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  • 2022/05/27: James Tam on “Straighten out a zigzag-Kelvin Ho Basic Movement Class 20220524″Online Video Purchase

    A useful drill is introduced in this class. It helps train the energy pathway from the feet to the hands. This is a very important step in properly linking the top with the bottom. Participants are given corrective instructions as you follow along, and you get to learn from the mistakes of others as well. Kelvin provides very detailed instructions at a good pace without being overwhelming. Difficulty level is 3/5.

  • 2022/05/24: James Tam on “Ottawa 1999” Online Video Purchase

    Recording of a workshop (two decades ago) of Master Chen Zhonghua in Ottawa. Contents include Hunyuan form demo, practice, and applications. The video is actually only 32 minutes long (not 57 minutes).

  • 2022/05/20: Vikas on “Toronto Workshop September 2012 Volume 2” Online Video Trailer

    I really want to your full course to understand the depth of human inner strengh or optimal utilizing body and apply in my sport if you able share your knowledge I will be glad.

  • 2022/05/16: Kelvin Ho on FAQ

    Hi Saheq,

    Please contact Todd Elihu telihu@gmail.com in Athens.

    https://practicalmethod.com/about-athens/

  • 2022/05/16: James Tam on “Power in the Dang-Kelvin Ho Basic Movement Class 20220510″Online Video Purchase

    Essential video for your resources. Excellent and clear details on proper step in, with a bonus of a drill that you can train alone anywhere.

  • 2022/05/16: Saheq Nhru on FAQ

    Peace and greetings. I posted a couple days ago requesting a contact for practical method training in Atlanta, GA and I saw a reply and an email address to contact Todd Elihu in Athens. When I saw it I was at work and instead of writing the address down i said id come back to it when I had a free moment. I have tbar moment now but for some reason I’m not able to find that comment again. Can you repost that comment please or email it to me? Thank you.

  • 2022/05/13: James Tam on “Split-Damian Jagocz Yilu Corrections 14 to 32-20220429” Online Video Purchase

    A Taiji punch is more than a straight strike. Details are provided on what mechanism operates behind a “simple” taiji punch that makes it more powerful than an ordinary punch.

  • 2022/05/08: Kelvin Ho on Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy Lineage

    Hi Saheq,

    Please contact Todd Elihu telihu@gmail.com in Athens.

    https://practicalmethod.com/about-athens/

  • 2022/05/08: Saheq Nhru on Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy Lineage

    Peace and blessings,

    Do you have any qualified instructors in Atlanta, GA?

  • 2022/05/05: James Chan on “Ottawa Workshop 09 (3)” Online Video Purchase

    Same comment for the Ottawa Workshop 09 (01) and (02) videos.

  • 2022/05/05: James Chan on “Ottawa Workshop 09 (3)” Online Video Purchase

    This is a great hands-on video. Throughout the entire video Master Chen actively taught, engaged and provided correction to each student. The video brings back a lot of fond memories. I can now clearly see the mistakes I was making many years ago.

  • 2022/05/01: Kelvin Ho on My Folder

    Sorry for the inconvenience. I found the issue in the system. You should have access to the videos now. Thanks.

  • 2022/05/01: Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on My Folder

    https://practicalmethod.com/2022/04/purchase-20220424-toronto-push-hands-workshop-video-package/
    Please use this link to see if you can open the files (not the purchase link).

  • 2022/04/30: Duc.Duclos on My Folder

    Just purchased a package and I dont see it in my folder how long does it take to show up?

    Thanks

  • 2022/04/20: Kelvin Ho on FAQ
  • 2022/04/17: Juan on FAQ

    Hello,
    I was interested in learning Taijiquan online. Do you have an online Taijiquan training course?

    Thank you very much…

    Regards.

  • 2022/04/16: James Tam on “Berlin 2012 Mini Lessons” Online Video Trailer

    This video teaches a key element in mastering the skills involved in push hands training. The importance of yin-yang separation manifested in the practical action of separating movement from non-movement is elaborated. From the “simple” (unmoving wall or solid back) to the complex (arbitrarily chosen unmoving dot on the body), Master Chen Zhonghua himself demonstrates different situations and a number of ways on how the separation can be executed effectively in push hands. In the video we can also benefit from watching Master Chen’s corrections of student’s faults. Near the end, the master emphasizes the need to focus on practicing what is being taught at any given time, and not to be distracted by peripheral questions, such as “other” setups and restrictions imposed under previous lessons.

  • 2022/04/14: John Upshaw on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220414” Online Video Purchase

    They’re 3 actions:1. in with elbow, out with hand. 2. There are no horizontal moves on the arms, this is done with the waist. 3. The vertical moves are done with the knees. All of these moves are separate. We tend to blur them together when they need to remain 3 separate actions that have the potential of working together.

  • 2022/04/05: Pradeep on Detailed Hunyuan Qigong Online Video Trailer

    Seems to be good version but I want to know what is the difference between Zhineng Qigong by Dr Pang Ming & this version by GM Feng .

  • 2022/04/04: James Tam on The Ink Blotter Action

    I don’t understand why there is a warning. It would be useful to know which particular part of the description of the ink-blotter action triggered it. [In this discussion, I am not thinking of the follow step description, which is really a separate action. I also understand that it is not about the rocking and really about a pivoting action with the pivot point at the ball of the foot, and that the energy extends from the ankle joint to the toes.]

    I consider shoveling out the leg AND landing with the foot as one basic stepping action that one can observe throughout Yilu training (such as when executing the stepping in Buddha Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar or Single Whip). As John Upshaw pointed out, even if you consider it as two separate actions for single drill purposes, both are still part of the “basics.”

    The key for the shoveling is that it is executed using the underside to stretch the Dang as the leg “slides”/grinds outwards with the toes up. And, when the heel is at the end of its reach, the key is to continue the underside stretch by pivoting at the heel with the “ink-blotter” action. Thus, you can view the last part as “adding” that completes the shifting of the weight from an almost 100% one leg stance into the fundamental 50-50 weight distribution stance. That is, “when you finish taking the step, the dantian returns to the center.*” The ball of the pivoting foot should be “Don’t Move” solid while the ankle joint should be set at a right angle during the active ink-blotter action. The importance of the erect ankle is described in an article written by Ping Wei ( https://tinyurl.com/2ba7hafj ).

