After we visited the Shaolin Monastery, we took the train to Huashan. The high-speed train took just over two hours to get to the little town at the mountains’ foot. The town exists almost only because of the Yu Quan temple, and of the famous mountain range where the Daoist sages took refuge to live… Continue reading

Longmen and Shaolin

On the day following Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang‘s seminar, we left Chenjiagou and headed to Luoyang, to visit the Longmen Grottoes, south of China’s ancient capital. The grottoes were excavated in the limestone of the Longmen and Xiang mountains, on the bank of the Yi river. Inside the grottoes, directly carved on the mountain, are the… Continue reading

Jan Silberstorff

Jan Silberstorff was born in 1967 in Hamburg, and began learning martial arts when he was 15 years old, starting with an external kungfu system. After some years practicing, he came to know about the internal styles, and got interested in Taijiquan (tai chi chuan). When he was 22 years old, he decided to travel… Continue reading


“During practice, you will feel very tired. When this happens, remember that tiredness is just a feeling.” Chen Yingjun told me that when i was just starting my intensive practice with him in China.

Chenjiagou 2011

After visiting Beijing, we took a train to Luoyang, and then a bus to Chenjiagou. The village name literally means “Chen family ditch”, and refers to a small water channel that made the land fertile in the time when Chen Bu settled at the region, to repopulate it after a civil war. The ditch is… Continue reading


Back to China, after 8 years. This time, as a co-organizer of a group trip that took 39 brazilians to the craddle of martial arts. The trip was promoted by WCTA-Br in partnership with IFTB, with a special focus on the training in Chenjiagou under the auspices of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, and in Huashan under… Continue reading

Skill and Appearence

“You can copy the looks, but you can’t copy the skill.” Chen Yingjun said that to me once, when i did a rather good copy of a move in laojia. What it means is that it is easy to copy the outside appearence of a move, but it is impossible to copy the gongfu. Skill… Continue reading

Meditation and your Brain

Regular meditation practice leads to an increase in the gray matter in the brain. The changes take place in areas of the brain linked to memory and learning proccesses, emotional regulation, self-reference and perspective taking.

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What to learn in a Tai Chi Chuan seminar

It is only possible to change your body and change the way it moves through direct contact with a master. Forms are important, but they are not Taijiquan itself, they are the means through which Taijiquan is taught. You should attend the seminars no matter if you know, or don’t know, the form being taught.

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Chen Xiaowang

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang was born in Chenjiagou in 1945, and started to practice his family art at 8 years old with his uncles Chen Zhaopei and Chen Zhaokui. Stories abound regarding his skill since young age. Chen Xiaowang won the All-China Gold Medal for Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) in 1980, 1982 and 1983, and in… Continue reading

Chen Yingjun

Chen Yingjun is the second son of Chen Xiaowang. He was born in Chenjiagou in 1976, and started practicing when he was 8. He lives in Sydney, and keeps practicing diligently to deepen his knowledge.

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This is a small glossary for Taijiquan students, with the main chinese terms used in practice. Each term is spelled in Wade-Giles and Pinyin, and the traditional and modern chinese characters are linked to their Wikitionary entries.

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Historical origin of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)

There are many legends and some controversy as to how taijiquan was created, and with the tendency to ascribe the creation of important features to mithycal figures in chinese culture, combined to the scarce literature about the subject, it is common to find experienced students who have no idea of the historical facts regarding the birth of the style.

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