Chen style tai chi is the root from which all other tai chi styles grew. It's characterized by a mix of slow and gentle movements with quick and energetic ones, while maintaining a loose, supple motion.
LaoJia YiLu and LaoJia ErLu are the two sets of forms developed by Chen Changxing of the Chen family's 14th generation. They combine many of the original postures from the seven sets of boxing routines created by his 9th generation ancestor, Chen Wangting. The result was two all inclusive forms that respect the principles of the original seven sets.
In this class students will continue to deepen their knowledge of LaoJia YiLu while learning the LaoJia ErLu routine, also know as "Cannon Fist". The LaoJia ErLu routine is comprised of a series of well connected moves with the main focus of displaying explosive power, while implying softness. In addition to the form, the fundamental principles of tai chi will be taught using the basic practices of silk reeling, push hands and standing.
About the teacher:
The teacher for this class will be John Carrier. John is one of the four partners of Asian Arts. He has been practicing tai chi for more than 24 years and has been teaching it for more than 20 years. He is primarily a Chen practitioner, and also has a strong background in Yang style tai chi.
John is a 12th generation direct line disciple of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei, one of China's top ten martial arts masters. Grand Master Chen is the 11th generation direct-line inheritor of Chen family tai chi, the family that created tai chi more than 400 years ago.