CHEN TAIJIQUAN - SINGAPORE WEBSITE

Generally many people who have heard of  'taiji'  would probably tell you that it is a series of slow  routines meant only for the old. This was what the author have thought of before started learning Chen Taijiquan, only to realise that the slow flowing graceful movements which he saw was actually one style of many - the Yang style taijiquan. Popular taiji styles practiced in Singapore are the Yang, Wu, Sun, Wu (martial) in the early 80's.  Chen Taijiquan was  introduced to Singapore in the 80's when Grand Master Zhu Tiancai was invited by the Singapore Martial Art Association to teach the style in Singapore Chen taijiquan is the traditional taijiquan which is characterized by its graceful movement alternating between fast and slow,  incorporating the silk reeling (chan si jing) movement. Every move begins from 'yi' (awareness of the internal sensations of the body) which leads the 'chi' and eventually the body movement. Constant practice of Chen taijiquan  improves one's  health and mind alertness. The author of this site have been studying Chen taijiquan under the guidance of Master Foo Shang Wee ,  who have been patience and unreservedly imparting the martial art. Enjoy this site as you browses through and wish you the best of health and do come down and join us in one of the practice session. .

From the desk of the author: Michael Choy

 
 

 

HISTORY OF CHEN TAIJIQUAN

 
 

Taijiquan (chinese pinyin) or Taichi Chuan and commonly also known as shadow boxing, is one famous branch of Chinese martial arts.

Tang Hao (1897 - 1959), a martial arts master, and others who have done research on the evolution of taijiquan, in the 1930s determined  that taijiquan was originated by Chen Wangting.

Beginning with Chen Bu, the first generation who was originally from Shanxi province.  Nearing the end of the  Ming dynasty, over 500 years ago Chen Bu migrated to Henan province and moved his family to the present-day Chenjiagou Village  located in Wenxian, China. At that time, Chenjiagou was also known as the ChenYang Village as it consist of people with the surnames Chen and Yang.  The village was later rename Chenjiagou as the Chen populations increase. ChenBu was an accomplished martial art exponent and the village people learns and practice kungfu under his guidance. 

 
     
 
  Picture of Chen Wangting (1600-1680) [right hand  side]  

It was  the 9 th generation of the Chen family, Chen Wanting who was an outstanding scholar and martial exponent became famous and was once known in Shangdong province as a master of martial arts defeating once more then a thousand bandits. 

Chen Wanting  was then the originator of the bare-handed and armed combat boxing of the Chen school.  Chen Wangting withdrew from public life and retired to live in Chenjiagou after the downfall of the Ming dynasty. Life style consists in creating actions of boxing when feeling depressed, doing field work when the season comes, and spending the leisure time teaching disciples and children so they can be worthy members of the society. Because Chen Wanting has fought in many battles and has traveled and read widely, he was able to combine many good points from other schools of martial art, and from his past experience, and build upon what was passed down by Chen Bu to create a unique system of martial arts. Many form of boxing was synthesized into one system, utilizing the theory of Yin and Yang, combining medical theories, breathing techniques Chanxi (silk reeling) techniques was invented together the technique of pushing-hand.

Until the 14 th generation, Chen ChangXing (1771-1853) condenses all the fist forms into two sets namely LaoJia (old family), to distinguish from the Xinjia (new family) that was later created by Chen Fake(1887-1957)  Chen ChangXing was also credited with having clarified, codified, separated Chen taijiquan into Yilu (big frame) and Er Lu (Cannon fist)

 
 

The Old-style shadow boxing of the Chen family was brought to Beijing from Chenjiagou Village in 1928 by Chen Fake (1887 - 1957) and taken up by both old people having practiced various forms of taijiquan for many years and young men with physical strength.

It is also generally acknowledged that later new routines of the traditional taijiquan are the result of repeated revisions by the predecessors after hard practice and serious study. The new style of the Chen family, the Zhaobao Style, the Yang Style, the Wu Style, the Wu style (martial), and the Sun Style are all resulted from the revision of the First set of the Chen family's Old Style Taijiquan.  Different though in style, they are the same in structure and routines. In the new form, vigorous actions such as leaping and stamping in the First Set of the Old Style taijiquan were discarded in the new form.

However the Second set of the Chen Style, which still involve vigorous and swift actions such as stamping, leaping and dodging, is markedly different in style form the other forms of taijiquan.

The lineage of Chen Taijiquan is shown here..

Chen Fa Ke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
THE MASTER
 
 

Master Foo Shang Wee

While at very young of age, Master Foo was always very  fascinated by martial art comics. Subsequently under the guidance and encouragement of  his uncles, Master Foo starts learning martial arts.

