|Born||c. 19th century
Chenjiagou, Henan, China
|Died||c. 19th century|
(6th gen. Chen-style)
|Notable relatives||Chen Changxing,
|Notable students||Chen Qingping|
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Chen Youben (c. 19th century) was a 14th generation descendant and 6th generation master of the famed Chen Family and considered to be an influential martial artist and teacher of taijiquan (t'ai chi ch'uan).
Chen Youben was a contemporary of Chen Changxing and yet they are said to have practiced different variations of the Chen Family's traditional martial arts, which alludes to a period of creativity and perhaps conflicting developments within the community at that time.
He is credited with the creation of the Xin Jia (New Frame) that is now known as the Xiao Jia (Small Frame) within the modern Chen Family routines. It is recorded that he passed his martial art to Chen Qingping who later carried out further developments creating a style that is now known as Zhaobao taijiquan.
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.
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