Master Tse’s Taiji Fist #65

 Chen Wang Ting 陳王廷 Pt1

Statue of Chen Wang Ting

Statue of Chen Wang Ting

Chen Wang Ting 陳王廷 (1600-1680) was also known as Zou Ting 奏庭. In Traditional Chinese Old Culture, when a boy reached the age of twenty he would go out to socialise in society. In these social circumstances, no one would call him by his name, but instead would use his second name (Ji  字), in his case no one would use Chen Wang Ting but instead use Zou Ting. The name was only used by his parents, teacher and emperor.

Chen Wang Ting was born in Chen Village, Henan Province. This time was at the end of the Ming Dynasty 明朝 and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty 清朝. He was the second son and in his family and had three brothers. His family were high government officials and so his family were rich. He was very good at martial arts which he inherited his Chen family ancestors. He also studied many Chinese Cultural Classics particularly the strategy of war. So he was very good at martial arts and also a scholar. He fought in a lot of battles and took the Imperial Examinations. When he was old he returned to his village and read more Daoist books and worked on his martial arts. It was at this time he created Taijiquan 太極拳 and so he was the founder of Taijiquan.

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