Friday, July 30, 2010

Toronto Practice Schedule

The Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Toronto practice group meets once a week. The summer schedule is as follows:

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

Cora Li

Thursday, July 29, 2010

No push, only stretch

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

Master Chen's Disciples/Students' Yilu

Master Chen

Todd Elihu

Pavel Codl

Nicholas Fung

Nick Mann

Charlie Gordon, Steve Chan and others:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Toronto Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Workshop in September 2010

The next Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Workshop will start soon.

Instructor: Master Chen Zhonghua -
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
(Bayview/16th Avenue)

Langstaff Community Centre (Sep 25-26)
155 Red Maple Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4P9
(Yonge/Highway 7)

$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

Cora Li

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Points to remember in practice

A few points I always try to keep in mind:
- 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.