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Chen Wang Ting
|Tai Chi Chuan (Tai-Ji Quan, spelling
in Pin Yin) is an ancient chinese martial art system. It belongs to
the predominantly daoistic influenced internal or softer chinese martial
art systems called Neijia. Other Neijia Systems are Ba Gua Zhang,
Xing Yi Quan and Liu He Ba Fa. Tai Chi Chuan is divided in different
styles which are named after the chinese family who did develop and
hand it down.
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan is arguably the oldest of the traditional
styles. Although the origins of Tai Chi Chuan are lost in the mists
of antiquity, it is probable that Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan was developed
by Chen Wang Ting (9th generation Chen family) at the end of the Ming
dynasty (1368-1644). The Chen family cultivated and developed this
martial art. There are therefore different lines existing which can
be assigned to various family members. A rough classification distinguishes
Laojia (old frame), Dajia (great frame), Xiaojia (small frame) and
Xinjia (new frame). This classification is a result of differences
in sequence of movements and performance, while the principles of
Chen Style are generally maintained. While in the past the martial
art was mostly handed down within the family, there are today numerous
members of the Chen family who teach and promote their style worldwide.
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan combines many principles of movement with
the development and cultivation of internal structure and energy.
Chen Style uses hard, soft, fast and slow movements for offensive
and defensive fight application. At the same time it is a method for
the development of good health, preventing sickness, reducing stress
and a way for meditation, quietness and relaxation. Chen Style Tai
Chi Chuan is a complete system for martial art and health, based on
simple and natural principles.