Locations : Phoenix

For local class please contact Ping Wei, 602-373-3457,
peace_defender2003@yahoo.com, or ping@northmountaintaichi.com

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Practical Method Phoenix, Ping Wei

Regular classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, from 7:30 to 8:30am at Roadrunner Park.

Foundations, Yilu, Erlu, and sword.

Call (602-373-3457) or email (peace_defender2003@yahoo.com) for details.


Day 1

  • Double negative has to be more vertical – open below, closes up top.
  • Buttocks cannot protrude.  Kua is not open enough.  It will hurt.

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Notes from Day 1, Phoenix Practical Method Workshop
These are pretty rough, just short statements.

Every movement needs to have intent and some reference. When we do taiji we need intent. Taiji is governed by yin yang.

We need to see what is really there. Usually we think we see but that is not what is really there.
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At the Phoenix workshop Master Chen had someone place a pole from his hand to the arch of his back foot. In w/ elbow his and and forearm slid along the pole. He has a shorter pole placed by his front kua a slightly upward angle. His elbow followed the 2nd pole while the hand stayed on the 1st pole. He then said, it’s actually “out w/ foot” as the hand only guides the direction.
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  • Reference points: counting is to establish a standard for us to be able to teach and communicate
  • Direction: must not lose the aim.  Don’t lose the 45 degree facing when practicing the foundational exercises
  • Positive circle 3 count:  1. in elbow; back shoulder to forward foot is the axis.  2. rotate waist don’t involve spine and don’t lose previous axis.  3. push foot, aim at hand. There is a split in the middle.  Again don’t lose previous two axes

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We are excited to announce that Master Chen Zhonghua will return to Phoenix in January 2018 to give Practical Method workshop. The dates, January 20 and 21 (Saturday and Sunday), are confirmed. Save the dates and don’t miss this exciting opportunity.

The workshop will focus on Gongfa (foundations) and Quanfa (forms in Yilu and Cannon Fist).

Workshop Venue: World Martial Arts Academy, 2028 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Time: 9am to noon; 2pm to 5pm.

Workshop Fee:          Register by January 10, $300 for both days (lunches are included);

$200 for one day.

Register after January 10, $350 for both days, $250 for one day.


Send the check or money order to Ping Wei (Pay to Ping Wei),

10622 N. 8th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020


If you have any questions, please call or email Ping Wei, 602-373-3457.




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I don’t know if it’s accurate, but I tried my best to record all I’ve heard and saw in the two-day workshop.


  • Change “一” shape structure to ” V ” shape to get a 3D structure
  • If there’s a V shape structure with ABC points as joints. A Taiji movement would be:
    A as a hinge. It doesn’t move at all, but able to rotate.
    B as a connection between two arms. Its track will not change because A and C are restricted. And will move towards the different direction of A.
    C as the only free moving part. But its track must be pre-defined before it moves, and need to be related to A.
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Master Chen’s Practical Method workshop and private lessons in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-4, 2016. Read more

Practical Method Phoenix, AZ Workshop October 1, 2016 – October 2, 2016
by Chris Liu on 10/4/2016

When I discovered the Practical Method, I started watching a lot of Master Chen’s videos. This led me to read more in depth about Taiji and its rooted philosophy in Taoism. I watched, and read, and thought about it every day for over a year then one day, I finally believed I was ready to meet Master Chen.  Read more


Master Chen Zhonghua Practical Method Workshop
Phoenix, Arizona
September 26-27 (Saturday & Sunday), 2015
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Ervinegroup150131After two and half month passed since my first trip to Irvine, I went back on January 31. This time, Edward came to join the group. We worked briefly on foundations. Mostly, I focused on teaching Yilu.

Foundations are important. Yilu is the core. The more students know about Yilu, the more fun they can have while practicing alone. I was able to finish the first 30 forms to “Upper Cloud Hands” and “High Pat on Horse” in the morning. (We did the first 13 moves in last workshop.) Read more

Phoenix Workshop Photo i

by admin2 on 2014/09/24

Aaron Bartholomew was accepted as disciple during the workshop





550101_3738944282666_1007603_nMaster Chen Zhonghua is scheduled to come to Phoenix, USA on September 20 and 21 in 2014. He is going to teach the Practical Method Erlu (the Canon Fist)  in the workshop. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn the Cannon Fist form directly from Master Chen.
More details will follow.

Book your space early by Contact Ping Wei: peace_defender2003@yahoo.com; 602-373-3457



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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Phoenix Workshop
October 15 (Tuesday) to 18 (Friday)
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When I first heard Master Chen said “not-on not-off” in push hand a few years ago, I thought it was impossible. We either push (on), or not push (off). Through years of training, I slowly come to understand that “not-on not-off” is the result of “peng”, or Yin Yang separation.

A few days ago, after I wrote about stepping training by hugging a tree, I dreamed about a new exercise to help students experiencing “not-on not-off” by pushing a tree. Read more

During Master Chen Zhonghua’s Nov. 2012 Phoenix workshop, local students and the organizer Master Ping Wei accompanied everybody on a tour of the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Here are some photos of their Grand Canyon visit.
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It was a beautiful morning in Phoenix, Arizona. Went to my Tai Chi class at 7:30am. Adam, Read more

I’m still at the “slow” phase.

Marvin, Gerry, Peter, and Ping. Yilu first 13 moves.

I treasure every learning opportunity if I go to see Master Chen or he comes to stay with me (in Phoenix, Arizona). Unfortunately, I am such a slow learner, I won’t get sudden enlightenment. My goal of attending workshops is to learn one thing at a time. Read more

Wednesday Night Class in Phoenix

I feel privileged to spend 2 days and 3 nights with Master Chen (1/31-2/3/2011). I observed all my students’ private lessons. It made me very happy to be confirmed that they all made progress in the past year.

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Most of the following relate to Tai Chi principles and form, but some are just general comments. All the comments below were either heard directly from Master Chen, or conveyed from another person who heard the lesson directly from him, or is based on my personal observation or experience. – Marvin Glotfelty Read more

Wudang Warrior, Summer, 2007, page 7

Throughout the workshop, we were exposed to concepts that are simultaneously very simple and yet infinitely complex. Read more