Friday, November 12, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Date: October 16, 2010
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Markville Secondary School
1000 Carlton Road, Markham
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
During the game, I will have thoughts like this: If someone runs right into me while I am standing still, that person will fall down without me moving my legs, and that person won't know what happen. Have I pushed him or has he just fallen? I know it's a bit of a dream.
For defense, the opponent will go around the key along the path of an arc to look for an opportunity to go to the hoop or pass the ball to someone closer to the hoop. Since I am on the inside, my arc is actually a lot smaller to block the opponent's line of sight to the hoop, and I need to move a lot less than the opponent. I used to just chase the opponent around like a monkey, and it wasn't very efficient, and wouldn't have these thoughts related to circles.
I attribute this to practicing taiji regularly. I am physically stronger, I am calmer and have a clearer mind in general.
Rough Woods Community Centre - Room Aspen A
110 Shirley Drive
Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1Y9
Date: Every Wednesday from Oct 6, 2010 to Jun 30, 2011
except the following
Dec 1, 2010 (No class)
Dec 22, 2010 (No class)
Dec 29, 2010 (No class)
Mar 16, 2011 (No class)
Jun 22, 2011 (moved to Thursday, Jun 23, 2011)
Jun 29, 2011 (moved to Thursday, Jun 30, 2011)
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
- Find fullness after contact, and then a slight intent can cause the other person to move.
- Stop the flow of energy, and then the energy is gone.
- If you are full, there is nowhere the opponent can stop the energy.
- A ball is full.
- Exercise: Elbow in, bring dantian to the rear foot or rear foot to dantian.
- Stretch, don't move.
- Exercise: 3 rubber cord exercises
- Concept: Adhere, stick, link, follow
- 3 halves of the circles
Saturday, September 25, 2010
- Exercise: Touch. Don't let component detect any change, move in without pushing.
- Exercise: Same move several time, the last time more rotation.
- Process of learning taiji: Physical Stage - Strong (low grade), stiff, stiff but no muscle, solid, smooth, full, effortless (high grade)
- Before you reach the real taiji state, there is always a technique to defeat each state in the physical stage.
Friday, September 24, 2010
- Start the action with a split: push foot horizontally and hand goes diagonally, so we have 2 vectors.
- Force always goes straight. Body action can turn. Our job is to separate body and force.
- Hollow the side, while maintaining the outside (structure).
- Exercise: touch blocking coat - elbow goes back, knee goes forward; hand continues to point forward, the waist turns backward, at the very end, hammer it. Knees need to be complete straight, so that if someone kicks on your knee, your kua turns, and you fall to the floor, but nothing breaks.
- Extend the leg
- The energy goes to the heel of the extended leg, so you are already there.
- Land your toe without your entire body come up.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
- Anchor the hands, pull from the front foot, mid section, shoulder, and elbow. On the way out, hand leads the elbow, shoulder, front kua, rear kua, rear knee, and rear foot. Extend the hand fully to the maximum, and then somehow the energy will reverse itself.
- Everything comes from the foot.
- Find the fixed spot on the opponent or point in space, then rotate around it.
- Peg the rope 9 times, each section needs to be tight (with tension).
- 2 S makes a figure 8, we perform 1 S, the other S is just the energy.
- Cross hands: hands out and hit the limits (like walls), bring the shoulder to the kua by sinking the shoulders, the kua rotates down (another side of the kua actually rotates up at the same time).
- Concept - Steal the beam, change the pillar: If you have 8 legs under a table top, you can remove two legs from one side, plant them at a different location, move the table top over to go on top of the two legs at the new location. When we move the table top, we are again pegging. Note that there is no concept of shifting in Practical Method.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
A few points I noticed:
- I was standing really close to the opponent, with the sides of our trunks touching.
- I was just performing the positive circle, and not really trying to push the opponent.
- I dropped the shoulder while performing the circle.
- A stationary axis seemed to be formed between the right shoulder and the right hip.
On the Wednesday practice, I tried it with another friend, who was taller and bigger than me, and I was able to do the same thing on him.
When it worked, it would seem to be really easy. These drills were really good tests for checking if one was able to perform the particular technique properly. I wouldn't be 100% sure that I did it yet until Master Chen would confirm it in September.
So far, I was only able to do it with my right hand. I couldn't do it with the same ease on the left side. I had to admit I did many more circles with the right hand till this time. It would be time to train my left hand more.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Rough Wood Community Centre
110 Shirley Drive
Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1Y9
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010
Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010
Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010
Wednesday, Sept 1, 2010
Wednesday, Sept 8, 2010
Wednesday, Sept 15, 2010
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The current focus is on practicing Yilu as many times as it will fit in 2 hours. We encourage each other to do more. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome.
