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  • 2021/05/06: jscott on “John Upshaw Yilu Correction Series: Turn Right Pound Mortar” Online Video Purchase

    Matt, thanks for the recommendation. Kelvin’s skill level and teaching ability are evident in his weekly online classes and I think reviewing his classes with an advanced student like John would be very worthwhile. I will check it out.

  • 2021/05/06: Matt Landau on “John Upshaw Yilu Correction Series: Turn Right Pound Mortar” Online Video Purchase

    This is my first review of Kelvin’s lessons and worthy of a bit longer than usual review. Without hesitation, I recommend all watch this and learn along with this video and other videos posted. His clarity of thought is most helpful consistently explaining what is fixed and what is not. Emphasis is on where the action is derived from whether it be kuas, chest opening, elbow in, feet, dantien, etc. While you many say to yourself, you “know” this already, it’s safe to say you don’t. That is because it is also the degree to which you know and how clearly you can demonstrate it. Demonstration is easier than being able to use it in a real situation. While Kelvin does not have Master Chen’s abilities (who does?!), his ability is impressive. His dedication and knowledge will help all of us improve to a much higher level where we can demonstrate clearly and begin to use more of our body parts that we don’t properly use both in the form and in push hands practice. Thank you for this gift.

  • 2021/05/06: Yuxin Liu on “Prague 18 (6)” Online Video Purchase

    Fight-follow-100% follow-control-precise control.
    No right or wrong, do a lot of Yilu form training until the body finds itself.
    All the moves are from the inside.

  • 2021/05/05: Yuxin Liu on “Prague 18 (5)” Online Video Purchase

    -Maintain the line while stretching. Two dots have to stay on the line without changing directions.
    -Power is in the Dantian and comes out of Dantian to head, hands and feet, like a parachute.
    Training methods:
    Static model: hold onto the bars;
    Loose step;
    Moving step.

  • 2021/05/04: James Tam on Rugby player and firefighter – My first meeting of the Chen Taiji Practical Method.

    Thank you very much for describing details of your positive experience. For many, “eye-opener” is a good term. I am one of those whose eyes were opened immediately on first contact. Furthermore, the fact that you can apply principles from Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method so quickly, even into your own field of expertise, is also an “eye-opener” to many who have experienced the PM bug.

  • 2021/05/04: James Tam on “Neigong1-20210501” Online Video Purchase

    This “Neigong1-20210501” video is a gem. Highly recommended.

    This succinct video is an important one to acquire for a solid understanding and training of the three main components of neigong (as practiced in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method). You will also learn how to combine the three components in your training, using the first form in Yilu as an example.

    Equipped with this knowledge you will be able to immediately start introducing power and substance (internal training) into your forms. And, from thereon, you can confidently start on a trusted road towards pragmatic neigong development.

  • 2021/05/04: Yuxin Liu on “Prague 18 (4)” Online Video Purchase

    Master Chen Zhonghua gave hands on corrections on foundations.
    Twisting towel. Hands do not move. No power up with the hands. Elbow squeezes in towards the center line of the body. Shoulder goes down, kua pushes up. Keep the head up. Power has to come from inside out.
    Six sealing four closing. Wrists have to be straight and locked. Don’t move the hands or arms themselves. Power is coming from spiting the center of the body, first from the center of the chest, later on from dantian. Hands have to stay on the line and stretch away from each other(as a result of elbow shoulder kua movements), avoid over turning when opening. Elbow opens as comes to the line of two hands. Shoulder opens as the upper arm and the chest split. Make sure the shoulder does not follow forward. Everything on the right track, hand is squeezed out.

  • 2021/05/03: Kelvin Ho on “Prague 18 (3)” Online Video Purchase

    Following instructions “blindly” has been the biggest obstacle in learning by an adult because we often analyze and must agree before we can follow. However, we really have no basis to judge taiji as we don’t know it. Following instructions is most critical at the time when we don’t agree with them. We must take a leap of faith for the first time. As we accumulate real results over time, our trust in the teacher and the system will increase, and following instructions “blindly” will become easier, and then even more results will come.

