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Effective applications by creating a cliff in the opponent
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 13 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:3/5  At:Berlin

Applications: Create a cliff
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Principle when meeting a strong resistance
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 13 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Berlin

Bypass strong point
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Training for bringing out a lever in the body
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 7 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Oakland

Bring out a lever
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Theory and training for taking out space

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 55 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Iowa

Taking out space in fighting
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Two channels (example in arm), Chen Fake training with hand up the sleeves, Stretch training
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 25 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Oakland

Two Lines and Stretch
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Two mini lessons on YinYang Separation: Time (Theory) and its Power
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 9 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Oakland

Yin Yang Separation (Oakland)
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Talk on theory of taijiquan and form practice
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 32 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Oakland Read more

Application and practice for in with elbows, how it relates to indirect power. Six sealing four closing theory, how it relates to three ways split
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 48 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Sacramento

Elbow In, Six sealing Four closing (Sacramento)
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Detailed introductory class on basic principles: stance, wrist and forearm, circle using three body parts with three different lines, three circles,maintaining structure

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 62 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Sacramento

Basic Principles (Sacramento)
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how to move without engaging muscle, function of shoulder/kua so arm/leg can move in isolation, controlling which body parts to connect which parts to disconnect

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 23 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Iowa

Power from isolation
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The process of learning and theory of rotation
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 18 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin

Learning Process
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Demonstration and training method for ‘spine to come out’, which produce torque power
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 8 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:3/5  At:Berlin

Stretch and Torque
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Lesson and practice on pulling move (suck in). This move is in the transition from first Pounds Mortar to Block Touching the Coat
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 19 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Berlin

How to suck in
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Mini lesson on one move at a time principle to avoid double heavy.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Iowa

Segmented Moves
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Mini lesson on finding a long relationship for your move, how this is used for turning of the joint
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 7 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Iowa

Long against short
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Mini lesson on importance of precise control of the body part movement
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Iowa

No Smooth Moves
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Positive Circle stretching relationships. Talk on muscle usage and changing habits

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 18 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Berlin

Stretching in Circle
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Demonstration of the eight techniques
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto

Eight Techniques of Taijiquan
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Lesson and Daoist story on lower back how it relate to body energy.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 26 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin

Lower back and opening the body
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Mini lesson on switching the power leg in circle
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:3/5

Switching in the Positive Circle
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A mini lesson on how to avoid knee problems in training

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 11 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin

How to avoid knee problems
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Entrance into Taiji: 50-50 distribution. Training method: do not fight back and fight back while not moving
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 15 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Iowa

Enter into taiji
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This is a short lesson Master Chen Zhonghua taught to Todd Elihu and Wu Shaozhi. Both students are advanced learners of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua, Todd Elihu and Wu Shaozhi   Length: 5 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:4/5  At:Daqingshan International Taiji Training Center

Todd Elihu and Wu Shaozhi Testing Energy
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An introduction how to learn, to follow instruction without making conclusions and creating your own procedure. A common mistake is for student to see an action and come up with own interpretation of the action intention.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 7 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Jakarta

Action and intention
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A Taiji move has to be done with sub moves in different dimensions. This 65 minute video cover the Theory, Training and Application of this principle
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 65 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Oakland

Dimensions: 5 Points
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How to create a line to affect the opponent, how to create a curve to deal with incoming force, how to work with space
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 18 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:3/5  At:Oakland

Line curve space
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Students positive circle correction, meaning of ‘going down’ in circle
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 17 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin

Positive Circle Corrections
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Mini lesson on using the middle point between two anchors to start a move.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan

Move the mid-point
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Theory, application and how to practice Indirect Power
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 20 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Iowa

Indirect Power Theory
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Shovel out, Hide and show, Yilu first move detail/application/partner exercise
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 31 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Berlin

Berlin Workshop 2013-6
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Brush The Knee detail and application.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 26 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Berlin

Brush The Knee
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Focusing on the first two moves in circle: training to create line in body, the meaning of ‘rotation’ in taiji

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 34 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Oakland

Circles of Taiji
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How to use the waist to create a third power
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 11 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5  At:Iowa

Create a third power
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How to maintain connections in the circle by opening the joints

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 5 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Iowa

Connections In Circle
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How to maintain vertical line as demarcation of movement. How it help maintain structure in the body.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3:44 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:2/5

Three Vertical Lines
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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 38 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin

Sarah Yilu Correction
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Detailed Yilu correction for intermediate students
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 98 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:3/5  At:Berlin

Michael Winkler Private Lesson
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Mini lesson on true rotation, how it is produced, how movement comes out of no movement.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 11 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5  At:Oakland

True rotation: Fixed axis
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Training for yin/yang reversal in Taiji movement, how it is used to advance/gain territory in push hand

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 18 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:4/5  At:Iowa

Yin/Yang reversal: How to advance
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Mini lesson on the importance of not moving the back, training for isolation of the arm by doing spiral movement.

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 15 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:3/5  At:Oakland

Don't move the back
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The Drill

In the beginning of the video Master Chen demonstrates a drill that emphasizes separation.  This is the primary theme throughout this instructional video.  He stands with his back against the wall and has a student push against his torso.  Without moving his back, he easily brushes the student’s hand off.  He demonstrates this again, the wrong way, moving his back and shoulders, which then is unsuccessful at removing the student’s hands.  Master Chen then explains with out separation,   there is no yin and yang.  “The separation of yin and yang is very important!”

The Lessons to Remember

“Once there is yin and yang, the recombination of what yin and yang can do becomes unlimited!”

“The separation gives you yin and yang.  Once it is is separate, the recombined effort  is what we call in taiji whole body movement.  The body has to work as one unit, not one piece.”

 

GIF showing no seperation

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GIF showing yin and yang seperation

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GIF showing differences between no separation and seperation

 

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GIF Master Chen demonstrating the same principle of separation or isolated movements without the wall behind him

 

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GIF showing the difference between the shoulder tossing and the shoulder rotating in it’s socket (open hand represents the socket and fist represents the shoulder joint

 

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GIF demonstrating the drill once more

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At the end of the video as Master Chen was doing the drill, he said you must experience this Chuck (Charles Paoletti disciple #19)!  I met Chuck in 2013 and I can say with 100% accuracy, he is the biggest person I have met practicing Practical Method Taiji!  Master Chen’s point was that if you train this with a more powerful person, and you are able to move their hands off of you while doing the drill, you did it right, achieving yin and yang separation!

Please ask questions or make statements about what you learned from this video.