For more information, please contact:
Ki Nam Choi
Thursday, July 29, 2010
This is a very good set of notes on Practical Method. One thing that sticks out for me from it is:
No push, only stretch.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Charlie Gordon, Steve Chan and others:
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Instructor: Master Chen Zhonghua - http://www.practicalmethod.com
Date: September 23-26, 2010
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Bayview Hill Community Centre (Sep 23-24)
114 Spadina Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2Y9
Langstaff Community Centre (Sep 25-26)
155 Red Maple Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4P9
$320 for the whole Sept workshop, $160 for weekend 2 days
Discounted price of $300 for prepaying the whole Sept 4 days workshop on/before Aug 22, 2010.
Private class with Master Chen is available for $100/hr.
Taiji theory, foundations, and continuation of Yilu (First Routine) will be covered.
In this workshop, we will have some Italian participants flying all the way from Italy, and we are looking for participants who can interpret Italian and English. If you can help as an interpreter, please let Ki Nam or Cora know as well.
If you are interested, please contact:
Ki Nam Choi
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
This performance is really different.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
- Hand out, elbow in.
- Don’t move the hand.
- Don’t displace/bend/extend the knee, but the energy rotates around the knee.
- The spine is like an axis, which can’t move/toss. The trunk rotates on it. It should be (always?) perpendicular to the floor.
- Head hung from a string.
- All movements start from the foot.
- Body joints are like gears linked together – if your hand seems to move from one location to another, it is pushed or pulled by another part of the body, I think it’s the foot.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
http://www.56.com/u40/v_NTI1MjA5ODE.html - Wudong
http://www.56.com/u70/v_NTI2MjM2MTk.html - shaolin
http://www.56.com/u93/v_NTI4MDU5Nzg.html - Yung Chun/Wing Chun
http://www.56.com/u87/v_NTI5NjYzOTY.html - Hungquan
http://www.56.com/u63/v_NTMxNzQ0MDQ.html - Taiji
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clgG8HkJELw - Xingyi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQsvSOtu1n8 - Mongolian Wrestling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odwkYOSSOV4 - Baji
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24hSdA8xH7A - Preying Mantis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32opStGpC-c&feature=share - White Crane
http://programme.rthk.hk/rthk/tv/programme.php?name=tv/kungfuquest2013&d=2013-12-21&p=6052&e=242966&m=episode - Muai Thai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAX4hp9ixUM - Muai Thai
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Master Chen is very funny.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The widely known health benefits of Taiji are really just by-products, while the main purpose of Taiji is for combat. Any exercise that one performs every day will bring health benefits like better blood circulation and faster metabolism.
Taiji training is not about breaking wood boards or bricks, it is about efficiently beating the opponent, and defending oneself.
If you are interested in finding out more about Taiji, go to http://practicalmethod.com.
Friday, June 11, 2010
When I practice Yilu at the office gym studio, every now and then, I will run into another colleague practicing bajiquan at the same time. I didn't know what bajiquan was, and coincidentally Master Chen posted a video from a bajiquan master not so long ago. It has always been interesting to me having two guys practicing different martial arts in the same room side by side. Today, even more interesting, he actually had an appointment with the taiji instructor, who teaches hunyuan taiji at the office. He is also the teacher, from whom I first learned taiji. Next time, when I run into him, I am sure I'll have a very interesting conversation.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This post talks about what Taiji is, and is not.
This post explains the practical method's view of gong and fa.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I just had my third taiji workshop with Master Chen in the last weekend (May 22-23, 2010). I had an extreme great time in this workshop. I was really glad to have him confirmed my little improvement thus far, in particular: my yilu form is starting to take shape, and I am not moving my hand (or at least as much as before).I would need to continue to work hard, so that I don't regress, and hopefully continue to improve.
In this workshop, I felt something different. It wasn't like Master Chen teaching things any differently, it was me who seemed to be able to follow what he said a little better. I got more out of it than previous times. I was fortunate to be able to spend a bit more time outside of the workshop with him as well. The causal conversations with him during lunches and dinners, or in the car gave me a deeper understanding of him as a person. Besides his great taiji skills, Master Chen is a great teacher because he has terrific skills in teaching. He was a teacher of students ranging from kindergarten to Grade 12 in the public school system. He traveled all around the world teaching taiji to people with different cultures, characters, and learning abilities. I was also impressed on how he was able to point out a non-technical issue for a couple of students, and that issue hindered them from making progress. While we are doing exercises or performing yilu, he walked around looking at every student giving advises and correcting mistakes. We only had 13 students in this Toronto workshop, but he did the same thing with 65 students in Italy. I admired his passion and dedication.
He noticed that I asked fewer and fewer questions in each workshop. Part of it was that I was asking questions based on my normal logical mind and non-taiji knowledge, as he pointed out they were basically irrelevant to making progress in taiji. As time passed by, I began to understand that point. Another issue for me was that once I had a question in mind, I wouldn't really listen until I asked my question and got an answer. That obviously wouldn't be good.
The following are notes I took during the workshop:
- Two touched points create a "vertical" line or an axis.