    *(This stepping is a distinguishing feature of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.)
    Taking a broader view, “Hong also taught that when he learned from Chen Fake there was no shifting of the center to the right, left, backward or forward. “An axis of a wheel can only rotate, not shift” according to Hong’s writings from his interpretation of the classics. Therefore, the center in a same posture always remains in the center and you can power up with either leg. You only shift the center when taking a step. When you shift the center in that case, you do it without moving the spine side to side, but by just opening and sitting on that kua and the opposite leg will then be light in order to move it. When you finish taking the step, the dantian returns to the center.” Paragraph from https://practicalmethod.com/2010/02/chen-zhonghua-yilu-demo-on-oct-25-2009/

  • 2022/04/03: John Upshaw on The Ink Blotter Action

    Both this drill and the shoveling are essential. Pick one to train at a time. I think watching the video first (I participated in the lesson), then reading it made concrete and operationalized…I’m a visual learner and I have often asked Master Chen to “show me”. Reading what I learned from what other’s write or writing it out myself embeds the lesson in my mind…and there is the “need” to physically train the move.

  • 2022/04/03: Pawel Mueller on The Ink Blotter Action

    Warning
    This info is right. BUT it really is something for people who learned the basics. And in this case this would be the correct procedure of shoveling out. Otherwise the instructions given here can be easily misunderstood.
    I don’t want to go through the right process here. There are videos about it. Go look at them.
    But be aware to get this procedure right first. You might actually harm yourself otherwise trying to implement wha kelvin explains here.
    Nothing against Kelvin! This is all correct and ver much worth sharing.

    So learn shoveling out first, take some month implementing it into your form, then add this piece of information.

    Keep on practicing

  • 2022/03/29: James Tam on Notes for Practical Method Iowa Workshop 2015

    OK. Slow sailing. The worm finally got it. The inch worm indeed. Thanks. 🙂

  • 2022/03/28: Rick Pietila on “Toronto 2-3” Online Video Trailer

    Thank you sir!

  • 2022/03/27: Kelvin Ho on “Toronto 2-3” Online Video Trailer

    Fixed.

  • 2022/03/27: Rick Pietila on “Toronto 2-3” Online Video Trailer

    Hi. I purchased this Toronto 2-3 video today, March 27th, 2022 and it does not load. Can an admin please fix it? Thank you.

  • 2022/03/22: nick tangri on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303” Online Video Purchase

    Hi Bill,
    apologies for not replying sooner, i wrote down the method, but not which video it came from. I tried to find it but haven’t yet.
    Kelvin, thanks for replying and helping out.
    The video itself is important, someone should remember it.
    Its not my place to give advice on technique i know, but the method is simple and effective, and i feel an obligation now to explain. Of course the video itself is the best explanation. A picture is worth a thousand words.
    The method i guess, came about in order to open the kua evenly. If we try to open the kua by stretching knee against kua and dantien against kua, we can never match the two. One will pull more than the other.
    The method is to focus on the inguinal crease, pick a point on the bottom of this line, the under side of the kua and arc this point upward in an arc, towards the top of the kua. You should feel both sides open together. I think of this as rotating about the thigh bone so as not to move horizontally.
    Again, its really not my place to explain this, If anyone can give a better description, or preferably remember which video this came from, please help out,
    Nick

  • 2022/03/22: Bill Cullen on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303” Online Video Purchase

    Thank you Kelvin!

  • 2022/03/16: Kelvin Ho on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303” Online Video Purchase
  • 2022/03/16: Bill Cullen on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303” Online Video Purchase

    Nick, Your post is a good testimonial to the effectiveness of proper training in the Practical Method. I was wondering if you could name the “earlier video” where Master Chen showed the correct way to open the kua evenly. Thank you

  • 2022/03/13: nick tangri on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303” Online Video Purchase

    Coincidence? Maybe. Much gratitude certainly.
    About 2 weeks ago i began to experience pain in my hip flexor muscle causing pain down my left leg. Sciatic nerve problem. The problem was not a slipped disc as i had full range of movement and could still touch my toes. There has been a tighteness in the muscle.
    About 3 days ago problem became much worse, pain was constant, and i could not find a comfortable position. I could only take about 10 steps before stopping, doubled over. The doctor gave me prescription only panadiene, which helped. However i had to take so many that i had to go back to the doctor the next day to get more pills.
    I was also on Youtube checking out all the expert videos on the subject. There are a lot.
    All the recommended stretches and strengthening excercises only aggravated the muscle, none gave me any relief.
    I guess you know where this is leading, only a few minutes into the video i found my stretch. Thank you.
    I locked the opposite kua and stretched the affected kua against the locked one. In an earlier video Master Chen showed the correct way to open the kua evenly. The bottom point of the kua curls upward to open evenly to the knee and also to the dantien. I was able to stretch open what was tight and even though the area is still tender i had instant relief. I am comfortable, and can walk freely.
    Australia are playing Pakistan in the cricket tonight, i can now enjoy.

  • 2022/03/12: James Tam on “Figure 8 Kua-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220302” Online Video Purchase

    This (“Figure 8 Kua-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 2022.03.02”) video is an excellent companion to the other video “Figure 8 Strech-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303.” This one is about the upper limbs and a bit more complex to follow. It explicitly describes the concept of a switch as an action that would go around a wall/barrier and allow the Figure 8 to be executed without obstruction. Practical advice on how to focus on and force training switching actions in Yilu practice (for upper and lower limbs) is provided.

  • 2022/03/12: John Upshaw on “Broadsword on the Body-Chen Zhonghua English Instructor Class 20220311” Online Video Purchase

    This is a phenomenal Broadsword lesson that I am immediately integrating into my training plan. Master Chen instructed us on how train the Broadsword by locking the sword to your torso and using your waist to move the sword. It also speaks to lessons he has been teaching the past several weeks on keeping the structure of your outside locked and using your inside to move one’s outside.

    Master Chen taught to use the pole to train the waist. Lock the front hand use the elbow powered by the waist to make a big circles with the tip of the pole. Lock the elbow use the rear hand powered by the waist to make small circles with the tip of the pole.

    These instructions look awkward when doing the sword forms. I’ve been practicing sword for a number of years and I have been at a plateau for a long time…these training methods have the potential of taking me to the next level…it’s a matter of doing it!

  • 2022/03/11: Karen Mattox on “Move 47 to 50 – Kelvin Ho Yilu Class 20220308″Online Video Purchase

    Thank you for including the move numbers/names (English and Chinese) in the video descriptions!! So helpful.

  • 2022/03/10: Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on Basic Foundations 2009 Online Video Trailer

    Yes, this is a good start.
    You can also sign up for online lessons: https://practicalmethod.com/2020/09/practical-method-online-class-registration/

  • 2022/03/10: Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on “Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson 2020-1104” Online Video Purchase
  • 2022/03/10: James Tam on “Figure 8 Strech-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303” Online Video Purchase

    In this video Master Chen Zhonghua explains very precisely the goal and key linkages for properly executing the “kua” movements in the “Figure 8” drill. Beginners will be able to follow and carry out the drill accurately right away. For the intermediate, and even the advanced practitioners, this video can help you gain an accurate and deeper understanding of the fundamental actions of stretching, placement, and alignment of sticks and joints in the body, hinged on a triangular structure in 3D space. That is, while it is often said that the building blocks for Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method are the positive and negative circles, the truth is that one has to actualize the circles with real actions of the bones and soft tissues of the human body. This video shows exactly how.

