Direct from Chen Village

To all my taijiquan friends:

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, taijiquan friends from all over the world have sent us a lot of greetings of concern. Under the leadership of my government, the epidemic in China is now under control and the crisis situation is easing. Today COVID-19 has spread on a global scale, and each of us is just an ordinary member of the global family. Although we are not all able to be fighting the virus in the frontline like medical and hospital staff, we can all contribute to our country’s effort by protecting ourselves.

My friends, following the outbreak in my country, I wish to convey to you China’s valuable experience and the measures taken to prevent the spread of the contagion. You must treat the virus outbreak very seriously and protect yourself well!

1. Stay at home as much as possible

2. Wear a mask when you go out

3. Keep distance between people

4. Avoid crowds

5. Avoid touching things; don’t rub your eyes

6. Be sure to wash when you get home

7. Leave outdoor coats and shoes at the door

8. Avoid bringing the virus into your home

9. The house should be ventilated every day

10. Keep regular hours and eat a balanced diet

Remember to practice Taijiquan every day! Enhance your immunity!

Friends, please protect yourself. I look forward to meeting you again!

Chen Ziqiang

致我的太极拳朋友们:

自新型冠状病毒爆发以来,世界各国的太极拳朋友给了我们很多关心和问候,在中国政府领导下,我国的疫情目前已经得到控制和好转。现在新冠肺炎疫情在全球多国暴发,而我们每个人都只是全球大家庭中普普通通的一员,我们没有能力像医护工作人员一样冲锋在前,但是保护好自己,就是为大家为国家做贡献,我的朋友们,经历了我国的这次疫情,我希望把我们国家在疫情防护中的重要经验转达给你们,请你们一定要慎重对待此次病毒疫情,保护好自己!

1、尽量在家不外出

2、外出必须带口罩

3、与人之间有距离

4、搭乘电梯避人多

5、少触碰、勿揉眼

6、回家一定要清洁

7、外套鞋子放门口

8、防止病毒带家中

9、居家每天要通风

10、作息要按时饮食要均衡

一定记得每天要练拳,增强免疫力,朋友们,保护好自己,期待与你们再次相见!

陈自强

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

News from Chen Village

Hi friends: a very powerful message Kim Ivy received from Chenjiagou on WeChat, from Cui Bing, CZQs wife, CXX’s daughter-in-law. (WeChat has a translation feature).

Hello! Kim, how’s it going? How are you and your family? The news shows that the number of sick people in the United States has increased a lot. Are you all right? Hope all is well! This virus is too cunning, at present in addition to stay at home, there is no other way to resist, must not go out, do not contact with others. It took us many days at home to get this virus under control. Be sure to take care of your body! You must be careful! Try to avoid going out and practice tai chi every day at home, because China is in the process of treating and fighting viruses. Many health care workers and experts working on the front-line are advocating taijiquan to improve their immunity, enhance heart and lung function, and resist the invasion of viruses while treating the virus with medicine at the same time. Wish you and your family peace!

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

平静 (Píngjìng) Calmness, quietness

As we all stay at home for the people we care about, practice calming down through the standing posture longer.

Like I said many times, the first stage of standing is to calm the mind. Really, there’s nothing better to do now but learn to calm the mind. Once the mind is calm, you will find your body, you will find your center. Once you found it, let the mind rest there.

Your body will settle in and the weight in the upper body disappears as each muscle group find its equilibrium state and each part of the body stack on the next part and eventually the upper body just rest.

The quads are burning now, let it burn. Strength is building up. Strength is what we need now to prepare ourselves for the next phase.

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Q&A

So I have been asked if I would conduct online taijiquan classes and my feeling is that there are plenty of videos online already and while some are accurate and some are not, they all serve their purpose in getting you to move (if you are sitting and reading this, get into standing posture) … coordinated or not.

So … instead of sharing more videos, I decided this a a good time for Q&A. Shoot me questions on your taijiquan practice and I will answer them. Email me your questions.

