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An older Chen Fake plays the "xin jia" form he introduced to the world
Chenjiagou, Henan, China
|Died||1957 (aged 69–70)|
|Teacher(s)||Chen Yanxi (陈延熙)|
|Rank||9th gen. Grandmaster of
|Notable relatives||Chen Changxing,
|Notable students||Chen Zhaopi (陈照丕),
Chen Zhaokui (陈照奎),
Feng Zhiqiang (冯志强),
Tian Xiuchen (田秀臣),
Tian Jianhua (田剑华),
Li Zhongyin (李忠阴),
Lei Muni (雷慕尼),
Gu Liuxin (顾留馨),
Li Jingwu (李经梧),
Xiao Qinglin (肖庆林),
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Chen Fake or Ch'en Fa-k'e (1887–1957) was a Chinese taijiquan teacher. Born and raised in Chen Family Village (Chenjiagou, 陳家溝) in Henan province, he was the 17th generation lineage holder of Chen-style taijiquan. His great-grandfather was the famous Taijiquan grandmaster Chen Changxing. His grandsons include Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang (the 19th generation standard-bearer for Chen family Taiji) and Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing (head of Chen family Taiji instruction in Chenjiagou).
Creator of Xin Jia
Chen Fake is also known as the creator of the so-called New Frame (xin jia) within Chen style. Chen Fake feared that taijiquan was being lost because some of its properties were too subtle, so he created a form that added visible external movements to internal actions. Exponents are however divided over this view. His son Chen Zhaokui is among many who regard Xin Jia to be a more refined style of Chen not previously taught in public. Xin Jia is much more ornate than the so-called Old Frame style (Lao Jia) of Chen Zhaopi].
T'ai chi ch'uan lineage tree with Chen-style focus
- This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the 'gate-keepers' & most recognised individuals in each generation of Chen-style.
- Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of the Chen style & not necessarily that of the family.
- Names denoted by an asterisk are legendary or semi-legendary figures in the lineage; while their involvement in the lineage is accepted by most of the major schools, it is not independently verifiable from known historical records.
- Chen, Mark (2004). Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-55643-488-X.
- Chen Fake Biography at Center for Taiji Studies
- Chen Style Taijiquan by Gerald A. Sharp
- There are no shortcuts - Chen Fake Biography (Ger) by Nabil Ranné