Background

Taijiquan (“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 arts that incorporated the wisdom of the ancient Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang, with specialised breathing techniques and a profound understanding of the internal energy meridians “jingluo” used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Because of its intrinsic power nature, the art was only passed from master to student in great secrecy and remained hidden for almost 300 years within the village.

Chen Style Tai Chi has fast become the most popular form of Tai Chi in the world today. Both old and Young Tai Chi practitioners are beginning to appreciate why generations of the Chen family were determined to maintain their sacred art in its purest form so that everyone may experience the maximum benefits under their guidance.

Tai Chi is accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities and can be practised on different levels, from a simple Qigong meditative exercise which often applies slow graceful movements with controlled breathing techniques; to a realistic martial art.

Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei

Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei was born in Chenjiagou Village, and is a 19th generation of the Chen family and 11th generation direct-line successor of Chen Family Taijiquan Chen-style taijiquan.

He is recognized as one of the four “Buddha’s Warrior Attendants (Si Jingang),” the four outstanding exponents of the 19th generation in Chenjiagou. He travels around the globe giving global workshops and creating an international group of Chen-style practitioners.

Grandmaster Chen is listed in the China Contemporary Education Celebrities Dictionary, China Present Martial Arts Masters, and Contemporary reform elites and he is the creator of the 18 Short Form of Lao Jia.  In December 1995, Chen Zhenglei was recognized as one of Top Ten Martial Arts Masters of Present Day living in China.

Since 1998, the Chinese Wushu Association together with the National Sport Commission and the Chinese Wushu Research Institute has established a graduation system based on nine Duan levels (rank), Grandmaster Chen achieved the 9th Duan Wei Grandmaster (Jinlong—jiu duan: Gold Dragon) level in 2012, and he is one of the few holders of the highest rank of the Duan wei system.

Chen Style Tai Chi Roadmap

The benefits of practising Tai Chi & Qigong

Tai Chi and Qigong can be used as a preventive health measure to maintain good health and are recommended as an addition to conventional medical treatments. Through this gentle exercise which incorporates the mind, breathing and body, Tai Chi and Qigong help to cultivate and promote the circulation of Qi within the body to enhance overall health. They help to bring relaxation, balance and harmony between the body and mind.

Tai Chi and Qigong’s health benefits have been studied for nearly 2,000 years in China but have only been studied in the west in the last century. Studies have shown that both Tai Chi and Qigong can help people to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility as well as increase muscle strength in the legs. Tai Chi and Qigong have now become one of the most popular in the world as a health-promoting exercise that are suitable for all ages and all people.

Examples of Qigong Exercise

Ba Duan Jin – Eight Pieces of Brocade

Ba Duan Jin can increase the internal energy circulation through spiritual cultivation and physical movements to improve health and fitness. Deep natural breathing, without any constraint, is required during the practice.

Yi Jin Jing – Muscle / Tendon Change Classic

Yi Jin Jing is a form of muscle and tendon strengthening exercise. The movements focus on stretching, bending, flexing and twisting in multi-directional motions of the joints. This exercise increases the flexibility and pliability of muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as improves the mobility of joints.

Wu Qin Xi – Five Animals Qigong

Five Animals Qigong combines physical with mental exercise, imitating the movements of tigers (courage and robustness), deer (serenity and poise), bears (steadiness and solidity), monkeys (nimbleness and dexterity) and birds (swiftness and grace). This exercise aims to strengthen muscles and bones, promoting the circulation of Qi and blood.

Liu Zi Jue- Six Healing Sounds

Six Healing Sounds focuses on the breath-control, to regulate and control the rise and fall of the Qi inside the body. Six different mouth forms and pronunciations are made during inhalation and exhalation. This exercise helps to balance the energy and functions of the internal organs.

Names of Chen Style Tai Chi 8 Form

1. Tai Chi Stance qǐ shì 起势
2. Lazy About Tying The Coat lǎn zhā yī 懒扎衣
3. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
4. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
5. The White Crane Spreads It’s Wings bái hè liàng chì 白鹤亮翅
6. Walk Forward Diagonally xié xíng 斜行
7. Brush Knee lōu qī 搂膝
8. Finishing form  shōu shì 收势

Names of Chen Style Tai Chi 11 Form

  1. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓
  2. Lazy About Tying The Coat lǎn zhā yī 懒扎衣
  3. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
  4. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
  5. The White Crane Spreads It’s Wings bái hè liàng chì 白鹤亮翅
  6. Walk Forward Diagonally xié xíng 斜行
  7. Brush Knee lōu qī 搂膝
  8. Three Steps Forward shàng sān bù 上三步
  9. Cover Hands And Strike With Fist yǎn shǒu hōng chuí 掩手肱捶
10. Step Back And Whirl Arms On Both Sides dǎo juàn hōng 倒倦肱
11. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓

Names of Chen Style Tai Chi 18 Form

  1. Preparation Form qǐ shì 起势
  2. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓
  3. Lazy About Tying The Coat lǎn zhā yī 懒扎衣
  4. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
  5. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
  6. The White Crane Spreads It’s Wings bái hè liàng chì 白鹤亮翅
  7. Walk Forward Diagonally xié xíng 斜行
  8. Brush Knee lōu qī 搂膝
  9. Three Steps Forward shàng sān bù 上三步
10. Cover Hands And Strike With Fist yǎn shǒu hōng chuí 掩手肱捶
11. High Pat On The Horse gāo tàn mǎ 高探马
12. Kick With The Left Heel zuǒ dēng gēn 左蹬跟
13. Jade Girl Works At Shuttles yù nǚ chuān suō 玉女穿梭
14. Cloud Hands yún shǒu 云手
15. Turn Body With Double Lotus Kick zhuǎn shēn shuāng bǎi lián 转身双摆莲
16. Cannon Fist Over Head dāng tóu pào 当头炮
17. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓
18. Finishing Form shōu shì 收势

Names of Chen Style Tai Chi Lao Jia Yi Lu

  1. Preparatory Stance qǐ shì 起势
  2. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓
  3. Lazy About Tying The Coat lǎn zhā yī 懒扎衣
  4. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
  5. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
  6. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓
  7. The White Crane Spreads It’s Wings bái hè liàng chì 白鹤亮翅
  8. Walk Forward Diagonally xié xíng 斜行
  9. Brush Knee lōu qī 搂膝
10. Three Steps Forward shàng sān bù 上三步
11. Walk Forward Diagonally xié xíng 斜行
12. Brush Knee lōu qī 搂膝
13. Three Steps Forward shàng sān bù 上三步
14. Cover The Fist And Punch yǎn shǒu hōng chuí 掩手肱捶
15. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓
16. Brushing Body Fist piē shēn chuí 撇身捶
17. Azure Dragon Comes Out Of The Water qīng lóng chū shuǐ 青龙出水
18. Double Pushing Hands shuāng tuī shǒu 双推手
19. Fist Under The Elbow zhǒu dǐ kàn quán 肘底看拳
20. Step Back With Whirling Arms dǎo juàn hōng 倒卷肱
21. White Crane Spread It’s Wings bái hè liàng chì 白鹅亮翅
22. Walk Forward Diagonally xié xíng 斜行
23. Flashing Turn To The Back shǎn tōng bèi 闪通背
24. Cover The Fist And Punch yǎn shǒu hōng chuí 掩手肱拳
25. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
26. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
27. Cloud Hands yún shǒu 云手
28. High Pat On Horse gāo tàn mǎ 高探马
29. Brush The Right Foot yòu cā jiǎo 右擦脚
30. Brush The Left Foot zuǒ cā jiǎo 左擦脚
31. Turn And Kick With Left Heel zhuǎn shēn zuǒ dēng jiǎo 转身左蹬脚
32. Three Steps Forward shàng sān bù 上三步
33. Punch The Ground jī de chuí 击地捶
34. Double Jumping Front Kick tī èr qǐ 踢二起
35. Fist Protects The Heart hù xīn quán 护心拳
36. Tornado Kick xuan fēng jiǎo 旋风脚
37. Kick With The Right Heel yòu dēng gēn 右蹬跟
38. Cover The Fist And Punch yǎn shǒu hōng chuí 掩手肱拳
39. Small Grab And Hit xiǎo qín dǎ 小擒打
40. Protect The Head And Push The Mountain bào tóu tuī shān 抱头推山
41. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
42. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
43. Forward Trick qián zhāo 前招
44. Backward Trick hòu zhāo 后招
45. Parting The Wild Horse’s Mane Yě mǎ fēn zōng 野马分鬃
46. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
47. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
48. Jade Girl Works The Shuttle yù nǚ chuan suō 玉女穿梭
49. Lazy About Tying The Coat lǎn zhā yī 懒扎衣
50. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
51. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
52. Cloud Hands yún shǒu 云手
53. Slap Foot And Drop Down bǎi jiǎo diē chà 摆脚跌岔
54. Golden Cockerel Stands On One Leg Jīn jī dú lì 金鸡独立
55. Step Back And Whirl Arms On Both Sides dǎo juàn hōng 倒倦肱
56. White Crane Spread It’s Wings bái hè liàng chì 白鹅亮翅
57. Walk Forward Diagonally xié xíng 斜行
58. Flashing Turn To The Back shǎn tōng bèi 闪通背
59. Cover The Fist And Punch yǎn shǒu hōng chuí 掩手肱拳
60. Six Sealing And Four Closing liù fēng sì bì 六封四闭
61. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
62. Cloud Hands yún shǒu 云手
63. High Pat On Horse gāo tàn mǎ 高探马
64. Crossed Foot Kick shí zì jiǎo 十字脚
65. Punch To The Groin zhǐ dāng chuí 指裆捶
66. White Ape Offers Fruit bái yuán xiàn guǒ 白猿献果
67. Single Whip dān biān 单鞭
68. Dragon On The Ground què de lóng 雀地龙
69. Step Forward To Form The Seven Stars shàng bù qī xīng 上步七星
70. Step Back And Ride The Tiger xià bù kuà hǔ 下步跨虎
71. Turn Body With Double Lotus Kick zhuǎn shēn shuāng bǎi lián 转身双摆莲
72. Cannon Fist Over Head dāng tóu pào 当头炮
73. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar jīn gāng dǎo duì 金刚捣碓
74. Taiji Closing Posture shōu shì 收势