  • 2022/03/10: Tel Bert on “Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson 2020-1104” Online Video Purchase

    As person absolutely new to Taiji and having only information about the greatness of Taiji, can this video serve as a starter for my Taiji learning?

  • 2022/03/10: Tel Bert on Basic Foundations 2009 Online Video Trailer

    Hey I am new to Taiji. Can I buy this and learn Taiji ? I do understand the extreme difficulty to learn through video though. Please give guidance.

  • 2022/03/10: Tel Bert on 2022 Yilu Online Class by Kelvin Ho

    Sir, I am newbie to Taiji. Can I learn from online class?

  • 2022/03/08: James Tam on “General theory of practical method” Online Video Trailer

    How to rotate? How to not move? How to open? In learning, one need to have not only a goal and a method of studying and absorbing the details of the subject matter. A framework of understanding at the beginning is important in guiding and organizing the pile of information that you will be accumulating. A framework is a lighthouse keeping your focussed. This video is that lighthouse and pillar for your schooling in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

  • 2022/03/05: Carlotta Viviani on “Who Is First?” Online Video Purchase

    Adding some other considerations after reviewing Shifu‘s English Instructors class.
    If something is so fast you cannot see it (like the animal cannot see the shot arrow), we can also say that if we cannot see it, it‘s fast. Yin-yang reversal.
    The shape is a dot. If we have a line we have length, but we can be in a position where our opponent only sees a dot. A dot moving in space is very difficult to see.
    If time is cheated, space also disappears. And we can reverse it. If space is not there, there is no time.
    Our body parts must be very tight, no space.

  • 2022/03/04: Carlotta Viviani on “Who Is First?” Online Video Purchase

    Some random thoughts, cause I cannot really get this scene out of my head…
    I don‘t know the movie, by only watching this scene it seems to me that we don‘t see the gun. It‘s hidden, until it shoots. This reminds me of the topic that what we cannot process we call it fast. Of course I can think of many examples in P.M. like our body performing at the same time different moves in different dimensions, or videos with Shifu‘s words and demonstrations: „the crucial move is the one you think is meaningless! You think I‘m here(arms), but can you see my foot?“
    On the same line I‘ve heard many people saying that Italians speak very fast, but that the Italians say that Germans speak fast, and they say that french people speak fast and so on. We think it‘s fast when we don‘t understand the language. What we‘re not aware of, what takes us by surprise, we say it’s fast.

    „You don‘t move, I don‘t move. You move, I move/arrive first“… like the shadow.

  • 2022/03/03: pingwei on “Who Is First?” Online Video Purchase

    Different realms. Irrelevant to Practical Method.
    The Chinese character ”后“ has different meanings. It can refer to time sequence, “后“ follows, or after. (I think that’s the video discussion about.) It also can refer to space, “后“ is behind, behind the confrontational line. The power is indirect power, the main feature of Practical Method.

  • 2022/03/03: Yuxin Liu on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220303” Online Video Purchase

    Train the kua to do figure 8 action. Lock the knees. Kua stretches against the opposite knee, keep the stretch and rotate the other kua. Neutral -twist- neutral. 111-21-12. A pin in between the two kua.
    Fist draping over body. Big moves to feel the range of left right, forward back. The put the stretch into a tube the moves go spiral. Lock one kua, push the other kua up to move the arm.

  • 2022/02/27: John Upshaw on “Who Is First?” Online Video Purchase

    The person with the sword has unnecessary moves before he is about to do something. Harrison Ford’s move is limited to the action that finishes the fight.

  • 2022/02/25: Yuxin Liu on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220224” Online Video Purchase

    Train in with elbow out with hand in a straight line. Six sealing four closing, activate from dantian and all the moves are moving proportionally like the gear box.

  • 2022/02/23: Edward Liaw on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220223” Online Video Purchase

    Class notes:

    Need to have a real stretch (the two points must go away from each other); hand must not move while stretching elbow in. Shoulder and kua must in turn be stretched. Must ensure that you go over and not go down/up. It has to lock the position.

    I need to practice consistently; I am wasting my time practicing tossing.

    Rod between the armpit/kua. The shoulder cannot move the rod; the rod cannot go down. The arm has to wrap around it. It cannot collapse. That is to have peng.

    Separate the flesh from the bones: The bones don’t move and the flesh is wound tightly and stretched around them.

    Tailbone and buttock split up and down. Buttock tries to protrude, the spine pulls it back into the front. Tailbone drives it down to the heel. One releases the spine one releases the buttock.

  • 2022/02/20: TC Hang on “Relationship Between the Two Hands” Online Video Purchase

    Is there something wrong with this video for purchase? It lead me to a blank page after clicking checkout.

  • 2022/02/19: James Tam on “Sinking-Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220209” Online Video Purchase

    The first thing on contact is take it to the floor. Use the kua or knee to drop the contact point into the floor, without tossing (specifically, no horizontal translation). Take the opponent’s power to the ground through this action of sinking.

  • 2022/02/17: James Tam on “Out With Hand 20220216” Online Video Purchase

    This “Out with Hand, No Elbow” video is a very detailed and easy-to-follow instructional video. It covers the fundamental action that students of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method have to master at the very beginning. One need to practice it enough to become a habit so as to properly execute the foundation drills of twist the towel, fetch water, and positive & negative circles. This is a step-by-step video clip that every student has been longing for. Good for all levels, including those who are teaching and wanting students to make it easier to grasp and follow (CZH 13 min). https://practicalmethod.com/myfolder/out-with-hand-20220216-online-video/

  • 2022/02/12: Yuxin Liu on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220210” Online Video Purchase

    Hand out in positive circle. Cave in the chest to power the hand out. Body becomes small, rear foot steps back to power the front hand.

  • 2022/02/12: Yuxin Liu on “Chen Zhonghua English Instructor Class 20220211″Online Video Purchase

    Avoid double heavy. 1.Lock the dantian, support with one leg and move the other leg and kua. When the kua is up, use the hand to guide it to rear shoulder to avoid the kua moving horizontally.2.Suspend one leg off the floor, with the supporting leg not moving, the other leg moves freely.
    Clear yin yang separation. Walking obliquely and Wade forward, lock the front knee, tighten the dantian and pull the rear leg up, rotate on the spot then shovel out, no horizontal moves.

