Chen Xiaowang

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang is one of the world's most renowned Taijiquan masters, a legend amongst Chen style Taijiquan practitioners all over the world and a 19th generation descendant of Chen family.

Chen Xiaowang was born in 1946 in the village of Chenjiagou to the family of older son of legendary Chen Fa-ke. Following the tradition and being part of the direct line of descendancy from the originator of Chen Taijiquan Chen Wangting, Chen Xiaowang has been immersed into study of this art from very early age.

As a result of years of hard work and lengthy practice sessions with his renowned grandfather and father, Chen Xiaowang's level of practice has arguably outgrown many of his family members. In 1980 and 1981 Chen wins highest awards in national Wushu competitions in China. In 1985 he is awarded gold in First International Wushu Championship held in Xi'an (Shaanxi). In addition Chen Xiaowang is also a master of the Ancient Chinese art of calligraphy.

Today Chen Xiaowang is one of the most active promoters of Chen Taijiquan culture around the world and an accepted authority on the subject. He travels the world each year with many seminars and workshops, attended by over 70 000 of his students, over 1 500 of which have since become winners at national and international competitions and are themselves accomplished taijiquan instructors. Despite his growing popularity in the Chen Taijiquan community, Grandmaster Chen continues to be known for his humble nature. In 1988 Chen Xiaowang received an award from the Chinese government for his contribution to the development and popularization of Taijiquan worldwide. He is also the only representative of the Taijiquan school to be chosen for deputy in the Chinese National Assembly.