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– Once you learn the choreography, your ability is highly dependent on the rhythm.

– Whenever you are doing a true rotation, there is no backward moves. It is like you are pushing a wheel barrel 45 degree up the hill. Every time you stop, you have to put a wedge to jam the wheel. So you can keep going. Whenever you let go or go back, you will roll down the hill. Example is Cloud Hands. You advance, jam and then advance and jam. We use the elbow to jam so the hand is free to do the next move.
My understanding is the jam is the anchor, every move there is an anchoring point. Elbow and kua are used to anchor. In this way you can keep coiling and never lose the power. It is like you have an anti-reversing lock. https://www.shiyongquanfa.cn/archives/118607
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In today’s class the following students received partial Yilu corrections:
  • Spencer Jones
  • Xavier Santiago
  • Winston Wang
  • Josh Landau
  • Jody Hall
  • Paul Pryce
  • Liu Yuxin
  • Ong Wenming
  • Sven Gusowski
  • Rick Pietila
In today’s class, the following students received partial Yilu corrections.
  • Sergey Schepin
  • Paul Carson
  • Carlotta Viviani
  • Paddy Hanratty
  • James Tam
  • Vincent den Hengst
  • Lutz Liese
  • Dina Kerr
  • Ardarsh Khalsa

What is the seam (缝 feng)?

  • The place between two actions where it needs to change direction (such as, go back).
  • Grandmaster Hong said that we needed to get to 天衣无缝 tian yi wu feng. Heavenly clothes have no seam.
  • However, we can’t pretend that there is no seam in the first place, and hide it.

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Positive Circle.
There are three sections. In each section, the lead needs to be clear. 1. In with elbow. Once the arm is in position, it does not move anymore. 2. Turn with the kua/waist. Only rotate the shoulder-kua line, do not move the arm on its own. Shoulder need stay in position without any displacement, no popping, no swaying sideways. 3. Out with hand. The power is on the back foot/kua. The kicking of the back foot into the ground propels the rest part of the body to go forward. Get onto your tippy toes to push, there will be a stretch through the inner thigh. The torso opens up. Read more

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 60 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson Nov. 26, 2020
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No lifting – Don’t carry weight in your hand when moving.

When the hand is moving, it is inefficient.

Turn every push into a pull

  • If we push with the hand, that is a push.
  • If we use the elbow to pull the hand, that is a pull.
  • The demarcation is how we consider if the elbow is behind the hand (push) or in front of the hand (pull). Read more

Positive circle – must stretch from rear side.  Must open the inside. Has to be from crotch and back leg.

Feet look like tip-toe, but actually power is going down.  This is the strongest.

3-part circle: 3 body parts: arm, torso (rotate from kua), foot (kua to rear foot)

The movement comes from 3 different sections – the opponent cannot catch or stop you. Read more

Through the years, in Practical Method I‘ve heard the word power associated, as different aspects of the same power, to words like: Structure, length, space, accuracy, rhythm.

The Lesson today was about Rhythm or Sequence of movements: there are very few people who cannot remember the choreography. But we all are at different levels of managing the rhythm. When your movement are totally disconnected, you will be very efficient in applications and push hands Read more

Yilu corrections.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 74 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson Nov. 25, 2020
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Rhythm/Sequence of movements

We need modify our bahaviour to cause a real change.
In-with-elbow must cause out-with-hand.  Withdraw is to issue.
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– Front trick and rear trick.
When you have movement, you have no power. Fight without movements. Arms are placed in position and locked. The waist causes horizontal movements and the knees cause up and down movements. Power from the waist and the feet.
The middle does not move, so the arms are powered by (react with) the back foot kicking into the ground. Same as the power points of White Crane Spreads Its Wings. Read more

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 65 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson Nov. 24, 2020
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Rhythm

Shifu: You need to get the rhythm/counting of the form.

After you learn it, then it becomes music. But this cannot be thought. Everyone „hears“ his/her own music. And this is only after a long time of learning the correct rhythm. Read more

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 62 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson Nov. 23, 2020
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John Upshaw

  • Fist Protecting Heart to Tornado Kick. Too big. Before the turn, you have to come back into the core
  • Small Catching and Hitting. Rotating from the core (in and out)
  • Drop the Hands (before Embrace the Head to push the Mountain). This move is a cross between Six Sealing and Four Closing and Punch Covering Hand Read more

– Clarity. At the beginning we learn the moves like following a printed instructional book. So we only learn the fixed posture, and the transition does not matter. This is called to trace the movements. No flow and as big as possible. Each move we pause like someone is taking a picture of your posture. Through years of practice the flow comes, without losing the frame.

