CHEN STYLE TAI CHI
Chen Style Tai Chi was created in Chenjiagou Village, Wenxian County, Henan Province, China in the late Ming Dynasty, almost 400 years ago, by the 9th generation Chen family member, General Chen Wangtin. Following a decorated military career, General Chen retired to Chenjiagou where he began formulating an internal martial art that incorporated the wisdom of the ancient philosophy of Yin and Yang, with specialised breathing techniques and a profound understanding of the internal energy meridians “jingluo” used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Such was its intrinsic power that the art was only passed from master to student in great secrecy and remained hidden for almost 300 years. It was not until the 14th generation of the Chen family, around 120 years ago, that Grandmaster Chen Changxing taught the art to Yang Luchan, a household servant. Yang Luchan (founder of Yang Style Tai Chi) was the first to take the art away from the village and quickly his reputation spread throughout China as an unbeatable master using this fascinating martial art.
Chen Style Tai Chi is fast becoming the most popular form of Tai Chi in the world. The Chen family are determined to maintain their sacred art in it purest form, so that everyone may experience the maximum benefits under their guidance. Chenjiagou Village is continuing to expand and is a well-established centre of excellence to study authentic Chen Style.