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Chen Taijiquan Survival in Chen Village Through the Difficult Years Part 3

March 14, 2016 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

(By Warmond Fang)

This is the third and perhaps final article in covering the history of Chen Village and the development of Chen Taijiquan. This article will cover the time period starting from the Cultural Revolution and to the Return of Chen Zhaokui and later Feng Zhiqiang. Again, all Chinese sources will be posted and an English translation provided after. I will also list source material, author and links to original source material where available. I will start by translating a narrative given by Zhang Weizhen, the Communist Secretary for Chen Village starting from the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.

1966年,“文革”开始了,支持练拳的张蔚珍被罢了官。练拳的人失去了保护伞,先是成分不好的陈克忠被揪出来批斗,接着陈照丕也因一些历史问题被抓走。生性耿直的陈照丕因受不了侮辱和折磨跳井自杀,受伤后被家人抬回去养伤,刚刚热起的太极拳就这样冷了下来。

In 1966, The cultural revolution began. Zhang Weizhen Read the rest of this entry →

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Chen Taijiquan Survival in Chen Village Through the Difficult Years Parts 1 & 2

March 13, 2016 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

These are several very informative articles written on facebook by Warmond Fang in response to much misinformation about this fascinating history.  Copyright 2016! Posted here with permission.

Part 1:

(Taiji-guy-X was) claiming that Chen Taijiquan has no broken continuity and that what they call “old frame” in modern times is exactly what was practiced in Chen village since time immemorial and I can assure you this reading of history is incorrect and not supported by historical evidence.

It is true that all Chen Taijiquan started in Chenjiagou but due to a multitude of factors such as economic, political, natural disasters etc. Taijiquan suffered from broken continuity and what is called “old frame” or “laojia” today in Chen Village is not the same Taijiquan that has always been practiced since the advent of Chen Taiji in CJG. More accurately it was the frame that CZP brought back to Chen Village after he retired from the Yellow River Conservancy Commission in 1958 after discovering the fact that the art was near extinction in CJG.

Let’s first look at an original essay written by Chen Ke Shen (Chen Zhaopi’s son) regarding Read the rest of this entry →

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Interesting old Chen Taijiquan Lineage Chart from Gene Chen

March 7, 2016 in Articles, Photos by Mo Ling

This is the old lineage chart given to us (students of Gene Chen) back in the 1990’s, before the commercialization of Chen family and the big business of Taiji Tourism.  Memories..

 

Chen Family Taijiquan Lineage

 

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Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Jia; Roots Determine the Genetics of Trunk and Branches

July 24, 2015 in Articles, asides, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

The reason for the stance methods, and the low stance methods is not (in our line) solely due to the common talking point that it is for strength, or even the very true point that it develops root.

In our line it really IS for developing root, but what is that root for?  It is certainly for martial usage, but it and the leg methods/shapes also have an alternate purpose.

This is related to the energetic/medicinal design of the art.  Just as the shapes of the arms determine energy flow, so do the shapes of the legs.  Similar to meditation sitting methods, the stance methods and shapes of our art create and determine specific Read the rest of this entry →

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Taijigongfu power

May 27, 2015 in asides, Photos, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

T. Klugman practices Lan Zhayi absorbing local vibes.

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Early Spring Classes, perfecting the shape

May 4, 2015 in Taijiquan Musings, Uncategorized by Mo Ling

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A Taiji Journey with Marin Spivack – Part 2

December 19, 2014 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

Ken Gullettes podcast interview with Marin Spivack covering a wide range of Chen Taijiquan and internal arts and gongfu culture topics, part 2 of 2.

Stitcher:

Internal Fighting Arts
Chen Taiji Interview with Marin Spivack Part 2
1 hour 10 MINS

 

 

On Audello:

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A Taiji Journey with Marin Spivack – Part 1

December 12, 2014 in Uncategorized by Mo Ling

Ken Gullettes podcast interview with Marin Spivack covering a wide range of Chen Taijiquan and internal arts and gongfu culture topics, part 1 of 2.

Part 1 of a 2-part conversation between Ken Gullette and Marin Spivack, the senior western disciple of Chen Yu. Marin’s journey is an example of the dedication and persistence required for high-level achievement in the internal arts.

 

-also available in iTunes

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Marin Spivack 2014 11.11 Chen Taiji Erlu Quan

December 12, 2014 in Mo Ling Taijiquan Videos, Videos by Mo Ling

Late Autumn 2014 Marin Spivack, Chen Shi Taijiquan Gongfu Jia Er Lu “Pao Chui”

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Late Autumn 2014, Marin Spivack Chen Shi Taijiquan Gongfu Jia Yilu Section

November 17, 2014 in Mo Ling Taijiquan Videos, Taijiquan Musings, Videos by Mo Ling

This is Gongfu Jia.  Chen Shi Taijiquan detailed, focused practice to produce a lasting practical result or ’embodied gongfu’ ability.  Many distinct features of Chen Zhaokui’s method are evident in this practice passed down the family line from Chenyu.

 

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