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by Kelvin Ho on 2021/12/21
Conservation of Energy
Master Chen used this term in one of his lectures. Here is my understanding:
In an ideal closed 2 energy system, Conservation of Energy means the total energy is the same while the magnitude of kinetic energy and potential energy can vary.
Mathematically, total energy = kinetic energy + potential energy.
by John Upshaw on 2020/10/22
On October 20th, 2020, during an online class Master Chen Zhonghua shared and demonstrated an important action of the knee that has not been disclosed before. Prior to discussing the important action, I shall discuss some important functional and structural aspects of the knee as a means of providing a context to help the reader conceptualize how this recently disclosed information is applied in practice and applications.
by Brian Chung on 2020/10/22
In today’s class the following students received partialcorrections.
by RaymondDickey2 on 2020/10/20
Master ChenLesson Notes, 20 Oct 2020
Squeezing with the elbows
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by Brian Chung on 2020/10/20
In today’s class, the following students received Foundation corrections while the class had the benefit of watching.
by Brian Chung on 2020/10/14
In today’s class the following students received partialcorrections:
The primary topic of today’s lesson was Going Over.
by Brian Chung on 2020/10/12
Today’s class onwas held on Canadian Thanksgiving.
I named this theProject because I have taken some steps to “clean up my yilu”, and this is my baseline for measuring progress or the lack thereof. I have been attending weekly online classes with Master Chen Zhonghua. Having access to consistent corrections on my and is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”! Additionally, I have been getting feedback from my Taiji brother Kelvin, who has a very good eye for details. Feel free to point out mistakes.
There were many corrections and a number of important conceptual points on how to learn.
-We have 2 general types of movements
Action movements are what the particular form is about in order to execute a particular application on an opponent. Must be accurate.
Adjustment movements are to position body parts to be in place to execute the action movement. Accuracy in getting there is less important.
We must know the difference. We tend to not know or show the difference.
-Master Chen repeated the instruction, as he has many, many times, to listen and watch as he explains. Do not attempt to copy while he is explaining. We miss much of the instruction while we attempt to copy. I have heard this so many times, yet I was copying while he spoke in the class this morning.
-Not one move in PM Taiji is like any other in life or sports. We must see that the moves are unique to PM Taiji. MC does not move like an average person, but the average person, as in we his students, THINK we move like MC. He has said to me specifically in other zoom classes that I make a good copy of the moves, but he can see that I do not really do the essence of the moves. We tend to compare to other movements and other sports, but PM is different from those moves. I must say that I make many of these comparisons. I would say my whole education has been based on building on comparisons and it is a very difficult thing for me to not compare PM to other human activities. I can see now thatmust happen without these comparisons.
by John Upshaw on 2020/10/08
The actions need to be precise/ accurate. There is only one way to do it right. The adaptation you can get away with it. Read more
Bevel gears are gears where the rod or the rotating shafts intersect.
The shafts are often mounted 90 degrees apart, but can be designed to work at other angles as well.
They are used for power transmission between intersecting shafts.
This allows a verticalto be converted to a horizontal .
On 7. Oct 2020’s online class, Master Chen talked about the first 2 layers of the
The 1. layer is horizontal, with only the hand going back and forth.
The position of the hand should be slightly higher than the shoulder, and much higher than the elbow. ← →
The 2. layer adds a vertical dimension to the circle (to the above action), by moving up and down.
This up-and-down-movement can only come from the shoulder & kua.
The dropping of the front kua takes the front hand elbow with it (downwards), the dropping of the rear kua takes the front arm with it (sideways).
The rear foot pushes into the dantian. The power is from the dantian. ↓↑
Combined, the horizontal ← → and vertical ↓↑ action will display these two layers and the hand will appear to be moving, although it is not.
by Brian Chung on 2020/10/07
In today’s lesson the following students received partialcorrections:
by Paul Carlson on 2020/10/07
The subject of the lesson was corrections of
by Brian Chung on 2020/10/01
Today, the following students received partialcorrections.
by Brian Chung on 2020/09/28
Today we completed a set ofled by Kelvin Ho. Master Chen provided instructions on Double (symmetric, and alternating) as well as Turning Flowers and Playing with Sleeves from Erlu.