  • 2022/02/11: Alex Wu Navarro on “Move 10 to 13 – Kelvin Ho Yilu Class 20220131″Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – These notes reflect what I understood from the class. I share them to incentivize people to watch the video and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it. When you watch the video, you will definitely pick up things I didn’t.

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left horse stance (ZUO3 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right horse stance (YOU4 MA3 BU4)

    DENG4 – Arch underneath the crotch – the Chinese word for bench

    1. Theory:
    .. 1. Movement:
    ……1. To lift a leg in the twist, you need to do a DENG4 stretch to bring the weight to the other leg so that we can lift it without tossing
    ……2. Move the right foot in step by step fashion
    …….. 1. Open LL, and move RF but don’t transfer the weight yet. You can only transfer the weight after the RF has landed on the floor.
    …….. 2. Break it down to avoid tossing, moving step by step to keep supported (another more advanced way is also possible)
    .. 2. Movement: wade forward
    ……1. Hand goes through a tunnel
    ……2. Need to be stable
    .. 3. Movement: Punch covering had
    ……1. Make sure you’re balanced when punching
    ……2. Can’t do a heavy movement on the top
    ……3. Want a stretch between the RH against the RF
    …….. 1. Pivot on the toes
    …….. 2. Stretch the heel towards the back
    …….. 3. Don’t overdo the stretch that makes the RN point down (the stretch forces it point down, but the end state still has to keep RN pointing up)
    …….. 4. Stretch causes twisting motion in the RL.
    ……4. After the punch
    …….. 1. RE comes in and goes to the left side as much as possible to provide a stretch
    …………1. At the same time, the LH goes out coming through the center and protects the face
    …….. 2. RH is pulling on something strongly (like if you’re pulling a rubber band)
    …………1. Keep the stretch between the RE and the RH
    …………2. RH should extend as if pulling a rubber hand from a wall–there is no wiggling left/right (the move comes from the elbow, we say that the hand doesn’t move)
    …….. 3. RE reaches the DT and wants to keep going there, and its pull is stronger than the RH. This force balance makes the RE get to the center. When the RH overcomes the RE pull and wins the force balance, it makes the RH go out.
    …….. 4. When the hand is going out, cave in the chest (pull it away from the hand).
    …………1. There is an elongation of the region around the side of RA (the upper arm, area of the biceps/triceps) through the shoulder and upper right chest.
    …………2. You need to pull the RS in, do not let it pop out
    …….. 5. Pull the body together, the hands do an NC pulling in with elbow as large as possible
    …………1. However, since we constrain the hand movement, the net final movement is more subtle and not a large, exaggerated movement).
    ……5. Movement: pound mortar
    …….. 1. When closing both hands together, do not let the shoulders pop out — keep them tucked in!
    …….. 2. RK is tied to the RH, so we don’t move the RH, we raise the RK, and it moves the RH after
    …….. 3. Don’t kick with the RF — you’re doing an RN strike
    …….. 4. All of these movements come from a contraction of the DT
    …………1. The contraction seems to be in the region spanning the lower-right abdomen to the right obliques
    …….. 5. Do not lean back as the hand and foot come up
    …….. 6. Keep the height the same throughout the movement
    2. Movement corrections
    .. 1. Turn and wade forward
    ……1. Stepping behind shouldn’t be too far back
    ……2. GOLDEN NUGGET: Make the turn but keep the weight on the forward leg (RL)
    …….. 1. Do the DENG4 stretch to shift a little bit of the weight to the back to allow an adjustment of the RF
    …….. 2. Make it a half YMB
    ……3. Screw motion from LH and LS guided by LE: will make the arm twist leading to a subsequent stretch
    …….. 1. Step out and stretch LH against RF without collapsing the RK
    .. 2. Punch is aligned with the center (RH aligned with the center of the chest).
    ……1. Pulling the RE in requires it to do a semi-circle
    …….. 1. Because you’re pulling to the inside and the arm has a fixed length.
    ……2. When punching and doing the right-side stretch (RH-RF), all the LL is locked and doesn’t move. Locking avoids the power leaking out from that side
    ……3. Lock the wrist. The elbow is what causes the palm to go up. There is no movement on the wrist.
    ……4. Do not collapse the RK when doing the punch
    3. Personal Reflections

  • 2022/02/11: Alex Wu Navarro on “Move 9 – Kelvin Ho Yilu Class 20220124″Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – These notes reflect what I understood from the class. I share them to incentivize people to watch the video and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it. When you watch the video, you will definitely pick up things I didn’t.

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left horse stance (ZUO3 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right horse stance (YOU4 MA3 BU4)

    DENG4 – Arch underneath your crotch – word for bench.

