A History of Chen Style Tai Chi
Chen Style Tai Chi was originated more than
380 years ago, during the Ching Dynasty, from the Chen Village
located in Wen County of Henan Province, China. Chen Wang-Ting,
an ancestral native of the Chen Village, developed the martial
art based upon family-taught fighting techniques in combination
with external resources. Since its conception, over almost
four hundred years have passed, but only recently, Chen
Style Tai Chi has been disclosed to the public. For the
majority of its existence, the art was kept secret and was
only passed on from generation to generation by males within
the Chen Village. Over time, Chen Style Tai Chi slowly began
to spread outside of the village and its inhabitants, resulting
in the formation of several different styles of Tai Chi.
In fact, four of the five main styles of Tai Chi are recognized
by the Chinese government (Yang Style, Wu Style, Wu Hao
Style, Sun Style, and the fifth being Chen Style) have their
origins directly and indirectly in Chen Style Tai Chi.
About Chen Style Tai Chi
Chen Style Tai Chi is a high-level martial art that satisfies
many of the multi-faceted demands of human life. While its
primary role is self-defense, Chen Style Tai Chi offers
precious wisdom in regards to health and artistic expression
by providing an education deeply grounded in kinetics, medical
science, physiology, body mechanics, psychology, philosophy,
It is China’s Ultimate in Health, Fitness and Martial
Arts. It is an art of Balancing, Mind, Body and Energy.
A session of practice develops the individual “from
the inside out”. Its flowing, gentle movements are
a dynamic meditation.