The “Light of Tai Chi” is a special Tai Chi training event hosted by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei to pass on the most revered Chen Style Tai Chi knowledge. It started in China for advanced students and disciples and has grown into a huge annual convention with a few hundred attendees. To save Western students time and money, it was piloted in the U.S for two years with great success. The event will now open to a greater Tai Chi community and will be held in Seattle, WA from May 27 to June 1. Grandmaster Chen and his top disciples will conduct the workshops and it will be the best opportunity for Tai Chi lovers to learn and advance their knowledge on Chen Style and connect with each other.
This year the “Light of Tai Chi” Summer Camp will provide two tracks of workshops for Beginners and Advanced students. Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei will be the master coach for both tracks. Master Chen Bin will be the Chief Instructor of the Beginners Track with assistance from Master Chen Yuanyuan. Grandmaster Chen will be the Chief Instructor of the Advanced Track with assistance from Masters Wang Haijun and Jack Yan.
The curriculum of the Beginners Track consist of Chen’s Tai Chi for Health and Wellness and 18 Essential Form, Chen’s Old Frame Routine One (or Lao Jia Yi Lu), Elementary Single-person Hand Coiling and Two-person Push-hands Circles, and Tai Chi Theory. The curriculum of the Advanced Track consist of Review of Old Frame Routine One, Chen’s New Frame Routine One (or Xin Jia Yi Lu), Push-Hands Methods and their practical combat applications, and Tai Chi Theory. Additionally, Grandmaster Chen will teach a class on Internal Kung Fu Training Methods and lead a meditation session.
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, is a 19th generation Chen family descendent and 11th generation lineage holder of Chen Family Tai Chi, one of the Top Ten Martial Art Masters in China, and a 9th Duan Tai Chi Grandmaster. He has been traveling around the world to promote Tai Chi for decades and has taught millions Tai Chi directly and indirectly including high-ranking government officials.
Master Chen Bin, son of Grandmaster Chen and an in-Chamber disciple, has won multiple national and international titles for Tai Chi bare hand forms, sword, and Push Hands. He published Chen Style Tai Chi for Beginners. It was well written and clearly depicts Tai Chi fundamentals and made Tai Chi accessible and attractive to everyone, especially young people. He was ranked as 7th Duan due to his outstanding records of competition, teaching and publication on Tai Chi. Last year he led the Beginner Track for the “Light of Tai Chi” in Las Vegas and was well recognized by students. Last fall, he was invited to teach a solo workshop in San Antonio, Texas.
Master Wang Haijun was born in 1972 and at the age of nine his father arranged for him to move to Chen Village to live and study with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei until he attended Wuhan Physical Culture University in 1988. He was highly decorated in Tai Chi competitions and an in-Chamber disciple. Not only has he won many titles; several of his students have won national championships in Push Hands competitions. Master Wang has been certified as 7th Duan and has been teaching in China and England for more than 20 years. He is popular in the U.S. as well and has been invited to teach here often.
Master Chen Yuanyuan is the youngest daughter of Grandmaster Chen and an in-Chamber disciple. Master Yuanyuan has very high expectations for herself and has worked diligently to improve her skills and knowledge of Tai Chi as well as promoting the art. While she was studying at Zheng Zhou University, she founded a Wushu association and taught 400 students Tai Chi. She has won a few championships and has been active promoting Tai Chi on TV. She was certified as 7th Duan. She accompanied Grandmaster Chen and taught in South Africa and taught solo in Thailand.
Master Jack Yan holds 7th Duan and a Ph. D. Degree in Chinese Martial Arts from Shanghai University of Sport. He obtained his Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from the Institute of International Relations in Beijing and Master’s degree in Political Science from University of Western Ontario in Canada. Jack Yan founded and held the position of president of Taishan School of Martial Arts from 1993 to 2010, Ontario, Canada and he is the president of Chinese Wushu Academic & Research Association, Ontario and TNT Kung Fu School, Ontario. He has been teaching Tai chi and other styles of Chinese martial arts and meditation systems in Canada for over twenty years. He is also an in-Chamber disciple.
There are early bird discounts for the coming Summer Camp. You can get 20% off registering on or prior to March 15 and 10% discount on or prior to April 15. For more information on the workshops, you can contact Master Jack Yan at 647-293-1648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosure: I am an indoor disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei.