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American Chen Style Tai Chi Association

American Chen Taiji Society
.   Master Wong Wai Yi (Tony). 

"The Art of the Predator and T'ai Chi."   By George Xu.  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Chuan.  Vol. 27, No. 4, August, 2003, pp. 14-21.  

Australia ChenJiangou Fa Jing Tai Chi Research   Stephen D. Cramb.

A Beginner's Notes on Learning the Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu

Bibliography, Links and Resources for a Study of the Chen Taijiquan Loajia Yilu.  By Mike Garofalo. 

Chris Brenner (Jin Taiyang)   Northern California.  

Brief Analysis of Chen Family Boxing Manuals.  By Jarek Szymanski. 

British Chen Style Tai Chi College

Broadsword, Dan Dao, Saber, Chen Style Taijiquan

Building Skills with 3 Core Methods.   By Marvin Smalheiser.  Based on an interview with Yang Yang.   40Kb.  

Center for Hunyuan Taiji.   Michael Joyce, North Carolina.  

Center for Mind-Body Harmony   Sifu David Schenk.  

Center for Chen Taiji Studies  Mater Yang Yang.  

Center for Taiji Studies  Master Yang Yang, 1961-.  Articles   Biography

Center for Traditional Qigong and Taijiquan   Adam Wallace.    

Chansigong Chen Style Taijiquan 

Chan Ssu Chin - Silkreeling.   Links, bibliography, notes, and quotes.   

Chen Fake  (1887-1957)   Photographs of Chen Fake doing form.  60Kb.  

Chen Fake Biography  

Chen Family Taijiquan - Chen Shi Taijiquan

Chenjiagou Taijiquan (Chen Taiji Quan)


When you see excellence, you should try to surpass it.
When you see the opposite, examine yourself.
-   Lao Tzu

Chen: Living Taijiquan in the Classical Style.  By Master Jan Silberstorff.  Jessica Kingsley Publications, 1st Edition, June, 2009.  320 pages.  ISBN: 1848190212.  "Chen style Taijiquan is the oldest of the five main Taijiquan styles. In this book, Master Jan Silberstorff, a leading Chen practitioner, shares his expertise and insights. He explains the background to Taijiquan, and its key principles, and gives the reader a true insight into the Chen system. Master Silberstorff sets this within the historical context of Taijiquan in China, its country of origin, and explains the martial, health and spiritual aspects of traditional Chen Taijiquan. He discusses the different Chen forms and the importance of each, as well as the place of competition and the effect on participants. The book also contains the complete sequences for both the empty hand and weapon forms. This accessible and comprehensive guide to Chen style Taijiquan is ideal for beginners and will also be useful to advanced practitioners wanting to deepen their practice."  VSCL. 

Chen, Mark  Chen Style Taijiquan

Chen Qingzhou Martial Arts Association.   Menlo Park, California.  Chen Qingzhou (1936-), 19th generation successors of Chen-style Taijiquan, Chief Coach of Taiji of Chenqingzhou Kung Fu Association of America.  
Instructional media for routine 1 and routine 2 of the Old Frame Chen Style, sword, saber, pole, staff and taiji ball all performed and explained by Chen Qingzhou. 

Chenstyle Journal    ISSN: 1068-1337

Chen Style  Extensive information and articles on the history, masters, and methods of Chen Style Taijiquan.  Includes articles, reviews, events, resources, downloads, etc..  Researched by Herbert Rich.   

Chen Style as External

Chen Style Five Tigers and Group Sheep Staff.  Instructional videotape by Shifu Jian Jian-ye.  Instructional videotape, 117 minutes, color.  Traditional Chen Village.  44 Forms with Internal Art.  Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York.  Copyright: 2004.  MGC. 

The Chen Style of Tai Chi

Chen Style Old Form   VRTaiChi website.   Tai Chi Living Book online 71 lessons on the Old Form which include photographs, written instructions, and video clips.  Many good notes and comments on the key concepts of Taiji.  The website was developed by Chen style Master Paul Wen-Pei Chou, San Francisco, a student of Grandmaster Pan Wing Chow. Videotapes and CD products.    

Chen Style Silk Reeling Energy.  By Mark Wasson.  T'ai Chi, June, 2002, Volume 26, No. 3,  pp. 31- 38. MGC.  

