Knowledge : Learning Method

Master Chen Zhonghua’s choice of language is straight forward and literal.  However, I find myself like many others having a difficult time understanding his instructions at the beginning of the Practical Method journey. It’s not that I didn’t want to follow the instructions. Whatever I did just seemed not matching what he meant. Instructions such as putting the left hand in front of the right hand gave me a hard time. The reason was that what I thought was front was not the same as what Master Chen intended front to be.  Let’s say setting up the hand positions is the first step, and other things are built on top of it. If this step was not done correctly, everything else would also be wrong. Therefore, it was utmost important to get the first step correctly.

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 2 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

When you training to rotate one part of the body, it is more like a template, or a model. The body does not have anything like that.
The smallest meaningful unit/action on the body is a two-disk gear set.
Master Chen Zhonghua shows how to train the first gear in this video.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 5 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

In training, we must use a lot of power and imagine it is real. Then in push hands, things will become easy.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 5 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

If you believe that the devil is in the details, then you will also agree that the secret of taiji is in the vertical, not horizontal.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 4 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

If you lock the middle is like a lever, move the middle is like a bow.
This is a primary use of energy in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 1 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

If you lock the middle to make it a pivot, you can then stretch the two ends. Many moves in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method are based on this principle.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 2 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

One of the learning methods in Practical Method is to do as you are told, and ONLY do as you are told, do not worry about anything else. This encourages positive learning attitude and will lead to more learning.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 5 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

Master Chen Zhonghua uses a snow plow and screw to explain the nature of yin yang separation in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 3 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

Master Chen Zhonghua explains the function and movement requirements for the shoulder and the Kua.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 11 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

An abridged version of Master Chen Zhonghua's online lesson on Oct. 13, 2021.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 4 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

In learning, we face to things. One is that the master will constantly how you things. Another is that the actual doing of taiji. These two are not the same.
Master Chen Zhonghua shows the difference and how knowing the difference will help you in your learning.


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ReferenceImplementation

Master Chen Zhonghua only teaches a reference implementation, which represents an example of how the principle is applied.  There are many parts that need to be examined, explored and learned.  We must focus our effort on learning all the parts of the reference implementation, how they form part of a system, how each part functions, and the role each part plays, what the effect when all the parts work together, etc. We have to go over this reference implementation over and over again, because there is always something we miss previously.

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We hear those things often. In this article I‘ll give an overview of what that means and also write a little bit of how to implement it into your body.

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 Fetch Water

  • Lock the front knee
  • Lock the rear shoulder
  • Push the front kua into the line between the front knee and rear shoulder
  • Make sure that train the full range of motion
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We covered the following tonight:

Negative circle

  1. Do it in a way that the arm triangle does not change shape externally.
  2. Focus on the opening of the shoulder and the elbow
  3. Think of the forearm and the upperarm rotating longitudinally and independently.
  4. When doing elbow in, make sure that the shoulder is down. This is like instead of getting the elbow to go over on its own, make the shoulder contribute half the effort by going down, so that the elbow can go over by completing the other half. Read more

  1. Create an account on YouTube if you don’t have one yet.
  2. Shoot your yilu video in landscape mode like the above picture.
  3. Upload your yilu video to YouTube.
  4. In the description of your YouTube video, add the following:
    1. Name: Your name
    2. Location: Where was the yilu was recorded at?
    3. Date: Which date the yilu was recorded on?
    4. Yilu Count: Approx. # of yilus you have practiced so far, please see http://practicalmethod.com/pm_practice_record_main/pm_practice_personal_totals/.
  5. Copy the link to your YouTube video.
  6. Create a new post at this website:  http://practicalmethod.com/wp-admin/post-new.php
    • If you have access problem with this link, please contact Kelvin Ho at kelvin.ho@practicalmethod.ca, as you will need author access to this website.
  7. Paste the link in the body of the new post.
  8. Edit the title of the post in the following format:
    • John Doe Yilu on Oct. 26, 2020

…learning about adaptation vs. action…screwdrivers only engage one way…

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  1. Smart phone
  2. Tripod
  3. Notebook

The first two items allow your camera to be set at the appropriate height, distance and angle for the teacher/instructor to have an optimal view to provide feedback to the student. These items can be replaced with other equipment that can provide equivalent adjustment of the camera.  The 3rd item facilitates note taking (don’t forget to post your notes too at the website).