    1. Theory:
    .. 1. Movement: Walk obliquely and twist step (LXAB)
    ……1. After initial closing, kick by stretching the leg
    ……2. Land foot
    ……3. Make a turn after establishing a rod between the top of the head and the foot
    …….. 1. Don’t bend down, keep the rod
    …….. 2. elbow makes contact with the opponent, so it needs to be connected to the center (not a separate movement)
    …………- The arm has no movement, as if it was tied to the body, glued in position, locked as a triangle, and so you can use it
    ……….1. Focus on maintaining the axis
    ……….2. The bottom needs to split both KUA4s
    ………… – looks as if the LN folds into the RN are folding onto each other
    ………… – But both KUAs also need to be open as in previous classes (knee up/knee )
    ………… – The space between the legs needs to have PENG2 and retain a U-shaped form.
    ………….. – I think the structure of the legs looks like a woman character in Chinese
    ……….3. Change into 45 degrees to Southwest, the LL is parallel to RF
    ………… – Do LE-in as you fold into it
    ………… – Fold by having the LH under the RE
    ……….4. Hold on to the axis between LL and TH and extend the RL out without shifting weight
    ………… – extend by putting the heel down with the toes
    ……….5. Shift the weight
    ……….6. Double squeeze
    ………… – Push both hands down in NC
    ………… – Keep hands in front, don’t pass back (see video)
    ……….7…RE comes up in an NC, don’t move the hand
    ……….8…Open the RK, pivoting on the RF heel
    …………..- again a twist open,
    …………..- hold everything to the back, don’t move the arm
    …………..- stretch the LK open
    ……….9…LE-in makes hand come close to face
    ……….10. LL extends without moving the rest of the body
    ……….11. Fetch Water
    …………..- Don’t move the hands
    …………..- Stretch
    …………..- Push the front, RK into the line of the hands
    ……….12. Keep the hands in place as they go underneath a dot you place in space (could be at the knee, hip or ribcage, the more advanced, the lower you go)
    …………..- NUGGET:
    …………….- If you’ve learned the form already and are improving it, the hand should be moved by other body parts, not the hands themselves.
    …………….- Rubber hand has no slack upon opening the DENG4
    …………….- Keep the shape between the hands (type 3 of no movement, SEE THEORY ON 2022-01-03) through the Pass the whole stick through the knee is
    …………….- Motion is like shoveling snow/sand/dirt/etc
    ………………- Hold the handle of the shovel – it does not change its shape/length
    ………………- Throw the snow/sand/dirt out
    …………….- Train with a rubber band, towel, or something soft and do the movement without letting the tension in the implement go away
    …………….- Have to go down if it goes in the knee
    …………….- Beginner could be at the lower ribcage level (don’t need to go so low, need to make the adjustment to go underneath the restriction)
    …………….- Hands need to go underneath the ribcage plane, don’t push forward
    2. Student movement corrections
    .. 1. Movement count 1 (kick)
    ……- Need to extend the back of the LL
    ……- Hinge movement from knee until it becomes fully stretched
    ……- Kick all the way
    .. 2. Movement count 3 (turn)
    ……- The direction of the LH does not change, it holds the same position, the stretched hands point to the same location
    ……- No gap between the torso and the arm, the torso needs to touch the arm
    .. 3. Movement count X (rotation to go into fetch water):
    ……- Rotate in the same spot
    ……..- GOLDEN NUGGET: When turning and stretching, don’t leave the back foot behind, it needs to be pulled in, dragged in from the floor without an outside sweep
    ……….- you close onto yourself like when you speed up by conservation of momentum
    ……….- the back foot is passive, the DENG4 pulls the foot in, no active knee movement, it’s very lazy
    ……….- no movement at all in the back, let it come into the body
    ……….- Softly moving, leg is like a flexible fishing line, a rope, not like a rigid stick. Foot is like a sand bag, so you’re wrapping around it
    ……- Don’t move LF very far out
    ……- Cave in chest, don’t let it protrude out
    ……- Keep a clear heart:
    ……..- Wait until the end of LK rotation is done to then bring the foot
    ……..- Don’t move the whole body
    ……- Really stretch the KUA4 when opening
    ……..- needs to feel a little exercise on it (which is a little bit uncomfortable but not unbearable)
    ……- Stretching KUA “Open the door, the door needs to be open enough for you to pass through it”
    .. 4. Movement count 13 (Fetch water):
    ……- Don’t let the front knee move while doing fetch water.
    .. 5. Movement count 14:
    ……- Don’t allow the collapse of the front side, in particular the LN doesn’t move, and the LF ankle is locked/stretched (calf lengthens)
    ……- Tilt “the stick” with KUA movement, like people swinging a guitar in a rock concert
    ……- Don’t stick the bum out when going underneath
    ……- LK, LN, and the LF don’t move, can rotate, but needs to stay put in the same place and can’t be pushed forward
    ……..- Need to slide underneath the rod, not to push it forward
    ……..- Ray’s comment: maybe have someone hold an actual bar to go underneath
    .. 6. Question from Brush Knee:
    ……- Lock the top and only move the feet (count 3 then 4)
    ……- Press LS down, squeezing the space between LH and LK
    ……- Lock both knees in position and only move from LK-RK axis with DANTIEN
    ……- Waist is like a board that doesn’t move
    ……- “Top board rotates against the bottom board”
    3. Personal Reflections
    .. 1. Kelvin mentioned “Keeping a clear heart”, which I understood as a requirement for the proper execution of an individual step
    ……- Clean, well-defined movement
    ……- Only intentional movements
    ……..- Completely finish the intended movement before going to another one

  • 2022/02/11: Alex Wu Navarro on “Move 16 to 18 – Kelvin Ho Yilu Class 20220207″Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – These notes reflect what I understood from the class. I share them to incentivize people to watch the video and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it. When you watch the video, you will definitely pick up things I didn’t.

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left horse stance (ZUO3 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right horse stance (YOU4 MA3 BU4)

    DENG4 – Arch underneath the crotch – the Chinese word for bench

    1. Theory:
    .. 1. Movement:
    ……1. Punch up
    …….. 1. Stretch the RE back to the CL
    …………1. LH touches the RE
    …………2. Stretch LH over the RE
    …….. 2. RH-LS line the chest stretch with the RE as the pivot
    …………1. Lock the RE
    …………2. Stretch the RH out with the backhand towards the top right corner (roughly eyebrow level)
    …………3. LE on the same line, pulling back like in a bow and arrow
    …………4. Pivot is the RE
    ………….. 1. Both the RH and the LE are on the same line
    ………….. 2. The movement needs to be such that the hand and shoulder are in this line
    ………….. 3. The RE should not be pulled back or propelled forward.
    …………5. Create a stretch in a spiral, with the RH fist in clockwise and the LS going back in counter-clockwise (forms an “S” shape or a corkscrew)
    …….. 3. Movement needs to be performed with the chest caving in
    ……2. Downward punch covering hand
    …….. 1. Open
    …….. 2. NC with both hands
    …….. 3. Close to face
    …….. 4. RH (as a fist) slides to the top of the RN. Meanwhile, the LH is in front of the tummy
    …….. 5. Stretch RH against the CL (middle of the chest)
    …………1. Stretch downwards in the line
    …….. – Application: a person is caught above the RL
    …………- Attention point: Don’t move the RH: it needs to be locked.
    …………..- The movement comes indirectly from the chest opening that propels it forward.
    …………..- Need to be in control of how much torso rotation you’re doing
    …………….- rotation should be added after, only once we’re able to distinguish rotation and the stretching between fist and chest (so not now)
    ……3. Movement: Double Push Hands
    …….. 1. Hand out in a Right PC
    …….. 2. Pull RF forward with a rotation
    …………1. yourself from the DENG
    …………2. All the way to turn 90 degrees
    …….. 3. Land turned 45 degrees, RF on toes
    …………1. DT is crunched (will be used later)
    …………2. Cave the chest in (backward and down) away from the tip of the fingers. This stretch keeps PENG2 on the body
    2. Movement corrections
    .. 1. When doing the back-fist, lock the two knees. They should not move.
    ……1. Stretch and do a “long elbow in” in the transition for the back-fist
    …….. 1. More Stretch = More power
    …….. 2. Squeeze the RH out
    ……2. Keep RS low (no popping up). Popping up means the power will leak.
    .. 2. In double push hands, the fingertips point a little downwards, with first and elbows not bent
    ……1. Keep the head up as well
    .. 4. Additional exercise:
    ……1. Pulling to the turn for double push hands:
    …….. 1. Stretch out DENG and stretch the side of ankles rising up to the knees. Open the back of the knee.
    …….. 2. Need to pull from the underneath of both tights (hip adductors?).
    …….. 3. Need to pull and move to the front leg. Initially will feel like falling down.
    …….. 4. Related exercise: Do a BMB, pull the front elbow towards the back foot, and back knee towards the front hand.
    …………1. Can’t toss, need to be fixed in the state
    …………2. Need to keep front knee fixed (also, the front hip can’t be going forward either)
    …………3. It’s not about doing it quickly, but rather it’s about holding the rod formed by the front foot to the head.
    …………4. Gradually do it lower. It will be more difficult (but can’t compromise the requirements not to move)
    3. Personal Reflections

  • 2022/02/11: Alex Wu Navarro on “Move 16 to 18 – Kelvin Ho Yilu Class 20220207″Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – These notes reflect what I understood from the class. I share them to incentivize people to watch the video and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it. When you watch the video, you will definitely pick up things I didn’t.