Chen Style Silk Reeling Energy, Chan Ssu Chin.   Links, bibliography, notes, quotes.   

Chen Style Tai Chi: An Interiew with Master Ma Hong.     30Kb.

Chen Style Tai Chi Articles  

Chen Style Tai Chi Centre Online.    Manchester, UK.  

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan   A VHS videotape by Tseng-Yun Xiang.  Made in 1992.  ASIN:B00000J31B   The 56 movement official Chinese government competition form.

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan   List of movements in the form, and a movie clip.

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan: Bibliography and Links

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Homepage 

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan - Old Frame, First Routine: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Notes, List or Movements

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan - Old Frame, First Routine.  A VHS videotape directed by Michael Chen.  Made in 2001.  ASIN: 1929390017.

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan 38 Section Routine.  A VHS videotape directed by Julye Newlin.  Made in 2000.  ASIN: 1929390009.

Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan: Thirty-six and Fifty-six Movements.  Bu Xing Yanling.  Translated by Mei Xuexiong.  Japan Publications, 1993.  173 pages.  ISBN: 0427940972.  Explanation and photographs.  The forms taught are the now widely used standard forms created by Professor Kan Gui Xiang.  VSCL. 

Chen Style Tai Chi Old Frame Routine One.  Instructional DVD by Master Jesse Tsao.  Disc 1 of 2. 

Chen Style Taijiquan   Singapore.  

Chen Style Taijiquan.  Compiled by Zhaohua Publishing House.  Hong Kong, Hai Feng Publishing Co., 1984.  227 pages.  ISBN: 9622380166.  Overview, profiles of teachers, review of 38 movement form, and a very informative review of attack and defense using Chen style movements.  MGC.  

Chen Style Taijiquan.   By Scott Grubisich.  8Kb.

The Chen Style Taijiquan for Life Enhancement.  Written by Chen Zhenglei and translated by Xu Hailing.  Zhongzhou Classic Publishing House, Zhengzhou, China, 2002.  Text in English and Chinese.  ISBN: 7534821819.  149 pages.  "Describes the principles of Chen style for life enhancement, basic training, Taiji Skills for Preserving Energy and The 18 Forms of the Chen Style. Many photos of Chen Zhenglei doing Exercises and forms. Chen Zhenglei is one of the top Chen stylists in China. Paperback.149 pp. 5 1/2' by 8'. $19.00."  -  Wayfarer Publications  
"It covers the content of the health exercise silk reeling video, and is a useful reference, giving more detail, especially on theory."  - Wushu Center.  VSCL   

Chen Style Taijiquan Notepad.  Created by Christoph David Weinmann in 2003.  Glossary, bibliography, links, Chinese characters, notes. 

Chen Style Taiji Quan Old Frame I.  Explained and demonstrated by Chen Zenglei.  DVD Video, 2 DVDs, color, 188 minutes.  Includes narration in simple Chinese, traditional Chinese, and English.  The traditional 74 movement form in 6 parts.  The DVD includes detailed coaching by Master Chen Zenglei on every movement in the form, and lectures on basic movements, requirements of the form, basic techniques, a demonstration of the entire form, and a demonstration of 18 essential forms.  Translated by Xu Hailiang.  The English narration is very good.  Excellent photography.  Distributed by Guangxhou Beauty Culture Communication Co..  ISRC: CN-M23-96-302-00/V.G8.  Distributor: China BooksVCD productions.  I cannot find any information about the publication date of this DVD, so I will use 2005.  MGC. 

Chen Style Taijiquan: Sword and Broadsword.   By Chen Zenglei.  Translated by Zhang XinHu, Chen Bin, Xu Hailiang, and Gregory Bissell.  Tai Chi Centre, 2003.  367 pages.  ISBN: 7534823218.   This book is in English.  Detailed descriptions, with photographs, of the first form, sword form and broadsword form.  An excellent companion to Chen Zenglei's instructional DVDs, with English narration.  Review by Herbert O. Rich: "This is the first translated volume of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei's three-volume set entitled "A Compendium of Taiji Boxing and Weapons".  Chen Zhenglei is famed as a 19th generation Grandmaster of traditional Chen Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan). He is known to Taijiquan enthusiasts the world over for his skill and ability in teaching.  This book is a detailed instruction manual for the basic set (or form) of the Laojia ("old frame") Chen style, as well as the single broadsword and straight sword forms.  Profusely illustrated, it describes basic theory, physical requirements, postural movements, Qi circulation, and self defense applications for each of the postures of the form."  VSCL. 

