Chen Qingping

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.
Chen Qingping
Born 1795
Chenjiagou, Henan, China
Died 1868 (aged 72–73)
Nationality Chinese
Style Chen-style taijiquan
(7th gen. Chen-style)
Notable relatives Chen Youben,
Chen Changxing,
Chen Wangting
Notable students Wu Yuxiang,
He Zhaoyuan (他招远),
Li Jingyan
Chen Qingping

Chen Qingping or Ch'en Ch'ing-p'ing (1795–1868) was a 15th generation descendant and 7th generation master of the Chen Family . He was an influential martial artist and teacher of taijiquan (t'ai chi ch'uan).

He was married to a woman from the Zhaobao village, only a few miles north east of the Chen Village (Chenjiagou); the home of the Chen Family famous for their martial arts.

After moving to the Zhaobao Village, Chen Qingping learned Zhaobao taijiquan from Zhang Yan (张彦). He continued to develop the martial arts that were taught to him by a family elder Chen Youben (陳有本) (credited as the creator of the Chen Style Small Frame) alongside Zhaobao taijiquan. Chen Qingping later became famous in his own right and taught many Zhaobao taijiquan.

His main disciple He Zhaoyuan passed on this art which later developed into He family Taijiquan. Another disciple Li Jingyan, created the Hulei style Taijiquan by combining his art with other martial arts popular in the local area where he lived.

Chen Qingping, along with being credited with being a major influence in the development of the Zhaobao style, is also credited as one of the teachers of Wu Yuxiang who later developed the Wu/Hao style taijiquan, sometimes referred to as the "Scholar-style of Taijiquan". Wu Yuxiang was recommended to Chen Qingping by Wu Yuxiang's primary teacher, Yang Luchan.

T'ai chi ch'uan lineage tree with Chen-style focus[edit]


  • 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.

Solid lines Direct teacher-student.
Dash lines Individual(s) ommited.
Wang Zongyue*
Dash cross Branch continues.
Dot lines Partial influence
/taught informally
/limited time.
Chen Wangting
Jiang Fa
Chen Ruxin
2nd gen. Chen
Chen Suole
2nd gen. Chen
Chen Dakun
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Dapeng
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Guangyin
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Shenru
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Xunru
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Zhengru
3rd gen. Chen
Zhang Chuchen
3rd gen. Zhaobao
Chen Shantong
4th gen. Chen
Chen Shanzhi
4th gen. Chen
Chen Jixia
4th gen. Chen
Chen Jie
4th gen. Chen
Chen Jingbo
4th gen. Chen
4th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Binqi
5th gen. Chen
Chen Bingren
5th gen. Chen
Chen Bingwang
5th gen. Chen
Chen Gongzhao
1715– after1795
5th gen. Chen
Zhang Zongyu
5th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Changxing
6th gen. Chen
Chen Old Frame
Chen Youheng
6th gen. Chen
Chen Youben
c. 19th century
6th gen. Chen
Chen Small Frame
Zhang Yan
6th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Gengyun
7th gen. Chen
Yang Luchan
Chen Qingping
7th gen. Chen
7th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Yanxi
8th gen. Chen
Wu Yuxiang
He Zhaoyuan
8th gen. Zhaobao
Zhaobao He-style
Chen Fake
9th gen. Chen
Chen New Frame
Feng Zhiqiang
10th gen. Chen
Tian Xiuchen
10th gen. Chen
Hong Junsheng
10th gen. Chen
Chen Zhaokui
10th gen. Chen
focused on
Chen New Frame
Chen Zhaoxu
10th gen. Chen
Chen Zhaopi
10th gen. Chen
focused on
Chen Old Frame
"4 Tigers"
Chen Yu
b. 1962
11th gen. Chen
Chen Xiaowang
b. 1945
11th gen. Chen
Chen Zhenglei
b. 1949
11th gen. Chen
Chen Xiaoxing
b. 1952
11th gen. Chen
Wang Xian
b. 1944
11th gen. Chen
Zhu Tiancai
b. 1944
11th gen. Chen


  • Wile, Douglas Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the late Ch'ing Dynasty (1996) State University of New York Press, Albany. ISBN 0-7914-2653-X

External links[edit]

  • This resource guide to Chen and related styles has a description and short video of Zhaobao Jia