<html> <head> <title>Chen Style Taijiquan Notepad</title> <meta name="keywords" content="code, conduct, ethics, taijiquan, tai ji quan, tai chi chuan, tai chi, push hands, qinna, chen style, chenjiagou, wangting, fake, zhaokui, xiaowang, zhenglei, wang xi'an, zhu tiancai, jan silberstorff, christoph david weinmann> <meta name="description" content="This page contains commented weblinks and other sources, such as videos and books, on Chen style taijiquan. It assists your navigation in chenspace. Only links to websites with substantial content are included."> <meta http-equiv="reply-to" content="weinmann@163.com"> <meta name="author" content="weinmann@163.com"> </head> <BODY bgcolor="#daa520" text="#000000" link="#228b22" alink="#ff0000" vlink="#800080"> <basefont size="3"> <a name="top"></a> <hr align="center" width=50%> <h2 align="center">What else you may find on this site, besides the <a href="#code">Chen style lineage</a> below</h2> <ol type=A> <li>The <a href="index.htm">home page</a>, i.e. the entry to my Chen style taijiquan notepad <li>Some <a href="web.htm">web sources</a> on Chen style taijiquan that you may find, or not, worthwhile <li>Information on a few <a href="videos.htm">videos</a> and <a href="streams.htm">streams</a> on Chen style taijiquan <li>Information on <a href="material.htm">other material</a> (mainly books) on Chen style taijiquan <li>A <a href="glossary.htm">beginner's glossary</a> for quick reference on Chen style taijiquan <li>Something on <a href="conduct.htm">conduct and ethics</a> of the Chen family <li>Some <a href="chinese.htm">Chinese characters</a> from the glossary <li>A <a href="index.htm#thanks">thank you</a> for visiting my page <li>A <a href="index.htm#disclaim">disclaimer</a> so you won't sue me when you break a leg </ol> <hr align="center" width=75%> <div align="center"><img src="chwtjf.gif"></div> <blockquote>This is an image of Chen style taijiquan's creator Chen Wangting jointly with Jiang Fa, in a classical teacher (sitting) - student (standing) pose. I have taken it from an undated brochure entitled <em>Tai Ji Quan Hun</a></em> (Taiji Boxing Soul) of the China Wen County Annual International Taijiquan Meeting Organizing Committee, chief editor Yao Daixian, which assembles information on Chen style including short portraits of numerous past and present masters jointly with business information on various local (food industry etc.) companies, (unnumbered) p.5. According to the note made below the image, the original is from Chen Qingzhou's family collection. <a name="kick pic"></a></Blockquote> <hr align="center" width=75%> <a href="#top">Back to top</a> <a href="index.htm">Home</a> <a href="web.htm">Web sources</a> <a href="videos.htm">Videos</a> <a href="streams.htm">Streams</a> <a href="material.htm">Other material</a> <a href="glossary.htm">Glossary</a> <a href="conduct.htm">Conduct</a> <a href="chinese.htm">Chinese</a> <hr align="center" width=90%> <a name="code"></a> <h2 align="center">Chen style taijiquan lineage</h2> Why would you care about lineage? The answer nowadays would be: quality management. Given the low value attached to standardized examinations, quality is mainly managed by documentation and traceability of high-level masters. Back to the roots in taijiquan means closer to the source, less distortion (by Chinese whisper if you will) and thus a higher likelihood that what you are learning actually is correct. Lineage trees, here, are no family trees. Only those family members who have completely mastered the art are included. Likewise, non-family masters are equally included. So if you want to learn Chen style taijiquan, you should normally try to find an instructor who is, rightfully, plugged into the lineage sketched below. Where students of Chen style taijiquan have created or are being attributed new styles, this is marked with a small taiji symbol or color, and the respective line ends there because what follows is not necessarily Chen style.<p> Presumably because this martial art was kept a family secret in the early days, the "generations" are defined, as I understand, beginning with the settlement of the Chen clan in Henan, i.e. not with the creation of Chen style taijiquan in the 1660s (cf. Gu Liuxin in <a href="material.htm#zhaohua">Chen Style Taijiquan</a>, p.3) by Chen Wangting, also called Chen Zhouting, who would arguably represent the style's 1st generation. Chen Wangting was "9th generation" of the Chen family in Henan, and so this is how counting is organized. Five steps down the line, Chen Changxing (1771-1853) who has passed on the art to the first non-family member Yang Luchan (1799-1872), also known as Yang Fukui, therefore is 14th generation and his student is 15th generation Chen style. By the same count, the current standard bearers are 19th generation masters. It is only recently that I have seen them as being declared 11th generation (which makes more sense in terms of a taijiquan lineage rather than a family lineage) in some publication.<p> Finding someone close(r) to the source still does not guarantee you will be taught everything you need since the person may not be willing to share the knowledge or simply not be a good trainer. But it usually improves the chances considerably. If you are unsure how to select your instructor, I believe the recommendations made by <a href="material.htm#mch">Mark Chen</a> provide excellent guidance. (You should also note that many excellent coaches of different types of sports have not been champions as players, but possess very good trainer skills, while many strong players do not possess the skill to train anyone else. Martial arts are similar, only that often the highest levels of knowledge are not imparted to persons who have not excelled in practice.) <p> The sources for the two (mindmap and funnel) diagrams below, which are identical in content only arranged in a different way, are Chen Zhenglei's <a href="material.htm#chzhl-c">Zhongguo Chen Shi Taiji</a>, pp.12-13; Chen Qingzhou's <a href="material.htm#chqzh">Chen Shi Taijiquan Gongfu Huicui</a>, p.216; and Wang Xi'an's <a href="material.htm#wxa-lj">Chen Shi Taijiquan Lao Jia</a>, pp.338-339. <hr align="center" width=90%> <center><img src="lineage.gif" border="0" usemap="#mindmap"></center><map name="mindmap"> </map> [<a href="#top">top</a>]<p> <hr align="center" width=90%> <CENTER> <IMG SRC = "lineage3.png" ALT = "Chen style lineage graph"> </CENTER> [<a href="#top">top</a>]<p> <hr align="center" width=90%> <div align="center"><img src="chfk2.gif"></div> <hr align="center" width=75%> This is a picture of Chen Fake, the renowned 17th generation creator of Chen Style's new routine who lived from 1887-1957. The source of the picture is <a href="material.htm#zhaohua">Chen Style Taijiquan</a>, p.219. His famous student Chen Zhaokui (1928-1981) has trained the four current standard bearers following their training with 18th generation master Chen Zhaopi (1883-1972). <hr align="center" width=75%> <hr align="center" width=90%> <a href="#top">Back to top</a> <a href="index.htm">Home</a> <a href="web.htm">Web sources</a> <a href="videos.htm">Videos</a> <a href="streams.htm">Streams</a> <a href="material.htm">Other material</a> <a href="glossary.htm">Glossary</a> <a href="conduct.htm">Conduct</a> <a href="chinese.htm">Chinese</a> <hr align="center" width=90%> <center>Copyright (All Rights Reserved) 1998-2018 by Christoph David Weinmann.<p></center> Visits since 1999-08-01: <p> <!-- Site Meter --> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://s21.sitemeter.com/js/counter.js?site=notepadmeter"> </script> <noscript> <a href="http://s21.sitemeter.com/stats.asp?site=notepadmeter" target="_top"> <img src="http://s21.sitemeter.com/meter.asp?site=notepadmeter" alt="Site Meter" border="0"/></a> </noscript> <!-- Copyright (c)2006 Site Meter --> <p> </BODY> </html>
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