Chen Style Taijiquan: The Small Frame Method.  By Fan Chun-Lei and Frank Shiery. 

Chen Style Taijiquan: The Source of Taiji Boxing.  By Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim and David Gaffney.  Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 2002.  Index, charts, 224 pages.  ISBN: 1556433778.   MGC.  Provides an excellent introduction to Chen style Taijiquan history and legends, outlines the major forms, discusses the philosophy and foundations of the art, and gives very good information on training methods, push hands, and weapons.  Very well written, highly informative, and a unique contribution to the field.  Essential reading for all learning the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan.  

Chen Style Taijiquan: The 36 forms.  By Professor Kan Gui Xiang and Dr. Paul Lam.  Sydney, Australia, East Action Publishing, 1992.   189 pages.  Photographs by John Tourtas.  ISBN: 0646069934.  Professor Kan Gui Xing was an Associate Professor of Physical Science at the Beijing Institute of Physical Science for 36 years and retired in 2000.  She was born in 1940.  This excellent book, with an accompanying videotape, that can be used by beginners to learn this fine modern simplified version of the Chen family Taijiquan.  The videotape is titled "Tai Chi Chen Style 36 Forms" by Dr. Paul Lam.  It includes step-by-step instructions by Dr. Lam for one of the world's best known Chen style short forms.  The videotape includes a demonstration by the creator, Professor Kan.  Produced in Narwee, Australia, by East Action Video in 1993.  The videotape is 100 minutes long.  MGC.  

Chen Style Taijiquan - Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Chen Style Taijiquan Videotapes. Distributed by Wayfarer Publications.  Useful annotations about videotapes for sale.  Videotapes featuring: Chen Zhonghua, Cheng Jin Cai, Jiang Jian-ye, Paul Lam, Wang Lijun, Chen Peishan, Peter Wu, Ren Guang Yi, George Xu.

Chen Style Taijiquan Web Resource   By Herb Rich.   News, links, articles, information, history, links.  

Chen Style Taijiquan, Wikipedia

Chen Style Taijiquan with Sifu Mark Chen 

Chen Style Zun Gu Tai Chi Chuan DVD Series.  Instructional media performed and explanations by Chen Qingzhou. 

Chen Tai Chi San Francisco 

Chen Taiji Documentary.  9:41 min, UTube.  People of all ages practicing Taijiquan in China, and a tour of Chen Village.  

Chen Taiji 48 Form Video   Demonstrated by Tony Wong.  Created by Feng Zhiqiang.  

Chen Taiji Links    

Chen Taijiquan - Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Chen Taijiquan, Old Frame,
First Form, Laojia Yilu 

Chen Taijiquan 19 Forms.  By Ren Guang Yi.  This short form was created by the contemporary Chen master Chen Xiaowang.  Instructional videotape, 48 minutes. Step by step teaching of the 19 movements, and demonstrations.  Some instruction in Zhan Zhuang standing meditation.  MGC.  Prepared by the International Chen Style Taijiquan Association.  

Chen Taijiquan 38 Forms.  By Ren Guang Yi.  This form was created by the contemporary Chen master Chen Xiaowang.  Two Instructional videotapes: Part 1, 58 minutes, Part 2, 58 minutes.  Step by step teaching of the 38 movements, and demonstrations.   Combines lao jia and xin jia, fa-jing, and silk reeling.  Companion book: Chen 38 Form and Applications.  

Chen 38 Form and Applications.   By Ren Guang Yi.  This form was created by the contemporary Chen master Chen Xiaowang.  Tuttle Pub., 2003, 96 pages.  Very brief instructions and 150 photographs.  Some practice tips.  ISBN:  0804835268.

Chen Village Taijiquan

Chen Xiaowang  14 Minute Video Clip

Chen Xiaowang   Description and cover photo of videotapes.

Chen Xiaowang in New York 

Chen Xiaowang's Instructional DVDs on Chen Style Taijiquan

Chen Xiaowang - Keeper of Taiji Secrets
.  Grandson of Chen Fake.  23Kb.   Kungfu Magazine

Chen Xiaowang World Taijiquan Association  

Chen Xing, "Illustrated Explanation of Chen Family Taijiquan."  Shanghai Bookstore, 1986.  In Chinese.  Sometimes referred to as the "Bible of Chen Taijiquan."   