– We have to ignore the details and do the Taiji we want to do. To copy without any technical things. Then add the details.
– When we add the details, we tend to forget the overall thing.
– This is the same as forgetting where we are in the form when instructing. We need to be more fluent with the whole thing.
“The movements of the body are in the Dantian and nothing leaves the dantian. Only power gets out of the Dantian.”
The quote above from Master Chen Zhonghua and his assigning me to write on the dantian sent me on a journey of understanding…and to be forthright, I got stuck. I over thought things and I had difficulties “getting the ball rolling” or rather the dantian article. So being an educated person, I did what students do, and gathered up my information from the online lecture and from past videos from Master Chen Zhonghua.
The Central Vertical Line
The central vertical line (CVL) is an internal stretch that exists between the bau hui to the hui yin. I have heard Master Chen refer to this as a “rod” in the body. It should be present whether we’re doing
When I’m starting with students that need to strengthen the CVL, I have them do a guided imagery drill. The guided imagery was taught to me by Richard Johnson when I attended a week long workshop with Master Chen in 2011. I adopted the guided imagery and added a partner component as a means of enhancing the physical understanding and strengthening the central vertical line.
by Brian Chung on 2020/09/24
Today Master Chen covered the Doubleand 29. Upper Cloud Hands in .
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In learning Taiji, Master Chen would often say that we create power with size and restriction. He would also say that we must develop the ability to separate every single part of our body. This includes left and right, top and bottom, front and back, and inside and outside. Read more
by John Upshaw on 2020/09/21
I entered into class late and saw everyone doing double positive circles. He instructed us to do it in a higher stance with our elbows attached to our waist. Read more
by Brian Chung on 2020/09/21
Today Master Chen covered the Double.
This was a busy week:
Key notes in no particular order:
I know I am missing so much, but it was a week of brain overload. I’m very happy with the progress I felt in my body. I was a little concerned on Wednesday as I felt a pop in my right kua. Thankfully it was a good pop. My right side has opened up a lot!
I’m looking forward to seeing the video from Wednesday’s private session. We worked through section 3, which I’m just trying to get mywrapped around the choreography. If you’re looking for some great detail on that section, I’m sure between my session and Anton’s you’ll get great material. If you’re looking for a great taiji comedy, I’m fairly certain I played the part of the uncoordinated court jester to a T 😀
While observing my training, Master Chen explained that I had slack in my foundation exercise. He went on to clarify that when I was in a posture and started the transition to another posture the tension/stretch was lost. This stretch must be maintained even if one is letting a joint adjust. Master Chen used the example of the elbow, the section below the elbow must be like a stick, and the section above the elbow must also not be slack. To elaborate, Master Chen said to think of a car. Even though the gears rotate, the physical structure of the car is solid. He said that this concept of removing the slack must be used on all parts of the body so that in push hands you will not collapse under the push of your opponent.
Next, Master Chen spoke on posture. He was pointing out the delicate balance of where the knee placement was relative to foot on the front leg. During this demonstration I made a learning error which I will share for the benefit of readers:
Master Chen was showing me specifically the placement of the front leg, pointing to the front leg to make that clear. After I was convinced that I had an image of how his leg was positioned, I moved around to get another perspective of the overall posture, this is a mistake. Master Chen pointed out that he was specifically making sure that the front leg was correct so that we could learn from the placement. He went on to say that he may even sacrifice some other aspects of his posture to make sure the single point is demonstrated as accurately as possible, so if we as observers look elsewhere we may be copying an incorrect body position.
Specific to the posture, Master Chen demonstrated when the knee was too far back how there was an inability to get full power out of the front lower leg muscles (Tibialis anterior, and Extensor digitorum longus from what I felt). When the knee was bent too far forward, Master Chen demonstrated the inability to get a bite (also resulting on the muscles not engaging). Once the position was correct, he demonstrated that a bite could be obtained, and this could be felt through the Master Chen’s leg muscles.
by Brian Chung on 2020/09/14
Today, Master Chen coveredand provided corrections on .
by Brian Chung on 2020/09/09
Today Master Chen provided partialcorrections.
