Paul Janssens


August 2016 Taiji China Seminar Tour.

This trip is organised to coincide with Master Chen Zhonghua’s seminar for Chinese and International students. The 7 days seminar will focus on Push Hands applications, but there will be ample opportunity to improve your form and or to learn a Chen style sword form (Straight Sword or Broad sword).

This is a trip for Taiji enthusiasts. You can practice as little or as much as you desire. There will be several Chinese instructors available during the period as well as international instructors who will be attending the seminar. This is not a ‘See China’ tour, but a Taiji training tour.

Assume you have two 1.5hr classes per week (for a total of 3 hrs per week), this trip gives you the opportunity to learn 35 weeks of material. (Based on 105 hours of training over 12 days)

More information to join from Australia (Sydney – QingDao)

8-16-2015 8-16-34 AM

Syd14 - groupToday was the first day of the workshop in Sydney. After some adminstrative issues and handing out the t-shirts, Master Chen took control and started in quick sucession of static 3 count elbow in, turn waist, hand out. Soon this developed in stepping positive circles, and before everyone recovered the class was already twisting (wringing) the towel. We also explored the three way split, the effect of the resultant power (usually the other person on the ground).


We then continued with an extensive series of applications related to the movements of ‘Buddha’s Warrior’, and Master Chen demonstrated various variations to the applications with the foot kicking in the knee, the foot sliding behind the leg, the foot sliding behind the leg and kick the opponents leg from under them, the split of the kua at the front for higher moves and the back kua for lower hand moves, how the three way split applies to this, and much, much more. Read more

Master Chen gave us explanation on proper way of learning.

originally posted July 2010

Editor Note: an old post from July 2010, please consider attending Full Time Course 2013.

The daily practice of the Yilu is finally paying dividend. The investment of doing Yilu twenty times per day, by following Steven, Charlie, Khamserk, Wilkin, Michael, Lee, is slowly instilling a ‘rough cut’ of the form in my body.  There is still a lot of work to be done, but Master Chen and Master Sun are very helpful in providing advice at the right moment. Read more

1st Australian visit by Master Chen Zhonghua in March 2012, Sydney and Canberra. Registration and more info:

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It is now a few weeks since my return from Daqingshan.

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The day before I left Daqingshan.

The last days at Daqingshan we were all really looking forward to the future. Read more

You might wonder why I bring the 1930’s into the equation. Well, to my mind, the 1930’s is where all the trouble started for a lot of students.  So what happened in the 1930’s you may ask.

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Is the Chen Practical Method suitable for people who have done other Taiji before?

Yes.  Here is my experience with this. Read more when you click on this link

Here are videos of push hand competition and weapon form.

After visiting Master Li Enjiu school in Jinan, we went to Qufu and TaiShan

Photos and Video below
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Ri Zhao is one hour drive from Da Qing Shan. Here is a short clip and some photo taken during full time students trip to Ri Zhao. Video from Paul Jannsens。

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Words by Master Chen Zhonghua

… Never together. Every part of your body must be broken up. And they work together as a unit of work. Not as one piece. (like a machine with gears)  You work all together but with many pieces.

… If you push. It becomes a conflict. Then it becomes who’s power is stronger. Read more

Daqingshan # 2 i

by Paul Janssens on 2010/06/22

As I got to the training area this morning (5:30), everyone was already at the training area. We were all looking forward to further instructions from Master Sun Zhonghua in the 24 Hun Yuan style Taiji form.  The weather was bit cooler and the sun had not burned await the morning fog yet. Read more

As I had booked my flights early, my final destination, after a short stop over in Shanghai, was Qingdao. The other people of the group enjoyed a few days in Beijing.  Master Chen organised the train ride from Qingdao to Wulian for me, and one of his friends (who works in one of the export companies in Qingdao) picked me up from my hotel and made sure I was on the right train, right carriage, right seat. Unfortunately, it was foggy that morning so I didn’t get to see much of Qingdao.  The train ride was about 2 hours, and gave me a good view of the landscape outside of the city.  Once we left the suburban areas behind, the country side was no different from the flat lands you find in the Canterbury area in New Zealand or the agricultural areas of Holland. Read more