Chen Zenglei (1949-) TaiChi Web

Chen Zenglei TaiChi Network

"Chen Zhenglei on the Study of Taiji."  By Alex Yeo.  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan: Vol. 31, No. 1, February, 2007, pp. 14-27.

Chi Kung (Qigong): Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes.  By Michael P. Garofalo.

Chinese Internal Martial Arts  By Terry Chan.  

Cloud Hands Blog: Mind/Body Movement Arts Blog.  By Michael P. Garofalo.

Cloud Hands Website: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Ch'i Kung   By Michael P. Garofalo.  

Cloud Hands (Taijiquan and Qigong) Website - Subject Index

Comparing Chen and Sun Styles, Dr. Paul Lam 

The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice.  By Wong Kiew Kit.  Shaftesbury, Dorset, Element, 1996.  Index, bibliography, 316 pages.  ISBN: 1852307927.  MGC.  

Correct Principles of Taijiquan.   By Liu Yong.   9Kb

"Cultivating Jing, Qi and Yi."   By Paul Lam, M.D..  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.  Vol. 27, No. 2, April 2003, pp. 36-38.   

The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation.   By Tsung Hwa Jou (1917-1998).  Charles E. Tuttle, 1980.  3rd Edition, 1983.  233 pages.  ISBN: 0804813574.  An outstanding textbook on Tai Chi Chuan.  All styles are introduced and explained.  A very informative introduction to the philosophy and practices of Tai Chi.    Chen Taijiquan is covered on pp. 11-41.  Master Jou provides instructions on tracing the Tai Chi symbol, Chan-Ssu Chin, on pp. 148-159.   VSCL.  Master Jou's book was the first English language textbook about Taijiquan, and greatly influenced thousands of American Taiji students. 

Dao (Saber, Broadsword) and Taijiquan   All Styles of Taijiquan.  Bibliography, links, resources, quotes, notes.

Dao, Saber, Broadsword - Chen Style Taijiquan  

Discourse about Jing.   By Zhang Yi Zun.  

Eight Section Brocade Qigong 

18 Movement Long Pole, Chen Style Taijiquan

Entering the Door of Chen Style TaijiquanBy Feng Zhiqiang.  Peoples Sports Publishing House, Beijing, 1992.  In Chinese. 

Essence of Traditional Chen Style 18 Posture Short Form.  Instructional DVD by Shifu Jiang Jian-ye.  Color, 87 Minutes.  Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York, 1997.  "Cheng Zheng Lei (the 19th generation of the Chen Family) created this form from the old style of Chen first and second routines.  It includes "silk reeling," fa jin (releasing energy), and balance.  This short form is a good introduction for beginners or for those with little Chen style experience."  "A good introductory Chen form that includes silk reeling and fajing movements as well as other characteristics of the Chen first and second routines. Chen Zhenglei, one of today's top Chen stylists, created the form. There is a demonstration of the entire form followed by step-by-step teaching in slow motion with 2-4 views, from the front, back and side. There are front and back demonstrations of each segment (5 to 7 moves each). At the end of the teaching there are demonstrations, front and back. There are also excerpts from other Chen forms." - Wayfarer Publications.  CDTKA.  VSCL. 

Farruggia, Carmen    Teaches the Chen family Taiji (Chen Qingzhou lineage) in Sacramento, CA.  Many thanks to Carmen for sharing information and teaching me about some of the essential concepts in Chen style Taijiquan, and helping me learn Old Frame, First Form, long pole, and Taiji Ball.  

Feng Zhiqiang on Integrating Mind and Body.  By Yang Yang and Scott Grubisich.  56Kb.

The Five Levels of Skill in Tai Chi Chuan   By Chen Xiao Wang.  41K.

Full Life Health and Self Defense Center   Master Pan Yun Tei.   

Gun, Staff Weapons and Taijiquan (All Styles of Taijiquan)   

Gun, Staff Weapons, Theory and Practice, Chen Style of Taijiquan

Michael Garofalo's Notes on Learning Chen Style Taijiquan

"Getting All Parts to Work Together."   By Mark Wasson.   T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Chuan.  Vol. 27, No. 4, August, 2003, pp. 41-44.  Mark Wasson is an advanced student of Chen Xiaowang.    

