Lazy fun with first part of Block Touching Coat, Don’t power up but only open.

Adjust and don’t move contact point (pivot) after lock.

This should be of value to new people, I know it was for me!

The Art of Asking a Question

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/11/16

How Question Mark Shows Not Sure And Asking

Master Chen Zhonghua always talks about the method of learning.  The interaction of us asking and him answering is part of it. You have probably heard him say before, “Don’t ask that question”, but yet at a different time, he would ask students to ask questions. What kind of questions are indeed proper to ask?  The questions that are on topic, something that does not interrupt or distract the learning of the very subject at the time.  The format of an appropriate question itself should be about HOW, e.g. Could you please show me that move again?

This type of questions allows Master Chen to provide the correct information.
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Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang

Remembering my Shifu Feng Zhiqiang on the 9th anniversary of his passing. Read more

Lock the right elbow-shoulder-kua triangle, but place it horizontally.

Rotate to the right horizontally using the kuas.

First make the line between the right elbow and left foot. The left foot is supported by the floor.

Later make the line between the right elbow and left knee, but we need to keep the knee up (i.e. the left knee cannot point to the floor).

As we rotate to the right, the right elbow and left knee must continue to expan

In taijiquan, there is a term that cause a lot of confusion. It is “Don’t use force”.

What this really says is that in taijiquan movements, we don’t use direct power, instead, we use indirect power. Or in other words, the point of contact cannot issue power. Power comes from another place that reaches the point of contact. This means the point of contact only has passive power.

Neigong refers to the internal energy. It is the part of Taiji that is difficult to teach, to learn and to explain.

In this mini lesson, Master Chen Zhonghua tries to teach the most basic elements of Neigong training. He focuses on three basic physical ways of attaining internal strength. 1. Create compressed power. 2. Create twisting power. 3. Create rotational power while maintaining compression and twisting power.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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The Tile Hand is a specialty of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. However, the index finger and the middle finger are the two most prominent fingers in the yin and yang of things.

In this mini lesson, Master Chen Zhonghua focuses his teachings on the direction and function of the index finger.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 4 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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One of the basic foundations of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system is to treat the entire forearm, from the elbow to the finger tips as one piece. This piece is the basic building block for most of the upper body actions. In this mini instructional video, Master Chen Zhonghua shows how to do a spiral with the forearm as one piece. This seemingly simple act, will fundamentally change the way you use your body!
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Implosion

  • Line up the dot underneath the front buttock and front heel, and pull them together.
    The dantian needs to adjust to allow the rear foot to be pulled up.
    Lock the head.

New Exercise

  • This is an exercise that Master Chen Zhonghua learned from Grandmaster Hong. They did it at the park on the gravel. After this, they would do foundations every morning.
  • Lie on the stomach, use the hands to pull up.
  • Lie on the stomach, use the elbows to pull up.
  • Lie on the stomach, use the shoulders to pull up.
  • Only use one part to pull up, the rest of the body is just like sandbag being dragged.
  • Need 3 ways to do the same looking move to be versatile, so the opponent can’t figure it out.

Wind up the clock. Lock one end to create spiral. 1.use body strength 2.body has the shape/structure of half pipe or spiral.
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Fist Drape Over Body
  • Kua needs to turn over (tippie toe if needed to get maximum range of the kua turning over)
  • Right hand-elbow-shoulder triangle must remain unchanged. This triangle plane must catch the opponent, like how an oar catches water one way but not the other.
  • The right elbow going up is not just lifting the elbow. It is stretching the torso so much that it flips up the elbow. Shoulder must stay downwards.
  • The right kua turns over as the right hand-elbow-shoulder triangle changes position.
  • Left kua must open, and don’t let the left knee point to the ground. This is very difficult to do, so the instructor is likely not able to show this one.
  • Central axis does not move.
  • At the very last part of the movement, there is a stretch between the right elbow and the left elbow to catch the opponent, and then we rotate on the central axis, and this rotation being inside must be bigger than the outside movement to have power.  This is an example of fajin when done quickly.

