Jing Ying

Authentic Chen Village training with
Master Chen XiaoXing:
TaiJi Straight Sword Basics & Corrections

This event is now past. See bottom of page for photos.

Began teaching Tai Chi in 1976
Headmaster of Chen Village Tai Chi School
Trains all the top fighters from Chen Village
Multiple gold medal winner in Henan Provincial
Tournament in traditional forms, push hands & sword

Chen Style Tai Chi is considered the source of the major styles of Tai Chi. The founders of both Yang Style and Wu style trained at the Chen Village, then left and opened their art to the public. While those styles spread and became popular, Chen style continued to be taught only in the Chen village and was not as well known. Now the secret is out, and Chen TaiJi is gaining in popularity as people discover the silk reeling exercises and coiling movements of this style.

Chen XiaoXing lives in Chen Village and ensures the Chen family tradition is passed on to the next generation of villagers and an increasing number of outside visitors. Despite the influx of visitors who come to Chen Village to train, Chen XiaoXing retains the spirit and lifestyle of his ancestors which was focused on family, farming and taiji. He rarely leaves the village, so training with him usually requires a trip to China. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to experience Chen Village training in Maryland! Chen XiaoXing’s host on the East Coast, Stephan Berwick of the True Tai Chi program in Virginia, views this rare seminar at Jing Ying Institute as an important step towards exposing this little-known, yet esteemed master to select TaiJi enthusiasts in the USA.

This workshop is suitable for all levels and even those who have not practiced weapons will learn important principals that apply to all forms. Practice swords or sticks will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own sword and extras to share (please mark with your name on a label or tape).

Register soon to reserve your spot for this unique opportunity to learn from one of the best!

Location:       Jing Ying Institute, 1195 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, #6, Arnold MD 21012
Date:             Monday, May 22, 2006
Time:             7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please arrive up to 30 minutes early to check in.
Cost:              $60
Payments:      Check, credit card or cash. Make checks payable to Jing Ying Institute.

Participants under age 18 must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian.
Proceeds will go toward the Jing Ying AC fund.

PDF version of flyer for this event.

This workshop was arranged at the last minute, so we only had 5 days to promote it. We were worried about what kind of attendance we would have on such short notice, so we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent turn out! In fact, we ended up with so many people that we figured it was better to move out side so people would have more room to swing their swords.

This was a special day in many ways. Not only was this only the second time Master Chen XiaoXing has visited the US, it was the first time he taught a weapon outside of China. It was also special because Nancy and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary!

Master Chen XiaoXing with Billy & Shifu


Master Chen XiaoXing with the Greer family


The workshop was the same day as Nancy and Billy's 24th anniversary, so we had cake and
sparkling cider to celebrate. Notice that the cake shows the Chen version of the Yin Yang symbol.
Also, 24 is a significant anniversary as it is a multiple of 12,  from the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.