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Dimension (layer) i

by Yuxin Liu on 2022/05/24

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method employs 5 dimensions (layers). These 5 dimensions make up all the action combinations of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. The “dimension” here is different from the scientific definition, more like the “plane” in English. The 5 dimensions are: Read more

Momentum Force i

by Yuxin Liu on 2022/03/25

Momentum force: A force with inertia. Momentum force is simply the force generated by movement. It is an active power. Sometimes this force is unstoppable. What we usually hear is “it’s hard to gather overwhelmed water”, and “the arrow sent out” is this kind of force. In the simplest terms, we throw a stone out, and once it’s out, although in the air, we are no longer able to change its direction or force. Synonyms: active force, dynamic force. Read more


Being soft inside and hard outside is a movement principle and concept of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. Intuitively, the inside is soft, movable and active. The outside must be harder than the inside so that it can wrap things inside. Thus, the outside is fixed, passive, and a manifestation of the inside.
This feature is the opposite of the common sense of softness with rigidity, and needles hidden in cotton. The normal understanding of Taijiquan is that it looks soft like cotton, but there is hard steel hidden inside.
The “softness” of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method is hardness to the extreme is softness, not softness in the ordinary sense. At this point, it is likely to be different from other Taijiquan cognition. This is also a major feature of Practical Method. Read more


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Yuan Dang Assignment-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220302.

Yuan (Rounded) Dang (Crotch). The Dang is an area shaped like a horseshoe. It is from one knee to the Mingmen (lower back in between the kidneys). Yuan Dang is an action to push the top tip of the crotch down while locking the knees (the knees can rotate and move quite freely except outwards). This will gradually reshape the normal crotch, called Jian Dang (Tipped Dang) to Yuan Dang.


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Treasure in the Sleeves Assignment-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220302.

Hong Junsheng noticed that Chen Fake would put his two hands in the sleeves and move them in strange ways. He asked his master Chen Fake what he was doing. The answer was that he was training. This happened in 1930 in Beijing when Hong was a student of Chen Fake.

In those days in winter, people were heavily quilted coats with large and long sleeves. They would joint the two sleeves together to form a tube. The two hands are kept inside the tube/sleeves for warmth.

What Hong saw was Chen Fake rotating his two forearms inside the sleeves. This is the 3rd move of Change Palm Three Times (19th move of Yilu) . Hong later named this exercise Xiu Li Cang Jin, (Sleeve, inside, hide, treasure), like the English saying "Card up the sleeves".


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Small Change Palm Three Times Assignment-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220302.

"Change Palm Three Times" is a type of move, not just a simple technique in Practical Method. The move after Six Sealing and Four Closing, leading to Single Whip, is in fact, a small/brief version of Change Palm Three Times. And you know that this occurs many times in the Yilu form.

Then of course, you have the Change Palm Three Times (19th move and 43rd move in Yilu).

Moves that are repeated in the form (both Yilu and Cannon Fist) are important moves.

Change Palm Three Times type of moves are designed to open up the spine and are used as Zhuang Gong (Standing Post Training).


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Small Six Sealing and Four Closing Assignment-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220302
Are you aware that there are three ways to practice Six Sealing and Four Closing? Well, they are: normal, large and small. And they are in that sequence.

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua demonstrates the small Six Sealing and Four Closing drill. This drill is especially useful in creating rotations in the body.


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Shoulder Blade Stretch Assignment-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220302
"In with Elbow" is one of the two only action of Taijiquan moves. Often our elbow cannot come in to the right position. Our untrained elbow, in fact, is very far from its destination. The reason in most cases is because the shoulder blade is not open.

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua shows an exercise to open to shoulder blade.



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You have probably heard the idea that one should put an egg in the armpit during taiji training. This concept points students of Taiji to the right direction but not correct position or method.

In fact, this concept should be expressed as Kai Ye, open the armpit. Kai Ye is a conceptual term that directs the student to move in two ways. One is to separate the arm and the torson with the opening of the armpit so that two lines of energy is created.

The other is that the bicep and the torso (top of the ribcage) should squeeze together but grind against each other to cause separate in opposite directions.

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Han Xiong (Indent the Chest, Cave in the chest) is a major body part adjustment in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method training. By doing this exercise, the body can be re-calibrated to fully function in Practical Method movements and structure.

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Guo Tun (Tucking the Buttocks) is a major body part adjustment in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. It is a crucial piece of the puzzle in loosening and opening the spine.

