Knowledge : Glossary and terms
Principle: Separation of Yin and Yang
Concept: Indirect Power
Action: no 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.
Video on the difference ofand Revolution movement in Practical Method system.
Jiaobiejin, pronounced as cheobiejin, is a special characteristic of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. Read more
For a person to function normally, themust work together seamlessly. In taijiquan, this state of being is called the . It is also called the .
In terms of yin yangin taijiquan, body and mind are the opposite. They don’t always harmonize in many activities. The becomes more and more distant as humans age. The practice of taijiquan, is said to help rebuild the for many people.
In taijiquan, we have a saying “Both hands and the heart are forgotten”, and “The body and mind are harmonized as one”. To be more direct, we say that the learning and the using are the same. Both Grandmasters Chen Fake and Hong Junsheng said, “Practice the way you would use it”. One who can achieve this level of ability is certainly a skilled person. It is unfortunately too difficult to reach this level. Read more
Taiji can certainly be considered a form of specialized technology, and like any specialized technology, this requires special language.
That language is something we have to be very careful of because, in many cases, a word with a ‘common’ meaning often has a special, more extensive, or more precise meaning than the one we would normally attribute to it.
Serious students of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method are asked to do as many Yilus as possible for a single day. This practice started in 2001 by Master Chen Zhonghua and is known today as the Read moreChallenge. The tests the students courage, endurance and power level.
Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system produces power through many ways such as structure, angles and adherence. The result is that this type of power is perceived as real in the eyes of the opponent but not such in the eyes of the practitioner himself/herself. This type of power is called perceived power. Read more
This is the “ten character dictum” by Grandmaster Hong Junsheng. Read more
Don’t move! Read moreyour hands! your torso! your body! your center! your knee! your feet!
Sit the wrist is a special term used in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. It means that the wrist must be stretched open into a curved position and then locked into place. This is also part of therequirement.
The classic mention of this term is “understanding the three joints” (明三节）. Read more
There are two types of movements in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.
- Primary movements.
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- Left hand
- Right hand
- Left foot
- Right foot
These are considered theof the outside of the body. Everything else is considered the inside of the body.
There are 5. We can also call them five .
- 1. Choreography. This is the first stage. The student only learns to remember the choreography of the routines. Memory of the movements and names of the moves can be used as a method for learning.
- 2. Coordination. At this stage a sudent tries to put the movements into a logical coherent synthesis.
- 3. Clarity and Energy. The body must be able to clearly show what the practitioner is trying to accomplish.
- 4. Application. The student is applying the movements and techniques in his mind.
- 5. Flow. All movements must flow while keeping all of the above principles.
Note: This is not the 5 levels of gongfu in Taiji. This is just the chronological.
Usually this means three energy points (on your own or counted with the opponent’s body part together) moving on the same straight line.
Moving downwards with any part of the body without causing any other part of the body to move with it.
Same as to “meter out”. Every move must be compensated or matched by movements of all other parts of the body.
We distinguish between movement, which is used for positioning, and action which facilitates. Movement is horizontal in space, forward or backward, left or right. involves internal vertical adjustments and repositioning of inner space, actions required for directing power outwards, from a stable structure.
originally published on 2008/03/03
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Sometimes you move, sometimes you don’t. Some parts of the body should move while other parts must be tranquil. The correct application of these is taiji. Read more
Pulling energy is also called “Pull back”, or “Roll Back”. In general it is an energy pulling the opponent towards yourself. The key is that your pulling power must originate from your own dantian. It cannot originate from your hand. Here is a video clip to illustrate this point.
The energy on the body must sometimes be connected and other times disconnected. Here is a video example of how the energy can be connected.
The body must be trained to have multiple axis and they must be in multiple dimensions. One of them is the VERTICAL AXIS. Vertical axis acts exactly the same way as a door hinge. Read more
This term refers to the attempt to engage in without the ability to maintain one’s center. This flaw results in destabilization of structure and balance, and loss of power as a consequence. In Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method “tossing” is considered one of the ills of the practice, a weakness to be overcome if progress is to occur.
- displace, displacement: to move physically out of position <a floating object displaces water> Read more
To adjust to or keep in proper measure or proportion, e.g. to modulate your force appropriately. Similar concepts include proportional movements, adjust while moving, etc.