|Presenter: Kelvin Ho||Length: 67 mins||Difficulty: 3/5|
|Language: English||Year: 2021||Location: Toronto, Canada|
Chen Taiji Practical Method and Hunyuan Taiji on Daqingshan Mountain
by Shopmaster on 2021/06/21
|Presenter: Kelvin Ho||Length: 67 mins||Difficulty: 3/5|
|Language: English||Year: 2021||Location: Toronto, Canada|
by Pawel Mueller on 2021/06/20
Regardless of the current difficulties this year, we will be organizing the 5th European Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Meet-Up. It continues this year close to Żywiec, Poland on August 28th through 29th. This years host is Damian Jagosz, who is a very dedicated student of our style.
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/06/18
“Three” represents a loop, means to repeat things endlessly.
There is really only two main things in Chinese martical arts: horizontal and vertical.
We need to determine horizontal and vertical, one of them is more dominant.
However, you need both of them to be present to say that there is either horizontal or vertical. We need to both to make the distinction.
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/06/08
Back to the Mar 30, 2021 exercise, there is one part that goes out, and one part that goes up. Eventually, there is a force that goes out and around.
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/06/04
We use the kua to initate and drive our moves. When that is done, we will see other body parts move, and not the driver itself. Read more
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by Kelvin Ho on 2021/05/28
by John Upshaw on 2021/05/26
I went to the park to train. It’s the end of the school year so schools have picnics. 5 girls approached me and wanted to learn…so I taught them the first posture. Two school officials approached me and inquired…I gave them my background. It’s a private school and the asked me to teach Taiji next school year. I continued to practice…between yilus a group of 15 kids approached me and wanted to learn….public training is good recruitment of students…
The purpose of having a training is to make practice intentional. It is important to note that I train one thing at a time. These goals are not exclusive; however, it is my main focus. Read more
by John Upshaw on 2021/05/21
Yesterday I was pushing hands with a student of mine, Randi. I was focused on maintaining my core and having everything rotate around that. I am training a recent breakthrough. Read more
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/05/21
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/05/20
Levels of the Form
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/05/19
How to pull up the right leg?
Need to break a seal, e.g. how to open a stuck jar.
We need to twist ourselves in the setup, we unwind ourselves in the action.
Imagine that you separate our body into top half and bottom half. At the beginning, they are not twisted such that the front of the top lines up with the front of the bottom. You use your top to match the opponent. You change the bottom to face the other way (180 degrees opposite) while the top continues the same. Now that the top half and bottom half are twisted. There is potential energy built up, as you unwind, power is released, and there will be rotational power.
by John Upshaw on 2021/05/09
This should be of value to new people, I know it was for me!
The Art of Asking a Question
by Kelvin Ho on 2020/11/16
Master Chen Zhonghua always talks about the method of learning. The interaction of us asking and him answering is part of it. You have probably heard him say before, “Don’t ask that question”, but yet at a different time, he would ask students to ask questions. What kind of questions are indeed proper to ask? The questions that are on topic, something that does not interrupt or distract the learning of the very subject at the time. The format of an appropriate question itself should be about HOW, e.g. Could you please show me that move again?
This type of questions allows Master Chen to provide the correct information.
Remembering my Shifu Read moreon the 9th anniversary of his passing.
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/05/04
Lock the right elbow-shoulder-kua triangle, but place it horizontally.
Rotate to the right horizontally using the kuas.
First make the line between the right elbow and left foot. The left foot is supported by the floor.
Later make the line between the right elbow and left knee, but we need to keep the knee up (i.e. the left knee cannot point to the floor).
As we rotate to the right, the right elbow and left knee must continue to expan
by Yuxin Liu on 2021/04/27
Chen Ronghua is a disciple of Chen Zhonghua. He owns a Practical Metthod school in Yangshuo, Guangxi Province.
企业家陈荣华用智慧打造格格树民宿品牌被誉为阳朔最美风景 Gegeshu B&B brand created by Entrepreneur Chen Ronghua is known as the most beautiful scenery in Yangshuo
桂林阳朔格格树饭店有限公司董事长陈荣华 Chen Ronghua, Chairman of Guilin Yangshuo Gegeshu Hotel Co., Ltd.
While touring in Yangshuo and enjoying the unparalleled landscape of Guilin, dining and staying in Gegeshu B&B is a must. There is a unique feature in Gegeshu B&B and Guilin landscape, that is the combination of Chinese and Western tourism, with which Mr. Chen Ronghua, the operator and well-known entrepreneur of Gegeshu B&B, has too many stories to tell.
格格树民宿如诗如画夜景 Picturesque night view of Gegeshu B&B
Kelvin corrected me on #42 to #44
#42 Embraceto Push Mountain
Starting position: chest facing N; hand facing W; half-horse stance R foot rear, L foot front.
#43 Change Palm Three Times
#44 Oblique Single Whip
Position check: chest faces NE; 2 feet on NW line; half-horse stance.