  • 2021/05/03: Yuxin Liu on “Prague 18 (3)” Online Video Purchase

    Recalibrate what is “real” in Taiji. Real actions, real time, real thinking.
    Only when it is real, we have something solid to build onto, so we can make progress. Right or wrong is not the problem, 20 times Yilu a day is the problem.
    To learn Taiji, it is simple, we have to be able to follow instructions “blindly”. Real thinking is only when you have gained certain abilities. Just learn it, learn it as it is.

  • 2021/05/02: Yuxin Liu on “Prague 18 (2)” Online Video Purchase

    1. What is open? Why all the moves have to have a pivot? A non-moving dot in between two dots? Once there is a pivot, there are two sides, then the power has to go over, from one spot through the pivot to the other spot. That is power transmission in Taiji. Master Chen Zhonghua demonstrated how to find or create a pivot in the moves.
    2. What is going down in Taiji? How to go down without actually going down? How to create power with going down?
    Practice: rhythm in the circles, close and open, together and separate. Find a pivot, and open.

  • 2021/05/02: Yuxin Liu on “Prague 18 (1)” Online Video Purchase

    In positive circle and negative circle, after we have the rough shape, we add two more elements. 1. on the second step, add more turn with the waist. The elbow movement is caused by opening the kua and turning the waist; 2. on out with hand, add two ends outer split. While doing these, avoid the body going backward or upward.
    Master Chen demonstrated how to add more details and layers in the foundation practice. From arms movements to torso movements and establish the internal relationship between the arms and the back part of the body all the way to the back foot.

  • 2021/05/01: Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on Second Shanhaitian Taiji Competition 20210501

    Thank you, Pang Chaoli and Leo Song! Thank you to all participants!

  • 2021/04/28: admin2 on My Folder

    This error should be fixed now, sorry for the inconvenience

  • 2021/04/28: admin2 on My Folder

    This error should be fixed now, sorry for the inconvenience

  • 2021/04/27: ariaml on My Folder

    Hi, I am also missing several videos from my folder:
    ‘The Energy Differential in Tai Chi’
    ‘Yilu Detailed Applications 2 Online Video’
    ‘Yilu Detailed Applications 3 Online Video’
    ‘Concave Circles in Taijiquan Online Video’
    ‘Differential 2’
    ‘Yilu Detailed Applications 4 Online Video’
    ‘Body Structure’
    ‘Detailed Sword Instructions Online Video’
    ‘Kua, Knee and Foot Online Video’
    ‘Prague Workshop 2012-3’
    ‘Taiji Movement Connections 1’
    ‘Taiji Applications 2011’

  • 2021/04/26: Eddie on My Folder

    Energy alignment 1,2,3,4
    Yalu application 1,2,3,4
    Basic foundations Chinese

  • 2021/04/26: Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on My Folder

    Please give a list of titles. Thanks.

  • 2021/04/26: Eddie on My Folder

    Hi,
    I am missing several videos from my folder, please put them back to my folder .
    Thanks

  • 2021/04/26: Richard Johnson on “Look” to learn Taijiquan, video recordings and mirror neurons

    Yes, there is a quite large and growing body of evidence in motor learning literature that this is the case, especially when we simply imagine that we are doing the movements with them. You may have experienced the when you have an almost involuntary reflex to move with somebody that causes twitching in your muscles. The pathways are approximated, at first, and refined with repeated watching. Finally, they are strongly reinforced when you actually start performing the movements.

  • 2021/04/25: Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on Importance of Head in Taijiquan

    Thanks to James Tam for bringing this up again on facebook.

  • 2021/04/24: Camille Lipford on Saying “Yes” to Taiji

    That’s funny James. I don’t think Ottawa is a deep sea port! Your journey will be quite different from mine 🙂

  • 2021/04/23: James Tam on Saying “Yes” to Taiji

    I thoroughly enjoyed the article…while enjoying my coffee on a freighter to Daqingshan…and enchanted by the sprightly sparkle in the eyes of a smiling taiji face.

