Chen Xiaowang

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.
Chen Xiaowang
Born (1945-10-20) 20 October 1945 (age 71)
Chenjiagou, Henan, China
Style Chen-style taijiquan
(11th gen. Chen)
Chen Xiaowang

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.


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]


  1. ^ a b c Choy, Howard (2000). Ultimate Guide to Tai Chi. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  3. ^ Inside Kung-Fu, October 1991
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