Kelvin corrected me on #37 to #41:
#37 Fist Protecting the Heart
1)Chest facing NW; in with R elbow, out with L hand.
2)Shift weight to R foot and step back L foot diagonally, R and L hands circling back then to R side, palms down; L foot facing NW.
3)Pull R foot closer to L foot.
4)Step up with R foot (big step) to land foot facing SW; adjust L foot so that you are in half horse stance (R foot as front & L foot rear); chest faces SW.
5)Double. R palm passes ear level to front of forehead, changing to a fist facing out. L hand goes out, palm up.
6)R fist is pulled downward to chest level, fist rotating inward, while L hand forms a fist, pulling towards the body.
Position check at the end of the move: facing SW; R fist in front of chest.
#38 Tornado Kick
1)Pull R foot in; shift weight to R foot and rotate on heel so R foot faces N; R elbow in, palm up, hand pointing towards NE.
2)Stretch R hand towards NE, palm down; after making sure your weight is entirely on your R foot, kick L foot towards R hand.
3)Momentum of kick will land L foot to face S. Swivel R foot on toes to also face S. Both hands down in front.
#39 Turn Right & Kick with Right Heel
1)Chest facing S, both hands down, fist facing body, shift weight to L foot.
2)Lift R foot lightly, R toes touching floor.
3)Holding elbows in, cross arms at chest level, fist facing down, L arm outside.
4)Lift R foot and kick with heel while at same time extend both arms, L arm diagonally upwards and R arm diagonally downwards; fists facing outwards;and torso upright. Position check: L arm and R foot form a straight diagonal line.
5)Do not land R foot immediately after kicking. Make sure you are stable on L foot before landing R foot.
Position check: standing on two feet, chest facing S, both hands down.
Turning Flowers at the Bottom of the Sea (this move, preceding Fist Covering Hand, is not in the numbered sequence of yilu)
1)Shift weight to L foot; R fist in front of L side of chest; L fist on L side of body.
2)Lift R foot.
3)Swing R fist overclockwise, and landing next to right , fist facing outward while at the same time turn body clockwise by pivoting L foot on toes; at the same time swing L fist to near L temple.
4)Land R foot to face NW; adjust L foot so that you are in half horse stance (R foot front, L foot rear); chest facing NW.
5)Drop both hands and come up in double.
#40 Fist Covering Hand
1)L hand out palm up.
2)R hand forming fist facing up, passing R ear going out in a line extended from the mouth.
3)After passing L palm, R fist turns face down and continues to punch out; L palm becomes a fist after R fist passes it.
4)Withdraw L fist; at the same time finish the R punch with force.
#41 Small Catching & Seizing
Position check: chest facing NW; L foot facing W & R foot facing N
1)Take a big step with R foot so that it is directly in front of L foot (both feet are now on the same line facing W).
2)Step forward with L foot on the same line; hands doing positive negative circle; chest facing N.
Position check: Hands and feet on a line facing W; chest faces N
Kelvin corrected me on #33 to #36 as follow:
#33 Turn Left & Kick with Left Heel
1)Chest facing S, both hands down, fist facing body, shift weight to R foot.
2)Lift L foot lightly, L toes touching floor.
3)Holding elbows in, cross arms at chest level, fist facing down, R arm outside.
4)Lift L foot and kick with heel while at same time extend both arms, R arm diagonally upwards and L arm diagonally downwards; fists facing outwards; head and torso upright. (Position check: R arm and L foot form a straight line.)
5)Do not land L foot immediately after kicking. Make sure you are stable on R foot before landing L foot.
6)Weight still on R foot, both hands chest level, L elbow close to body, L hand palm up facing E (remember to sit the wrist). R hand higher than L hand, R hand palm down also facing E.
#34 Wade Forward & Twist Step on Both Sides
1)Lower L foot, shift weight to L foot and step R foot diagonally towards SE, R hand out.
2)R elbow in; rotate R foot outward on heel and shift weight to R foot.
3)Step L foot diagonally forward so that you are in half horse stance facing SE, R foot is front foot and L foot rear foot.
4)Without moving your lower body, rotate yourand chest to face S; double , lift both hands up as if holding up a flower.
#35 Punch to the Ground
1)R hand becomes a fist pointing down; L hand stretched, elbow bent 90 degrees at ear level, palm out.
2)Without bending, punch to the ground using power of your kua (I can only make do by opening R knee to the extent of my ability.)
3)Stretch L arm/hand still bent at elbow, stretching against the punch to the ground.
(Position check: facing SE when you are done with this move.)
#36 Turn Around and Double Kick
1)Without lowering L hand, turn L palm to face inward and place R hand in front of abdomen.
2)Shift weight to L foot and rotate on L heel; at the same time, sweep R foot on toes clockwise so that you end up facing NW, your R hand swinging down and pivoting L foot on toes to complete the 180 degrees. (Beginners may find it hard to complete the in one move; practice doing it in segments. Position check before double kick: Facing NW, L arm and hand outstretched and R arm down. L foot is slightly behind R foot.)
3)Shift weight to R foot; kick with L foot.
4)During kick, L arm comes down, and R arm circles backwards and comes back up to the front.
5)Land L foot and kick R foot.
6)Land R foot; R arm stretched out and L hand at the side.
by jcheng69 on 2021/04/02
Seven Counts of Beginning Movements
Ready- Left Palm horizontal
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/04/02
What does it mean to be not in the same dimension?
Open zipper, untie shoe lace
Taiji is to find the holes. We must fix the lattice to find the holes. Fixing the lattice is
We always try different things in the same position. We need to change the position.
Sth has to come out-kua, sth has to disappear-shoulder. It is a pair. When we do moves, kua is always left behind.
Shoulder and hand need to be fixed, to move the elbow. We have too much shoulder and hand movements and the elbow is never engaged. When the elbow cannot come out, the hand and shoulder are squeezing the elbow into a dead corner. The elbow has to push the hand and shoulder apart. We need to realign things. Practical Method way of being smooth is proportional.
Corrections of Negative Circle: 1st count: Elbow in, must come in over the shoulder, hand pointed outward (throughout entire
For mycorrection, after my front foot goes out during Lan Zha Yi (Block Touching Coat), as my foot settles on the ground, my front foot and knee needs to significantly close more. After this, or during later on in my training, the knees and below doesn’t move and my waist moves forward into position through the action of the kuas making an adjustment, which moves the waist forward without disturbing what is underneath. This then becomes a , lower body as the rod and elbow as the counterbalance.
Today in class, Master Chen commented that there was new flow, clarity, and sharpness in my form. He said this day was a small milestone for me, and he wanted me to document it. He asked: Did I feel something different? Read more
Kelvin corrected my Upper Cloudy Hands starting from previous pose, Single Whip.
Corrections of my Single Whip pose: arms must extend further on either side, and hands are about shoulder height; elbows facing down; left palm facing down; sit the wrist; tips of thumb and middle finger of right hand touching, so right hand resembles the beak of a bird; sit the wrist. Hands must be tile hands (curved roof tiles on traditional Chinese building), fingers stretched tight outwards. Read more
by Florian Bartosch on 2021/02/20
The Taijiquan Practical Method instructor team in Berlin, Germany, organised an online workshop on 6 December 2020, marking their 10th anniversary. The workshop took place under the lead of the Read moreinstructor, Sven Gusowski, in cooperation with the instructors Carlotta Viviani, Kerstin Kummle and Lutz Liese. The workshop focused on basic Taiji Principles and their application in the foundational exercises and the Form.
we’d like to announce the 2nd Online Workshop in German language, taking place on 28 Feb 2021, 2pm – 5pm GMT +1.
Please spread the word to everyone who might be interested. We will cover basics as well as some details, so it will suit beginners as well as advanced students.
The admission is free 🙂 Thanks a lot, c u soon!
Sven & the Berlin Taiji PM Team
My impressions of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Online Workshop
The Taijiquan Practical Method Group in Berlin, Germany, organised an online workshop on 6 December 2020, marking their 10 years anniversary. The workshop took place under the lead of the Read more coach, Sven Carl Gusowski, in cooperation with the instructors Carlotta Viviani, Kerstin Kummle and Lutz Liese. The workshop focussed on basic Taiji Principles and their application in the foundational exercises and the Form.
by Kelvin Ho on 2021/02/10
If you ever wonder how lessons are taught in Practical Method Online Classes, here is an opportunity to experience for free from Feb 22 to 25, 2021. People at different levels are participating in these classes.
Hong was used to say his Taiji is like a garden. Everybody is welcome to come, have a look and take what he or she wants to take. If you cut a flower, it might last a week. If you can take the seeds, maybe in some years you’ll have your own garden.
Always teach everything, always present things in the same way. If someone understands, it has nothing to do with you. If somebody does not understand, don’t feel guilty: there’s nothing wrong with you and nothing wrong with him/her.
by Carlotta Viviani on 2021/02/02
We practiced an empty handed exercise, standing on one leg:
To create a stick, we, we need to stretch.
To rotate, we also need to stretch.
In both cases, there are both restrictions and the attempts to break the restriction.
In the first case, A and C are restricted from moving, while B is forced to break the A and C apart along the A-C line.
In the second case, the rod is restricted from moving, while the rubber band is pulled and stretched away from the rod. If the rubber band is ever loose, the little nudge cannot cause the.
In early Autumn 2019 I was training with Lutz and Fabian. I was doing a common drill for the Practical Method, Fabian as partner: He was pushing my arm repeatedly with same power, speed, distance and rhythm. On his move I was training the elbow-in/foot out (on the front side). Read more