While I can’t make corrections physically, I hope my verbal cues can guide you through. Another avenue I am pursuing is corrections through videos. You take a video of your practice, I use a coaching app to mark up where I think you can make corrections. You get the idea.

Until we meet again, keep practicing. This is a good time to practice calming the mind, you can’t go anywhere anyway. 🙂

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coronavitus update from senior center

update as of 210pm 3/13/20 – as a result of new information received, classes at the senior center will be cancelled until April. This is a rolling situation so I will update this post as I’ve received new information.

This is also applicable to general community activities and events.

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Great interview with Master Chen Bing

https://vimeo.com/396275689?ref=fb-share

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not 1 but 2 opportunities!

Depending on where you might be the weekend of October 31st – November 3, 2019, you have the opportunity to experience traditional training and learn from the decedents of the creator of Chen Family Tajiquan.

Stretching, standing post, and silk reeling exercises serve as essential fundamentals for deep Taiji development. The double-edge sword practice is also a vital component to Taiji training and one of the classic forms from the curriculum. The sword form provides excellent feedback for extending ones intention and accentuating silk-reeling movement.

1

Master Chen Zi Qiang will return to Chicago to teach his family’s art, Oct 31 -Nov 3, 2019. Master Chen will teach stretching, standing post, silk-reeling exercises, and the Chen family 54 movement double-edge sword form.

For more information, click here.

2

Master Chen Hui Xian will return to Madison to teach her family’s art, Nov 1-3, 2019. For information, click here. Master Chen Hui Xian will teach Chen Standing Meditation and Silk Reeling Corrections, Chen Single Straight Sword (49 movements), and review Chen Old Frame Second Routine (Cannon Fist).

For more information, click here.

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Class Schedule

Tuesday classes at the Village Co-op, 1104 Mound St (corner of Mound and Mills). Shared cost, small group class. Average $7 per class payable to host. Click here for map.

9:00 am- 10:00 am Basics (silk reeling exercises) + Form (Lao Jia Yi Lu)

Thursday classes at  the Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711. $2 per class. No registration needed. All fees donated to the Fitchburg Senior Center.

8:30 am- 9:30 am Basics (silk reeling exercises), Fan, 18 movements

…. and when the weather gets better, we go outdoors.

Wednesday classes at McKee Farm Park Shelter, corner of McKee and Fish Hatchery  Click here for map. No registration needed. $10 per class. No classes if it rains BEFORE class starts. If the shelter is in use by others, look around the park for me or a group of taijiquan players. 🙂

6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Silk Reeling followed by forms (empty hands, weapons, etc)

I am currently teaching at Fitchburg Senior Center  and at Village Co-Op Housing. I am planning to expand the schedule to include evening classes this fall when I find economical and locations to keep cost down for everyone. I am also available for private lessons or workshops in or out of town upon request at reasonable rates.

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Finishing up training with CXX

I am sad that I will no longer be able to get my corrections from this fine teacher in US. For the last decade or so, Grandmaster Chen Xiao Xing has been giving me pointers, making corrections and sharing stories from the village. If it wasn’t for him (and his son Chen Zi Qiang) my taijiquan will not have gotten to this level. Every move I make, I can still hear his voice, feel his touch and also that look when I make a mistake or ask a silly question. I’ve been complimented and I’ve been scolded. I would not ask for anything less. I will have to sought him out in Chen village now for that’s where he will be after this year’s tour outside China.

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

四海為家 太極的故事 – The Story of Tai Chi – Home Across the Four Seas

From Stephen’s FB Post (True Tai Chi)

A wonderful, four-part documentary produced by CCTV (China national television), was just released, showing the impact Chen Taijiquan has had on New Yorkers. The program focuses on students of Ren Guangyi, whose lives have been impacted by Taijiquan training. Its a unique testament to Taijiquan’s power as cultural exchange and to its universal benefit.

 

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment