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Chen Zi-Ming



(?-1951), seventeenth generation descendant of Chen clan, famous Taijiquan master, student of Chen Xin; in the 1920s and 30s Chen Ziming established several martials arts organizations in Huaiqing and other places in Henan Province, where he taught Taijiquan to many students.

Later (approx. 1930 or 1931 according to some sources), through Jiang Zicheng's recommendation (Jiang's father was a governor of Huaiqing before 1911), Chen Ziming went to Shanghai to teach martial arts. Apart from teaching, Chen Ziming wrote famous “Chen Family Taijiquan Method Passed Through Generations” (Chen Shi Shichuan Taijiquan Shu) and compiled old hand-written Chen clan manuscripts into “Boxing and Weapon Collection of Chen Family Passed Through Generations” (Chen Shi Shichuan Quan Xie Huibian). The latter one was mimeographed in several copies which Chen Ziming gave to his friends, Xu Zhen being one of them.

Prefaces from the Book

Li Jiqing's preface to Chen's Book

(excerpt) In 1927, there was a Zhang Wenrun studying at the Pei Yuan [“Strengthening the Fundamentals”] School who recommended a descendant of the Chens, Ziming, to be the martial arts instructor there. In conversation, they were greatly in agreement that the main evil in martial arts was sectarian bias and factional division leading to a pretentious kind of secrecy and an unwillingness to share knowledge publicly. Arriving there with me in 1928, we were then invited to help found the Central Plains Pure Martial Arts Society. Chen is a patient and systematic instructor, benefitting everyone in no small way. In the winter of 1929, a garrison temporarily took over our space, so Chen went to teach in Shanghai.

From Liu Pixian's Preface

(excerpt) In 1930, Jiang Zicheng invited Chen Ziming to come teach in Shanghai. Jiang is an elderly gentleman who was a head government official for Huaiqing Prefecture. He had become aware that popular Taiji Boxing had lost its Chen Village look, and since distance was no barrier, he had his sons go there to choose a teacher and absorb the art. Due to his idea, Chen Ziming has now been living in Shanghai for two years, where he has been doing his utmost to promote this art, and so it can certainly be said that he has in no way failed the family knowledge.

From Article

In 1928, Chen Zhaopei (陈照丕; 1893–1972) and later his uncle, Chen Fake (陳發科, 陈发科, Chén Fākē, Ch'en Fa-k'e 1887–1957) moved from Chen village to teach in Beijing.[8][9] Their Chen-style practice was initially perceived as radically different from other prevalent martial art schools (including established tai chi “traditions”) of the time. Chen Fake proved the effectiveness of Chen-style t'ai chi ch'uan through various private challenges and even a series of Lei tai matches.[2] Within a short time, the Beijing martial arts community was convinced of the effectiveness of Chen-style t'ai chi ch'uan and a large group of martial enthusiasts started to train and publicly promote it.

The increased interest in Chen-style t'ai chi ch'uan led Tang Hao (唐豪; 1887–1959), one of the first modern Chinese martial art historians, to visit and document the martial lineage in Chen Village in 1930 with Chen Ziming.[10] During the course of his research, he consulted with a manuscript written by 16th generation family member Chen Xin (陳鑫; Ch'en Hsin; 1849–1929) detailing Chen Xin's understanding of the Chen Village heritage. Chen Xin's nephew, Chen Chunyuan, together with Chen Panling (president of Henan Province Martial Arts Academy), Han Zibu (president of Henan Archives Bureau), Wang Zemin, Bai Yusheng of Kaiming Publishing House, Guan Baiyi (director of Henan Provincial Museum) and Zhang Jiamou helped publish Chen Xin's work posthumously. The book entitled Taijiquan Illustrated (太極拳圖說 see classic book) was published in 1933 with the first print run of thousand copies.[11]



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