Chen Xiaowang

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.
陳小旺
Chen Xiaowang
Born (1945-10-20) 20 October 1945 (age 69)
Chenjiagou, Henan, China
Style Chen-style taijiquan
(11th gen. Chen)
Chen Xiaowang
Chinese

Chen Xiaowang (born 20 October 1945)[1] is a Chinese taijiquan teacher, who was born and raised in Chen Family Village (Chenjiagou, 陳家溝), Wen County, Henan province, and is the 19th generation lineage holder of Chen-style taijiquan. His grandfather was the taijiquan grandmaster Chen Fake.

Background[edit]

Chen Xiaowang began his study of Chen-style taijiquan at the age of seven under his father, Chen Zhaoxu, and later with his uncles Chen Zhaopi and Chen Zhaokui.[1] Recognized as one of four "Buddha's Warrior Attendants (Si Jingang)," the four outstanding exponents of the 19th generation in Chenjiagou,[2] Chen Xiaowang was chairperson of the Henan Province Chen Push Hands Taijiquan Association; deputy head of the Wushu Academy of Henan Province; and technical advisor and official assessor for the standardized competition routines for the Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun styles of taijiquan.[3]

Chen was awarded the Chinese National Wushu Tournament Taijiquan gold medal three consecutive years beginning in 1980. In 1985, he was crowned Taijiquan Champion at the First International Wushu Competition in Xi'an.[1]

Apart from his martial arts prowess, Chen is a carpenter by trade,[4] a calligrapher, an author of three Taijiquan books, and is known to enjoy Mao Jian Cha tea (信阳毛尖茶).[5]

Contributions to Chen-style Taijiquan[edit]

Grandmaster Chen has created two condensed forms of the laojia and xinjia forms; a 38-posture form and a 19-posture form (Shi Jiu Shi – 十九式). He told inside Kung-Fu Magazine in 1991, "I have tried to do away with all the repetitions and simplify the exceedingly difficult moves without destroying the characteristics of Chen Style Taijiquan, with special emphasis to attack/defense and the chansi technique."

Chen was also famously depicted in a March 1981 Japanese documentary on Taijiquan.[6] In it, he demonstrates the laojia form, fa jin, and escapes from various qinna holds.

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

Note:

  • 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.


Key: NEIJIA
Solid lines Direct teacher-student.
Dash lines Individual(s) ommited. (王宗岳)
Wang Zongyue*
TAIJIQUAN
Dash cross Branch continues.
Dot lines Partial influence
/taught informally
/limited time.
(陈王庭)
Chen Wangting
1580–1660
CHEN-STYLE
(蒋法)
Jiang Fa
Zhaobao-style
(陈汝信)
Chen Ruxin
2nd gen. Chen
(陈所乐)
Chen Suole
2nd gen. Chen
(陈大鹍)
Chen Dakun
3rd gen. Chen
(陈大鹏)
Chen Dapeng
3rd gen. Chen
(陈光印)
Chen Guangyin
3rd gen. Chen
(陈申如)
Chen Shenru
3rd gen. Chen
(陈恂如)
Chen Xunru
3rd gen. Chen
(陈正如)
Chen Zhengru
3rd gen. Chen
(张楚臣)
Zhang Chuchen
3rd gen. Zhaobao
(陈善通)
Chen Shantong
4th gen. Chen
(陈善志)
Chen Shanzhi
4th gen. Chen
(陈继夏)
Chen Jixia
4th gen. Chen
(陈节)
Chen Jie
4th gen. Chen
(陈敬伯)
Chen Jingbo
4th gen. Chen
4th gen. Zhaobao
(陈秉奇)
Chen Binqi
5th gen. Chen
(陈秉壬)
Chen Bingren
5th gen. Chen
(陈秉旺)
Chen Bingwang
1748–?
5th gen. Chen
(陈公兆)
Chen Gongzhao
1715– after1795
5th gen. Chen
(张宗禹)
Zhang Zongyu
5th gen. Zhaobao
(陈长兴)
Chen Changxing
1771–1853
6th gen. Chen
Chen Old Frame
(陈有恒)
Chen Youheng
6th gen. Chen
(陈有本)
Chen Youben
c. 19th century
6th gen. Chen
Chen Small Frame
(张彦)
Zhang Yan
6th gen. Zhaobao
(陈耕耘)
Chen Gengyun
7th gen. Chen
(杨露禅)
Yang Luchan
1799–1872
YANG-STYLE
(陈清萍)
Chen Qingping
1795–1868
7th gen. Chen
7th gen. Zhaobao
(陈延熙)
Chen Yanxi
8th gen. Chen
(武禹襄)
Wu Yuxiang
1812–1880
WU (HAO)-STYLE
(他招远)
He Zhaoyuan
1810–1890
8th gen. Zhaobao
Zhaobao He-style
Li-style
(陈发科)
Chen Fake
1887–1957
9th gen. Chen
Chen New Frame
WU-STYLE SUN-STYLE
(冯志强)
Feng Zhiqiang
1928-2012
10th gen. Chen
(田秀臣)
Tian Xiuchen
1917–1984
10th gen. Chen
(洪均生)
Hong Junsheng
1906–1996
10th gen. Chen
(陈照奎)
Chen Zhaokui
1928–1981
10th gen. Chen
focused on
Chen New Frame
(陈照旭)
Chen Zhaoxu
1911–1960
10th gen. Chen
(陈照丕)
Chen Zhaopi
1893–1972
10th gen. Chen
focused on
Chen Old Frame
Wudang-style
"4 Tigers"
(陈瑜)
Chen Yu
b. 1962
11th gen. Chen
(陈小旺)
Chen Xiaowang
b. 1945
11th gen. Chen
(陈正雷)
Chen Zhenglei
b. 1949
11th gen. Chen
(陈小星)
Chen Xiaoxing
b. 1952
11th gen. Chen
(王西安)
Wang Xian
b. 1944
11th gen. Chen
(朱天才)
Zhu Tiancai
b. 1944
11th gen. Chen
CHEN-STYLE YANG-STYLE WU-STYLE SUN-STYLE WU (HAO)-STYLE

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