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Back to the kua-to-hand exercise.

  1. Lock the hand, shoulder and kua as a triangle, which is a fixed plane.
  2. We fixed a dot on the plane, and we rotate on the dot without changing the plane itself.
  3. We put this dot just under the elbow.
  4. Kua becomes (就是) the hand. When the opponent touches our hand, it is the same as touching our kua. Ultimately, the opponent is touching the floor.
This plane is something that we maintain during push hands. When we have it, we can move this plane however we want.  The plane itself is double heavy, but if we can make it a revolving door, it is not double heavy anymore. The axis can be put anywhere on the plane or through the plane (a dot on the plane).
Fist of Lifting and Blocking
  1. Elbow does not move.
  2. Rotate the shoulder to cause the fist to change the direction.

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 42 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Chen Ronghua is a disciple of Chen Zhonghua. He owns a Practical Metthod school in Yangshuo, Guangxi Province.

企业家陈荣华用智慧打造格格树民宿品牌被誉为阳朔最美风景 Gegeshu B&B brand created by Entrepreneur Chen Ronghua is known as the most beautiful scenery in Yangshuo

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桂林阳朔格格树饭店有限公司董事长陈荣华 Chen Ronghua, Chairman of Guilin Yangshuo Gegeshu Hotel Co., Ltd.

玩在阳朔,吃住在格格树民宿,这是去桂林游玩领略桂林山水甲天下必须要去的一个地方,格格树民宿与桂林山水甲天下相融在一起,还有独特之处,那就是承载了中西结合的旅游业底蕴,而格格树民宿的经营者、著名企业家陈荣华先生与之更是有着说不完的故事。
While touring in Yangshuo and enjoying the unparalleled landscape of Guilin, dining and staying in Gegeshu B&B is a must. There is a unique feature in Gegeshu B&B and Guilin landscape, that is the combination of Chinese and Western tourism, with which Mr. Chen Ronghua, the operator and well-known entrepreneur of Gegeshu B&B, has too many stories to tell.

格格树民宿如诗如画夜景 Picturesque night view of Gegeshu B&B

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 76 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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First 13 moves of the 24-form.
This demonstration focused on showing the internal movement of the form. Breathing is heavy to demonstrate how it works with body movements.
Overall, this is not how a person trains. It is an exaggerated demonstration.

Ling Zili and Brian Chung Push Hands Demo-Sydney 20210424

In Practical Method, horizontal moves must be seen. Feeling and thinking you have horizontal size is not enough. It must be real!

Verical moves, however, are the opposite. By nature, vertical moves don’t create horizontal size and therefore no visible to the human eye. Whenever vertical moves are seen, it indicates there is horizontal movement involved and therefore it is an error.

In both cases, a point of reference with a physical object is the best way.

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Turning Flower over from the Sea Bottom

Today, there is a big breakthrough.
The shoulders finally find the kuas in this movement. It was very possibly due to the exercise taught on Mar 30, 2021:

  • Use the kua to push the hand out. Shoulder, kua and elbow are one piece. The hand stretches against the shoulder. This is a very practical push hand move.

REMEMBER THE PROCEDURE that gets me here, but DON’T FOLLOW THE FEELING.

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Fist of Hitting and Lifting

The flip from one side to another needs to happen because of torso going down. More precisely, the two shoulder-to-kua axes go up and down against the central non-moving axis. Read more

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 76 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:5/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 45 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Chen Zhonghua’s disciple Sun Yang in black pushes hands in a friendly manner with the fourth place winner of Shandong Provincial wrestling competition. The person in white is a professional wrestler from the Shandong University of Sports.

Fist of Lifting and Blocking 搬拦肘

  1. Lock the two elbows as if they are on a table
  2. The two fists only go up to go around. They also have to stretch against the two elbows. Imagine that you have a wall parallel to the chest right in front.
Generally,
  1. The kuas control the rotation on the central vertical axis.
  2. The knees control the height of the body/torso.
  3. The elbow control the horizontal movement.
得意忘形
为什么分门派?
过来多年为什么会变?
因为没有真正明白。

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 64 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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In our school we use GM Feng Zhiqiang”s fajin as our training template.