…GM gives Roy opportunities to try to use PM to move him in push hands…very focused session…

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…one of the messages I hear, daily, from GM Zhonghua Chen is that he wants us to use our head as much as we use our body…

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…focused on Yilu corrections and body mechanics…make sure you view the video of this class…

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…what is the essential nature of Peng?  …is there room for creativity in training processes as a PM beginner?  …could be that how we answer these questions will affect the speed of our learning and our ability in PM over time, maybe…this is a speculative piece…

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…class was a part of the online Zoom ‘Make it Real’ series of lessons, focusing on the double-positive circle…be sure to check out the posted video this review relates to…

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My Yilu video started a discussion on Facebook that Taiji doesn’t look like robotic movements.
Several people tried to explain why we practice this way until we came to the term of paper tigers.
I decided to describe in a longer post why I practice this way and for me this method works. Read more

Chen Zhonghua’s Practical Method Online Lesson Morning Session on August 18, 2020.
Negative Circle procedure.
Many explanations and individual corrections.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 54 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua Practical Method Online Lesson, Morning of August 18, 2020
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StepUpToJi

We will have an online class based on this video using the comment section of this video at 10:30 am Central Time, 11:30 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, April 4, 2020. On the days that I am teaching, I have selected a series of videos that will be taught in a sequential manner. The primary emphasis will be improving your understanding of how to take an opponent’s space that utilizes the principles that are inherit to Chen Style Practical Method Taijiquan. The video’s include:
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Online practice groups are a way to support and motivate each other along our Practical Method journey.
Anyone learning Practical Method can conduct an online foundations practice group regardless of where you are in the world.

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Yilu Record Tab i

by Lou Sacharske on 2019/07/15

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During a workshop earlier this year, Master Chen recommended that we utilize the “Yilu Record” tab to track our practice. As a result of starting this, I have found that it motivates me to basically do more, and to practice more consistently. Recording progress provides definitive feedback on effort and accomplishment. I have found it to be a very positive tool and extremely easy to use.

While I was still living in Hong Kong, I have started with 300 a day.  John Upshaw and I have been exchanging and we decided 3 months ago to increase it to 600 a day – 3oo per leg, and log our sets on Facebook.  We promised to do this until July 24.  This is when Master Chen will visit Iowa for their workshop.  Since then, the likes of Kelvin Ho, Tinh Thai, and Winston Wang have joined.  Even my student Simon Yau has jumped in on the action!  Every day, I look forward to my brothers giving me the thumbs up next to my “done”.
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The use of rubber cords for Practical Method training at the 2019 Italian Practical Method Seminar on March 31, 2019. Read more

Precision is a word consistently used in Practical Method Taijiquan. But what does that mean in terms of practice? One aspect during Yilu is to not only complete the movement, but to know exactly where that move is aiming towards (which is why knowledge of applications is important). It is not enough to repeat the move, but to understand the energy alignment and aim. As our training continues to develop, and we become more aware of additional body parts (ie: to become aware of the elbow, become aware of the hip, etc.), we are able to aim more pieces towards the same objective – making the move more effective as each body part compounds power on the next.

Master Chen and Josh Landau

That same exactness and consciousness of movement is required during push hands. When the foot is being moved, it’s not being moved forward or backwards, but to a very specific spot. The practitioner needs to be aware of exactly where that foot needs to be for that situation, and move it there with purpose.

Every interaction needs to move towards a goal. Too often we push to get a feeling of the other person, to practice getting in a favourable position, waiting for the opponent to make a mistake to capitalize on, etc. This is following our own familiar pattern. Within taijiquan we must be able to change the energy of the interaction without changing the shape.

Efficiency of movement is not changing the position/contact points in order to get into a place that is familiar to us. Rather, it is often to be able to capitalize on the position you are already in. Become comfortable despite being in an awkward position. You have to be able to let go of your ideas on what is a bad position in order to achieve a certain objective. It is often when we feel our body is uncomfortable that our body fights back, getting in our own way of being able to do what we need to do. The mind needs to let go first, train, and the body will follow.

 

http://practicalmethod.com/2010/05/yilu-detailed-applications-1-online-video-trailer/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6dUI7d5GS4&t=258s

Your Next Step After A Workshop
P1020551HONG KONG CHEN STYLE TAIJI PRACTICAL METHOD 香港陳式太極實用拳法·WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
I watched master’s videos; it was the one where he demonstrated with Master Michael Calandra to be exact that got me curious. I thought, gosh, there is something very different here. He bounced and dropped people with what seemed to be minimal effort. I sent Master Chen an email asking if I could have a look at his next workshop and he gladly invited me. After driving about forty-five minutes to Langley, I sat and watched, and sure enough, it was the same as what I saw in the videos. The only remaining thing to do is to have a try. I walked up and asked Master Chen if I could push him (in hindsight, that was pretty stupid – the right kind of stupid for learning Practical Method). Read more

Related Article: http://practicalmethod.com/2014/07/triangle_double_lock_single_lock/

Basic Foundations 6

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/03/27

  1. Twisting the towel
  2. Fetch Water
  3. Six Sealing Four Closing
  4. Positive Circle
  5. Negative Circle
  6. Double Positive Circle
  7. Double Negative Circle (together)
  8. Double Negative Circle (alternate)
  9. Positive-Negative Circle (Pole shaking)
  10. Positive Circle – Moving Step
  11. Negative Circle – Moving Step
  12. Six Sealing Four Closing – Moving Step
  13. Double Positive Circle – Moving Step
  14. Double Negative Circle (alternate) – Moving Step
  15. Positive-Negative Circle – Moving Step