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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.
A Beginner's Notes on Learning the Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu
A Beginner's Notes on Learning the Short Tai Chi Form, 18 Movements, by Chen Zhenglei
Bibliography, Links and Resources for a Study of the Chen Taijiquan Laojia Yilu. By Mike Garofalo.
Chris Brenner (Jin Taiyang) Northern California.
Brief Analysis of Chen Family Boxing Manuals. By Jarek Szymanski. "After examining the Chen clan writings and comparing them with "Qi Jiguang's Boxing Canon" and "Taizu Xia Nan Tang", Tang Hao found out that twenty nine postures of "Long-range Boxing" can be found in "Qi Jiguang's Boxing Canon" and eleven in "Taizu Xia Nan Tang"; for "Cannon Boxing" and five sets of "Thirteen Postures", twenty can be found in "Qi Jiguang's Boxing Canon" and nine in "Taizu Xia Nan Tang". Hence Tang Hao suspected that "Taizu Xia Nan Tang" was, together with "Qi Jiguang's Boxing Canon", the basis for Chen clan empty hand martial art. In Tang's opinion all other techniques were created by Chen Wangting, excluding spear and staff (which, according to "Wenxiu Version", were not original Chen techniques)." "Tai Zu is another name for Zhao Kuangyin (927-976), first emperor of Song Dynasty, traditionally considered to be the creator of Taizu Long-range Boxing. Qi Jiguang in his "New Book of Effective Techniques" mentions "Song dynasty Taizu had Long-range Boxing in Thirty Two Postures"; He Liangchen in "Records on Tactics" (Zhen Ji) includes similar note, but mentions thirty six postures instead of thirty two; Tang Shunzhi in his "Book on Martial Arts" (Wu Pian) says "Zhao Taizu Long-range boxing uses many kicks".
British Chen Style Tai Chi College
Broadsword, Dan Dao, Saber, Chen Style Taijiquan By Mike Garofalo.
Building Skills with 3 Core Methods. By Marvin Smalheiser. Based on an interview with Yang Yang. 40Kb.
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
ChanSiGong Blog: Chen Taijiquan
Chan Si Gong (Silk Reeling): Bibliography, Links, Resources. Internal Training Exercises Using Spiraling, Coiling, Twining, Winding, Reeling, or Circling Methods. By Mike Garofalo.
Chen Fake (1887-1957) Photographs of Chen Fake doing form. 60Kb.
Chenjiagou Taijiquan (Chen Taiji Quan)
you see excellence, you should
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 Short 18 Form of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei Bibliography, Lists, Resources, Links, Lessons.
Chen's Tai Chi for Health and Wellness. By Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Translated by Jack Yan. White Bench Publications, Ontario, Canada, 2010. 94 pages. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0986675614. Volume 1 of "A Collection of Chen's Taichi Series." VSCL.
Chen's Tai Chi Old Frame One and Two. By Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Translated by Jack Yan. White Bench Publications, Toronto, Canada, 2011. 396 pages. Review, 2011. Volume 2 of "A Collection of Chen's Taichi Series." VSCL.
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 Competition Form, 56 Movements. Instructional DVDs by Chen Juan Femal. 2 DVDs. "The daughter of Chen Zhenglei, she is a high ranking Chen stylist in her ow right. She teachers the 56 movement form designed for competition. There is a brief introductory section in Chinese only. The teaching is in Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles. She teaches principles as well as basic skills. The form is taught in detail, step-by-step with multiple repetitions with different camera angles." Available from Wayfarer Publications, #7654, 1-800-888-9119.
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. VSCL. Chen Taijiquan Staff
The Chen Style of Tai Chi Lineage Chart
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 San Shou. Instructional DVD by Shifu Jiang Jian-ye. This video teaches 22 partner self-defense applications from the Chen style. Each one is first taught slow and then normal speed solo and then with a partner. Movements are taught step-by-step with multiple repetitions and camera angles. DVD of 114 Minutes. Available from Wayfarer Publications.
Chen Style Silk Reeling Energy. By Mark Wasson. T'ai Chi, June, 2002, Volume 26, No. 3, pp. 31- 38. MGC.
Chen Style Tai Chi: An Interiew with Master Ma Hong. 30Kb.
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 18 Movements Short Form by Chen Zhenglei
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.
"Taijiquan is like a bright mirror -
it reflects our physical and mental weaknesses,
we need to polish it constantly to see our true selves."
Chen Style Tai Chi Eight Methods. Instructional DVD by Cheng Jincai. This DVD gives the basic theory as well as applications for the 8 fundamental methods of Tai Chi Chuan--Ward Off, Rollback, Push, Press, Grab, Break, Elbow Strike and Shoulder Strike. The method is shown in detail with movements broken down. They are shown at regular and slow speeds with front and back views. DVD of 52 minutes. Available from Wayfarer Publications.
Chen Style Taijiquan Singapore.