冯志强宗师发力2001 Feng Zhiqiang Fajin

Kelvin corrected me on #42 to #44

#42 Embrace Head to Push Mountain

Starting position: chest facing N; hand facing W; half-horse stance R foot rear, L foot front.

  1. L hand elbow in, palm up, come around to R side, past R shoulder.
  2. R hand, palm down, at L armpit.
  3. Hinging on R elbow, swing R hand palm down diagonally towards NE.
  4. Adjust stance slightly, by moving heels, so that L foot becomes rear and R foot front.
  5. Foot in Hand out – bring R foot in and push R hand further out by straightening elbow, in scissors-like action.
  6. Negative Circle both hands.
  7. Hands “holding up” head, above shoulders, on either side of the head.
  8. Push both hands down on R side, similar to Six Sealing Four Closing; at the same time take a big step to the R, but unlike Six Sealing Four Closing, L foot stays put.

#43 Change Palm Three Times

  1. Imagine a long narrow tube slanting down between your 2 hands. Stretch out L hand, palm inside tube, palm facing left.
  2. Stretch out R hand inside tube, palm down, while at the same time withdraw L elbow having L hand palm up.
  3. Arms wrap around in straight line front of abdomen, R arm inside, L arm outside.

#44 Oblique Single Whip

  1. R hand comes out from under L elbow, forming bird beak, going all the way to the right, shoulder level, similar to Single Whip.
  2. Shift weight to R foot. Take a small step to bring L foot closer to R foot, then take a big diagonal step to land L foot so that chest faces NE.
  3. Extend L hand all the way to the left, shoulder level, similar to Single Whip.

Position check: chest faces NE; 2 feet on NW line; half-horse stance.

Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 30 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Common mistake in push hands:

  1. Shoulder tends to come up and have power (wrong).
  2. Kua tends to go down and not have power (wrong). Read more

Lock the arms, torso goes down. Lock the torso, pull down the arms. Now there is power.

This is increasing distance. This is switching. This is rotation.

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 77 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Kelvin corrected me on #37 to #41:

#37 Fist Protecting the Heart

1)Chest facing NW; in with R elbow, out with L hand.

2)Shift weight to R foot and step back L foot diagonally, R and L hands circling back then to R side, palms down; L foot facing NW.

3)Pull R foot closer to L foot.

4)Step up with R foot (big step) to land foot facing SW; adjust L foot so that you are in half horse stance (R foot as front & L foot rear); chest faces SW.

5)Double negative circle. R palm passes ear level to front of forehead, changing to a fist facing out. L hand goes out, palm up.

6)R fist is pulled downward to chest level, fist rotating inward, while L hand forms a fist, pulling towards the body.

Position check at the end of the move: facing SW; R fist in front of chest.

#38 Tornado Kick

1)Pull R foot in; shift weight to R foot and rotate on heel so R foot faces N; R elbow in, palm up, hand pointing towards NE.

2)Stretch R hand towards NE, palm down; after making sure your weight is entirely on your R foot, kick L foot towards R hand.

3)Momentum of kick will land L foot to face S. Swivel R foot on toes to also face S. Both hands down in front.

#39 Turn Right & Kick with Right Heel

1)Chest facing S, both hands down, fist facing body, shift weight to L foot.

2)Lift R foot lightly, R toes touching floor.

3)Holding elbows in, cross arms at chest level, fist facing down, L arm outside.

4)Lift R foot and kick with heel while at same time extend both arms, L arm diagonally upwards and R arm diagonally downwards; fists facing outwards; head and torso upright. Position check: L arm and R foot form a straight diagonal line.

5)Do not land R foot immediately after kicking. Make sure you are stable on L foot before landing R foot.

Position check: standing on two feet, chest facing S, both hands down.

