I remember that when I was a young, I hated doing calligraphy. All my arm muscles including those of my shoulder and back would tense-up and hurt. I hated even more those lectures where teachers would spend the entire class making me take notes non-stop. But with time, my hand learned when not to involve my wrist, elbow and shoulder. And now as an adult who practiced writing for years, I can write for long periods of time without getting tired. Read more
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在国内，打太极拳的随处可见；在国外也不罕见。如果您稍微留点儿心，就会发现，绝大多数人走架的时候，手的动作多、动作大而且繁复。推手时也如是，净看见两个人用手互相推拉撕扯了。 Read more
Quality and quantity are two issues that come up a lot during training and seem to be the cause of some debate amongst practitioners. Generally most people have strong opinions about these two ideals and normally have specific training habits which clearly show which catergory they fall into. Read more
**This is a short piece I wrote in the mid-90s about a way to define martial arts ** The martial arts are systems of combat developed for the purpose of either offense, defense or mass combat. However, these arts also have many goals beyond combative ones. There are countless reasons to decide to study the martial arts.
有道是“学拳容易改拳难”，与其学错了再改，不如一上手就学对的。练太极，尤其是在初期，要把自己的非太极动作改掉，改就是提高。 Read more
When the body becomes accustomed to moving through the forms in a connected way, the structure of the body will naturally begin to tighten up. As a result, the over exaggerated stretching movements previously used to open up and should be adjusted and made smaller and tighter. Read more
When my trip to Daqingshan, a mountain in the Shandong province of China came through, I was delirious with joy. It not only gave me an opportunity to further my development in the art but also fulfilled my ultimate fantasy to dissolve into T’ai Chi while experiencing the fresh chi of the mountain. I was seized by an overwhelming urge to realise my full potential while soaking in tranquility and serenity. Read more
It is a fact that most modern people, especially westerners living in urbanized areas, are not as physically active as they once were. As society becomes more dependent on machines and electric tools to do the physical labour once done manually, the bodies of modern men seem to be changing accordingly. Read more
Eventually, higher level students of Taijiquan come realize that the power produced in practice should never be produced by the muscles. But if it isn’t produced in the muscles, where does the incredible strength, flexibility and speed of the great masters come from? I believe this question can be answered by understanding the amazing system of tendons and ligaments which connects the muscular and skeletal structures. Although many people like to believe that “qi”
The Master once said, “Everybody in the world uses momentum-based movement, therefore we do not. Taiji involves ‘contained spiral force’ that generates momentum on something external to oneself.”
Driving through the immense rural landscape of China by car during a recent research trip my teacher, Chen Zhonghua, and I sought diversion from the lengthy journey by entertaining each other with stories. As we were traveling from the city of Jinan to Chen village (Chenjiagou) we happened to pass Handan, a little hamlet tucked in amidst the fertile fields of central Shandong province. Read more
It seems to me that most people are not aware of the spiraling that should occur throughout the body while doing Taijiquan. Even though most people must have seen the ancient diagrams of a body coiled in lines representing the spiraling paths of the silk reeling energy (chansijin) characteristic of Chen style Taijiquan, very few people seem to be able to explain or even understand what this principle actually is. Obviously, it is not only important to know how to create spiraling throughout the body, but also to understand why spiraling and the unique energy it creates is so important to the art.
“虛領頂勁“ is one of many Tai Chi principles. 虛 means void, which really has misled many people.
Before talking about Master Chen Zhonghua’s Daqingshan Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Seminars, it is necessary to discuss the historical significance of Practical Method of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng.
Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method pays a great deal of attention to the lines on the human body. No matter in the performance of the routines, or in push hands, the body will naturally form energy lines. Some lines are formed quite naturally while others are formed gradually only after specialized training.
陈中华老师在2011年7月 首期大青山国内实用拳法培训班上，幽默地讲了一个小故事，大意是有个老猎人用了一辈子猎棒，技艺精熟，每次上山打猎都收获不少。有一天有人向他推荐新式的 火枪，并演示了用法和效果； Read more
Hunyuan World 2004 gave participants access to an enormous wealth of essential knowledge on taijiquan. One of these gems of information relates to Read more, a topic of great interest to camp participants. As an example of the teaching available at Hunyuan World events, I share Master Chen Zhonghua’s response to students’ questions on , which also led to more general comments on his interpretation of taiji.