Chen Style Taijiquan. Written and compiled by Feng Zhiqiang and Feng Dabiao. Hong Kong, Hai Feng Publishing Co., Zhaohua Publishing House, 1984. 227 pages. ISBN: 9622380166. Overview, profiles of teachers, review of 83 movement form, and a very informative review of attack and defense using the Chen style movements. One of the first books in English on Chen Style Taijiquan. VSCL.
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 Books. VCD productions. I cannot find any information about the publication date of this DVD, so I will use 2005. VSCL
Chen Style Taijiquan Short Form, 18 Movements, by Chen Zhenglei
Chen Style Taijiquan Theory, Volume 1. A lecture by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (CZL). DVD, 103 minutes. English subtitles. "This first lecture gives all the basic knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan needed to understand the system. CZL discusses respect, belief, decision, constancy and patience; all requirements to become good at Tai Chi Chuan . Among these are considerations for other practitioners and your practice. Then he notes the technical requirements of TCC practice for the Chen style. There is also a good deal of information on the history of Tai Chi with many in-depth facts such as the lineage and the evolution of the form." Available from Plum Publications for $28.00. VSCL.
Chen Style Taijiquan Theory, Volume 2. A lecture by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (CZL). DVD, 101 minutes. English subtitles. "More history including Chen Fa Keís boxing. From there he gives the lineage right up to himself and Chen Xiao Wong. He relates stories of travelling the world teaching Tai Chi including Texas and other places to spread the word about Tai Chi Chuan . Then he begins to explain the systematic structure of Tai Chi Chuan . He goes into the specific features such as Tai Chi ís emphasis on outward softness and inward strength, moving Qi in a spiral, combining the martial with Qigong, coupling hardness with softness and more." Available from Plum Publications for $28.00. VSCL.
Chen Style Taijiquan Theory, Volume 3. A lecture by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (CZL). DVD, 103 minutes. English subtitles. "A little more technical discussion with descriptions of Tai Chi ís health benefits and self defense practice. Demonstrating Push Hands movements and sections from the solo form CZL shows technical points like the division of the body into three sections, the proper formation of the Tai Chi palm and stances and why. He shows Chen style stepping practice and exercises. He also gives tips on the best way to learn." Available from Plum Publications for $28.00. VSCL.
Chen Style Taijiquan Theory, Volume 4. A lecture by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (CZL). DVD, 105 minutes. English subtitles. "CZL describes the level where considerations of Yin and Yang are expressed. He talks about the construction of the Tai Chi Tu and its inner meanings. He generalizes this to the concept of movement and shape, closed and open, straight and curved. He also introduces and analyzes Reeling Silk Energy and its relation to Tai Chi Chuan." Available from Plum Publications for $28.00. VSCL.
Chen Style Taijiquan Theory, Volume 5. A lecture by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (CZL). DVD, 105 minutes. English subtitles.
"CZL discusses the five levels of all martial styles especially Tai Chiand how to distinguish them. He sees Tai Chi Chuan as an evolutionary development in martial studies. The concepts are done in percentage level one for instance being ten % Yin and Yang representing 90%. He talks about the boxing career from the standpoint of what you are thinking as well as practice. He also discusses different practices in relation to the level, such as San Shou starting at level two. He then demonstrates basics such as single punch and elbow striking but emphasizing these principles." Available from Plum Publications for $28.00. VSCL.
Chen Style Taijiquan Theory, Volume 6. A lecture by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (CZL). DVD, 105 minutes. English subtitles.
"In this section CZL discusses the practice of Tai Chi Chuan and other martial arts with the correct relationship to Qigong. He defines two types of Qi, pre and post birth, with an explanation of how all this relates to the practice and some interesting comparisons. He then shows some simple and basic Qigong exercisers, standing and seated (including in the half lotus) with a running commentary on their internal and external goals and aspects. All this is followed by a group demonstration of the form and an individual performance by CZL himself." Available from Plum Publications for $28.00. VSCL.
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. Review
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 DVD or videotape, that can be used by beginners to learn this fine modern simplified version of the Chen family Taijiquan. The DVD/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 DVD/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. VSCL.
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 Red Bluff, California. Instructor: Mike Garofalo.
Chen Style Taijiquan, Old Frame First Form, Lao Jia Yi Lu. By Michael P. Garofalo. 140Kb+. 2007-2010. Detailed bibliography of books, media, and articles. Extensive selection of Internet links. List of movement names in English, Chinese characters, Chinese Pinyin, French, German, and Spanish; and citations for sources of the movement names. Detailed list of videos available online. Extensive notes on the author's learning the Old Frame, First Routine, Lao Jia Yi Lu; and on learning Chen Taijiquan. Record of performance time of this form by many masters. Breakdown by sections, with separate lists for each section. General information, history, facts, information, pointers, and quotations.
Chen Style Taijiquan, Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu, Section I, Movements 1-6 Beginner's Notes by Mike Garofalo.
