Knowledge : Workshop and Class Notes

Kick with heel

  • 10 times on each side
  • toes up
  • body needs to go down to make the kick straight
All punches and kicks are just stretches in PM.
We consider other people’s punch a tap.
Cloud Hands
  • 1-2-3
  • 1: Elbow in
  • 2: Lock the front hand and front foot, use elbow, shoulder, and kua to dig
  • 3: Follow step and hand out

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 79 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2022  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho  Length: 55 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2022  Location: Toronto, Canada  

This lesson covered: 2. Block Touching the Coat (Lan Ca Yi) We also disussed: Taiji Trinity

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho  Length: 78 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2022  Location: Toronto, Canada  

This lesson covered: 1. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gang dao Dui) We also discussed the 3 types of not moving. https://practicalmethod.com/2020/10/three-typs-of-not-moving/

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho  Length: 94 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Toronto, Canada  

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho  Length: 61 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Toronto, Canada  

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho  Length: 61 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Toronto, Canada  

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho  Length: 72 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Toronto, Canada  

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho  Length: 73 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2021  Location: Toronto, Canada  

In this lesson, we covered the requirements of the half horse stance. We discussed in depth about triangle, single lock and double lock, how to find the triangle in the body, and the triangle concept governs our movement.

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In this ATNI (Aliansi Taijiquan Nasional Indonesia) episode series #27, the Chairman (Mr Suharjono Tan 陈存统) himself did a thorough recap of the main points that Master Chen covered during the Exclusive interview (21 Nov 2021).

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Breathing in Practical Method is actually no active breathing.
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水功 (慢) vs 火功 (快)

20 趟拳是水功 。慢慢改变身体,不用用力太猛。

用力练一路是火功。

动肘到拳肩线,但拳肩线不能改变方向和位置,只能变长。

Water vs Fire
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Speakers: Alex Marantek and Gora Nubulana
Date: Nov 14, 2021
Time: 4 pm Indonesian Time (4 am Eastern Time)
Language: Bahasa Indonesia

Location: Zoom
URL: Click to join
Meeting ID: 825 4330 3297
Passcode: 510320

Session 1 – Technical Applications of Practical Method
Session 2 – Q & A

I accepted the challenge to complete 20 Yilu a day from November 1, 2021 through the end of the year. This is number 11 today.

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Name: Jojo Juarsa 蔡学超

Location: Tangerang Warehouse, Indonesia

Date: 27 Oct 2021

Mission: Preparing for Yilu Challenge (Nov-Dec 2021)


 

The last move we worked on in today’s lesson was the second move in Jin Gang Dao Zhui (Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar), when the dantien turns right, left elbow comes in on a positive circle and the right hand goes out in a negative circle.   The arm (hand) is out of control and the dantien is in control.  This means the hand is expressed yet is passively powered by the dantien.

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Fajin with Six Sealing Four Closing

  • Don’t move the hand
  • The movements are indirect.
  • Move front kua, lock rear kua
  • Front kua splits the two hands. Only allow the front hand to move forward.
  • Inside must move more than outside.
  • Use bie to create the power
3 Gears – System of Levers – Minimum requirement to be useful
Grandmaster Hong said ji is the most important.
Following the opponent means to do so without allowing the opponent to go back.
Stand on one foot for make that side not moving.
Bo 拨 – To prevent something from reaching its destination There is a different name for a specific action

Exercise 1:

Rubber between the hand and the foot. Bend down first. Lock the upper body. Push the kua forward towards the rubber.  The focus of this exercise is to train the kua, the use of power in the kua to extend the rubber. This is converting a horizontal movement to a vertical one. We want to train a great range of kua movement. Gradually, increase the tension of the rubber.

The above exercise trains a vertical movement. This is a precursor to the movement needed to do Six Sealing Four Closing. Read more

Rubber Cord Training for Kua

 

Lock head, shoulder and elbow into one piece. Make sure the elbow is being pushed into the palm.

Have rubber cord under lead foot and in lead hand.

Get into position (see picture). The upper body (waist up) and lower body (below waist) are solid like 2 separate pieces of wood.

Shove front kua forward into the elbow that goes into the hand holding the rubber cord. This action from the kua makes the back straighten.

The strength of the rubber cord has to be more than you can handle. Make the tension “real” and size of cord needs to be just right that the power is coming from the kua and not other body parts.

 

Today’s exercise is to practice 别开. Get stuck with the opponent at the top, use the kua to rotate the waist. The energy through the middle of the chest must get to the hand.

Set up my hands on something that is totally locked.

标准 is 认可。

Yilu is the first standard when we first learn taiji.

He talked about the story of the storyteller from the native people.

The story words went with the rhythm of music.  If they are wrong, they can’t continue.

Form and Applications were separate before.

2nd Cloud Hand – 衬 – To bring out/support the main thing

3rd Cloud Hand – 盖 – To cover

Bie 别

Lock one side and move the other

Exercise: Put my forearm on the opponent’s chest. Lock the hand, move the elbow. The elbow needs to move along the line of the upper arm.  This is the tangent to the circle. The forearm has a stretch.

Trained power moves using Yilu from first move.

Block Touch Coat: Right hand block

When the person appears to be big and strong, do a bigger circle.

When the person appears to be small and weak, do a smaller circle, more like a direct hit.

We have to train enough to put ourselves in the position of power.

肩和膝管上下。

肘管上身。

胸中间管中线。

胯管左右。

功夫 – 指哪打哪。要一个部位动,就只有这一个部位动。

功夫 – 对方预测不到的。超出了自然。

两种难:

 

  1. 吃苦(累) – 难
  2. 挑战(不容易) – 难

要进步:强逼(不做就罚你)、自愿(给引诱的)、被欺骗的(自己不知道)

We need to pass it on. We can’t worry about who can really do it or not.

Passing it on means the receiver remembers what you said, and can repeat the saying.

Story Telling

We use stories to pass on information.

Plains of Abraham: This battle was won by British army. From here, Britian eventually gain control of North America when French Revolution took place, and France gave up North America.

Wuji is there is nothing within an area. You draw a circle to mark an area. Wuji is having a restriction.

1+4 = 2+3 = 5 + 0 = 1.1 + 3.9  Wuji is saything that the sum needs to be 5.

Taiji is to say from 0 to 5.

To say 10, it’s because there are 5 on each side.

Yi (intent) is based on a real experience. Yi is not plain imagination without real experience.

We want the core to control the movements, so we can see the limbs but not the dantian itself. Training: Kick with heel as an exercise.

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Lever: one side goes down, but it actually needs to move, so the pivot keeps moving backward within the rod.

Book exercise: Not allowing the book to fall down with your hand and opponent’s hand on it. One person pushs and pulls, the opponent matches the action with the elbow, shoulder, kua, feet.

Leader in 3-count circle

Six Sealing Four Closing: While the two knees are going up and down, they are restricted within a cylinder.

First step in the first move:
After the right turn, my left hand is on the opponent’s elbow not moving, while my right hand holds the opponent’s wrist. Lock my outside, shrink the distance between my right elbow and right kua. This is to fali 发力.

3-count positive circle:

  1. Imagine a fixed point beyond the right hand on the straight line between the right hand and right elbow. Pull in the elbow along this line.
  2. Imagine a fixed point behind the right kua on the straight line between the right kua and right elbow. Open the kua to stretch and extend the distance along this line.
  3. Imagine a fixed point behind the right elbow on the straight line between the right elbow and the right hand. Stretch the right hand out along this line.

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One of the actions of taiji is to scoop/carve. It is like when you use a spoon to pick up soft/jello-like yogurt. You can put the spoon on the surface and rotate under it to pick up what the spoon can hold. By tossing it in the yogurt will on disturb and destroy the yogurt.

A static version of this is a half-pipe/concave circle. When an object hits it, the object will travel on it and return.

In this video clip, Master Chen Zhonghua shows how to lock the rear kua as the stable support while moving the front kua. This will create a trajectory that will return the opponent’s oncoming force.

Chinese version/中文版:https://www.zhenbudong.cn/archives/144877

 

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GM Hong Junsheng clearly stated that the body height is adjusted by the knee moving up and down. However, this has been very difficult to understand, to do and to use in applications.

In this short video clip, Master Chen Zhonghua shows how it is achieved.

Chinese version/中文版:https://www.zhenbudong.cn/archives/144946

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Fixed two dots are static power. Add one more dot between the two is dynamic power.  As long as you can stretch this third dot against the fixed two dots, you have power, e.g.

  1. Lock the head and knee, push the kua out.
  2. Lock the back of the head and the front shoulder, push the bottom of the neck close to the front shoulder out.
The wrist should be stretch on the same line. The ankle should be stretched at the right angle.

Master Chen explained the difference in the following: 开步、合步、跟步、开脚。

Size of the two gears determines the direction of the resulting power.

Dao – Everything exists as it is.  There is no right or wrong.  The sequence matters. An individual piece is fine as it is.  If you disrupt the flow (the sequence), it becomes problematic.

Elbow (in), Kua (rotate), Hand,(out).  It is wrong when the sequence is messed up.

3 hats:

  1. Head to shoulder
  2. Chest to kua
  3. Kua to foot

松沉 – Vertical plum line, the line has no power itself. The line is a relationship. Taiji needs the relationship to be virtual.

Between the sun and earth, there is gravity, which is the relationship. It is real, but you can’t touch it.

You have learning something once you can paraphrase it.

If you can see it, you have learned it.

If you can really see it, what you see does not change.

To be a student, always collect data/information. Over time, patterns will be formed from such information.

Figure 8 positive circle – A big positive circle in the front, and a small negative circle at the back

Figure 8 negative circle – A small positive circle in the front, and a big negative circle at the back

Use the kua to draw the circle.

Just back from the 5th Chen Taiji Practical Method Meetup, Poland 2021, tired but happy.
As usual a great weekend in a great friendly atmosphere.This year we had the pleasure of having a collective zoom course with sifu, it was very great .

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