Welcome to Chen tai ji, a blog about learning tai ji in it’s birthplace, a small village called Chen Jia Gou in Henan Province.
Chen tai ji is the oldest form of tai ji, and was invented by Chen Wang Ting (1600-1680). Chen Wang Ting had been a warrior, and when he retired, he put together all the knowledge he had accumulated and turned it into tai ji. For a long time, tai ji was used to defend Chen Jia Gou from attackers, and Chen villagers often worked guarding caravans of goods as they travelled across China.
Chen Wang Ting
Now, tai ji is practiced everywhere, and the parks are full of lovely grannies in matching pink velvet tai ji suits doing their morning exercise. It’s practiced by kids, reluctant university students and foreigners, like me, who come to China looking for what, exactly? Traditional teaching? History? Disembodied chicken heads in their lunch?……