- Single positive/negative left/right
- Double positive/negative left/right
- Find two anchor points and aim your push from the waist to the middle of the two points.
- Let the opponent overpower you and use that as one of the anchor points. The other is the foot.
- Exercise: Have someone stop your shoulder moving horizontally forward.
- Eliminate the space between you and your opponent, create space within you to clear.
- Keep the pressure constant on the opponent (keep engaging the opponent), then add something else.
- While holding a 100-pound ball, one cannot react to a poke without dropping the ball.
- Exercise: Touch and keep the pressure while you move.
- Move the arm/hand to fit, once you can't move, rotate something, e.g. kua.
- Ying and Yang are two dots on the circle.
- Circle: learn to get stuck at two positions:
- When the hand is extended.
- When the elbow is stuck in the ribs.
- Dantian is like a river. It never moves. The energy from the hand and foot meets at dantian.
- Rotate when hit (reactive).
- Everything is at 45 degrees.
- Keep the missing/invisible side of the triangle in the body fixed/stable.
- Exercise: Absorb impact and extend the arm and rotate.
Friday, May 21, 2010
How to imagine the circle without moving the hand:
- For the first half of the circle, energy travels from the outside of the right foot along the outside of the leg, the back, the outside of the arm, the pinky to the tip of the middle finger. For the 2nd half of the circle, energy travels from the tip of the middle finger, to the thumb, along the inside of the arm, the chest, the inside of the leg, and then to the inside of the foot.
- Hold up the arm like normal when starting the positive circle.
- Don't move the hand or the arm.
- Keep the shoulder down.
- Cave in the chest
- If your opponent is pushing in one direction, stretch in that same direction
- This is yin yang separation.
- It is important to keep the base (the lower part of the body from waist down) solid. Keep it front downloaded.
- Stretch the upper body. This creates the illusion of being long (from the right hand to the left leg).
- While moving the chest muscle down and backwards, the spine does not displace, but it may stretch vertically.
- The purpose is to redirect the incoming energy to the ground.
- Point the buttock farthest away from your opponent to the front heel.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
- Don't move the hand, but I can move any other part of the body to achieve the same result.
- Keep the hand at the same coordinates in this three-dimensional space, and sink my body down, which in turn causes my elbow to go from above the hand to below the hand. Then perform the 2nd half of the positive circle.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
- Moves need to be proportional. 1 unit of the bottom., 1 unit of the mid-section, and 1 unit of the top. The problem is that we have 1 unit of the bottom, 2 units of the mid-section, and 3 units of the top (so we toss).
- Fajin is like you are trapped and just able to break out.
- You don't do fajin or circle.fajin and circle are artifacts and a realization, and not something that you can just learn to do.
- Convert horiztonal move to vertical move.
- Rubberband: find the strength to train
- Finger points to a spot and should never move.
- Back shoulder not moving creates stability.
- Don't move where you opponent touches
- Angle is only one aspect of intent.
- Regarding Yilu, it's better to leave it incomplete, even if it looks bad, than complete it incorrectly. Do what I am told, and not what I think it should be. Less is more.
- A circle has two halves, they don't start and end at the same point in space.
- Sequence of action is important. There are 9 parts to every move. Do them one at a time. Don't combine them. To start with don't do 9, just concentrate on 3 parts. In time, the 3 parts can be broken further down into 9 parts, which in turn can be broken down even more. At the end, the move will look smooth. No reversal = smooth.
- The body should be rigid, in other words, should maintain structure.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
- 3-part move
shoulder, elbow, hand
foot, kua, hand
contact, dig and anchor the lever as the pivot, turn on the pivot
- Energy should travel along the length and not the width of the line.
A line can be established by intent. The longer the better.
- There are 9 parts to a circle or a complete move. Only 1 part can be moved at a given time, but don't over do it. Do it a point where it can no longer be moved.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Master Chen describes how normal people walk as falling, and not stable. It's exactly the same as shown in this video by Master Stephen Hwa.
I think that this master is teaching the circle.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
"Through guidance of a qualified teacher and by actually practicing and eventually being able to apply them is when you understand them. Not by merely seeing the moves, reading of the moves and principles, or debating about the principles. Practice hard for many years under the proper teacher’s guidance."
Even with a great teacher, there is no short cut to attain great Taiji skills.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This site has some very good videos.
Shou Ji Shi Fang/ Withdraw is to issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhIRn1Q1dIU
This video clearly explains what no movement means for the hand when doing the lower half of the positive circle.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
He teaches in the very same way that he was taught. Every concept he talks about seems simple (I may be naive here), yet is extremely difficult to do it correctly.
I felt that the material described in the above link was relevant to Taiji, which was a practical way to improve Chi in our bodies. However, it was a by-product of practising Taiji, which main purpose was to fight.
Maps of Meridians:
What meridians are as found in more recent western studies: http://www.massagereferences.com/articles/Techniques/Fascia.pdf