陈中华先生云:习拳悟道,当有机缘.所谓机缘者.顿悟之锲机.并言洪师爷逸事一则:某年夏夜老人外出散步.不料脚下踩一物以致不能自控而倾跌倒地.洪师爷起身,作辑,向四方拜一拜. Read more
做为一个没入门的太极拳爱好者，我很长时间以来，一直经常在网络上看陈中华老师的一些文章和教学视频，对陈老师独特的理论和精彩表演感到非常好奇。此次借出差之机，途经大青山，得见陈中华老师，并体验了他神妙的太极功夫。 Read more
(translated by Michael Koh of Singapore)
TaiJi Quan is a special and unique martial art from China. Similar to Chinese calligraphy, classics culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, she is both profound and captivating. Causes many practitioners to train night and day, laboriously and diligently. However, the number of people who has mastered this art is like stars at dawn, far and few. My story of my Taiji journey is divided to before and after I come to know Master Chen Zhong Hua. This is my brief testimony as a show of gratitude (to Master Chen).
The long transpacific journey over, my wife, Baraka, and I stepped onto Chinese soil, thrilled by the permutations of consciousness that this ancient, yet forward-looking land was already beginning to effect upon us. Our toddling daughter, Akasha, for whom any experience was a delightful curiosity no matter how mundane or extraordinary her parents deemed it, took in her new surroundings with an uncomplicated wonder which we, too, hoped to embrace despite the grown-up demands of intercontinental travel. Read more
I started learning the Practical Method from video in February of this year (2011). Because I had studied Chen Style Taijiquan since 2006 and did not have a Practical Method teacher in my area, I thought I could learn from the wealth of information and videos available on the Practical Method website.
My first videos were the Basic Foundations and Yilu (First Routine) Detailed Instructions. I have since bought the Energy Alignment videos and various Mini Lessons. I also recommend Yilu Corrections.
One concept which seems to come up in almost every lesson and principle Master Chen teaches is connection. But what does “being connected” actually mean? How do we achieve it and what are the benefits of being connected? I think these are all important questions that any serious Chen Style Taijichuan Practical Method student needs to explore and understand in order to gain a deeper understanding of this complex art. While most practioners seem to focus on the external choreography of the art, which is the first step and the foundation of the , I think the answer to what connection is can only be found by focusing on what happens inside the body. Taiji is, after all, an internal martial art!
2009年10月，第一次上大青山，认识了陈老师，初次领略了实用拳法的奥妙，前已为文记之。下山时，便许下愿心，日后有机会定当再次上山。其实，这想法自然不过。我在大青山上遇见的拳友，没有不被陈老师的为人和功夫所折服的，几乎所有人上山都不止一次。 Read more
I have been practicing Cheng Man Ching 37 style for 2 years, and in 2010 Apr, I started learning Chen Style Taiji in Singapore. After 3 months, I walked away feeling frustrated as I realized that what I learnt was “flower punch”. Nothing more than moving and waving my hands in the air. I didn’t give up and searched further on the internet brought me to a direct lineage from one of the master from Chen Village. I told myself, this teacher cannot be wrong. I signed up a 3 months course. Read more
Hi, just some thoughts here i actually wanted to post on the specific category, but that is not possible anymore. It deals with shoulder and Kua and the connections between the trigrams. Read more
I was watching Chen Zhonghua teach push hands one day in July of 2010 on Daqingshan when I could not resist saying, “I have a method.” On hearing this, Chen Zhonghua stepped away. The opponent did not move. I picked up where they had left off and proceeded to knock the opponent down. Of course I caught him so that he would not Read more the floor.
Excellent Article. It serves as a good reminder. Please be patient. It is being translated into English.
太极拳名家洪均生先生是太极宗师陈发科的入门弟子，一生致力于太极拳的研究，其功底深厚、松园缠 绵、缜密雄浑，在国内外影响很大，我成为师爷的再传弟于，实为三生有幸。 Read more
实用拳法对于缠法有独到的研究和见解。 Read more
以我们普通人的思维，很难想像，一个身高一米六左右，自幼体弱多病的人，一个前半生富足，后半辈子穷困交加、大起大落的人，会静心于武学研究，会几十年如一日的坚持不变自己的信念；生活无情的给了他那么多挫折，他却以创立一派武学作为回馈！这是怎样的精神风范与意志？ Read more
On Oct. 28, 2010 my taiji uncle Zhang Guangzong came to my father’s house for a visit. He solemnly presented a diary that he had kept for 38 years to me. Read more
Though Taijiquan belongs to the realm of traditional sport, it is a perfect art form with precise Read more and complex methodology. It is also a suitable method for people’s health. Students of this art should follow the rules strictly and go for the difficulties. They should carefully seek the regularities. In doing so, the first requirement is “solemn.”