Full Time Courses

Master Chen Zhonghua’s full time courses run for three to six months each year. These courses offer complete instruction in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system and basic Hunyuan Taiji courses.

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hdImg_f0eb2c8b669676d4dae7424db8eee3da1580959373067I am an interpreter from Inner Mongolia, I continued to learn practical method for third time during the month of July .I felt honored to learn with Shabar from New York and Mike from France.
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James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk3 2019


 “You are all so clever, you’re stupid!”

These words, uttered by Master Chen (with his usual impish grin and mischievous glint in his eyes!) at his premier European workshop way back in 2006 when he came to Holland, have since been heard by many others around the globe. As the room was full of grown Dutch men in this instance, a nation that prides itself on being pragmatic, logical and individualistic, they did not go down well! Read more

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In the night from 19th to 20th of August, I arrived on Daqingshan. After I slept of my jetlag, there’s been an early morning gathering for some radio station interview on the 21st. Read more

The 6th Daqingshan International Competition


Daqingshan Mountain from the Pagoda

The start of my stay in China coincided with the 6th International Daqingshan Competition (April 28th to 30th this year), a yearly gathering that Master Chen started to promote both Taijiquan forms (a series of choreographed movements particular to each Family style) and also to provide a stage for a large scale Push Hands (a means of practicing Taiji techniques whilst trying to unbalance your opponent) tournament.

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James Strider on Daqinshan, shandong Province, May 2018

James Strider on Daqinshan Mountain, Shandong Province, China – May 2018

My name is James Strider and since meeting Master Chen in Holland way back in 2006 I have been pretty much obsessed with the Practical Method. Having started my journey with Chinese Martial Arts, in this case classical WuShu, in 1987 at the age of 14, I was envious of the few students who could go with our Sifu back then to China for up to 3 months at a time to study. They would return with colourful stories (mostly about the lack of toilet paper and milk!) and I would see their skills increase significantly each time. It was then that I promised myself that I would one day make it to China and stay for at least 3 months. Read more

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Do you want to live in tune with nature, surrounded by people striving for similiar goals, raising your children (if you have or want to have a family) in a harmonious community, rather than give them to the kindergarten?

Or do you have some money at the bank, but no idea what to do with it, how to invest AND would you like to spend some years on our mountain?

Then Daqinshan is the place for you! “Daqinshan” (大青山), literally “big green mountain” is a remote area in Shandong Province. Read more

20160823_162906-1024x576Background: I’m Harshil Meraiya, age 32, from Pune, India. I learnt Yang style Taichi from August 2011 to Jan 2014. I had no other Martial Art background. I was introduced to Practical Method by Sandeep Desai in Jan 2014.

During next 6 months I learned choreography and basic foundations from Videos and Skype sessions with Kelvin Ho and John Upshaw. I started accumulating lots of PM brothers as friends on Facebook providing me feedback, guidance etc on my yilu videos I posted…

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by admin2 on 2016/09/23

Recorded by Harshil Meraiya


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DQS 2015 - Practical Method Germany 2Since Aug, 1st we are here on Daqingshan for Fulltime Training with Master Chen and all fellow students and disciples. Below some more pictures of these days.

We had plenty of opportunities  to improve our Taiji, there were lots of lessons with Master Chen, sceduled ones but also the “little things” in between – just as I was used to experience it on DQS. Very nice, that though the whole thing here is getting bigger, the main spirit did stay the same. Read more

Calligraphy Lesson, Rizhao Beach trips

Meeting with Rizhao PracticalMethod group

Meeting with Rizhao PracticalMethod group

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Video and photos by John Ho

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May 1: More students are coming up to the mountain to learn from Master Chen.

Thoughts: When teacher teaches us a principle, we quickly “interpret” into something we already know. This is not learning. This is teaching ourself. We lost the real teachings. The right way is to take notes verbatim. Don’t need to understand right away. Follow the method.

May 2: Touch more points. It is like typing on a typewriter with all your fingers instead of typing with one finger.

Each movement requires a non-movement to support.

Dont Move is absolute in space. Don’t Move is relative. Don’t Move is also directional. Read more

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More students has arrived for the competition

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by admin2 on 2015/04/16

There are long hiking trails around Daqingshan mountain where visitors can explore
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Our first foreign students of the year have arrived. Thanos is from Greece and his wife Carolina is from Mexico.

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Videos of Lillia Kel of Germany, Jody Hall and Janet Ho, and others

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Zhao Yuan Competition i

by admin2 on 2014/08/27

This is form-only competition, there were 1000 people doing Hunyuan and Simplified 24 Form. Master Chen was invited to give demonstration.

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  • Chen Xu won gold on Adult 65 kg push hands
  • Ling Zili won gold on Adult 60 kg push hands
  • Han Rui won gold on Adult 80 kg push hands
  • Hugo Ramiro won silver on Adult 65 kg push hands
  • Michael Winkler won gold on traditional taiji form (8.46)
  • Tim Duehring won gold on taiji broad sword (8.65), and gold on Hunyuan 24.

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Daqingshan Memories i

by John Ho on 2014/08/19


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From time to time there is this dense fog on the mountain. Actually that the clouds. So you could say we were in heaven. For all interested going there: Most days during my stay were sunny, even in march.

But this fog was great, too. So mysterious. Sometimes you couldn’t see more than 10m. Ask John Intervalo about it. He arrived in a very dense fog and couldn’t see most of the mountain for about four days. But what a sight after that. It’s so beautiful there.


This workshop was attended by over 80 people.


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First two levels are now open.
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10341779_10201683679483367_4819963420475456974_nBy Marjorie C

It was cold, wet and grey when I arrived on Daqingshan in May. Under my cold, cold breath I cussed Singapore friends who told me to pack short-sleeve tees. And oh, the stairs! Stairs to Wangting hotel, stairs to Changxing training hall, and more stairs to the condo. Surely the three weeks of training ahead would drag on. Read more

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10386919_10201703280693385_4325417563602016356_oI have just come back home from a month training on Daqingshan. I enjoyed it immensely and wanted to write a bit about my experience in hopes of convincing others who are thinking about going to go. I must admit from the experience I have only one regret, that I wasn’t able to stay longer. Read more

photo 2 (2)We have more than fifteen student from outside China arrriving from Singapore, United States, Canada, Poland, Germany, India, Poland, Australia, Belgium.

Last night, Lilli Keller gave us a preview of the fire dance she will perform during our Conference and competition next weekend. Read more

1782478_10201482508215102_1541088157_oBy Pawel Müller
Regarding DQS: I like it very much. I’m not practicing so much (only 4-5 hours daily) because I also try to learn chinese. Last weekend I become a cameraman and recorded some scenes for a short Read more

Video by Michael Winkler. New stabilized re render from Youtube

Reasons to make Daqingshan your 2014 vacation/training destination (details for 2014 on this page)

  • Constant feedback, feedback in term of  practicing with other students together.
  • Daily class with Master Chen, if you have questions you can go directly to him for clarification.
  • No distraction, only there to learn and practice.
  • Motivation and direction for daily practice. This is something you will bring back from Daqingshan.
    Having trained  daily on the mountain, the body will get used to it and will want to continue after mountain training is over.

I have been there every year since 2010, so these points are all from my experience.

Daqingshan Panoramas i

by admin2 on 2013/08/27