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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.
 
 
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