  • 2021/04/23: Karen Mattox on Master Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on Apr 23, 2021 – Kelvin Ho

    Congrats on today’s breakthrough!

  • 2021/04/23: James Tam on Master Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on Apr 23, 2021 – Kelvin Ho

    Kelvin, thank you for sharing. Valuable!

  • 2021/04/23: jscott on Chen Zhonghua: Q&A on How the Kua Function in Taiji (Part I)

    Excellent article that clarified many the many complex relationships: ground , knees, kua, waist, dantian. I found the diagram extremely helpful. It would be interesting to use the points outlined in article to frame a discussion on John Upshaw’s recent breakthrough, discussed in a recent class.

  • 2021/04/19: Kelvin Ho on Notes from Kelvin Ho’s Lesson on April 18, 2021

    Starting position: chest facing N; hand facing W; half-horse stance R foot rear, L foot front.

    Adjust stance slightly, by moving heels, so that L foot becomes rear and R foot front.

    Stretch out R hand inside tube, palm down, while at the same time withdraw L elbow having L hand palm up.

  • 2021/04/15: James Tam on Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 19-22, 2013

    Awesome! PM alignment is clearly defined with your explanation. Thank you!

  • 2021/04/15: Kelvin Ho on Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 19-22, 2013

    For a stick, if you tap on one end, you can feel the tap on the other end immediately. For a string that has slack, that won’t happen. The two ends of a stick are considered aligned.

  • 2021/04/15: James Tam on Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 19-22, 2013

    Item 21 requires clarification?

  • 2021/04/11: akwn2 on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20210408” Online Video Purchase

    Some explanations in this lecture completely changed how I approach learning and practicing. Really interesting material!

  • 2021/04/08: akwn2 on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20210401” Online Video Purchase

    This was really, really helpful. I love how practical and sensible these explanations are!

  • 2021/04/07: Kelvin Ho on 6 methods of learning Tai Chi

    I will ask Winston Wang from Irvine/Orange County to contact you.

  • 2021/04/05: Ivonne Lopez on 6 methods of learning Tai Chi

    Is there anywhere in Los Angeles, Ca that I can learn this from someone?

  • 2021/04/04: Kelvin Ho on Shop Catalog
  • 2021/04/04: Luca G on Shop Catalog

    Hello Asad – is there a class based in London? (I think maybe Liverpool) – I also have been looking for teachers based in the Uk – kind regards Luca

  • 2021/04/03: Saayed Khan on PM Online Class Registration and Login

    Great Post, During this pandemic. Zoom is one of the best apps after Lockdown, These apps help out many people to continue with their jobs and very out their professions. Thank you mate for sharing such a wonderful post. keep posting and good luck with your next upcoming post.

  • 2021/03/28: James Tam on My Yilu has changed in the past one month.

    Nice post! Good to know that the online classes are helping and that posting clips of your Yilu on practicalmethod.com and/or any one of the Facebook groups, such as “(a location) – Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method,” can be helpful through feedback and correction by Shifu or others.

  • 2021/03/27: James Tam on Notes for Ottawa Workshop Mar. 24-25, 2018

    Outstanding notes from 2018 by Kelvin HO! Glad that Kelvin keep good records and share them. I do not remember most of them, so happy to go over them again. Thanks!

  • 2021/03/26: Kelvin Ho on Online Lesson with Kelvin 3.25/21

    Lifting water -> Fetch Water

    These two exercises are called foundations.

  • 2021/03/26: Kelvin Ho on Master Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on Mar 23, 2021 – Kelvin Ho

    If you use a stick to poke at someone, the stick itself is fixed length, in order for it to reach your opponent, both ends of the stick has to travel in the same direction towards the opponent. That’s double heavy by definition. If the opponent is able to grab it, it may be able to pull you in if the stick keeps going forward.

  • 2021/03/26: Sevastianos Maillis on Master Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on Mar 25, 2021 – Kelvin Ho

    Great notes! Thank you, Kelvin!
    Looking forward for the purchasable video for this lesson as well.