In 1967 -Became a member of the then famous Singapore Choo Chaing Athletic Association. Study under well known Hainan Wushu Grandmaster So ThingXiong. Was imparted with Shaolin Hong Chuan, Seven Star Prying Mantis Quan , Hong Quan's Weaponry.

1969 - Appointed by Choo Chaing Athletic Association as assistant instructor with many students understudying  and receiving guidance.

In 1976 - Study from Grand Master Yang Chin Kuo who was then famous in the fifties for Yang style Taiji.  Also mastering the Yang 'Quick' Chuan, Yang Taichi Sword, Yang Taiji Sabre and Push-hand.

In 1977~1989, Study Yang Taiji under Grand Master Yang Chin Kuo. Master Foo was later assisting Grand Master Yang in  teaching Yang Taiji Quan at Singapore St.John Headquarter, Farrer Park and various other location.

Grand Master Chen Xiaowang teaching Master Foo Shang Wee
 

22 December 2006

SIFU'S TEACHING SCHEDULE

 
 
Monday Morning

7.00 - 8.30

9.30-11.00

Toa Payoh Lor 2 Blk 146A Multi-Storey Carpark

Yang Taijiquan
Monday Evening 6.00-7.30 Waterloo Centre - Queen Street Blk 262 MSCP 5th Level

Taijiquan

 

Tuesday   Morning 7.00 - 8.30 Toa Payoh Blk 141A

Chen and Yang Taijiquan

 

Tuesday  Evening 7.30 - 8.30

Siglap Community Center ***

Elementary Class Open 6March2007

Chen Taijiquan (Lao Jia Yilu)

 

Tuesday  Evening 8.30 - 9.30 Siglap Community Center *** Elementary Class Open 6March2007

Chen Taijiquan

 

Wednesday Morning 7.00 - 8.30 Fort Canning Hill Park

Chen Taijiquan (Lao Jia Yilu)

 

Wednesday Evening 8.00 - 10.00 In front of Blk 138, Bedok North Chen Taijiquan and Jian (Sword)
Thursday Morning 7.00 - 8.30

Toa Payoh Lor 2 Blk 146A

Multi-Storey Carpark

 
Thursday Evening 6.00 - 7.30 Waterloo Centre - Queen Street Blk 262 MSCP 5th Level

Chen Taijiquan (Lao Jia Yilu)

 

Friday Morning 7.00 - 8.30 Bedok South Blk 40 Chen Taijiquan and Jian (Sword)
Friday Evening 7.30 - 9.00 In front of Blk 138, Bedok North (New Class) Chen Taijiquan (Lao Jia Yilu)
Friday Evening 9.00 - 10.00 In front of Blk 138, Bedok North (New Class) Chen Taijiquan (Lao Jia Yilu)
Saturday Morning 7.30 - 9.00 Opposite Food Haven at Singapore Management University (SMU) Chen Taijiquan and Jian (Sword)
Sunday Morning 7.30 - 9.00 In front of Blk 118, Bedok North (Basketball Court) Yang Taijiquan
Sunday  Morning 9.30 - 11.00 Fort Canning Hill Park

Chen Taijiquan (Lao Jia Yilu)

 

Sunday  Morning 11.00 - 1.00pm Fort Canning Hill Park Chen Taijiquan (Lao Jia Yilu & Erlu)
         
 
 

New Class:::::Elementary Chen Taijiquan Class

***New Class starting 6th March 2007

Fees : S$52.00 Member; S$57.00 Non-member

Duration : 3 Months (12 Session)

Date: 06/03/2007 - 29/05/2007

Registration : Started

Enrolment : Siglap Community Centers (SCC) - for enquiries pls call SCC at tel: 644954682 or 64492682 or visit PA website to register online.

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Master Foo also conducts personal coaching for Seven Star Preying Mantis Martial Art.

Those interested in Seven Star Preying Mantis please contact Master Foo to make arrangement and booking.

For those who prefers person to person  coaching for Chen Taijiquan, please contact Master Foo at :

Tel (Resident) : +65 448 5359

Mobil : +65 9 8276654

Email : foosw@taichi-one.com

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The Basic Routines of Chen Taijiquan
 
 

The 2 foundation ROUTINES of Chen taijiquan is presented here in English follow by Chinese.

