Chen Taiji

Medieval Chen Tai Chi:    The original teachings of Chen Wangting have Ming Dynasty military roots in feudal times, integrated with a holistic philosophy towards fighting.  Feudal Chen Taijiquan (Gongfu Jia) is clearly distinct from the modern “gentle exercise” version. The approach is rooted in nuanced biomechanics & factual research. Beijing Gongfu Jia Taijiquan is much older in history than most commercialized Taijiquan of today. The modern interpretation of Chen Tai Chi Chuan is adapted for mind-body, sports practice in 1928- the overall style of instruction was modified and standardized to stylistically blend with Yang Tai Chi due to its established popularity as a royal exercise. Medieval Chen Tai Chi Chuan differs in biomechanics and martial strategy- Chinese Scholars and historians have published numerous articles in the past two years- revealing the “misconceptions” of factual Chen Tai Chi Chuan history in today’s Tai Chi culture… Differing from the mainstream view of Taijiquan’s passive and pure yielding nature, the original methods are more balanced in its practical approach. Researchers now credit the overemphasis of soft, push hands culture to the way the art was taught within the Royal Court to the Imperial Families/ as it would not be favorable for Taiji masters to injure a frail member of the Royal lines during martial art instruction- true Taijiquan martial context is reserved for the Eight Flags Soldiers in Yang Luchan's era. Push Hands in origin were designed to supplement weapons use/ context, as opponents in ancient times were mostly armed- Chen Taijiquan is utilized by military officials and militia in origin. There are numerous inaccuracies in the current Tai Chi interpretation with unrealistic claims- this negatively impacts the original applications and strategy. Refined in movement, Taiji is characterized as a system using the leverage of joints and bone structure coordinated with a flexible yielding power, to neutralize or initiate strikes/wield instruments in self-defense -with ancient routines designed to build a martial frame body capable of both modern calisthenics development and historical melee-fu. The movements contain elements of constant flexing or relaxed force in a continuous flowing nature, layering distinct muscular/tendon rotations. Chen Taiji generates an explosive shocking force in between smooth flowing postures and has the ability to issue power with every segment in the human body. Taijiquan trains sensitivity and sensory awareness through martial physics, with detailed principals of micro movements and hidden force. Beijing Style Chen Tai Chi from both Chen Fake and Chen Zhaokui Lines (Old/NewFrames) are emphasized. The Lao Jia 74 posture routine is dominant in Sword and Shield strategy of armored knights (feudal Chen utilized a two-handed sword grip or a single hand grip with a shield. Modern Chen Taijiquan sword routines with the two fingers are rooted in the early modern period Western fencing- not Ming era).  Chen Fake's Xin Jia 83 routine is Spear focused as primary and empty-hand secondary.  Chen Zhaokui's Gongfu Jia framework is improved for non-armor practice, with much better tools for unarmed fighting and grappling. Gongfu Jia Taijiquan contains BAJIQUAN/short range elements, it is the system attributed to Chen Fake, and further refined by Chen Zhaokui. Bajiquan is the feudal boxing/polearm strategy of knights branching from General Qi Jiguang- the grand founding father of Chen Taijiquan.  Bajiquan's history is inseparable from feudal Chen Taijiquan before the 1928 fitness reform in China. 

chenfakevin2ancient-1-e1459834203346rAncient Calisthenics: Dantian Rotation

Merge with physics evolving the source for Internal Force in human biomechanics. The Dantian is the energy center powerhouse in "Internal" Martial Art practitioners, located about three fingers width below the navel. Ancient "Gongfu Jia" Taiji practitioners coordinate breath with muscular rotations of the muscle groups surrounding the lower abdominal and kidney areas. This unique mind-intent connection training method heightens cognition and coordination with energy flow, as well as strengthening shields of muscles which protect the internal organs of the abdominal region. The Dantian muscles rotate methodically horizontally, vertically, and diagonally connecting every segment of the human body with the core. Feudal body mechanics are refined through centuries of practice- a sophisticated artifact in contemporary times.  Internal Martial Arts of the ancient enhances the capability of learning complex, adaptive movements- for real-world applications.

chenfakevinancient-1-e1459834288138tHistorical Routines: Frame Work

Explore martial concepts and historical framework of feudal Taijiquan. The system of Internal Science is a centuries-old evolution of Ming Dynasty military treatise, branching from the methodology of General Qi Jiguang in mid 16th century. The Chen Tai Chi routines specialize in historical "body skill" which develop distinct muscular control, utilizing spiraling force combined with medieval China fighting strategy and weapons. Frames may train slower pace for precision (or heavy armor usage) with muscular layering- emphasizing shocking power and explosive release of energy, coordinating movement and torque of the entire body. The Chen Tai Chi Chuan framework develops the body as if it is steel wrapped in cotton, capable of adaptive flexibility and stopping power in the modern or medieval era.  Our organization cross-trains Wutan Bajiquan with Beijing Chen Taijiquan for a comprehensive understanding of the factual Ming era systems.

chenfakevin3ancient-e1459834120936rWarrior Athletics: Martial Physics

Apply psychology of martial movement and function, using leverage and feudal structures to neutralize outside forces. Taijiquan is a sophisticated system of martial physics, utilizing nuanced martial strategy and body mechanics. Muscular rotations are developed with a focus on the micro and macro levels.  Subtle movements and flex methods are used to zoom in on the natural biomechanics of martial structures- to supplement civilians and soldiers. Taiji emphasizes technical concepts of rooting, moving and following, sticking with an opponent/ spiraling every joint in the human body with gear-like control. The ancient classics describe Taijiquan as an art capable of deflecting thousand pounds of force with four ounces of strength, through the understanding of complex internal mechanics, feudal insight, and practical modern weaponry. Develop fluent functionality of applications in the Ancient Chen (Old/New Frames) Taijiquan.