of Yilu. I remember Chen Laoshi saying, that doing two slow and one fast Yilu (and then again two slow, one fast) would be good. But I am not sure about the context anymore. Here on Daqinshan the „group“ prefer to do fast Yilus (like 4:30 minutes), instead of slow ones (like 8 minutes).

What I would like to know is, if there is a certain method to train Yilu (like two slow – one fast) or if the speed is just depending on the circumstances (learning level, day`s form and so on).

Thank you!

Step two in the learning process (following the observation) is “to copy”. Here on DQS the chinese guys nearly all do the positive circle like Chen Laoshi is doing them in his yilu from 2013. I was used to pull the elbow in as much as possible and changed that, after the observation, that they all are doing it differently. Some days ago, Chen Laoshi corrected my positive circle and I had to pull the elbow far more in.

The question for me is not, if the chinese guys are doing it right or wrong, because the outer appearance is variable uppon your level (as I understand), the question is HOW TO KNOW, WHAT TO COPY?

My conclusion is for now, not to copy anyone, except Chen Laoshi.

The problem is, that it was said, that we also have to learn from each other, but perhaps that is more related to pushand- and drillsituations.

What do you think?

Daqinshan with infants i

by Sarah on 2015/09/28

20150826_191800 -scalTo all parents hesiting if to go with their baby or infant to DQS, we collected some informations and impressions.

At the moment we, that is me with my husband Michael and 2 1/2 year old boy Lukas, are on Daqingshan, Shandong Province in China for Taiji Fulltime Training.

The three of us have been here together already last year, so here are our experiences with our little boy on the mountain.
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Hi guys, after the workshop with Chen Zhonghua in Berlin – which was fantastic – I`m planning my training schedule. A minimum to do every – EVERY – day! Read more

Hello everyone,

after the birth of my son I like to begin slowly to practise again. But the midwife said, that I have to avoid any type of sport for the next 6 – 8 weeks. Any force which affect the pelvic floor should be avoided (lifting thinks for instance). But I think, that doing the yilu hasn`t any affection on the pelvic floor at all. But being not sure, I like to have your estimation.

Thanks a lot


Hi everybody,

In the video “detailed instructions” minute 29:50, Master Chen Zhonghua is explaining  a step. Does anyone know how to practice it?

Should I  practice the separation version first? Because, when I step in, there is no dissynchronisation.

Thanks a lot from Germany


Hi my name is Sarah and I`m learning Chen Taijiquan – Practical Method – now for 13 months. Last week I had the pleasure to meet Master Chen Zonghua for the first time. I was a bit nervous the day before but actually it was not neccessary, Master Chen Zhonghua turned out to be a very nice and easy going person. Read more