Wed Sept 9, Edmonton, Alberta; approx 8 PM local time
Impromptu training with GM…how to move…
by Brian Chung on 2020/09/07
Master Chen demonstrated thetoday.
by Brian Chung on 2020/09/01
In this lesson the following students recievedcorrections:
by Brian Chung on 2020/08/27
Master and Kelvin Ho provided instructions and corrections on Six Sealing Four Closing today.
Six Sealing Four Closing – Kelvin Ho
– Hand does not move. Dantian initiates the action. Kua lines up with elbow. Rotate the dantian to push the kua out.
– To connect the rear leg through the kua to the front arm. We don’t want the upper body there.
– Create a line from the front arm to the rear foot.
by Brian Chung on 2020/08/25
倒手 Dao Shou
Master and Kelvin Ho explained, demonstrated and gave examples of Dao Shou.
by Brian Chung on 2020/08/21
Master and Kelvin Ho provided instructions and corrections on the double negative circle. (1) Fist draping over body (2) Double push down.
Master gave a physical example: hold a stick to cross a door that is 3 feet wide and 6 feet tall.
Master Chen Zhonghua’s Toronto Workshop March 2020-3
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 9 min. In: English Year: 2020 Difficulty:2/5 At: Toronto, Canada
Movement is yin, and structure is yang. Master Chen demonstrated what that meant in this video. There were also other discussions on yin-yang, which requires constant practice and understanding.
These are my notes from the 2 hour lesson Master Chen did on twist towel. I missed the beginning of the lesson, so if anyone could fill in the gaps I would appreciate it.
Redirect lightning through you to the ground
When doing twist towel, lock the 2 ends, move the middle.
We can’t actually not move the, we are not open enough, but we try to move the only 1 unit; the kua moves 3 units. (Something moves 2 units. I missed this.)
the kua moves the hands. Like moving a book on the table. The book doesn’t move by itself.
Our body has a tendency that every body part likes to follow the other body parts, but it’s just tossing
You need to have independent moves
When you hammer a nail, the swing is a swing, the straight line is a straight line. The hammer swings, the nail goes in straight.
E.g. a kid jumping to reach a basketball net. They run fast, then stop under the net and jump up to reach it. They don’t use the run and convert it into a vertical jump
Thrust is still there. Convert your run to the movement forward
The vertical move is designed to power your arm
First we try with bending at the waist forward and backward, but actually, it’s a vertical move
The shoulder goes down, the heel pumps to move the kua up towards the shoulder
We all need to re-calibrate. We think we are doing everything with the kua. Actually we are doing very little.
Your hand is tied to your opponent
Your kua needs to go to your elbow, not your shoulder
This is a characteristic of our system. There are 3 parts to each move so it can apply to any body part
Power comes from the kua, there are no individual moves
Zhuo. Connect between kua and elbow. It means clutch. Or to adhere.
First we train to isolate body parts so that they don’t affect each other. Then they must be able to engage and disengage
it is exactly gears
The centre cannot move, you can’t reach out, you only extend
This is the connection we want: the opponent is on your foot
Kua very big, shoulder is zero
During training; foot to kua to elbow to hand, this is the alignment
During Push hands, when you touch your opponent; hand to elbow to kua to floor. Your opponent feels it on their foot.
This was a characteristic when you touch grandmaster Hong. You touch him and you immediately feel like you’re floating, or something is wrong with your shoes
Energy alignment (? I missed this)
Application is 用法
打法 is free fighting
The kua is the semi opposite of the hand. The foot is the complete opposite of the hand
At first, when you begin learning, you use your kua to mirror the opponent’s hand.
Then as you get better, use your foot to mirror your opponent’s hand. You mirror from below, so your movement is much bigger than your opponent’s move