Knowledge : Glossary and terms

The shape and actions of the kua in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:3/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

Kua Function
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How to produce power in the body. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:2/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

Power Up
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Weight shifting or weight switching is an important technical principle of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:3/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

Weight Shifting
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The shape of the hand in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.  The hand and fingers are shaped like an ancient Chinese roof tile. This ensures that the base is tight and the fingers span out. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 5 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:1/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

Tile Hand
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On the way from China to Vancouver workshop, Master Chen has a free day to talk and demonstrate basic principle often misunderstood in Taijiquan.  Using “Six Sealing and Four Closing” to show how to split of yin and yang.   Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:2/5  At:Stanley Park Vancouver, Canada

Yin Yang Split
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Master Chen says that separation of yin and yang is rotation in today’s terms. He also mentions that stretching is an instance of separation of yin and yang. Today, I came to a realization that when the circle becomes infinitely small, rotation and stretching are really one and the same. The key is that the setup needs 3 points, and one action, which is the rotation, at the centre or the pivoting point or the fixed point. The rotation at the centre is the only thing I can do to ensure that the other 2 points are opposites but of the exact same size. For example, if I just move the hands in opposite directions, since there is no relationship between them (no 3rd point linking the two together), there is no guarantee that their actions are the same in size. At the beginning, I can visualize how the dantian acts the centre and modulates the other 2 points (hand and foot). Hopefully in the future, I can place the centre/fixed point anywhere inside or outside of the body as desired like Master Chen said.

In order to materialize this theory in practice, more training in foundation and yilu will be the way to go.

http://practicalmethod.com/2012/10/yin-yang-split-online-video-trailer/

In stepping, the weight must remain in the center. This ensures balance of the body. Move the body weight to one leg. This does not mean shifting weight as in physical shape. Press the body weight onto that leg until you feel that the weight is solidly on that leg. At the same time, the other leg is empty and is pushed out by the pressing leg. Anchor the leg that steps out. Pull your original leg close to the newly anchored leg. Read more

Twisting the towel is one of the basic foundation exercises of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. it is also called the four-cardinal yin yang split.