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Fetch Water is one of the three main foundation exercises in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. This is a level one exercise.

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Taiji without Peng is not taiji. At the begining, we don't need to know what Peng is. We only need to do a few things when doing the taiji form. Some of these things are: stretch, tension and aim.

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua explains how tension can be used to create taiji movements.


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Single Leg Front Kua Rotation-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220302

Kua rotation is the most importance central move in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. It comes in different methods and positions.

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua taught one method to train the kua to rotate. It is the whole kua rotating frontwards in two directions while standing on one leg.


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Han Xiong: Indent the chest; cave in the chest.

It is an action that will cause the back to be arched. It is an essential body adjustment/training in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.





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Taijiquan has the saying that “yin and yang are mutually rooted”.
Wang Zongyue said, “Yin does not depart from yang, yang does not depart from yin. Yin and yang benefit mutually and this is the comprehension of energy”.
Zhou Dunyi of the Song Dynasty said in Taiji Illustration, “Wuji then taiji. Taiji moves and produces yang. Move to the extreme generates stillness, stillness produces yin, and stillness to the extreme generates moves again. Movement and stillness are the roots of each other. Once yin and yang are split, then there are two elementary parts.” Read more

John Hudson-Silk reeling。


Structural force and indirect power are two different things, and at the same time two things that are not in one [dimension]. Read more

Middle finger: leading the energy

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Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang

Terminology: Hand-elbow relationship
Related terms: elbow in hand, hand on elbow; seven-inch knife; sit the wrist; forearm as a stick.
[In with elbow, no hand; out with hand, no elbow] This movement principle is a major contribution of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng to Taijiquan. This Taijiquan [Ten-word adage] clearly illustrates the importance of the relationship between the hand and elbow. Read more

Taijiquan
The soul is yin yang separation.
Everything must conform to this general principle. Yin yang separation is peng. Read more


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Quick sand type of movements are traditionally called "Sinking" moves.
This video will serve as a template for this type of movements.


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In push hands, the first thing we need to do is to have peng energy. What does this mean? It requires us to be able to lock the opponent on the touch, confront him, without showing any disadvantages. We mustn’t show any weakness at the first place. Only like this, we will have the confidence to win.
What is confidence? Confidence is real gong fu. Without it, there is no use if you just feel good about yourself. How to gain real gong fu? Of course it is through years of training.

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Sink the Shoulder is a glossary for Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2021  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Lu, Cai, Lie i

by Kelvin Ho on 2021/01/14

Master Chen demonstrated Lu, Cai, and Lie with in-with-elbow in “Shake the Pole”. These three belong to the same group.

Lu 捋 – You grab the opponent’s arm, pull him in, and throw him onto the other side. There is no severance of the arm in this case.
Cai 採 – You grab the opponent’s arm, and pull on it quickly to sever it at the shoulder. This is like plucking a flower.
Lie 挒- You grab the opponent’s arm, and pull him in. He hits your body, which provides a stop to the incoming force. This also allows the arm to be severed at the shoulder.

Adjust Yourself, Not Your Opponent

First you make contact, then you adjust yourself, in the end you defeat your opponent. This process is what we generally call “Adjust yourself, not your opponent”.

On making the initial contact, Peng must be present. As soon as you touch your opponent you must establish superiority over him/her. You must be lose advantage.

If you succeed in dealing with the initial contact, you already have won half the battle. Where you make the contact, do not move it. You can only make some minor adjustments. The key to success is whether while holding (Peng) your opponent, you can adjust yourself. Beside the point of contact, adjust the rest of your body to the most advantageous position.

At this point, you can beat you opponent any way you chose to. If it is not the case, your first two steps were not done right.

KelvinHoProfile14A leader is someone or something that others follow.  If a number of people have to go through a tunnel that is only large enough to fit a person through at a time, the first person who goes through it is the leader, whom the rest of the people just follow. If multiple people try to go through the tunnel at the same time, there will be a jam, and no one can come out the other end. Read more

This is the most basic three count of the Practical Method positive circle.

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In this mini video, Master Chen Zhonghua explains how to judge the size of movements by using a point of reference.
This is part of the Sept. 8, 2020 online video of Master Chen Zhonghua
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 1 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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When you know how to rotate, you will need to have an anti-reversal lock on your body. This way, you will be able to rotate continuous forward, and won’t lose the gain of your rotation.