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left horse stance (ZUO3 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right horse stance (YOU4 MA3 BU4)

    DENG4 – Arch underneath the crotch – the Chinese word for bench

    1. Theory:
    .. 1. Movement:
    ……1. Punch up
    …….. 1. Stretch the RE back to the CL
    …………1. LH touches the RE
    …………2. Stretch LH over the RE
    …….. 2. RH-LS line the chest stretch with the RE as the pivot
    …………1. Lock the RE
    …………2. Stretch the RH out with the backhand towards the top right corner (roughly eyebrow level)
    …………3. LE on the same line, pulling back like in a bow and arrow
    …………4. Pivot is the RE
    ………….. 1. Both the RH and the LE are on the same line
    ………….. 2. The movement needs to be such that the hand and shoulder are in this line
    ………….. 3. The RE should not be pulled back or propelled forward.
    …………5. Create a stretch in a spiral, with the RH fist in clockwise and the LS going back in counter-clockwise (forms an “S” shape or a corkscrew)
    …….. 3. Movement needs to be performed with the chest caving in
    ……2. Downward punch covering hand
    …….. 1. Open
    …….. 2. NC with both hands
    …….. 3. Close to face
    …….. 4. RH (as a fist) slides to the top of the RN. Meanwhile, the LH is in front of the tummy
    …….. 5. Stretch RH against the CL (middle of the chest)
    …………1. Stretch downwards in the line
    …….. – Application: a person is caught above the RL
    …………- Attention point: Don’t move the RH: it needs to be locked.
    …………..- The movement comes indirectly from the chest opening that propels it forward.
    …………..- Need to be in control of how much torso rotation you’re doing
    …………….- rotation should be added after, only once we’re able to distinguish rotation and the stretching between fist and chest (so not now)
    ……3. Movement: Double Push Hands
    …….. 1. Hand out in a Right PC
    …….. 2. Pull RF forward with a rotation
    …………1. yourself from the DENG
    …………2. All the way to turn 90 degrees
    …….. 3. Land turned 45 degrees, RF on toes
    …………1. DT is crunched (will be used later)
    …………2. Cave the chest in (backward and down) away from the tip of the fingers. This stretch keeps PENG2 on the body
    2. Movement corrections
    .. 1. When doing the back-fist, lock the two knees. They should not move.
    ……1. Stretch and do a “long elbow in” in the transition for the back-fist
    …….. 1. More Stretch = More power
    …….. 2. Squeeze the RH out
    ……2. Keep RS low (no popping up). Popping up means the power will leak.
    .. 2. In double push hands, the fingertips point a little downwards, with first and elbows not bent
    ……1. Keep the head up as well
    .. 4. Additional exercise:
    ……1. Pulling to the turn for double push hands:
    …….. 1. Stretch out DENG and stretch the side of ankles rising up to the knees. Open the back of the knee.
    …….. 2. Need to pull from the underneath of both tights (hip adductors?).
    …….. 3. Need to pull and move to the front leg. Initially will feel like falling down.
    …….. 4. Related exercise: Do a BMB, pull the front elbow towards the back foot, and back knee towards the front hand.
    …………1. Can’t toss, need to be fixed in the state
    …………2. Need to keep front knee fixed (also, the front hip can’t be going forward either)
    …………3. It’s not about doing it quickly, but rather it’s about holding the rod formed by the front foot to the head.
    …………4. Gradually do it lower. It will be more difficult (but can’t compromise the requirements not to move)

  • 2022/02/11: Alex Wu Navarro on “Move 5 to 6 – Kelvin Ho Yilu Class 20220117″Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – These notes reflect what I understood from the class. I share them to incentivize people to watch the video and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it. When you watch the video, you will definitely pick up things I didn’t.

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left horse stance (ZUO3 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right horse stance (YOU4 MA3 BU4)

    1. Theory:
    .. 1. Movement: Turn left to Pound Mortar (it’s the second Pound Mortar in the form)
    ……- 7 counts
    ……..1. LH NC, RH PC
    ……..2. Lock the elbow, stretch the hand
    ……..3. LH NC, RH PC
    ……..4. Stretch hand and elbow opposite
    ……..5. Open the LK and LF, stretching LK by locking the RN
    ……..6. Pull with RE, scooping from below
    ……..7. Finish pounding mortar
    ……- Count 1: LH NC, RH PC
    ……..- Lock two hands and turn using the DT (we’re only twisting ourselves)
    ……- Count 2:
    ……..- Remember to keep LH pointing out
    ……- Count 7:
    ……..- This pound mortar with hand down
    ……..- This is the one Hong introduced a change
    .. 2. Movement: White Crane Open its wings
    ……- Open up hands as in Block Touch coat
    ……- Front and back stretch:
    ……..- RF and RH (both hands together)
    ……..- Important:
    ……….- still sitting on LF as we do the split
    ……….- no changing of weight, no tossing
    ……..- Application: opponent beside you, put LF behind between their legs and flip them
    ……….- Stretch the back of the knee and heel is placed on the floor
    ……….- Causes some leverage/off balancing opponent
    ……….- Deeper the leg goes, the better (but still standing on the same leg)
    ……….- This requires partner work to understand how to do it properly
    ……….- Imagine creating a point through the opponent, hand below the opponent, the dot does not move.
    ……- Put the LF heel on the floor
    ……..- And then you can do a stretch across LK-RK
    ……..- Then you can shift the weight and pull
    ……- Shift the weight to LF. All the weight needs to be there.
    ……- Lock the back and open up hands and foot
    ……..- Separation between fixed Back-RK-RL fixed, then perform an RH PC (no higher than eyebrow) and LH NC (over LK) by opening/stretching the chest downwards, with the head going upwards to keep the 5 point stretch.
    ……..- Train with power: get into intermediary position (elbow in from RH PC) power stretch from the middle of the chest
    .. 3. Theory:
    ……..- GOLDEN NUGGET: Preserve the stretch in moving. The moving and non-moving parts need to have a relationship between them. This relationship makes them be considered separate systems. If there’s no relationship, they’re considered one system.
    ……….- You can have multiple non-moving dots, not just one (but they need to be intentional)
    ……….- You need two connected elements through a non-moving dot
    2. Points from student corrections:
    .. 1. In White Crane:
    ……- Sometimes, you may not be able to put your foot very far away because this makes you toss
    ……- Keep the connection: don’t sit on your LK when you do the second count of White Crane (don’t hinge forward).
    ……- Before the opening, you need to have the weight completely to the back
    ……- Remember when opening arms
    ……..- to keep the armpits open when opening the arms in the final step of this movement
    ……..- Cave the chest in
    ……..- Fingers don’t point straight to the ceiling. They point diagonally to the opposite side.
    ……- At first, you can do a smaller step to go back and a midstep back as a simplification
    .. 2. Give a nudge to stretch at the end of each movement (imagine posing for a picture)
    .. 3. In Single Whip to pound mortar transition:
    ……- YMB should have LF heel aligned to the middle of the RF in the back
    ……- The stretching is the same as in one knee up and one knee down
    ……- No supposedly horizontal move
    ……- You need outward PENG2 and no collapsing of the joints when doing the entire transition
    .. 4. In Pound Mortar last count:
    ……- Move RS to slide underneath the RE, don’t pull the hand up
    ……- Pull the RE in (an NC) to finish the movement
    3. Personal reflections:
    .. – You can still learn a lot watching these classes even when you can’t practice because of an injury (but it feels bad not being able to practice).

