Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei
Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei is the head of the Chen Style Tai Chi system in China. He is the 19th Generation of the Chen family. Founder of the Chen Style Tai Chi was Chen Wang Ting, 9th Generation of the Chen family. So the skill has ben handed down through 11 gerations of the same family. Born in May 1949,
Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei studied Tai Chi with his uncles Chen Zhao Kui and Chen Zhao Pei. Grandmaster Chen is ranked one of the Top Ten Martial Arts Grandmasters in China. He has been honoured by the Chinese State Sports Council of his numerous contributions to Martial Arts.
He has published many books and DVDs on Chen style Tai Chi showing the different routines in the syllabus. He has taught in America, Korea, Japan, Italy, and of course the UK! He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan. Grandmaster Chen is married and his three children are now all involved in the promotion of Chen Style Tai Chi.
Since 1999 there has been an Advanced Training Course in China led by Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei This clip will give you an insight in to these courses.
Grandmaster Chen demonstrating the Laojia Form (Old Frame)
Here you can see the Grandmaster performing the Lao Jia Form, also called Chen Style Old Frame. This is the form that we practise here in our Bury Tai Chi classes. The beginners learn the first section before progressing a little further. Our Tuesday evening Tai Chi class in Bury, and Monday evening at Haydock class are both working on the whole 74 movements.
Training with the Grandmaster
It was 1998 when I first met Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei, at a work shop in Manchester. We revised the New Frame form and he also taught us the 18 Form. This was the first time he had taught it in the UK.
In 1999 I attended the First International Advanced Training Course in Handan, China. A 10 day intensive course to go through the New Frame form, We also did some Pushing Hands training.
In 2001, I returned to China to the Third International Advanced Training Course. This time we worked on the Old Frame Cannon Fist, Sword and more Pushing Hands. I has been a remarkable opportunity to have such high level tuition. I have also attended some of his UK workshops to maintain the quality of my Tai Chi.