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Dixian,底线,bottom line,  is the most basic of the Practical Method. It refers to things that cannot be questioned, discussed or researched. They are things that must be accepted in whole. Read more

在2020年8月13日的零基础直播课上,陈中华老师着重讲解和示范了搓开这个概念。这个小视频讲解了搓开前立轴。实用拳法中身体有三个常用立轴,前立轴,中立轴和后立轴。这三个立轴是用来做腰裆转换(也就是支点转换)的。前立轴在前肩和前胯的立轴。中立轴在百汇合会阴的立线上。后立轴在后肩和后胯的立轴。

At the August 13, 2020 “Absolute Beginners” Mandarin Online session, Master Chen Zhonghua focused on the explanation and demonstration of the concept of “Cuokai”, rub to open. This mini video is on the topic of the “Rubbing Open the Front Axis”. In Practical Method, there are three vertical axis. Front, Middle and Rear. These three axis are used to perform “Switching” of the Yaodang (waist and dang), or the pivot. The front vertical axis is the vertical line from the front shoulder to the front kua. The Middle vertical line is from the Baihui point on the head to the Huiyin point in the crotch. The Rear Vertical Axis is from the rear shoulder to the rear kua.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Grind Open With A Vertical Axis August 13, 2020
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Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on August 11, 2020. This one hour lesson focused on the concept (terminology) of re-calibration in Practical Method.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 59 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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De-synchronization-1

Master Chen Zhonghua talked about the concept of de-synchronization in request of Paul’s inquiry.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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石碾 Stone mill

In taiji we say “Sink down to grind out”. This saying refers to the action of this device. It is called a Nian.

Sink down, is when the grinding stone goes over something, it does not float up lightly, instead, it will go over within downward sinking power. It moves forward leaving a trail of powder behind!

In addition, when we push this grinding stone forward parallel to the the ground, our forward power is converted to an vertical power through this device called Nian. This is taiji conversion!

Today we have grinders

Hong called it “gear box”

Old days they were called Xia Ta Wai Nian!

 

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This is an Answer by Chen Zhonghua to Spencer Jones’ question on synchronization and de-synchronization.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Spencer Jones:

In the past I’ve heard you talk about the top half and lower half being two different rhythms. I was aimlessly trying to incorporate that into this move. This explanation is very clear. Now i just have to watch your movements in slow motion a few hundred times. Thanks again.

Chen Zhonghua:

Best way is to look at how the car moves. Wheels rotate and the body of the car moves forward. We normally assume that the car body movement and wheel movement are the same, are synchronized or are directly related. They are not. They are very indirectly related! If they are directly related, the car jerks!

Spencer Jones:

That is helpful. Thanks. I’ll send you a video of my progress once I’ve worked on it some.

Chen Zhonghua:

Another aspect of this de-synchronization can be observed in an old bicycle. In the old no gear bicycle, you pedal to power the bicycle. You pedal hard and fast to make it move faster. But you have the choice of stop pedaling and let the bicycle coast on its own. This means that there is a clutching and de-clutching process involved. Without it, you will have to pedal all the time and when the bicycle is going fast downhill, you might break your legs because you can not follow the speed of the pedals rotation!

The clutching and de-clutching, in our taiji terms, the synchronization and de-synchronization, is the yin yang union and yin yang separation.

Jieshou, a Chinese word that means “accept hand”, is a term used in Practical Method. You will get an idea of what it means after viewing the video clip.

It is important to know that Practical Method does not allow head-on collision in making initial (or any other) contact with the opponent.

This is a clip of teaching video at the Dec. 2019 New York workshop.

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What is Fajin? 2

by Kelvin Ho on 2018/12/01

Toronto Oct 13, 2018

Toronto Oct 13, 2018

Master Chen has stated before fajin is everything is in the correct place, add speed. How do we ad speed?
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Clarity 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2018/11/30

Toronto, Oct 23, 2018

Toronto, Oct 23, 2018

When I first heard Master Chen Zhonghua talk about clarity, he was referring to our movements which needed to be clear, meaning that if we wanted a body part to move in a particular way, no other body part should compete or be dragged into that movement. For hand-out, the hand must clearly be the leader, whereas for elbow-in, the elbow must clearly be the leader. When we practice yilu, we must learn to do it in a segmented way, like writing block letters rather than cursive. We must first establish a train track in our bodies, so our actions will cause our body parts to move along the track (in other words, according to specific principles). The opponent may be fooled by our actions, but we certainly must be very clear on what we tried to do. In practice, we must have a clear goal, so our practice is focused and can take us there.
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