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Rotation is the result of linear movements v2

Recently, I understand more about the statement:

“Rotation is the result of linear movements.”

Our actions are like on the tangent of a circle. The non-moving dot is the centre of the circle. Every linear action is very small. The direction changes all the time. The sequence of such actions along with non-moving dot cause the rotation. The actions are continued on top of each other, and they have a relationship with the non-moving dot. In the form, it is like dragging the flesh around some non-moving rod or dot. It is almost like someone pushes the arm on one side for elbow in, and someone else pushes the other side of the arm for hand out. This is related to the stretch that Master Chen Zhonghua showed on the inside or outside of the forearm. Another example is that if someone touches me in the front, I don’t move the front, but I stretch the back over or around that non-moving front.
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True Disciple i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/08/04

Who is a true disciple?

A true disciple is someone who follows the teacher based on the principles of the teachings. When the teacher evolves in his understanding, a true disciple will do the same. Even if the teacher and the true disciple don’t see each other for an extended period of time, their evolutions will still head in the same direction.

Taiji Trinity i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/08/04

Principle: Separation of Yin and Yang
Concept: Indirect Power
Action: In with elbow no hand, out with hand no elbow.

These are three ways of describing taiji. They are one and the same.

Master Chen Zhonghua discussed the above during a Q&A session at the North American Practical Method Training Camp from Jul 29 to Aug 2, 2017.


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A 4 videos series explaining the concept of using joint power to generate force.

Using joint power is different then muscle power because using joints keep the body in place. Muscle power often rely on momentum which can be manipulated by opponent.

In addition joint power is additive, so the more the body is open, the greater the output.

“Centered Move 1” “Centered Move 2” “Centered Move 3” “Centered Move 4”

Keeping arm joints in 45 degree so it can open when opponent want to lock it.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin

Opening within 45 degree
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Chen SittingAt the workshop in Maple Ridge today, we worked on “Stretching”. It is important to remember that a concept must be understood at it core level. We train the basic core elements of the concept, not its derivatives, deviations, adaptations or variations of the concept. For example, the core elements of a “stretch” is a locked point and a moving point. A variation is two moving points. Read more

Sometimes watching something in nature can be helpful in gaining understanding a type of movement. If you watch generally speaking you see ‘everything moving’ in a wavelike manner. But if you look more closely you will notice the movement is actually the result of a sequence of isolated actions connected by stretch. Every thing is NOT moving at the same time. There is an energy flow through the segments.

The purpose of training is to enhance the hardness of the body in every aspect. This is a quality issue.  Read more

Movements are in the bones; rotations are in the joints. All Practical Method movements are straight movements. The system requires rotations. Rotations are achieved in two ways: Read more

The understanding of vertical movements (line) and horizontal movements (line) is vital. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system requires that all movements must be along the vertical line, not the horizontal line.  Read more

Suspended head is an important principle of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. The suspended head allows the vertical stretch of the body to take place. This creates two lines in the body: 1) head left foot vertical line. 2) head right foot vertical line.  Read more

Every push in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system must be converted into a pull. This is a major concept.  Read more

Rotation is the result of linear movements. There are no rotational moves in taijiquan. Read more

I believe that what happens to a connected person’s body when being pushed can be understood by understanding how a trampoline works. Read more

Key words:

  1. 【硬而不僵】: Ying er bu jiang. Hard but not stiff. This is a concept in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.
  2. 松而不懈: Song er bu xie. Soft but not collapsed. This is a commonly used taiji phrase and concept. Read more

This “natural” is not your “natural”. The master said so right at the first meeting. His explanations later on were mainly based on how to separate “self” from the objects that we observe. The “nature” taiji talks about is about the real nature out there. It is the one outside of self. Not the one the observer feels, sees, or believes.  The master used the analogy of chopsticks to illustrate the Read more

The Circle 11

by Mat Beausoleil on 2012/02/23

The circle, simply put, is the basis of every move in the Taijiquan Practical Method system. Every action or movement in the form is actually a part or variation of either the negative or positive circle. Therefore, common sense would suggest that one must gain a deep understanding of the circle and its mechanics in order to have any kind of understanding of Taijiquan and its practical applications. 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

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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 Yilu, 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!

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“If I move, force will come to me, if I don’t toss, force will pass”

“Force is like water, it will affect parts that move”

Clip from Three Way Split Lesson

Three way split will create an unmoving fulcrum point, so the principle of lever can be applied.

Just arrived in Helsinki, Finland. It is much colder here than in Iceland yesterday. Checked into Scandic Hotel downtown. Had a brief private with Tomi after supper. Here are the main points on basic movements. I am trying to set the rules out for the initial Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method workshop in Helsinki. Read more

This is the private section of Chen Zhonghua’s Feb. 2011 Workshop in New York. It was meant to be a private teaching session for Michael Calandra and Dean Mayo. This video showed some higher level taiji skills and techniques and lots of training tips for students.
Author: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 30 min.   In: English   Year: 2011  Difficulty:4/5  At:New York

New York 2011 Workshop Online Video 2
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Push Hands practice, the meaning of “Don’t Move”

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 23min.   In: English   Year: 2011  Difficulty:1/5  At: Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge Workshop Feb. 2011
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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

Connection to the ground i

by Niko on 2011/02/08

Just one brief observation i made sunday during PH with Martin – i think he will attend the WS in Freising too, since he is starting to appreciate your Taiji-wisdom. First, i led him push with both hands my pelvis-bones and i could resist his push by cennecting both contact-spots to my feet. Read more

In taiji like in other practices, we tend to want to take in all the material at once. This is impossible as the requirements of taiji are extremely difficult to put into practice. The problem is that if we focus on too many things at once it become too difficult to negotiate all the rules.

It is actually better to work on one rule or one lesson at a time, until it is ingrained. When the body assimilates the rule, it is time to add a further one.

Movement vs No Movement i

by admin on 2011/01/08

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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 hit the floor. Read more

Excellent Article. It serves as a good reminder. Please be patient. It is being translated into English.

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Power in Taiji comes from rotation, but how does rotation generate power?.

The key is S-Line structure that can transform rotation to movement.

Power and stability in rotation only come from proper S-Line alignment.

See Taiji S-Line Video Training for detailed explanation.

Taiji S-Line Demonstration Clip

Here is a short clip on the importance of mastering the concept of Zhuan Guan.

Zhuan  (turn) Guan (joint)

Training video on Zhuan Guan Zhuan Guan Online Video Trailer

Master Chen description on Zhuan Guan ( point 19 )

In this short video clip, Master Chen Zhonghua explains the energy alignment of the body when punching.

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