  • 2021/03/24: hapegei on Master Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on Mar 23, 2021 – Kelvin Ho

    Hi Kelvin,
    as always, I enjoy yourr comments. But would you please elaborate your ideas about double heavy during hitting a bit further? I have an idea about the direction you probably think, but this sounds very interesting and I would like to know, what you defintely mean.
    Regards

  • 2021/03/22: Allan Belsheim on Way Of Hunyuan Ebook Online Purchase

    Unfortunately “The Way Of Hunyuan” is listed as temporarily out of stock. Hopefully the eBook will be available again sometime in the future.

  • 2021/03/22: sebastianjaen on Way Of Hunyuan Ebook Online Purchase

    Hi, I want to buy the book The way of Hunyuan. However, I do not see the option in the website or I do not how to do it. If you can help me or send the link to me I will appreciate it a lot. Thank you so much!

  • 2021/03/21: Kelvin Ho on Notes from Kelvin Ho’s Lesson on March 20, 2021

    > 3rd count: shuffle out L foot diagonally forward so that you are in half horse stance.

    Shuffle out R foot diagonally

  • 2021/03/20: Adarsh on PM Online Class Registration and Login

    What a blessing that we are able to partake of Master Chen’s wisdom on a weekly basis. I’ve also noticed lately more and more I look forward to seeing my Taiji brothers and sisters each class. Thank you for this opportunity to meet people from around the globe.

  • 2021/03/19: Camille Lipford on Saying “Yes” to Taiji

    Hi Ramona, I’m glad you enjoyed the writing…I also used to compare myself with others, which as you pointed out is not helpful. It would be lovely to meet you at Daqingshan, or Arizona, or some place!

  • 2021/03/19: Ramona Gomez on Saying “Yes” to Taiji

    Hi Camille,
    I loved reading your post. It spoke to me when you said “Maybe what brought about a change is not caring anymore about achievement.” I don’t think it’s about ‘not caring’ (as I can tell you are very committed), but as we learn to quit trying too hard and stop comparing ourselves to others and just accept who we are and what we are capable of, we find we can achieve more. I know that is true for me.
    Your statement about watching other students practice and noticing that we all seem to have common flaws and difficulties is very true.
    Maybe someday we can meet in Daqingshan. Visiting there is one of my dreams.

  • 2021/03/18: Camille Lipford on Saying “Yes” to Taiji

    Aye, that.

  • 2021/03/18: Matt Landau on “Jerking Kick 20210310” Online Video Purchase

    Great video worthy of purchase and practice. The action of the dantien, elbows and left foot in this application are fantastic and should be carefully studied. The effectiveness is all the more incredible given the way Master Chen demonstrates lightness and preservation of one’s own body integrity.

  • 2021/03/18: Matt Landau on Saying “Yes” to Taiji

    Great post. Your mention of 3 qualities: (i) humility, (ii) productive attitude and (iii) training taking place in every action; they are insightful and necessary for us all to further refine. Master Chen’s lessons are profound; when taken seriously they affect every aspect of our existence. Let us all continue to work hard(er) to one day become truly worthy students of his transmission.

  • 2021/03/14: Kelvin Ho on Notes from Kelvin Ho’s Lesson on 3/13/21

    > Corrections of my Single Whip pose: arms must extend further on either side but cannot be higher than eyebrows;

    Middle finger not higher than finger tip is a general statement. For single whip specifically, the hands are about shoulder height.

    Good notes of a lot of details.

  • 2021/03/12: Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on Hunyuan Qigong Online Video Trailer

    You should get the instructional video first. After learning it, you might want to get the detailed video for further learning.

  • 2021/03/11: emilia108 on Hunyuan Qigong Online Video Trailer

    Is it best to have both videos or is the detailed Hunyuan video adequate for learning?

  • 2021/03/11: emilia108 on Detailed Hunyuan Qigong Online Video Trailer

    Hi, is this wi gong also called Primordial Qi Gong?

