Yan Gaofei was born in Guangzhou
(Canton) in southern China in 1967. At thirteen he began to study
various martial arts. After his early schooling he went to Xi´an in northern
China at Xi´an Jiao Tong University where he majored in Management Engineering. In Xi´an at the age of seventeen, he met Master Chen
Quanzhong there and started to study Chen Style Tai Chi. After two
years of study with Master Chen Quanzhong, he began to realize with
much more clarity what martial arts was about although he practiced
many different martial arts before his study with Chen Quanzhong.
In the early 90´s Yan Gaofei was able to study with other Chen
family members. Chen Shitong, Chen Boxiang, and Chen Zhenglei all
taught Yan Gaofei in Chen village. In addition, in order to find
out more truth, he visited many martial artists all over China. Yan
Gaofei was appointed President of the Chen Style Tai Chi Association
in Guangzhou (Canton).
Because of his business, he came to United States in 1995. He is
the president of Endless Forest, Inc. In the past years Yan Gaofei
has freely given of himself in his spare time to teach and promote
Chen Tai Chi as well as other internal exercises. He strongly believes
internal exercise will be very popular in the west in the future.
In March of 1996 he became a board member of the American Chen Style
Tai Chi Association (ACT). He was also the chief instructor of Florida
Traditional Chen Tai Chi Center, and the chairman of International
Sword Sparring Association (ISSA).
Beginning of 2007 he finished his teaching in order to address
himself more to his business activities.