Turning Flowers at the Bottom of the Sea (this move, preceding Fist Covering Hand, is not in the numbered sequence of yilu)

1)Shift weight to L foot; R fist in front of L side of chest; L fist on L side of body.

2)Lift R foot.

3)Swing R fist over head clockwise, and landing next to right thigh, fist facing outward while at the same time turn body clockwise by pivoting L foot on toes; at the same time swing L fist to near L temple.

4)Land R foot to face NW;  adjust L foot so that you are in half horse stance (R foot front, L foot rear); chest facing NW.

5)Drop both hands and come up in double negative circle.

#40 Fist Covering Hand

1)L hand out palm up.

2)R hand forming fist facing up, passing R ear going out in a line extended from the mouth.

3)After passing L palm, R fist turns face down and continues to punch out; L palm becomes a fist after R fist passes it.

4)Withdraw L fist; at the same time finish the R punch with force.

#41 Small Catching & Seizing

Position check: chest facing NW; L foot facing W & R foot facing N

1)Take a big step with R foot so that it is directly in front of L foot (both feet are now on the same line facing W).

2)Step forward with L foot on the same line; hands doing positive negative circle; chest facing N.

Position check: Hands and feet on a line facing W; chest faces N

Kelvin corrected me on #33 to #36 as follow:

#33 Turn Left & Kick with Left Heel

1)Chest facing S, both hands down, fist facing body, shift weight to R foot.

2)Lift L foot lightly, L toes touching floor.

3)Holding elbows in, cross arms at chest level, fist facing down, R arm outside.

4)Lift L foot and kick with heel while at same time extend both arms, R arm diagonally upwards and L arm diagonally downwards; fists facing outwards; head and torso upright. (Position check: R arm and L foot form a straight line.)

5)Do not land L foot immediately after kicking. Make sure you are stable on R foot before landing L foot.

6)Weight still on R foot, both hands chest level, L elbow close to body, L hand palm up facing E (remember to sit the wrist). R hand higher than L hand, R hand palm down also facing E.

#34 Wade Forward & Twist Step on Both Sides

1)Lower L foot, shift weight to L foot and step R foot diagonally towards SE, R hand out.

2)R elbow in; rotate R foot outward on heel and shift weight to R foot.

3)Step L foot diagonally forward so that you are in half horse stance facing SE, R foot is front foot and L foot rear foot.

4)Without moving your lower body, rotate your head and chest to face S; double negative circle, lift both hands up as if holding up a flower.

#35 Punch to the Ground

1)R hand becomes a fist pointing down; L hand stretched, elbow bent 90 degrees at ear level, palm out.

2)Without bending, punch to the ground using power of your kua (I can only make do by opening R knee to the extent of my ability.)

3)Stretch L arm/hand still bent at elbow, stretching against the punch to the ground.

(Position check: facing SE when you are done with this move.)

#36 Turn Around and Double Kick

1)Without lowering L hand, turn L palm to face inward and place R hand in front of abdomen.

2)Shift weight to L foot and rotate on L heel; at the same time, sweep R foot on toes clockwise so that you end up facing NW, your R hand swinging down and pivoting L foot on toes to complete the 180 degrees rotation. (Beginners may find it hard to complete the rotation in one move; practice doing it in segments. Position check before double kick: Facing NW, L arm and hand outstretched and R arm down. L foot is slightly behind R foot.)

3)Shift weight to R foot; kick with L foot.

4)During kick, L arm comes down, and R arm circles backwards and comes back up to the front.

5)Land L foot and kick R foot.

6)Land R foot; R arm stretched out and L hand at the side.

Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 30 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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4/1/21

Seven Counts of Beginning Movements

Ready- Left Palm horizontal

  1. Turn to right
  2. Pull left toe in
  3. Shovel out left heel
  4. Shift weight
  5. Right hand out
  6. Pull up right elbow/knee
  7. Put foot and fist down

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What does it mean to be not in the same dimension?
Open zipper, untie shoe lace

Taiji is to find the holes. We must fix the lattice to find the holes. Fixing the lattice is peng.
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