Chen Style Taijiquan, Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu, Section I, Movements 7-14 Beginner's Notes by Mike Garofalo.
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.
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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.
Chen Zonghua Taiji: Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method and Hunyuan Taiji.
Chi Kung (Qigong): Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes. By Michael P. Garofalo.
Chinese Internal Martial Arts By Terry Chan.
Chinese Martial Arts Research by Stanley Henning
Cloud Hands 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
A Collection of Chen's Taichi Series. By Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Translated by Jack Yan. White Bench Publications, Ontario, Canada. Volume 1, "Chen's Tai Chi for Health and Wellness," 2010. Volume 2, "Chen's Tai Chi Old Frame One and Two," 2011.
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. VSCL.
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. VSCL.
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 Basic Methods of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan by Cheng Jincai A detailed explanation.
Eight Section Brocade Qigong
18 Movement Long Pole, Chen Style Taijiquan
Entering the Door of Chen Style Taijiquan. By 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 Taijiquan. By Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, 1946-. Commentary by Master Jan Silberstorff. Translated by Christina Schulz. London, Singing Dragon, 2012. 96 pages, no index. ISBN: 184819093X. VSCL.
The Five Levels of Skill in Tai Chi Chuan By Chen Xiaowang. 41K.
Full Life Health and Self Defense Center Master Pan Yun Tei.
Garofalo, Michael, M.S. Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Green Way Research, Red Bluff, California. A Beginner's Notebook for the Chen Style of Taijiquan.
Gun, Staff Weapons and Taijiquan (All Styles of Taijiquan)
Gun, Staff Weapons, Theory and Practice, Chen Style of Taijiquan
The Hidden Song Taizu Chang Quan Roots of Chen Taiji. By Salvatore Canzonieri. Shaolin Kung Fu Magazine, January/February, 2007, Article #30.
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.
Glossary for Chen Taijiquan
Google Search: Chen Style Taijiquan
Grandmasters of Chen Taijiquan and Famous Chen
Chen Wangting, 1600-1680, 9th Generation, Creator of Chen Taijiquan corpus of Seven Routines
Chen Changxing, 1771-1853, 14th Generation, created the Old Frame (Laojia) First Form (Yi Lu) and Second Form (Er Lu) from Chen Wangting's Seven Routines
Chen Youben, 14th Generation, New Frame or Small Frame
Chen Xin, 陳鑫 Chíen Hsin, 1849-1929, wrote "Taijiquan Illustrated" 太極拳圖說" (published in 1932).
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 ( ), 18th Generation Biography Student of Chen Zhaopei.
Zhu Tian Cai (1944-), 19th Generation, Biography 1
Chen Xiaowang (1945-), 19th Generation, Biography 1 Google Biography2
Chen Zhenglei (1949-), 19th Generation, Biography 1 VCDs
Chen Xiaoxing (1956-), 19th Generation, Biography 1,
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.
Learning Chen Style Taijiquan - A Beginner's Notebook by Mike Garofalo
List of Movements, Movements 1-74, Old Frame, First Form, Chen Style Taijiquan, 2 Pages
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 By Mike Garofalo.
Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu: Bibliography, Links and Resources for a Study of the Chen Taijiquan
Old Frame, First Form, List of Movements, Movements 1-74 2 Pages.
Online Videos: Demonstrations and Instruction
The Origins of Tai Chi: The Chen Camp Literati Tradition, Xiansheng Bing F. YeYoung
Pole and Staff Weapons and Taijiquan (All Styles of Taijiquan)
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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.
Qigong - Chen Style Exercises. Chan Si Gong (Silk Reeling): Bibliography, Links, Resources. Internal Training Exercises Using Spiraling, Coiling, Twining, Winding, Reeling, or Circling Methods
Qiu Zhen Yi Center for Taiji Studies
Relaxation - Song
Ripening Peaches: Daoist Studies and Practices. Taoist scriptures, bibliography, Quanzhen Daoism, Neidan, gardening, tea, history, qigong/daoyin, readings, etc.
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.
Short Chen Tai Chi Hand Form, 18 Movements, by Chen Zhenglei
Silk Reeling, Chan Ssu Gong: Links, bibliography, quotes, notes. Chan Si Gong (Silk Reeling): Bibliography, Links, Resources. Internal Training Exercises Using Spiraling, Coiling, Twining, Winding, Reeling, or Circling Methods
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
Staying Strong with Tai Chi - A Beginner's Guide. By Patrick Martin. Instructional DVD, 150 Minutes. Jade Dragon.
"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.
Tai Chi Fa Jin: Advanced Techniques for Discharging Chi Energy. For Martial Arts and Spiritual Practice. By Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan. Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books, 2012. Index, bibliography, 275 pages. ISBN" 9781594774287. VSCL.
Tai Chi for Health, Short Taijiquan Form, 18 Movements, by Chen Zhenglei: Bibliography, Instructions, List, Commentary, Links, Resources
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. MPG.
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.
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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