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Daqingshan Competition and Seminars 2010

Posted by Editor on February 22, 2010

Daqingshan Seminars and Competition 2010 3-week package!

Start: Friday, August 6, 2010 at 9:55am
End: Friday, August 27, 2010 at 5:55pm
Location: Daqingshan, Rizhao, Shandong, China

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Chen Zhonghua Video Illuminates May 5 Notes from Daqingshan

Posted by Editor on February 11, 2010

Great timing! The following youtube video clip was just posted, by “Practical Method”.

Chen Zhonghua gives a very clear tutorial on fine points of distinction, involved with “how to keep the center” while engaged in

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Excerpts: Notes from Daqingshan, 2007, May 5

Posted by Editor on February 9, 2010

May 5

Centered Action and Activation of Spatial Relationships in Push Hands

Principle: Taiji Push Hands is always about my mind, body, structure, angle, space, timing, etc. It is not an emphasis on responding to my opponent. It is always about Read the rest of this entry »

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Excerpt: Notes from Daqingshan, 2007, May 4

Posted by Editor on February 8, 2010

May 4

The Principle of Separation of Yin and Yang, as applied in Internal Action and External Movement

In Chen Style Practical Method, we always distinguish between movement, which is used for positioning, and action which facilitates rotation. We use the term “movement” in reference to horizontal repositioning of the whole body in its external location in space, forward or backward, left or right.

Rotation involves internal vertical adjustments and repositioning of inner space, engaging in any actions required for directing power outwards, from a stable structure.

Actions for the maintenance of a centered and balanced structure are constantly engaged when there is external pressure from an attacking opponent. We exercise patience. “I allow them to approach my most vulnerable point, then I connect, as they have committed their own central core.

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“I engage, then apply energy through my actions and movement. Following attachment, my action/rotation is employed with great effect”.

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Excerpt: Notes from Daqingshan, 2007

Posted by Editor on February 8, 2010

May 3

Separation of Yin and Yang, as applied to parts of the body interacting while engaged in rotations of the various joints


Create points in the feet: Left heel to ball in right foot, right heel to ball in left foot. We always put pressure on a point in each foot, to generate the appropriate spiral through ankle, lower leg, knee and upper legs, kwa, and then waist, torso, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands.

clip_image004Stance should promote an active coiling energy which separates each part of the legs, upper body, and limbs from its adjacent segment, stretching in the opposite direction. So in a horse stance the feet coil inward from the heel toward the toes. Then the lower leg coils outward from the ankles up towards the knee. Then the upper leg coils inward and upward through the inner thighs and buttocks. Then the kwa coils outwards from the inside, so that the front of the kwa section is opening and stretching outwards. This alternating coiling of adjacent body parts creates a ‘desynchronizing” effect from joint rotation, like gears rotating in place. The result is a fully expanded structure, a Taiji skill conveyed by the term “peng”.


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