First Sets of routines      : Laojia Yi Lu

Second Sets of routines : Laojia Erlu

The unique characteristic of Chen taijiquan is the spiral-like spinning and twisting movements called Chan Si Jing (silk reeling)

The first routine of the Chen taijiquan LaoJia Yilu is the oldest form past down from earlier generation which all other forms of taijiquan have been derived.  It comprises of smooth flowing movements which is more softness and less firmness or 'Far Jing' where students can be train to know and feel the 'qi'. It is also the foundation for further learning of the art.Upon mastering and laying down a good foundation of the LaoJia Yilu, then can the practitioner move on to learn the  second routine LaoJia ErLU

LaoJia Erlu also known as Pao Cui (cannon fist) which is the second routine comprises of many fast and vigorous movements with jumps and fajing. ErLu should be learn under the proper guidance from your Sifu or Master in order to fully master the form.

 
     
 
Chen Taijiquan First Routine : Laojia Yilu
 
 

The Yilu  routine presented here is documented and taught by Grand Master Zhu Tianci in his book " Original Chen Taijiquan" Zheng Zhong Tai Ji Quan

Practitioner is to learn to forego all external forces which is characteristics of sll external martial art, and work towards softness. Yilu is predominant by  softness and is the characteristic of this routine. Practitioner also learn about the unique silk reeling skill

 
 
  •  1.  Preparing Form (Tai Ji Qi Shi)
  •   2.  Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gang Dao Dui)
  •   3.  Lazily Tying Coat (Lan Zha Yi)
  •   4.  Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  •   5.  Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  •   6.  Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gung Dao Zhui)
  •   7.  White Crane Spreads Wings (Bai He Liang Chi)
  •   8.  Walking Obliquely (Xie Xing)
  •   9.  Brushing Knees (Lou Xi)
  • 10.  Stepping Three Steps (Shang San Bu)
  • 11. Walking Obliquely (Xie Xing)
  • 12. Brushing Knees (Lou Qi)
  • 13. Stepping Three Steps (Shang San Bu)
  • 14. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 15. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gang Dao Zhui)
  • 16. Flinging Body (Pie Sen Quan)
  • 17. Green Dragon Comes Out of Water (Qing Long Chu Shui)
  • 18. Double Pushing Hands (Shuang Tua Shou)
  • 19. Fist Under Elbow (Zhou Di Kan Quan)
  • 20. Whirling Upper Arms (Dao Juan Hong)
  • 21. White Crane Spreads Wings (Bai He Liang Chi)
  • 22. Walking Obliquely (Xie Xing)
  • 23. Flashing the Arm (Shan Tong Bei)
  • 24. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 25. Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Shi Bi)
  • 26. Single Whip (Dan Pien)
  • 27.Cloud Hands (Yun Shou)
  • 28. High Pat on Horse (Gao Tan Ma)
  • 29. Brushing the Right Foot (You Pai Jiao)
  • 30. Brushing the Left Foot (Zuo Pai Jiao)
  • 31. Kicking With the Right Heel  (Zuo Deng Gen)
  • 32. Forward Twist Step (Qian Tang Ao Bu)
  • 33. Punch the Ground (Zhi Di Chi)
  • 34. Kicking with Two Heels (Ti Er Qi)
  • 35. Protecting the Heart (Hu Xing Quan)
  • 36. Whirlwind Foot (Xuan Feng Jiao)
  • 37. Kicking with the Right Heel and Following (You Deng Gen)

 

  • 38. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 39. Small Capturing (Shao Chin Da)
  • 40. Embracing Head and Pushing Mountain (Bao Tou Tui Shan)
  • 41. Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  • 42. Single Whip (Tan Pien)
  • 43. Forward Trick (Qian Zhao)
  • 44. Backward Trick (Hou Zhao)
  • 45. Parting the Wild Horse's Mane (Ye Ma Fen Zhong)
  • 46. Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  • 47. Single Whip (Tan Pien)
  • 48. Jade Maid Works Shuttles (Yu Nu Chuan Shou)
  • 49. Lazily Tying Coat (Lan Zha Yi)
  • 50. Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  • 51. Single Whip (Tan Pien)
  • 52. Cloud Hands (Yun Shou)
  • 53. Shake Foot and Stretch Down (Bai Jiao Da Cha)
  • 54. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg (Jin Ji Du Li)
  • 55. Whirling Upper Arms (Dao Juan Hong)
  • 56. White Crane Spreads Wings ( Bai He Liang Chi)
  • 57. Walking Obliquely (Xie Xing)
  • 58. Flashing the Arm (Shan Tong Bei)
  • 59. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arm (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 60. Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  • 61. Single Whip (Tan Pien)
  • 62. Cloud Hands (Yun Shou)
  • 63. High Pat on Horse (Gao Tan Ma)
  • 64. Crossed Feet (Shi Zhi Jiao)
  • 65. Punch the Groin (Zhi Dang Chui)
  • 66. Ape Touches Fruit (Bai Ho Xian Guo)
  • 67. Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  • 68. Single Whip (Tan Pien)
  • 69. Stepping Forward to Form the Seven Star (Shang Bu Qi Xing)
  • 70. Stepping Back to Ride the Tiger (Xia Bu Kua Hu)
  • 71. Turn Back and Wave Double Lotus ( Zhuan Shen Shuang Bai Lian)
  • 72. Head On Blow (Dang Tou Pao)
  • 73. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar ( Jing Gang Dao Zhui)
  • 74. Closing Form (Tai Ji Shou Si)
 
   
     
 
Chen Taijiquan Second Routine (Cannon Fist)

The Erlu  routine (Cannon Fist) presented here is documented and taught by Grand Master Zhu Tianci in his book Original Chen Taijiquan" Zheng Zhong Tai Ji Quan

Practitioner is expected to have strong foundation in Yilu routine (First Routine) before learning Erlu Routine.  Erlu is predominant by  FarJing (explosive power)  and is also characterized by its unique fast lunging, leaping and stamping movement.

 
     
 
  • 1.  Preparing Form (Tai Ji Qi Shi)
  • 2.  Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gang Dao Dui)
  • 3.  Lazily Tying Coat (Lan Zha Yi)
  • 4.  Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi) 
  • 5.  Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  • 6.  Protecting the Heart (Hu Xing Quan)
  • 7.  Step Forward and Walk Obliquely (Jin Bu Xie Xing)
  • 8.  Turn Back Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Hui Tou Jin Gung Dao Zhui)
  • 9.  Flinging Body (Pie Sen Quan)
  • 10.  Punching the Groin (Zhi Dang Chui
  • 11.  Cutting Hands (Zhan Shou)
  • 12.  Turn Flowers Out and Brandish Sleeves (Fan Hua Wu Xiu) 
  • 13. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 14. Move and Hinder with Elbow (Yao Lan Zhou)
  • 15. Front Cloud Hands (QianYun Shou)
  • 16. Back Cloud Hands (Hou Yun Shou)
  • 17. Jade Lady Works Shuttles (Yu Nu Chuan Shou)
  • 18. Ride Animal in the Reverse Direction (Dao Qi Long)
  • 19. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 20. Left Wrap Crackers  (Zuo Guo Bian Pow)
  • 21. Right Wrap Crackers (You Guo Bian Pow)
  • 22. Beast's Head Pose (Shou Tou Shi)
  • 23  Left Splitting Pose ( Zuo Pia Jia Zhi)
  • 24. Right Splitting Pose (You Pia Jia Zhi)
  • 25. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 26. Taming the tiger (Fu Hu)
 
  • 27. The Hitting of Rubbing Eyebrow Makes Red (Mao Men Hong) **
  • 28. Right Yellow Dragon Stirs Water Three Times (You Huang Long San Jiao Shui)
  • 29. Left Yellow Dragon Stirs Water Three Times (Zuo Huang Long San Jiao Shui)
  • 30. Dash Leftward (Zuo Chong)
  • 31. Dash Rightward (You Chong)
  • 32. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 33. Sweeping Leg (Shao Tang Tua)
  • 34. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 35. Left Linking Cannons (Zuo Quan Pao Quan)
  • 36. Right Linking Cannons (You Quan Pao Quan)
  • 37. Hidden Thrust Punch and Whirling Upper Arms (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
  • 38. Lower Pound Crossed Wrists (Xia Dao Cha)
  • 39. Upper Pound Crossed Wrists (Shan Dao Cha)
  • 40. Attack Twice with Left Forearm (Zhuo Erh Hong)
  • 41. Attack Twice with Right Forearm (You Erh Hong)
  • 42. Turning Head Cannon (Hui Tong Dan Men Pao)
  • 43. TaiJi Cannons (Tai Ji Pao)  **
  • 44. Twist Elbow (You Lan Shou)
  • 45  Smooth Elbow (Shun Lan Shou)
  • 46. The Cannon Out of the Bosom (Wuo Di Pao)
  • 47. Straight with Left Palm into the Well (Hui Tou Jing Lan Zhi Ru)
  • 48. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gang Dao Dui)
  • 49. Closing Form (Tai Ji Shou Shi)

 
   
     
 

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Master Foo Shang Wee's Oversea's
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Master Foo Shang Wee with Grand Master Feng in Beijing, Taiji Event 2002
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Master Foo Shang Wee's with Grand Master Zhu Tian Cai
 
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Master Foo teaching in Singapore
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