  • 2022/02/11: Alex Wu Navarro on “Move 3 – Kelvin Ho Yilu Class 20220110″Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – These notes reflect what I understood from the class. I share them to incentivize people to watch the video and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it. When you watch the video, you will definitely pick up things I didn’t.
    – Golden nuggets:
    ..- Several golden nuggets 8:40 to 16:34

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left half-horse stance (ZUO3 BAN4 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right half-horse stance (YOU4 BAN4 MA3 BU4)

    1. New movement: Six Sealing Four Closing (LFSB)
    .. – End of the last movement is a YMB, RH out, LH in front of the stomach
    .. – The movement has 2 PCs
    …. – First PC is like in the foundations
    …… – Horizontal egg – Big side outside, point in the inside
    …… – Turn over after in with RE and hand out
    …. – The second one
    …… – Vertical egg – Big side towards the floor, pointy side of the egg to the sky
    …… – RH keeps pointing to the same point in the wall
    …… – Pull RE lower
    …… – The RK rotation pulls you underneath hands
    …….. – Need to go underneath the RH-LF line
    …….. – RH and LH have no movement: they adjust naturally because of DT movement
    …… – Rotation to the left to face North East
    …….. – Lock RN, RF is already at its point
    ………. – Vertical rod going through LF-LN through the heel
    …….. – Pull LF and place it with the tip aligned with the middle of the RF
    ………. – Like a T with weight in the middle
    ………. – LF heel is up
    …….. – Hands:
    ………. – Wrists are straight
    ………. – Stretch fingers with tile hand
    ………. – Elbow slightly bent
    ………. – Palms face down
    …… – Several golden nuggets 8:40 to 16:34:
    …….. – RK needs to open and stretches out before the next rotation
    ………. – Original teaching from Hong is with long opening here
    …….. – RF is locked down as an anchor
    ………. – Pull to the left, then rotate back (like winding a spring)
    ………. – The rotation is like drilling down (releasing the coil)
    …….. – Without drilling down movement, the rotation will be unsuccessful (can’t keep the rod/stretch)
    ………. – CZH emphasizes this aspect in teaching because eyes lie here: if you copy the shape or you’ll toss, hence the emphasis on not moving front foot.
    .. – Key for either one is not tossing
    …. – General rule:
    …… – In with elbow: push from front foot back
    …… – Turn the KUA4:
    …….. – lock rear KUA4, push front KUA4 onto its orthogonal plane
    …….. – lock front KUA4, move the back KUA4
    …… – Out with hand: pushing the back foot
    .. – You can reset whenever the job is done, but don’t go up in the last count of the movement – You’re not allowed to pop up!! It does make the movement much more difficult.
    .. – When focusing going lower in the second PC:
    …. – you get used to it
    …. – helps going down
    …. – this is important in pushing hands
    …. – helps not move the hands
    2. Student Corrections (from 21:10)
    .. – if you don’t go very low (from a wide stance), it becomes easier to move in the last count, avoids tossing, and helps not to move the RN
    .. – Several corrections emphasize the inner/outer stretch, how the elbow pulls towards the inside and the hand pulls towards the outside (and movements arise from changes in this balance, with one body part not moving — instead, another body part is leading it).
    3. Personal reflections
    .. – Six Sealing Four Closing
    …. – I was doing the egg shape wrong: First PC with the egg’s big part on the inside, not on the outside
    …. – I hadn’t noticed before that there is a “winding up” in the 2nd PC
    …. – Many misconceptions of PC cleared with this class

  • 2022/02/11: Alex Wu Navarro on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220202” Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – These notes reflect what I understood from the class. I share them to incentivize people to watch the video and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it. When you watch the video, you will definitely pick up things I didn’t.
    – FOR INSTRUCTORS: Towards the end, there is a very, very important point for instructors on levels and rotations — please have a look.

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left horse stance (ZUO3 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right horse stance (YOU4 MA3 BU4)