  • 2021/03/01: Dina Kerr on PM Online Class Registration and Login

    Master Chen and Kelvin Ho, Zoom classes Pandemic style. I have followed practical method for twenty years with Master Chen through videos and workshops. I never dreamed I would like to do it via Zoom in my home. I am very surprised at how valuable these lessons are to my practice. Doing the form moves in my own home has a totally different more relaxed dynamic. I have found being corrected and watching others corrections improves my practice, which forever is a work in progress. These classes will improve flexibility and strength and if you are not past your prime as I am, you may some day become a martial artist. If you practice hard at it for twenty years, you will slow the aging process. These zoom classes are ideal as a starting place to learn taiji or a place where you improve your skill whatever your level.

  • 2021/02/27: Pawel Mueller on Sinking to the floor, sequential moves and stretching

    Dear Steve, I’m not saying that. I didn’t even use the terms Huiyin and Baihui in my article. This is a misunderstanding.
    The stretch is everywhere where you need the connection to the ground. If somebody pushes your wrist, then you have to have a stretch between your fingers and wrist, wrist and elbow, elbow and shoulder, shoulder and dantien, dantien and rear kua (in case you are “pushing” out), rear Kua and knee, knee and heel, heel and toes. Those are the parts I’m writing about. The stretch that creates the force field I’m writing about is around those parts.
    In my article I’m using only three part, so it’s simpler to illustrate. But in reality you have the hole chain I just mentioned. It doesn’t need to be all vertical. So to answer your question: the opponent can can push in whatever direction. Because you have so many parts you can redirect the force into the ground. That’s a huge part of the training: “how to redirect power to the ground?”
    In that case the connection is not a straight line. It’s a curved line.
    Also your assumption, that we only need to use gravity to hold the alignment is wrong. It actually needs lots of power to hold this alignment. But it’s a functional power and it’s still less than dealing “directly” with a heavy opponent.
    Through practice the amount of power will become less because your precision will increase. But you’ll still need power (and not just gravity).

    As an analogy from electronics: with a relay you can use a very low-power signal to control a high power circuit. But you still need the power for the low power circuit.

    Hope this helps.

  • 2021/02/24: Kelvin Ho on Experience PM Online Classes from Feb 22 to 25, 2021

    Today is the Wednesday link.

  • 2021/02/24: TaraTM on Experience PM Online Classes from Feb 22 to 25, 2021

    Hi Kelvin,
    Was not able to see the link to join. When I click on the zoom log it says the host has another meeting in progress

  • 2021/02/22: Kelvin Ho on Online Students Starting Guide
  • 2021/02/22: Ping on Experience PM Online Classes from Feb 22 to 25, 2021

    Would like to learn taiji

  • 2021/02/18: Ken on Calendar

    Hi is anybody in ny 5 borough I can see practical metod? Thanks

  • 2021/02/18: mazzaroth on Online Lesson with Master Chen 17th Feb 2021-Yuxin Liu

    Thanks for the summary

  • 2021/02/09: Sooyeon Zacharias on The Taiji garden

    Thank you Carlotta

  • 2021/02/01: James Tam on PM Online Class Registration and Login

    The online classes by Master Chen and Kelvin are highly recommended. I have been participating in Master Chen’s and Kelvin’s classes and I find them extremely valuable. The classes are very informative and very useful. Not only can the whole class get minute details for each posture and transitions in-between, participants get to show and receive individual corrections for a specific posture or a series of postures. Moreover, participants are provided with practical drills and guidance on what to focus on for after-class training on their own. It is important to point out that both Master Chen and Kelvin are very attentive to the level of each participant and cater their recommendations for improvements accordingly. Finally, participants get to get a more complete picture and a much deeper understanding of the principles underlying Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

  • 2021/02/01: Steve Doob on PM Online Class Registration and Login

    Kelvin’s classes are great! He goes into the kind of detail that I’m definitely ready for. It’s not just his corrections of Yilu movements, but his showing how we should move internally that is so good. Basically, each of us gets a private lesson and gets to watch everybody else’s. The way he dissects the foundational exercises is especially helpful. Thanks to the classes, my Yilu is feeling much more stable, efficient and powerful.

  • 2021/01/26: Harshil Meraiya on Kelvin Ho’s 2020 Review and 2021 Plan

    Very Impressive Kelvin!

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