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 51 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson Nov. 19, 2020
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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 60 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson on 2020-1118
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  • Missing one step. Do not miss any step: 1) in with elbow, 2) turn with the waist. Do not combine. Follow the steps. Follow the procedure. Follow the instruction

Today several students received partial Yilu corrections. Form corrections are always foundational.

Jacek Wolochowski

– First Cloud Hands. 1.Three counts. Follow the steps and procedure. 2. First count, in with elbow need to be very clear. 3. On the second count, open the front kua and turn with the waist. Do it big. 3. On the second count, lock the kua and two knees, only rotate. 4. On the third count, only back kua folds, pivoting on the front kua. 5. Open the front kua – Lock the front kua – Squeeze the back kua to the front kua. Master Chen used first form Pound the Mortar as example to explain how the front kua locked can create power. The sixth move, center of chest is locked, only step up from the kua.

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In today’s class, the following students received partial form corrections. Form corrections are always foundational.

Vertical Peng

  • Going down without doing down.
  • It’s like a telescoping stick becoming smaller.
  • There is no bending at the waist.
  • The peng must be maintained.

Hands always go out (Nothing is outside of being big).
Elbows always go in (Nothing is inside of being small).
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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 56 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson 2020-1112
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– Levels. On level one, we learn the choreography. On level two, we coordinate the moves. On level three, we learn the energy alignment and are able to manipulate.
If you are in level three, all the moves are from the core, the baihui to huiyin vertical line. Everything else is passive, they only adjust. It is the vertical line ties everything together. You can train exaggerating the moves of the torso, without compromising the structure.

– Moves go bigger so all the corners are open.
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In today’s class the following students received partial Yilu corrections.

  • Spencer Jones
  • Ramona Gomez
  • Steve Doob
  • Xavier Santiago
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We continue on the exercise with one knee up and one knee down from last week.

The torso is like a cylinder that goes down in a free-fall fashion. We can hold up the cylinder, and yet we can’t push down the cylinder. The cylinder is pulled down by gravity, something is outside of our body.

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 65 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5

Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on 2020-1109
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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lessons on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on Nov. 10, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 59 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson 2020-1110
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In today’s class we focused on Six Sealing Four Closing.

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The move is six sealing four closing like, but the training focus is different. Focusing on converting the power from the torso to the fingertip by rotation. Read more

Six Sealing and Four Closing

Open the Kua and rotate the torso to push the elbow and drive the arm foward. The elbow need to stay at the top of the Kua and flatened the shoulder. Do not move the knees so the rotation comes from opening the Kua. The movement of the entire arm is like flat to the board and stay inside the rail. The front shoulder need to have a line to the rear foot.

This is the new definition tossing. The movement comes from compression. Large movement compresed to a smaller movement.

Class focused on corrections for foundation move “Six Sealings Four Closures”:

When you toss, your move has even more than the energy can bare. Read more

  • After learning the choreography the next step is to reach the extreme. Stance and size must become very big
  • We have to learn to lock one place. This will force other parts of the body to continue the move. Restriction is a way to train the entire body Read more

Six Sealing Four Closing

  • The stretch of the elbow against the locked hand comes to a stop.
  • Switch to use the central vertical axis to rotate. When it is done, switch to the rear shoulder-kua axis to continue the rotation in the same direcction.
  • Switch to the front shoulder-kua axis, power with the rear kua to cause the hand to go out. Read more

Master Chen Yilu Online Lesson 4 Nov 2020

When we being Yilu, we are ‘tracing tai chi’ to lean the choreography.  But as we learn, we have to DO the form from tai chi principles.

Small change palm (single whip) – the elbow is forced in to the middle.
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  • Arm: don’t stretch out fully. The elbow must be bent
  • Power should come from the kua, not from the shoulder
  • The stretch must start from inside

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-Movements come from the kua, not the shoulders.

-The learning stage. At the beginning, you trace the picture. That is playing/performing Taiji. Later, we need to implement Taiji principles. We have to actually do and practice Taiji. The moves need to fundamentally change.
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In today’s lesson, the following students received partial Yilu corrections:
  • Liang Yuhao
  • Alexandra Hasenfratz
  • Sven Gusowski
  • Ong Wenming
  • Mike Menzies
  • James Tam

Turning around without turning around.  This is referring to moving the elbow, while the hand and shoulder are not moving.

Moving the hand will tie a knot in the body.  Thinking of how to reel in with the spool to bring in the hose, and how to get the hose out by holding the end and pulling it out.

All important moves are difficult. Read more