# Online Students Starting Guide

Foundation is a set of key moves taken out of yilu, and used as standlone exercises to allow focused training. Form practice, primarily yilu, overall will transform the body over time.

The following two videos will get you started on your Practical Method journey. You can purchase them by clicking on the pictures.

Basic Foundations |
Yilu Detailed Instructions |

There are other videos on basic principles and theory to guide students on what to keep in mind during practice.

General theory |
Learning Process |
Basic Principles |

There is also a yilu correction series instructed by Kelvin Ho: http://practicalmethod.com/tag/john-upshaw-yilu-correction-series-2020/

Carlos Hanson has shared his experience of learning from videos

Since 2020, there are zoom classes available which provide weekly online access to Master Chen Zhonghua and other Practical Method instructors. For more information, please see: https://practicalmethod.com/2020/09/practical-method-online-class-registration/.

Please leave comments or send an email to Kelvin Ho at kelvin.ho@practicalmethod.ca if you have any questions.

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I addition to the basic DVD’s that have been recommended, I have purchased both silk reeling videos and am considering the qigong ones as well. Is that overly ambitious, and not the best use of time to work with the different teachings?

The silk reeling and Qigong videos belong to the Hunyuan System. They are not the same as the foundations.

Thank you Sifu, so it appears as if I shouldn’t be focusing on that at all at this time. I should be focusing on Yilu, foundations, and Circle corrections. should the silk reeling be used at all for warm ups. And if so, how many repetitions for each movement? Thank you for your quick response. I look forward to studying with you in person.

One set of foundation includes:

01) 9 counts of positive circles on each side

02) 9 counts of negative circles on each side

03) 9 counts of twisting the towel on each side

04) 9 counts of fetch water on each side

05) 9 counts of six sealing four closing on each side

06) 9 counts of double positive circles on each side

07) 9 counts of negative positive circles (alternating) on each side

08) 9 counts of negative positive circles (symmetric)

09) 9 counts of positive and negative circles on each side

10) 9 counts of moving-step positive circles on each side

11) 9 counts of moving-step negative circles on each side

12) 9 counts of moving-step double positive circles on each side

13) 9 counts of moving-step double negative circles (alternating) on each side

14) 9 counts of moving-step six sealing four closing on each side

15) 9 counts of moving-step positive and negative circles on each side

Wow, thanks Kelvin Ho, iIwill start integrate 6,8,9 14 & 15. As I know that foundations roughly but do not execute them daily.

Good training if we can get a video of this 9 counts of circles, positive and negative.

Unfortunately, I have been advised there is no video teaching this 9 counts of circle.

Definitely interested in purchasing the video.

Are we able to purchase a video of the below, extremely good training.

Kelvin Ho January 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

One set of foundation includes:

01) 9 counts of positive circles on each side

02) 9 counts of negative circles on each side

03) 9 counts of twisting the towel on each side

04) 9 counts of fetch water on each side

05) 9 counts of six sealing four closing on each side

06) 9 counts of double positive circles on each side

07) 9 counts of negative positive circles (alternating) on each side

08) 9 counts of negative positive circles (symmetric)

09) 9 counts of positive and negative circles on each side

10) 9 counts of moving-step positive circles on each side

11) 9 counts of moving-step negative circles on each side

12) 9 counts of moving-step double positive circles on each side

13) 9 counts of moving-step double negative circles (alternating) on each side

14) 9 counts of moving-step six sealing four closing on each side

15) 9 counts of moving-step positive and negative circles on each side

It means doing 9 times of positive circles.

Here is a new 9-count circle video: http://practicalmethod.com/2018/09/9-count-circle-online-video-trailer/

Hello Master Chen Zhonghua,

I am hoping to view your school in Dezhou this September. My intention is to have a look around for one day ahead of full time training.

Please can you let me know if this is acceptable and the location of your school.

Kind regards,

Steve

The school is in Wulian, Rizhao, Shandong, China. Thanks.

Helpful Free Resources

1.Introduction to Practical Method – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMCC1cwDstE

2.Jibengong / Positive + Negative Circles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h48hslU31f0

3.Choreography (first 13 moves) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aATVSYY7fyc

(different students practicing the first 13 moves)

◾http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnQ2-kBbWEU

◾http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79l-vbLvUy4

◾http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwO8COAXXqQ

◾http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0JS1oZ1Yfs

◾Practical Method Yilu Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVPN4HCLfKs&list=PLm7bBg84ZmKKISE067NkzrV3bUfC6aZDG

1.Detailed Corrections/Instructions (How/Why of Choreography):

◾Byron Lerner Corrections – http://practicalmethod.com/2010/08/byron-lerner-yilu-corrections-on-daqingshan-august-2010/

◾Levi Sowers Corrections – http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/8s_2zeyWJDw/?resourceId=0_06_02_99

◾(free miscellaneous corrections) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvmunad2kCw&list=PL129A206E5DC74433

◾miscellaneous Chen Xu Corrections (in Chinese) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvkC0-pSSH8

I LIKE TAI CHI STYLE

i wanted to know schedule of fulltime classes . for example when yilu willl be taught datee cannon fist hunyuan 32will be taught etc…. also it states individual classes available how would this work ?

also, it is stated addirional martial arts are available which other arts are available? and are these at additional cost ?

Which page are you referring to?

Hi,

which video teaches 9 count circle.

Paid for this video “Basic Foundations 2013”, but can’t see it.

This free video shows brief instruction on 7 point circle: “The two circles of Taijiquan “. Thank you

http://practicalmethod.com/2018/09/9-count-circle-online-video-trailer/

I’ve watched lots of your video trail of Chen practical method and I’ve a very keen interested in learning it. I live in Bangkok, Thailand. Would you please recommend me how I should start from and which video or DVD I should buy to practice it.

Thanks for your help.

Thanks for sharing this useful material for foundation. Can you kindly guide me to video refernce for the following foundation moves?

05) 9 counts of six sealing four closing on each side

06) 9 counts of double positive circles on each side

07) 9 counts of negative positive circles (alternating) on each side

08) 9 counts of negative positive circles (symmetric)

09) 9 counts of positive and negative circles on each side

10) 9 counts of moving-step positive circles on each side

11) 9 counts of moving-step negative circles on each side

12) 9 counts of moving-step double positive circles on each side

13) 9 counts of moving-step double negative circles (alternating) on each side

14) 9 counts of moving-step six sealing four closing on each side

15) 9 counts of moving-step positive and negative circles on each side

I have seen 9 count for pos and negative cirlce. If there is a single video posted containing all these it would be great for new joinees.

9 counts of six sealing four closing on each side means doing 9 times of six sealing four closing on each side.

It is not related to the concept of 3-count positive circle vs 9-count positive circle.