Tai Chi Family History

All Tai Chi Chuan is One Family

Chen Style
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei – Chen Zhenglei, a 19th generation
inheritor of the Chen family’s traditions, has been instrumental in
the revival of the family’s long legacy of martial excellence. He is
widely recognized as one of the leading exponents of Chen Style
and is considered to be one of the most accomplished teachers of his
generation. He has been recognized by the Chinese government as
one of China’s top 10 martial artists.
Yang Style
Grandmaster Yang Jun – Yang Jun is the 6th generation descendant of
the founder of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and 5th generation lineage
holder. He has served as the Vice President of Operations and Training
of the Shanxi Province Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association with over
30,000 members in his hometown of Taiyuan, Shanxi. In 1998, Yang
Jun, with his grandfather Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo, created the
International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association, and he has been
the Association’s president since its founding. In 1999, Yang Jun
moved to Seattle with his wife, Fang Hong, to organize and administer
the international operations of the newly formed association and to
establish its centers throughout the world.
Wu (Hao) Style
Grandmaster Zhong Zhenshan – Zhong Zhenshan was born in the
town of Guangfu, and at the age of 13 he became a formal disciple
of Yao Jizu, who was the most prominent practitioner of Wu YuXiang
Style’s “old frame.” The founders of Wu (Hao) Style are acknowledged
to have authored some of the writings now referred to as “taiji
classics.” Zhong Zhenshan is the author of many essays and books on
Wu (Hao) Style of Tai Chi Chuan and on tai chi theory, and he has won
numerous gold medals. In 2006, Wu (Hao) Style Tai Chi Chuan was
recognized as one of the Treasures of Chinese Martial Arts.
Wu Style
Grandmaster Ma Hailong – Ma Hailong has been practicing his family’s
techniques for over 60 years. His great-grandfather, Grandmaster
Wu Quanyou, created the Wu Style. Ma Hailong began training at
the age of six with his grandfather, Grandmaster Wu Jianquan, and
with his father Grandmaster Ma Yueh-liang. Both his parents were
accomplished teachers, and his uncles had studied intensively with
his grandfather. Ma Hailong grew up in this especially rich family
environment, and he remains dedicated to sharing the Wu family’s
Sun Style
Grandmaster Sun Yongtian – Sun Yongtian is a distinguished and
respected member of China’s martial arts community and the
designated successor to the Sun Family Style. He studied for many
years under the personal guidance of Grandmaster Sun Jianyun, the
daughter of Grandmaster Sun Lutang, the founder of Sun Style. Sun
Yongtian is the Vice-Chairman of the Beijing Martial Arts Association
and the Vice-President of the Sun Tai Chi Research Institute in China.