Google Search:  Chen Style Taijiquan


Grandmasters of Chen Taijiquan and Famous Chen Taijiquan Masters
Lineage Chart

Chen Wangting, 1600-1680, 9th Generation, Creator of Chen Taijiquan corpus of Seven Routines

Chen Changxing, 1771-1853, 14th Generation, established Old Frame (Laojia) First Form (Yi Lu) and Second Form (Er Lu)

Chen Youben, 14th Generation, New Frame or Small Frame

Chen Fake, 1887-1957, 17th Generation, Biography 1 Google

Chen Zhaopei (1893-1972), 18th Generation, Pen Name: Chen Jifu   Biography 1   Student and son of Chen Fake. 

Feng Zhiqiang, 18th Generation  Biography 1  Student of Chen Fake. 

Chen Zhaokui (1928-1981)  19th Generation  Biography 1

Chen Qing Zhou ( )   19th Generation  Biography   Student of Chen Zhaopei. 

Chen Zhenglei (1949-), 20th Generation,  Biography 1    VCDs

Chen Xiaowang (1945), 20th Generation, Biography 1    Google

Chen Xiaoxing (1956-), 20th Generation,  Biography 1

Zhu Tian Cai



Health Preserving Qigong, Chen-style TaiChi Quan I.  Instructional DVD by Grandmaster Cheng Zheng-lei.  3 instructional DVDs in the Chinese language with English and Chinese subtitles.  ISBN: 7883046802.  "By Chen Zhenglei. 3 DVDs. A brief introductory section is in Chinese only, but teaching is in Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles. He teaches introductory and foundation exercises as well as an 18 movement form based on Chen Laojia with the difficult moves removed. The teaching is detailed with multiple repetitions and different camera angles."  - Wayfarer.   VSCL. 

History of Chen Taijiquan 

History of Chen Taijiquan, Wikipedia

The History of Tai Chi

A History of Tai Chi Chuan 

Hun Yuan Taiji/Qigong of Grand Master Feng Zhiqiang.  By Justin Meehan. 

Ignorance, Legend and Taijiquan.  By Stanley Henning.  22K.  Explores the origin of the legends that Zhang Sanfeng originated Taijiquan.   

Instructional Videos Online: Demonstrations of Chen Taijiquan  

Instructional Videos on Chen Style Taijiquan    An excellent overview of dozens of instructional videotapes. 

Internal Martial Arts Press   Six Harmonies.   Articles, news, videos, books.   Taiji 

Internal Power Training with Bare-Hand, Staff and Equipment.  Performance and instruction by Shifu Jiang Jian-ye.  Instructional videotape, 90 minutes, color.  Traditional Chen Village.  Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York.  Albany, New York, CDTKA, 2002.  MGC. 

Internal Strength Videos by Mike Sigman

International Chen Style Taijiquan Association.  "Founded in 1991 to promote the teaching and practice of Taijiquan as taught by Ren Guang-Yi, a senior disciple of Chen Xiao-Wang, the nineteenth generation standard bearer of the Chen Family."

Introduction to Chen Style Taijiquan Silk Reeling Training  5Kb.  

Interview with Yang Yang 

"Jou Tsung Hwa on Taiji Study and Internal Energy."  By Marvin Smalheiser.  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan: Vol. 31, No. 1, February, 2007, pp. 8-11.

Kan Guixiang On: The Benefits of T'ai Chi.  Interview with Kan Guixiang by Mavin Smalheiser.  Translation by Eric Chen.  T'ai Chi, June, 2002, Volume 26, No. 3,  pp. 15-21.  MGC.  This article includes many black and white photos of Professor Kan doing various Tai Chi Chuan forms.  The cover photograph on the magazine, in color, is of Professor Kan.  

Liu Institute International  New Orleans, LA and  Mobile, Alabama   Chen style 
with Master Liu.  

Laojia Yilu, Old Frame, First Form:  Bibliography, Links and Resources for a Study of the Chen Taijiquan 

Laojia Yilu, Old Frame, First Form:  A Beginner's Notes

Links, Bibliography, and Resources for a Study of the Chen Taijiquan Loajia Yilu

Los Angeles Chen Style Taijiquan 

McClellan, Gary  Chen Style Taijiquan

Martial Arts Experience of Tom Osborne

Master Chang San-Feng

Master Gene Chen - Chen Tai Chi Chuan

National Neigong Research Society   Organization in Menlo Park, California.  Features Master Chen Qingzhou.   Videotapes, qualified instructors, and news.

Northern California and Oregon: Taijiquan and Qigong Teachers, Schools, Workshops   

Nuturing Ways of Chen Tai Chi: An Inteview with Yang Yang.   By  Michael A. DeMarco.  74Kb.  

Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan.  By Mark Chen.  Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 2004.  Appendices, notes, bibliography, 246 pages.  ISBN: 155643488X.  Excellent detailed instructions for First Form of the Old Frame, including photographs.  An essential book for Chen Taijiquan enthusiasts.  VSCL. 

Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu:  A Beginner's Notes  

Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu:  Bibliography, Links and Resources for a Study of the Chen Taijiquan  

Online Videos: Demonstrations and Instruction

Pole and Staff Weapons and Taijiquan (All Styles of Taijiquan)   

Pole Weapons (Chen Style)

Post Standing, Zhan Zhuang, Standing Like a Tree, Standing Meditation Techniques, Yiquan   

Practical Method: Chen Taijiquan Practice Blog  By Kim Albritain. 

Push Hands (Tui Shou) in Tai Chi Chuan.  Links, bibliography, quotes, notes.  25Kb.  

Qi Cultivation and the Secrets of Manipulating Energy: Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling, Series I.  Instructional DVD by Jose Figueroa, 91 Minutes.  Dragon Door Publications.  Shifu Figueroa also offers two other instructional DVDs for Chen Taijiquan students: The Deeper Secrets of Moving with Strength and Energy, Fa Jin and the Secrets of Explosive Power. 

Qigong (Chi Kung): Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes.  By Michael P. Garofalo.

Qiu Zhen Yi Center for Taiji Studies   

Relaxation - Song

Rooting: The Secret of Getting Power from the Earth.  By Gaofei Yan and James Cravens.  61K.  

Rochester (New York) Chen Style Taijiquan Association  

Saber (Dao) Weapon, Chen Style Taijiquan 

Saber, Taijiquan, All Styles

Sacramento Tai Chi and Qigung   "Our research includes Yi family Taiji and Qigung, the Chen family Taiji (Chen Qingzhou lineage), and Meihuazhuang (plum flower post) Yan Zijie lineage."   Master Carmen Farruggia. 

Shanti School of Taijiquan.  Susan A.  Matthews.   

Silk Reeling, Chan Ssu Gong:  Links, bibliography, quotes, notes.

Spear Weapon, Chen Style Taijiquan

"Spiral Energy in Chen Style T'ai Chi."   Interview with Chen Xiaowang by Victoria Windholtz.  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.  Vol. 27, No. 4, August, 2003, pp. 31-35.   

Spiral Force (Can Ssu Jin)    By Dr. Paul Lam.   42K

Spiraling Energy  (Silk Reeling, Chan Ssu Jin): Links, bibliography, quotes, notes. 

The Spiritual Legacy of the Shaolin Temple:  Buddhism, Daoism, and the Energetic Arts.  By Andy James.   Foreword by Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson.  Summerville, MA,  Wisdom Publications, 2004.  208 pages.  SBN: 0861713524.   MGC.  
The Shaolin Temple is a two day walk from Chen Village. 

Staff Weapons and Taijiquan (All Styles of Taijiquan)   

Staff Weapons, Theory and Practice, Chen Style of Taijiquan

Standing Meditation (Zhan Zhuang), Standing Like a Tree, Post Standing

"Studies on the Health Benefits of Tai Chi."  By Charlotte Jones. T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan: Vol. 30, No. 4, August, 2006, pp. 14-20.  Bibliography.   

A Study of Taiji Push Hands.   By Xiang Kairen.  38K. 

Subject Index to the Cloud Hands (Taijiquan and Qigong) Website

Sun Style of Taijiquan  

Sword (Jian), Chen Style of Taijiquan

Sword (Jian) Taijiquan, All Styles 

Szymanski, Jarek.  Jarek's Chinese Martial Arts Pages.  China From the Inside.  Neijia Arts. 

The T'ai Chi Boxing Chronicle.   Complied and explained by Kuo, Lien-Ying.  Translated by Guttmann.  Berkeley,  California, North Atlantic Books, 1994.   141 pages.  ISBN: 1556431775.  MGC.  This book examines "the Ch'en family treasure, the chronicles that were hidden for nine generations until the time of Ch'en Wang T'ing" (1600-1680).    

Tai Chi Depot - Chen Videotapes 

Tai Chi Finder   For purchasing all kinds of Taijiquan products. 

Tai Chi for Health.  By Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei and Master Liming Yue.  Chen Style Tai Chi Centre, Manchester, U. K, 2005.  ISBN: 194719112.  208 pages.  Color photographs.  "By Chen Zhenglei and his student, Liming Yue. In English. Includes principles of Tai Chi for Health, foundation training exercises, Taji skills for preserving energy, illustrations of the 18 forms, Comments from Westerners about Tai Chi plus interviews with Tai Chi practitioners. Many photos. Paperback. 7 1/4 X 10 1/.4. #9.99."  -  Wayfarer Publications.   Amazon.  "Tai Chi for Health was officially released at the International Tai Chi Festival and the third International Exchange Competition opening ceremony in China in August 2005. This full colour book focuses on the health benefits of Tai Chi, concentrating on the official Chen Style 18 Short Form, Silk Reeling Energy and Qigong exercises. The book contains detailed illustrated instructions and in-depth discussion of the theories behind the practice. The text offers an unprecedented insight into the techniques and theory of Chen Style Tai Chi. The authors bring together their vast knowledge, teaching experience and cultural understanding to create a work that is accessible to western students whilst keeping all the important detail often lost in translations. The book has been written over a two and a half year period by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei and Master Liming Yue with the assistance of several of Master Liming Yue's senior students. Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei is the 11th Generation head of the Chen Style Tai Chi and 19th generation of the Chen family.  Master Liming Yue is one of Europe's foremost Tai Chi masters and holds a seventh Duan Wei officially issued by the Chinese Wu Shu Association China."  -  Tai Chi Center, U.K.   VSCL. 

Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power.   By Yang Yang with Scott A. Grubish.  Champaign, Illinois, Zhenwu Publications, Center for Taiji Studies, 2005.  Bibliography, index, notes, glossary, 219 pages.  ISBN: 0974099007. 

Taijiquan: Cultivating Inner Strength  By C. P. Ong.  Bagua Press, 2013.  366 pages.  ISBN: 978-0615874074.  VSCL.  "This book diverges from traditional exposition on Taijiquan as it engages rather than shuns the role of muscles in elucidating the cryptic practice dictum of “using yi (mind) and not li (muscle force).” It centers on the core principle of Taiji balance—the balance of yin and yang, but presents the metaphysics of balance the way the body comprehends it, developmentally, through practice in the musculo-skeletal framework. In the process, the fog of mystique lifts, and the many abstruse concepts of Taijiquan become clear. Taijiquan training is physical at the initial phase, but the slow-motion exercise nurtures a meditative discipline of the mind. As it progresses, the soft methodology grows into one of building qi-energy, and then the practice becomes more internalized. The process fortifies the body with qi and cultivates a holistic balance of the organ systems. The book explains how the training methodology, in pursuing Taiji balance, leads to the development of a highly refined strength called neijin (inner strength). By incorporating the training of “silk-reeling energy” in Taiji balance, the practitioner develops the coiling power (chanrao jin) that underlies the magic of Taijiquan kungfu."  Dr. Ong has a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.  C.P. Ong is a 20th generation Chen Family Taijiquan disciple of both Chen Xiaowang and Chen Zhenglei. He has traveled with them, as well as with Zhu Tiancai, for a few years in their U.S. workshop tours. 

Taijiquan History and Development.   By Peter Lim Tian Tek.  

Taijiquan Theory of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming: The Root of Taijiquan.  By Yang Jwing-Ming.  Boston, Massachusetts, 2003.  References, glossary, index, 270 pages.  ISBN: 0940871432. 

Tampa Bay Taijiquan:  Instruction and Practice in Chen Taijiquan.    Kim Albritain. 

The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan:  Way to Rejuvenation.   By Jou, Tsung Hwa.   Edited by Shoshana Shapiro.  Warwick, New York, Tai Chi Foundation, 1980.  263 pages.  First Edition.  MGC.  ISBN: 0804813574.  An excellent comprehensive textbook.  A Third Edition is now available.  Master Jou was very knowledgeable about Chen Taijiquan, and recommended that you learn Chen Taijiquan first.  A significant portion of this book is about the Chen Taijiquan.  The First and Second Form movements are listed and illustrated on pp. 11-41.  Silk Reeling is covered on pp. 148-158. 

Thirteen Postures of Taijiquan.   Bibliography, links, notes, charts, quotes.   8 Gates and 5 Steps of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.   By Michael P. Garofalo.  65Kb+.  

"Tian Jinmiao on Training with Lei Muni."  By Davidine Slaw-Voon Sim.  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan:  Vol. 30. No. 4, August, 2006, p. 6-11. 

Traditional Chen Taiji.  Master Chin King-Loon (Loren).  Bay Area of California. 

Turning Silk: A Diary of Chen Taiji Practice, The Quan of Change.  By Kinthissa.  Lunival, 2009.  224 pages.  ISBN: 0956284604. 

Twelve Principles of Taijiquan.  From Feng Zhiqiang's "Entering the Door of Chen Taijiquan (1992).  Translated by Yang Yang.

U.S. Branch of the Chen Family, Chen Kiagou Taiji Quan School.  Chen Village, Wen County, Henan Province, P.R. China.  Federation President, Sifu Mark Wasson. 

Valley Spirit Taijiquan  Red Bluff, California.   

Valley Spirit Taijiquan - Chen Style Taijiquan

Videotapes on Chen Style Taijiquan

Videos on Chen Style Taijiquan    An excellent overview of dozens of instructional videotapes. 



Videos Online (UTube, Digg and Others) of Chen Taijiquan
Instructional Media and Demonstrations of Chen Style Taijiquan


Chen Shi Laojia Taijiquan Yilu - Bowen Guo  10:33 min, UTube.  Bowen Guo, from Davis, California, is a student of Chen Qingzhou. 

Chen Style 18 Movement Form.  3:38 min, UTube.   Master Chen 

Chen Taiji Documentary.  9:41 min, UTube.  People of all ages practicing Taijiquan in China, and a tour of Chen Village.  

Chen Taijiquan.  9:48 min, UTube.  Master Chen 

Chen Taijiquan Xinjia Erlu; Cannon Fist (陳氏太極拳 新架二路)  2:15 min, UTube.  Performed by Chen Bing. 

CZL Chen Taiji 13 Pole.  Instructions by Chen Jenglei.  2:42 min, UTube. 

Lao Jia, Chen First Form, Taijiquan  6:33 min, UTube.   Performed by Chen Youze, son of Chen Qingzhou 

Ma Hong Chen Style Taijiquan (Xin Jia Yi Lu), 8:27 min Digg Video




"Wang Haijun on Eight Methods of Training Jin," by David Gaffney, T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Vol. 29, No. 4, August, 2005, pp. 5-10.  Translation by Davidine Diaw-Voon Sim.  

Wasson, Mark    Indoor disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang.   San Francisco, CA.  Author of numerous magazine articles, and producer of instructional videos. 

Wong, Tony    Chen Style Taiji, San Francisco Bay Area.  Master Wong Wai Yi (Tony), B.A., M.S..  Master Wong's lineage is from Master Zhang Xuexin and Master Chen Qingzhou.   Master Wong is a cofounder of the National Neigong Research Society, and the American Chen Taiji Society

World Chen Tai Ji Association in Germany

World World Chen Xiaowang Tai Chi Association, San Francisco School   Website of Sifu Mark Wasson, student of Master Chen Xiaowang.  

Xin Qi Shen Dojo   Seattle, WA.  Excellent resouces and information. 

Xu, George.   Master of Chen Style, qigong, and weapons forms.   San Francisco, CA.  He leads workshops, retreats, and produces high quality videotapes.  

Yang Style of Taijiquan   Bibliography, links, resources, quotes, notes.  150Kb+.  

Yang Yang.   Master, Center for Chen Taiji Studies.  

Yilu, Laojia, Old Frame, First Form:  Bibliography, Links and Resources for a Study of the Chen Taijiquan

Zhang Xue Xin
    Master.  Chen Style Taijiquan.  San Francisco, CA.

Zhan Zhuang, Standing Like a Tree, Post Standing, Standing Meditation  

Zhu Tian Cai's Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Instructional DVDs

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