Knowledge : Taiji FAQ

How to find the line? i

by admin on 2012/02/07

A clip from the 2011 Germany workshop on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

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Can people who had an organ transplant practice Hunyuan Qigong? Is it safe for a person with a transplanted kidney or liver? Read more

Learning taiji online is impossible, but not impractical.  The key to getting the most benefit outside of the classroom involves understanding what can be achieved and what can not be achieved and through this understanding develop goals that are obtainable.  Read more

greetings from Australia…fantastic site!…just wondering if the routines you teach are old frame or Chen Fake’s new frame?…thanx…peace
A: I would like to avoid the confusion (becomes more and more confusing later on) by saying that what I teach is what Hong Junsheng learned from Chen Fake from 1930 to 1944. Whatever that means without a name is more accurate than putting it under a category.

You are on the right learning path. The path is very long and at different stages you have to do different things. Usually a person goes through three stages/plateaus. Each one is longer than the previous one. Read more

I am wondering, is it just me or everybody feel the same that practical method, quite challanging in learning…..

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Sweet spot i

by Allan Haddad on 2012/01/01

Over the past few months I have noticed something becoming more and more prominent.  On elbow in, I hit this “sweet spot” where it feels like everything is locked up to it’s maximum – very stiff almost bone on bone feeling in between the joints, yet muscles are softish.  So much so that the tip of my fingers vibrate as if from reverberation.  I don’t get this feeling from any other movement, so I’m not sure if this normal?

Open for discussion. Consider:


How are are! It’s been several months since I saw you last. I am looking forward to seeing you again to listen to your teachings. I have been training daily without skipping. Read more

Here is what my thoughts are on the question. There are two parts to the answer:

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In addition to all the different types of external energy, based on my experiences with grandmasters Hong Junsheng and Feng Zhiqiang, I believe the following 4 types of energy are typically taiji. Grandmaster Hong Junsheng often used the spinning wheel analogy. Read more

The appearance of being vulnerable is one of the special characteristics of taijiquan practice. It is one of the distinguishing features of taijiquan.

Leverage 9

by Richard van Berkum on 2011/10/17

In a video I’ve seen Master Chen says “Lever has to come out.” I have a few questions about that:

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This is a very important question for all taiji practitioners. There is no simple answer for this questions. However, there are some basic things we can follow in order for us to be on the right path.

  • Understanding and creating the first pair of split in your movements.
  • Follow the principles in your taiji. Don’t just pay lip service. For example, If you believe your  action has yin and yang, then you need to find out which part is yin and which part is yang and you need to specify exactly what yin and yang are in each case. For example, yin and yang can be movement vs no movement.

Porridge Monk of Longshan Mountain: There are many outstanding masters among Grandmaster Chen Fake’s disciples. His form is called 83-form today. From the same style Hong’s and Zhang Zhijun are different. And the later generation master Chen Yu is different again. Why? Ma Hong and Zhang Zhijun are closer to each other. Any masters who can help answer this questions?

Power in the lower body 4

by admin on 2011/09/27

Yesterday I was pushing hands with taiji brothers and felt distinctly different from before. I could feel that I was doing taiji with the lower body now. The form is starting to change my body structure. It is changing me. Please tell me what I should pay attention to at this stage.

A simple exercise we did this morning is to experience pushing by not pushing (forward).

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Master Chen, I have a question for you related to the use of the dantian and coccyx.  In reading the book “Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, Volume One: Theory” which you translated from Hong Junsheng’s writings, it says that the sinking of the qi to the dantian has a lot to do with the actions of the coccyx, and that the coccyx should actually curl up backwards. Read more


As a result of studying some videos and increasing my practice time, I came across some new discoveries that need some confirmation. Read more

Kua i

by Allan Haddad on 2010/06/10

Thanks. Not a problem.

There are two ways of looking at this.
  1. For focused training you need to use the medium sized stance. Read more

YouTube – Size of Circles. By Chen Zhonghua. Filmed in Holland in 2008. This is a clip from hunyuantaiji on youtube.

  1. Power supply: China uses 220 v, not 11o like in North America. Check your appliances. Read more

# Is full payment made?

# Tickets, passport, visa, and some cash. Read more

  1. Master Chen does not have a formalized teaching schedule or method. His teaching is based on traditional method. It is influenced by the mood of the day or occasion. This means when he is happy and the right ambiance is present, he might teach more than normal. Read more

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Most traditional Chinese martial artists use ‘internal’, i.e. the timed squeezing of their torsos, to STOP or brake the momentum of limb movement. What you do is to START (and brake and stop) the movements of your limbs using the timed pressure in your torso.


News you can use. According to an official of Beijing Railway Station, residents can dial 65260000 to book train tickets from between 2 to 20 days ahead of time. Read more

  1. Foundations.
  2. Yilu and Cannon Fist
  3. Applications and Push Hands
  4. Weapons and aided drills.
  1. First of all, in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, we do not use standing meditation. Read more

Getting to the workshop location and depart for the airport are the responsibility of the participants.

Some organizers arrange airport pick-ups while others do not. Check the workshop detailed information page for further information or you can contact the workshop organizer for details.

Meals at workshop i

by fulltime on 2010/03/20

There are no restrictions for meal at workshops. Normally some participants will go for a quick lunch as a group. Whenever Master Chen is present, students are expected to chip  a dollar or two to cover his meal.

There is normally a Sat. evening dinner. This is more formal dinner. Students also contribute to Master Chen’s dinner expense. It is expected that nothing fancy or costly will be ordered.

  1. No video taping except by permission from the host. Read more

Participants are not allowed to make any promotions at the workshops. Anything of this nature must go through the host.

Absolutely! You can email him at
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I do not have a local instructor. Can I really learn the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system based on workshops alone?

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Workshop checklist i

by fulltime on 2010/03/20

So you want to attend one of Master Chen Zhonghua’s workshops! Here is a checklist to help you gain maximum bang for your buck! Read more

I will offer a list of things you need to look after before you attend a workshop to learn Taiji. Read more