Chenjiagou, Henan, China
|Died||1868 (aged 72–73)|
(7th gen. Chen-style)
(7th gen. Zhaobao-style)
|Notable relatives||Chen Youben,|
|Notable students||Wu Yuxiang,|
He Zhaoyuan (他招远),
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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 also the 7th generation successor of the Zhaobao style of Tai Chi. 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.
There are claims (by some proponents of the alternative version of Zhaobao Taijiquan's origin) that after moving to the Zhaobao Village, Chen Qingping learned Zhaobao Taijiquan from Zhang Yan (张彦). What is known for sure is that he learned the Small Frame Chen style developed by Chen Youben. Comparing other Small Frame derivatives (like Hulei Taijiquan) to the original Chen style it becomes clear that the changes considered the signature feature of Zhaobao were added by Chen Qingping's students, who likely studied some local martial art prior to being taught by Chen Qingping). It is disputed by some proponents of Zhaobao Taijiquan what style of Tai Chi Chen Qingping ultimately passed on, however existence of Zhaobao Taijiquan at that time in its current form has no reliable proofs, so it is safe to say that he passed on Small Frame Chen Taijiuan that later evolved into 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 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 Zhaobao focus
- This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the 'gate-keepers' & most recognised individuals in each generation of Zhaobao.
- Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of Zhaobao & not necessarily that of a 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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- 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
- Chenstyle.com - This resource guide to Chen and related styles has a description and short video of Zhaobao Jia.