    1. Discussion – Trip to Vienna
    .. 1. Two gears – Bite and KUA
    ……1. Explanation on 1st Vienna Workshop is clear
    …….. 1. This took place in 2017 or 2018.
    …….. 2. Probably worth checking out that video out
    ……2. Movement – Foundation:
    …….. 1. hand out on a track (have a look a the video)
    ……3. When the waist is fuller, it is easier to see the movement. Otherwise, it looks like you’re using too much upper body
    …….. 1. Movement should be focused on the KUA4, not on the chest
    …….. 2. Trying to be very technical when switching from the upper body to the KUA4
    …….. 3. Even if you make the change, the upper body shows better
    …….. 4. DT cannot be too loose:
    …………1. If KUA4 too lose, only KUA moving, then tossing
    …………2. No swing sideways
    …………3. Knees change a lot
    …….. 5. Kua must open but not switch sideways
    …………1. GOLDEN NUGGET: “When you look at the end of things, and corner of things, they don’t swing or wiggle.”
    …………2. You need to preserve the alignment, not compromising
    …….. 6. There was a concept around rotation and its appearance. I need to review this later (it sounded profound, but it’s probably simple).
    ……4. Typical problem: elbow gets stuck
    …….. 1. Error is imitating Hong’s, not the principle he taught
    …….. 2. Solution is to do the stretches across multiple points
    …….. 3. GOLDEN NUGGET: “if you’re stuck, your body bends. If you’re open, your body is normal.”
    …….. 4. If the joints are open, Chin Na won’t work
    …………1. Open joints prevents falling (because you’re not stuck)
    …….. 5. When the shoulder is correct, there is no movement
    …………1. it’s contained without tossing
    …………2. VERY COOL: trick if your shoulder is near the point of becoming stuck: you can use the KUA to release it (see, it’s simple, practical!!)
    …….. 6. Elbow should always be inside
    …………1. Important clarification on the curvature bounds for the shoulder movement.
    …………2. Squeezing the shoulder towards the back reaches a point where it needs to go out. This movement is circular, going to the middle of the chest since like a ball bearing
    2. Corrections
    .. 1. Body rotation is key
    .. 2. Beginners need to be clear that we’re trying to create the required body mechanics based on rotation. Rotations then appear to make movements
    ……1. There was a digression here I didn’t quite follow (on planet movements and other things) but see Personal Reflection #3 for what I took from it — maybe that is helpful.
    ……2. Add details GRADUALLY, first get the idea of the form first and progressively overload the requirements
    …….. 1. Try to keep this order and not to put things in a different order because it may be over-optimizing
    ……3. To go forward:
    …….. 1. Understand the choreography
    …….. 2. Make yourself big
    …….. 3. Continue to make improvements gradually
    .. 3. Behave like little kids once you learn something new
    ……1. Focus on those points a lot, comment on it
    ……2. Don’t lose focus on other things
    …….. 1. Otherwise, we get lost in specific details, and you lose the correction or process points
    .. 4. “Don’t work on things you want to work on. Work on what other people told you you need to work on.”
    ……1. Likely, what you want to work on is not important, and other people at a higher level can see stuff that’s a higher priority based on their knowledge
    …….. 1. The higher their level, the better the advice they can give (it’s the same as looking for a primary source when doing research.
    .. 5. It is important to do a low, stable stance and maintain it light.
    ……1. If you lose the ability to move, check if you’re not separating enough YIN and YANG4 or you’re being double heavy.
    ……2. You must avoid these two mistakes or work towards correcting them as much as possible.
    3. Personal reflection
    .. 1. Being able to follow up some of the concepts Master Chen pointed
    ……- I think the time Kelvin took to explain the theory and principles at the beginning of this year really, really paid off for me.
    ……- The structure “Theory -> Principles -> Requirements or Application” is very efficient (at least to me, because I learn things better this way. Maybe others learn differently).
    ……- For example, defining the outside/inside and their relationship helped me a lot to understand this class.
    .. 2. Shoulder as a ball bearing
    ……- The shoulder joint is, actually, a ball-socket joint, just like the hip joint. So I wonder if this circular motion of a ball-bearing motion is optimal.
    .. 3. Rotation versus moving
    ……- No wonder we want to move our arms instead of just rotating – there are just too many degrees of freedom (to name a few: force on each knee, force one each hip, force at different points in the back, force at shoulder, force at the elbows, force at the wrists, and so on).
    ……- As we’re typically not used to complying with the requirements of rotations as defined by Practical Method, we use a wrong set of degrees of freedom to try to achieve the same end-point.
    ……- Probably, the above points are just a different way to express the digression in another way

  • 2022/01/27: Alex Wu Navarro on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 20220126” Online Video Purchase

    *** Personal notes on the video instructions ***
    – All pinyin is written in full capitals with tone indicated as a number following it (easier to lookup if you want the corresponding character later).
    – The notes below are a reflection of the notes I take during class, shared here to incentivize people to watch the video, and do not in any way constitute a replacement for it.
    – Basically the entire lesson is a GOLDEN NUGGET 🙂 but this is a highlight:
    – Many choreography mistakes arise from pushing forward and not doing the hinge-like movement in-place.

    Acronyms used in the notes:
    – LF = Left foot
    – RF = Right foot
    – LN = Left Knee
    – RN = Right Knee
    – LL = Left Leg
    – RL = Right Leg
    – LK = Left KUA4
    – RK = Right KUA4
    – LH = Left Hand
    – RH = Right Hand
    – LE = Left Elbow
    – RE = Right Elbow
    – LS = Left Shoulder
    – RS = Right Shoulder
    – LA = Left Arm
    – RA = Right Arm
    – CL = Chest centre line
    – TH = Top of the head
    – PC = Positive circle
    – NC = Negative circle
    – CB – Shovel Out / Shovel Step (CHAN3 BU4)
    – XMB – Small horse stance (XIAO3 MA3 BU4)
    – ZMB – Left horse stance (ZUO3 MA3 BU4)
    – YMB – Right horse stance (YOU4 MA3 BU4)

    1. Digression
    1. Discussion on instructions and how to people interpret it in different ways
    2. Sometimes we over-complicate: many times it’s just a simple movement (and that’s OK!)
    1. Maybe a cultural barrier?
    2. Physical Exercise – a upper-lower body twist to take a cap
    1. Lock LN and RN – Do not let them go forward nor sideways (as if there is a wall in front and sideways)
    1. IMPORTANT: knees are not frozen, not fixed, only touches the wall and does not
    2. Move LK to the RK
    1. Causes LL tight to elongate
    2. Causes torque, a drilling down motion like screwing a cap on a bottle
    3. Comments:
    1. When doing push hands, the motion of the KUA in this twisting is bottle cap is what gives and allows movement (if you can’t do it, then you end up losing)
    2. At the beginning stability comes from pressure, later it becomes a consequence of separation.
    3. Example:
    1. Doing the exercise with the knees on the couch (which allows some give in the knees unlike in a wall)
    1. This is a higher level version of the exercise
    1. lowest level = direct power (1-1 power ratio)
    2. higher level = several levels of indirection (higher lever ratio)
    1. You can apply the lever if your stick can withstand the pressure
    2. This is where “4 ounces moves a thousand pounds” (四两拨千斤) say comes from (sure, it takes 4 ounces but the lever itself needs to be able not to break)
    2. Tying a sandbag to a cord in the waist then rotate. The centrifugal force in the rotation lifts the bag (power).
    3. Doing th exercise with a partner holding a stick in front of your knees for reference
    4. PENG2 is what makes each one piece that moves together (so you don’t wobble)
    5. This exercise’s principle is the same as in
    1. Walk Obliquely in YI1LU4
    1. Lock LS-LK in kick
    2. Land and fold like this exercise
    2. Turn flowers on the bottle of the sea
    1. Turn on the same place
    3. Multiple choreography errors in YiLU arise from pushing forward rather than doing this hinge-like movement
    1. No lock -> many adjustments -> no center -> no rotation takes place
    2. Just rotation -> no adjustments -> no telegraphing the move and greater power!
    3. Personal reflections
    1. It is probably a good idea to practice this filming myself and look for the rotation

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