Knowledge : Stories

I was invited by Master Bon and Master Neresini to lead a week long private teaching and weekend public workshop. Here is short report and some pictures from sweet northern Italy district Veneto. Read more

Hong Junsheng Taijiquan Philosophy – As I See it

By Zhang Yanhai 张延海 (Translated from http://chenzhonghua.cn)

Mr. Hong Junsheng (1907-1996) of Yu County, Henan Province was an indoor Taijiquan disciple of Mr. Chen Fake for 15 years and as the result has received true transmission of the art. After many years of inheriting the tradition and developing it, Mr. Hong has brought the essence of Taijiquan to a scientific and philosophical level and provided a systematic analysis of the inherent laws of Taijiquan; and at the same time able to demonstrate them visually in front of everyone. He is the first to propose the use of the mechanical concept of “neutral equilibrium” in Taiji. He has his own unique perspective on “rotation” and “silk reeling”.

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Do Not Move! i

by Allan Belsheim on 2012/12/21

Originally written by: Allan Belsheim Nov 2007

When Master Chen Zhonghua shows us how to do the Chen form, he assures us that the hands are NOT moving. To look at him, everything is moving, including the hand. When we copy his moves, we are told that we are moving our hands and on top of that, we are tossing our bodies. The less we seem to move the more we are told that we are moving. Read more

Inside and Outside i

by webmaster2 on 2012/12/08

Originally written by: Allan Belsheim published Nov 2007

During one of our full time Taijiquan course sessions with Master Chen Zhonghua, we were talking about secrets. As we were all of the opinion that there are no secrets, he went along with us. However, he pointed out, “There is a difference between inside and outside.”

I had always believed that the Hong Junsheng school of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method was not for curiosity seekers. All who gravitated to Hong were serious students or masters of Taijiquan.

So much so that a certain master named Zhao was not ready to join Hong’s classes, even after observing training at Daming Lake for three days. Zhao had come to Jinan from the eastern part of the province in search of Hong Junsheng. When he saw the dedication of the students and the level of difficulty of their practice, he decided to look elsewhere. (When I spoke with him, years later, he recalled that even the old people were doing Hong’s taiji in very low stances). Read more

The Rock 2

by webmaster2 on 2012/12/04

The rock in the north western corner of the Black Tiger Springs Park weighs about 30 pounds. It has special significance to me. It was the special object that told me just how strong Hong Junsheng was. Read more

A Can of Pepsi 24

by Todd Elihu on 2012/12/02

One afternoon during our full time Taijiquan studies, in the Hunyuantaiji Academy studio in Edmonton, Master Chen Zhonghua spoke of the mysterious, spiritual borderlands between yin and yang called ling.  Read more

My garden loves Taiji practice

i get to admire it then

catch stunning glimpses of orange Read more

The following article was once originally part of Master Chen’s former webpage www.chenzhonghua.org. It gives us Grandmaster Hong Junsheng’s first-hand account of what actually happened in the talked about encounter in a martial arts tournament in Beijing between Great Grandmaster Chen Fake and Wu Tunan. I thought it would benefit everyone interested in Taijiquan history to read this article and learn of Grandmaster Hong’s first-hand knowledge of this encounter. I want to thank Shifu Chen Zhonghua for allowing me to re-publish this article in Practicalmethod.com. Read more

Driving through the immense rural landscape of China by car during a recent research trip my teacher, Chen Zhonghua, and I sought diversion from the lengthy journey by entertaining each other with stories. As we were traveling from the city of Jinan to Chen village (Chenjiagou) we happened to pass Handan, a little hamlet tucked in amidst the fertile fields of central Shandong province. Read more

Today, Michael Winkler of Germany suddenly “saw” the energy alignment on the body. This is part of the enlightenment of taiji learning. This is also part of the “entrance” to taiji. Now he is busy looking at many of the “masters” photos to “see” if there is energy alignment in their postures. Just what enabled him to have this ability? We will have to let him explain.

I have been wanting to write about how I started learning taiji for a while. I guess everyone has his/her own story, and I will share mine here. When I looked back at it, I always felt that it was fate and luck with all the stars aligned to be learning from Master Chen.

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Before talking about Master Chen Zhonghua’s Daqingshan Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Seminars, it is necessary to discuss the historical significance of Practical Method of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng.

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陈中华先生云:习拳悟道,当有机缘.所谓机缘者.顿悟之锲机.并言洪师爷逸事一则:某年夏夜老人外出散步.不料脚下踩一物以致不能自控而倾跌倒地.洪师爷起身,作辑,向四方拜一拜. Read more

做为一个没入门的太极拳爱好者,我很长时间以来,一直经常在网络上看陈中华老师的一些文章和教学视频,对陈老师独特的理论和精彩表演感到非常好奇。此次借出差之机,途经大青山,得见陈中华老师,并体验了他神妙的太极功夫。 Read more

Brennan Toh set a new record of 150 Yilus in one day on June 26th, 2011. Two days before his taiji brother Steven Chan left. Steven previously set a record of 124 in one day. Yilu repetition is designed to train body endurance and integrity. It was said that Chen Fake did 25 yilus a day for many years consistently. Way to go, Brennan!

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The long transpacific journey over, my wife, Baraka, and I stepped onto Chinese soil, thrilled by the permutations of consciousness that this ancient, yet forward-looking land was already beginning to effect upon us. Our toddling daughter, Akasha, for whom any experience was a delightful curiosity no matter how mundane or extraordinary her parents deemed it, took in her new surroundings with an uncomplicated wonder which we, too, hoped to embrace despite the grown-up demands of intercontinental travel. Read more

二上大青山

2009年10月,第一次上大青山,认识了陈老师,初次领略了实用拳法的奥妙,前已为文记之。下山时,便许下愿心,日后有机会定当再次上山。其实,这想法自然不过。我在大青山上遇见的拳友,没有不被陈老师的为人和功夫所折服的,几乎所有人上山都不止一次。 Read more

My Conversion 10

by Michael Koh on 2011/05/24

I have been practicing Cheng Man Ching 37 style for 2 years, and in 2010 Apr, I started learning Chen Style Taiji in Singapore. After 3 months, I walked away feeling frustrated as I realized that what I learnt was “flower punch”. Nothing more than moving and waving my hands in the air. I didn’t give up and searched further on the internet brought me to a direct lineage from one of the master from Chen Village. I told myself, this teacher cannot be wrong. I signed up a 3 months course. Read more

I was watching Chen Zhonghua teach push hands one day in July of 2010 on Daqingshan when I could not resist saying, “I have a method.” On hearing this, Chen Zhonghua stepped away. The opponent did not move. I picked up where they had left off and proceeded to knock the opponent down. Of course I caught him so that he would not hit the floor. Read more

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30 Years of Waiting 4

by Hong Sen on 2010/11/08

On Oct. 28, 2010 my taiji uncle Zhang Guangzong came to my father’s house for a visit. He solemnly presented a diary that he had kept for 38 years to me. Read more

Master Chen Zhonghua is a modern day pioneer of Taijiquan, and he is re-inventing the way people practice it. The interesting thing is that his intention is to return Taijiquan to its original purpose, that of a martial art. Read more

The Story of Master Chen Zhonghua and Hong Sen.Read more

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTk1NjU3OTYw.html

Hi there,

These days we went to Rizhao to visit a local Taijijquan – competition.
With our little group of 9 Fulltime students from the West and one Chinese friend we went out for supper.
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Author: Sun Zhonghua, 19th generation master of Chen Style Taijiquan and second generation master of Hunyuan taiji. Read more

by Massimo Neresini (translated d. kerr) Our Massimo Neresini with his Master Giuseppe Bon, after the trip to China  of last year, went all the way to Canada to meet with Grand Master Chen Zhonghua to broaden his Chen style Taijiquan.  This is a Chronicle of an absolutely exceptional voyage.

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Master Chen Zhonghua is one who knows his taiji, not one who is known for his reputation.

