Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks

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    Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks

    The History of a Martial Art

    Author: Mark Chen

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    The first-ever English translation of the most important masterworks of Chen Style Taiji, as originally published by its grandmaster and senior teacher to today’s masters, Chen Zhaopi

    Chen Zhaopi (1893-1972) is universally recognized as a grandmaster of Chen Style Taiji, an ancient martial art that is the foundation of all Taiji schools. During his lifetime, Chen was lineage successor and teacher to Chen Village’s current generation of senior masters, including Chen Xiaowang, Wang Xi’an, Chen Zhenglei, Zhu Tiancai, and the late Chen Qingzhou. This book is the first-ever English translation of key selections from his seminal 1935 publication, Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks. Gathered together are taijiquan’s most important texts dating back to its earliest period of development. These include the writings of its putative creator, Chen Wangting, and its reorganizer, Chen Changxing, and the biographies of eminent family members such as Chen Zhongshen. Author and translator Mark Chen’s commentary provides readers with the most complete picture of taijiquan’s origins, evolution, and theory to date. Also included is a step-by-step, pictorial exposition of Chen Taiji’s “old frame” first form, demonstrated by Chen Zhaopi himself.


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    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 Xulü Village, Henan Province, China. Mark has been teaching Taijiquan for well over twenty years. He holds an instructor's credential (quan shi rank) from the certification board of the Wen Xian International Taijiquan Conference, the official accreditation body for Chen Family Taijiquan instructors in China. He is also a certified senior instructor in the Chen Qingzhou Martial Arts Association (accredited under China's Ministry of Education) and the public relations director for the National Neigong Research Society (NNRS). Mark began Shaolin training in 1973 under the renowned master Guo Lianyin (1895-1984), who was considered by many to have been one of the greatest martial artists of the twentieth century. In 1979 he progressed to Yang Style Taijiquan under Master Bill Gee, and in 1996 began studies in Chen style Taijiquan with Master Zhang Xuexin of San Francisco (preferring the more vigorous, martial orientation of the Chen system). The following year, he met Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou (1934-2015), a disciple of the great 18th-generation grandmaster Chen Zhaopi (1893-1972). Mark became a student of Grandmaster Chen at that time, and was granted disciple status in 1999. Mark is the author of Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan, published by North Atlantic Books.

    Reviews/Press Quotes

    “A precious presentation of taijiquan’s essential theory
    and practice as found in original documents—clarified
    and enriched by a uniquely qualified author.”
    —Michael DeMarco, Publisher Via Media Publishing, Journal of Asian Martial Arts, instructor, Winged Lion School of Tai Chi

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