Synopses & Reviews
Chen Family (or Chen Style) Taiji is the ancestor of all Taiji systems. Unlike many of the easy, meditative Taiji forms practiced in the West, Chen Style Taiji is a highly evolved martial art. Newcomers to the art will find useful information on how to identify a qualified instructor, while the martial arts theorist will find a thorough discussion concerning the origins and evolution of Taiji.
Chen Family (or Chen Style) Taijiquan is a martial art, not a meditation exercise like Western-style Taiji. Chen Family Taijiquan incorporates a variety of vigorous techniques such as leaping, dodging, striking, throwing, and locking. This guide contains illustrated, detailed breakdowns of several Taijiquan exercises including basic hand and foot techniques, standing meditation, the first solo routine, two-person combat exercises, and martial applications, along with the history and theory of the practice.
About the Author
Mark Chen is a 20th-generation lineage holder in Chen Family Taijiquan, and a formal, rumen disciple of 19th-generation Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou of Xulu Village, Henan Province, China. He holds an instructor's credentials (quan shi rank) from the certification board of the Wen Xian International Taijiquan Conference, the official accrediation body for Chen Family Taijiquan instructors in China. He is also a certified senior instructor in the Chen Qingzhou Martial Arts Assocation and the public-relations director for the National Neigong Research Society.