Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

This is a personal video from one of his students. Taken on a street at an impromptu demonstration in the early 1980s.

This is where I used to work in Jinan in 1983. It was the second best place (in terms of living conditions) in Jinan at the time. Of course back then it was cleaned up and had lights, so looked much better.

I am showing this to show how much China has changed.

Thanks to Paul Janssens for videotaping this with me in 2010 on our visit to GM Li Enjiu.

Impressions of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng
by Soga Tadahiro 曾我忠弘     Translated by Yasuko Inoue  

The first time I met Master Hong was in the summer of 1983 in the courtyard of a mansion (Jinan Hotel) in Jinan.  He was 75 or 76 years old at that time.  (**Notes in brackets are by Chen Zhonghua.)

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Practical Method training photos in Yangshuo, China 20210613 Read more

Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang Push Hands Instructions. This is part of an instructional video made in the Tiantan Park in Beijing with the assistance of Wang Fengming. It was made in the 1980s.


A hex key, also known as an Allen key or Allen wrench, has many qualities of Tai Ji.
1. Rigid microstructure
2. Rigid macrostructure
3. Multiple contact points of engagement

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Yangsuo (Guilin) Practical Method is set to debut at the local Elementary School on June 1st, 2021! This is a video of the students rehearsing for the public ceremony on June 1st.

Chen Zhonghua:
When I grew up in China in the 1960s, Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts including Taiji) was an everyday, every person activity, much like hockey for Canada and Baseball for the USA.
Unfortunately that was lost later on. Today, together with many other like-minded martial artists, I endeavor in putting the art back into the lives of people in China, starting with school children.

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June 1st is Children’s Day in China! Read more

Some of the Daqingshan Full time students hiked up Yongcuixia on May 30, 2021. This is a 6 km hike on Daqingshan. It is the most difficult hike. It traverses 5 mountains and most of the hike is steep. The narrow paths and steps are mostly overgrown with various vines in the summer and covered with snow in the winter.

This hike shows you the true “nature” of Daqingshan.

This is the Peacock sanctuarary in the Sabo Park in the main tourist area of Daqingshan. It is also the end of the Yongcuixia Hike, returning to the Taiji school.

This is the Peacock sanctuarary in the Sabo Park in the main tourist area of Daqingshan. It is also the end of the Yongcuixia Hike, returning to the Taiji school.

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More photos of Chen Xu’s Jimo Practical Method Seminar on May 30, 2021

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Daqingshan Taiji Competition on May 29, 2021. This is part of the 2021 Wulian (county) official sport meet event. The Daqingshan Taiji Academy was subcontracted to organize the Taiji forms and Push Hands portion of the event.

Here are some photos.

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Chen Xu Practical Method Seminar in Jimo, Shandong 20210529.

Huang Xuxiao asked Chen Xu for a private lesson, as the information got out, more and more people wanted to join. It became a workshop from May 29 to 30, 2021. Read more

Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang Hunyuan Applications at Tiantan Park. This is an earlier video of his teaching.

36th Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar Photos

Day One Group Photo

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Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang

Remembering my Shifu Feng Zhiqiang on the 9th anniversary of his passing. Read more

In taijiquan, there is a phrase that causes a lot of confusion. It is “Don’t use force”.

What this really says is that in taijiquan movements, we do not use direct power, instead, we use indirect power. Or in other words, the point of contact cannot issue power. Power comes from another place that reaches the point of contact. This means the point of contact only has passive power.


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The Second Shanhaitian Taiji Competition was held at the Simart Center in Rizhao, Shandong Province on May 1, 2021. Rizhao Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy students participated at the event. Pang Chaoli and Leo Song organized our team in this event.

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First 13 moves of the 24-form.
This demonstration focused on showing the internal movement of the form. Breathing is heavy to demonstrate how it works with body movements.
Overall, this is not how a person trains. It is an exaggerated demonstration.

Ling Zili and Brian Chung Push Hands Demo-Sydney 20210424

In Practical Method, horizontal moves must be seen. Feeling and thinking you have horizontal size is not enough. It must be real!

Verical moves, however, are the opposite. By nature, vertical moves don’t create horizontal size and therefore no visible to the human eye. Whenever vertical moves are seen, it indicates there is horizontal movement involved and therefore it is an error.

In both cases, a point of reference with a physical object is the best way.

Ling Zili and Brian Chung Sydney Practical Method Demonstration 20210424


In our school we use GM Feng Zhiqiang”s fajin as our training template.

冯志强宗师发力2001 Feng Zhiqiang Fajin

Tishui(Fetch Water) Application-Chen Zhonghua Private Online Lesson 20210319 Trailer

For a special day to commemorate my master GM Feng Zhiqiang!

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Adjust Yourself, Not Your Opponent

First you make contact, then you adjust yourself, in the end you defeat your opponent. This process is what we generally call “Adjust yourself, not your opponent”.

On making the initial contact, Peng must be present. As soon as you touch your opponent you must establish superiority over him/her. You must be lose advantage.

If you succeed in dealing with the initial contact, you already have won half the battle. Where you make the contact, do not move it. You can only make some minor adjustments. The key to success is whether while holding (Peng) your opponent, you can adjust yourself. Beside the point of contact, adjust the rest of your body to the most advantageous position.

At this point, you can beat you opponent any way you chose to. If it is not the case, your first two steps were not done right.

The older and smaller person is Shao Changyu of Juxian, Shandong. She has been taking lessons at the Rizhao Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy for almost two year. She is a conscientious student. Most of her training was at the Academy by attending afternoon classes. She has no Push Hands training. The opponent is a college student from the Irrigation College who has martial art experiences and is currently on the college Sanda team. This match is an impromptu match. Read more

North Mountain Park 20210101-1

New Year’s Day Tai Chi at North Mountain Park. Glad to see Jan Gould and Pocheng back to practice. They overcame their health problem and injuries from accident in 2020. A great day to start Tai Chi again. A promising year of 2021. Read more

五莲分会2020年终茶话会 - 1

On December 27, 2020, the Wulian Practical Method Federation (10 locations) held its Year-End Party and Meeting on Daqingshan. Read more


Our Wulian Practical Method team has been working with the Wulian Hospital of Chinese Medicine for over a year now. Today, the hospital and the Wulian Practical Method branch held an official opening ceremony, marking the establishment of Practical Method for all staff in the hospital.

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Day one group photo of the first Zhu Ma Dian Practical Method Seminar on Nov. 28, 2020.

Day one group photo of the first Zhu Ma Dian Practical Method Seminar on Nov. 28, 2020.

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