Chen Family Taiji Quan uses the union of mind, body, and energy in the practice of a martial art and physical-energetic cultivation system. Adhering to the principle of “Taiji” (Yin & Yang), Taijiquan practice develops the ability to move and act in accordance with nature, clarifying and harnessing complimentary forces within the body as found in the natural world. The martial methodology is one of non-resistance to force and cultivation of the ability to achieve harmony with force and action.
This practice has been used for physical and cultivation and healing for hundreds of years in China, and now recently in the west. The intensity of the martial art is forged by its meditative aspect, while conversely the energetic and healing component is driven by the martial practice. As a martial art system, the movements are smooth and beautiful, and physically feel great to practice, with a very rigorous workout for those who want to put in the effort, or gentle restorative practice for those suited. The method uses intelligent leverage and efficiency rather than and to overcome strength and size.
In 1928, Chen Fake, the last official head of the family, moved to Beijing and began publicly teaching Chen Family Gongfu.
Chen Fake’s second son, Chen Zhaokui, thought dedicated students in Beijing and traveled all over China teaching those who were interested.
After the death of his cousin, Chen Zhaopi, Taiji in Chen Village, Chen Zhaokui went there on several visits to continue his work in the family’s ancestral home. Chen Zhakui’s teachings were named “New Frame” (Xin Jia), as it was new to them – they have never seen that style before as Chen Fake took it with him with the move to Beijing. Some now believe to be an altered version of the traditional Taiji, however this was not the original meaning of the term.
Chen Zhokui’s son, Chenyu, was with him when he though in Chen Village, Shijuazhuang, Nanjing, Shanghai and elsewhere. Gongfu was illegal at the time in China, so Chen Zhaokui had no official disciples. However, as Chenyu was always with him, had strict instruction and considerable natural talent, he became formidable in the art.
Chenyu represents the methods of his father, Chen Zhaokui, and his grandfather before him, Chen Fake – the most authentic form of Chen Taiji.