Technical Advisors

Chenjiagou Taijiquan GB has as its technical advisors some of the foremost Chen Style Taijiquan teachers in the world, in order to maintain the authenticity and standard of the curriculum taught within the school.

 

Chen Xiaoxing

Chen Xiaoxing

Chen Xiaoxing is currently the principal of the Taiji School in the village. He studied under his uncles Chen Zhaopei and Chen Zhaokui and later under the guidance of his brother Chen Xiaowang. Chen Xiaoxing epitomises China's traditional rural family martial arts. He is committed to remaining in Chenjiagou in order to keep his family's martial tradition alive at its birthplace. Under his guidance a new generation of Chen Taiji fighters and teachers are emerging from the village. Unlike many martial art teachers who seek to simplify and ease training regimens for recreational Taiji players, he is quite unambiguous in stating that an individual's level of skill is dictated by solid training.

Chen Xiaoxing is the coach for our school's regular training trips to Chenjiagou. His teaching style is spontaneous and rigorous. Although a hard taskmaster, he is open and approachable, providing invaluable input in the development of school members.

 

Chen Ziqiang

Chen Ziqiang

Chen Ziqiang was born in 1977 in Chenjiagou and is the 20th generation descendant of the Chen lineage. He is the oldest son of Chen Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing, and the nephew of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. He is also the great grandson of legendary taijiquan master Chen Fake.

Chen Ziqiang is highly regarded by his peers for his taijiquan, which is impressive because the Chinese martial arts community in China demands the highest standards and strictest requirements.

Chen Ziqiang has competed in many national tournaments throughout China and won gold medals in every division he has competed in, in the hand forms, weapons forms, pushing hands, and free fights. He is the chief coach of the Chen Village Taijiquan School and has produced many champions in national competitions.

Chen Ziqiang has visited Chenjiagou Taijiquan GB annually since 2009. His approach to teaching is pragmatic and generous and his method is clear and concise. A much welcomed coach to the school.

 

Chen Xiaowang

Chen Xiaowang

Chen Xiaowang was born in 1946 in Chenjiagou, Henan Province and is the 19th generation "gatekeeper" of the Chen family's Taijiquan heritage. He is a direct descendant of the creator of Taiji, Chen Wangting and grandson of Chen Fa-ke renowned as the greatest Taijiquan master at the beginning of this century. Chen Xiaowang began his early taiji training from his father, and subsequently from his uncles, Chen Zhaopei and Chen Zhaokui, and has an unbroken record of Taiji practice for more than fifty years. In martial arts tournaments throughout China, he has won numerous Gold Medals, including winning the title of All-China Grand Champion three times in 1980, 1982 and 1983. He was also crowned Grand Champion at the first Open International Tournament in Xian in 1985. He was a national coach of China and also the Martial Arts Director of Henan Province, which includes the famous Shaolin Temple. China has recognised him as a 'Living National Treasure'.

As head of the World Chen Taijiquan Association, his calm character and patient approach to teaching has attracted many thousands of students throughout Europe, USA, South America and the Far East. When anyone speaks of Chen style Taijiquan, the first name that springs to mind is Chen Xiaowang.

The school has invited Chen Xiaowang many times in the past few years to conduct seminars in the UK. He has also been a major source of information in the writing of our book 'Chen Style Taijiquan - The Source of Taiji Boxing', and wrote the cover title calligraphy. Chen Xiaowang has devised his own systematic and logical method of teaching, which helps to unravel and explain an intrinsically complex system, and which is useful for both beginners and advanced students of taiji.