Chen style

Chen style is the oldest of the many styles of Taijiquan in existence today. It is very different in appearance from other more widely known styles, being characterised by its' combination of fast and slow, and soft and hard movements.

Chen style practice is characterised by low, powerful stances, by supple whole body twining and coiling movements and by explosive releases of power known as fajing. It can be readily recognised by powerful stomping and shaking, or shuddering motions that are mostly absent from the practice of other styles of Taijiquan.

It takes its' name from the Chen family, a clan living in Chenjiagou (Chen family village), a small farming community in Wen county, Henan province, where the art was first developed.

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