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.

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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.

 

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Through Realization not Speech

An excellent write-up on what training is like in Chen Village. Reminded me of my retreat in 2010 with Chen Xiao Xing.

“Through Realisation Not Speech”

 

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Great workshop last weekend with Chen Zi Qiang

OMG! I learned so much from Chen Ziqiang about pushing hands over the weekend. I have been so fortunate to meet Zi Qiang and his father for they have imparted so much knowledge about Chen Style taijiquan to me. Every time I have a workshop with them, I learn something new that will change my form and my practice and every time, it is for the better. I don’t want this learning to ever stop. Ziqiang is such a generous teacher.

 

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO CHEN ZIMING

This is great translation by Paul Brennan. I have always thought that the “White Crane” reference was something introduced by Yang Lu Chan when he taught in Beijing but I may be wrong. Chen Ziming used that reference as well although his teacher was Chen Xin and Chen Xin’s original writing has it as “White Goose”.

This translation was also reference by David Gaffney in his article on Taijiquan “Placing Hands”.

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Sword forms pages have been updated

Took me a while but I finally got the movements listed for the single sword forms (49 movements and 54 movements)

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Thursday class at Fitchburg Senior Center is now FREE and open to everyone

I am happy to announce that Kathryn and I have decided not to collect fees for the Thursday class at Fitchburg Senior Center. We want to encourage participation in this class and invite anyone to come learn taijiquan. Setting a fee would be against our intention to teach this class. Please share this with friends and family, young and old, let’s have fun together.

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It’s not what you think: What serious martial artists want you to know about tai chi

http://inkkc.com/articles/125423754/

This article features Chen Hui Xian, whom some of you have met and learned from, discussing their family’s art.

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A great resource to understanding Chen Style Taijiquan

Skill Knowledge – Brisbane Chen Tai Chi

Anthony Cheung, the artist and author of this material has graciously given me permission to include this link to his web site. Great art work as well as good information to share.

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