The story of the eagle

Story Recommended by Brad Hindle

The eagle has the longest life-span of its’ species. Read more

Taiji Lineage Poem i

by webmaster2 on 2008/01/04

Originally written by: Ha Lezhi
By Ha Lezhi
On the occasion of Brother Chen Zhonghua honored as Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method International Standard Bearer
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Chen Pu i

by webmaster2 on 2007/12/06

Chen Pu

In the year of 1374, Chen Pu moved to a place in today’s Henan province from Hong Tong of today’s Shanxi[1]. Later, this place was named Chen Pu village in memory of his contribution. From this village, the Chen clan moved on to another more suitable habitat a few miles away. It was a place called Chao Yang Village. Today, this village is called Chen Jiagou, in Henan province (see the Map of China in Appendix).

Theirf family oral transmission believed that Chen Jiagou founder, Chen Pu, was a famous martial artist. However, there were no details as to what kind of martial art he did, or what rank he received.

[1] There is a place commonly known as the “Big Locust Tree”. It is a famous place in ancient Chinese history. It was the site of the biggest migration. Till today in China there are still many clans that claim to have origins in the “Big Locust Tree” in Hong Tong, Shanxi Province.

Know thyself i

by webmaster2 on 2007/11/30

Those who know others are intelligent. Those who know themselves are wise.

Those who win over others are forceful. Those who conquers themselves are strong. Those who are content are rich. Those who force their way ahead have strong will. Those who do not lose what they have will last. Those who die without losing themselves have longevity.
—Chapter 33, Laoze

You need to be smart to know others. But only those who know themselves are the wise ones. In human life, most people like to know about the affairs of others while few have the inclination to know themselves. Therefore it is a rare ability to know oneself.

Chest of Steel i

by webmaster2 on 2007/11/26

It was a hot summer day in the practice hall of the Wah Lum Temple in Orlando. A young Danny Abrahms was trying to learn Chen Style Taijiquan from master Li Enjiu. Danny had been a student of the Wah Lum system for many years. He was quite eager to learn this new system but he was finding it difficult.

There were only a few students studying Taiji. They were surrounded by people practicing other forms and weapons. (Wah Lum is famous for its weapons repertoire. At that time, Danny had experience training with more than thirty weapons.) Suddenly, Danny heard a whip sound; he saw a white flash darting towards Master Li’s chest! Just as the white flash touched Master Li’s chest, Li turned sideways.

There was a loud crash, as a window was shattered! The spear dart at the end of a 9-section chain whip had separated from its chain, as the student was whipping it. The dart was traveling at lightening speed— it certainly could have killed Master Li had it struck his chest directly.

Everyone rushed to see if anything had happened to master Li. He was calm, quite normal and untouched, as though nothing had happened. Experience and quick reflexes had saved his life. When he heard the sound of the traveling dart, by instinct, he spontaneously reacted with the perfect response. He raised his head, and seeing the incoming object, turned his chest precisely 40 degrees. The dart touched his chest but was redirected to the window. What an incredible demonstration of martial skill, effortlessly averting the life threatening danger!

As a martial artist, you will recognize that this was by no means blind luck. One cannot dodge “bullets” with luck. The dozens of years of diligent taijiquan training had endowed him with the ability to act instinctively and appropriately in a dangerous situation.

Danny was duly impressed. With this remarkable inspiration, he was ever more motivated to pursue the path, to learn Taijiquan from master Li. Today he is an accomplished master of both Praying Mantis and Chen Style Taijiquan.

You don’t know Taiji

After seven years of studying Yang-style, I thought that I knew Taijiquan – very well. At 6’2” and 200lbs, push-hands came easy. The Yang philosophy of relax and turn fit well with my hippie thinking. But with forms named “Cannon-fist”, Chen-style raised my curiosity. How could this be Taiji?

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During the full-time training months in the summer of 2006, Steven was the first one to go for a walk with the goats. We only had three at the time. It was a fairly easy task. You take the leash of the head goat and the other two will follow. Even though, Steven reported that the head goat wouldn’t go with Steven. It took some time before Steven figured out that you didn’t lead the goat, the goat led you! Read more