There are five major styles of Tai Chi Chuan, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated. This Symposium brings to you a unique opportunity to learn from the world's foremost authorities on each of the five Traditional Chinese Family Schools of Tai Chi Chuan — marking the first time all five Grandmasters have appeared together in the United States as “one family in Tai Chi Chuan.

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Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan
Master Chen Zhenglei

Master Chen Zhenglei has been instrumental in the revival of the Chen Style’s long tradition of martial excellence. A 19th generation exponent of his family’s traditions, he is considered to be one of the most accomplished teachers of his generation and has been recognized by the Chinese government as one of China’s top 10 martial artists. Master Chen has represented his lineage in many tournaments consistently winning top honors and his students have been among China’s most successful martial competitors.


Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan
Master Yang Zhenduo

Master Yang Zhenduo brings over 75 years of experience to his teaching of Tai Chi Chuan. His great-grandfather, Yang Lu Chan, created the Yang Style. He carries on the legacy of his father, Master Yang Chengfu by sharing the family’s skills and emphasizing the therapeutic benefits of daily practice. He has written 5 books on the study of Tai Chi Chuan and countless articles. Master Yang is recognized as one of the top 100 Wushu Masters in China.


Wu (Hao) Style Tai Chi Chuan
Master Wu Wenhan

Master Wu Wenhan has a long and distinguished career as a teacher of Wu/Hao Style Tai Chi Chuan.  He is also a leading researcher into the history and development of Tai Chi Chuan traditions.  He has published over 200 articles into the various facets of Tai Chi Chuan history, philosophy and theory and serves on the editorial boards of several of China’s most prominent martial arts publications.


Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Master Ma Hailong

For over 60 years Master Ma Hailong has been practicing his family’s techniques.  His great-grandfather, Wu Quanyou, created the Wu Style.  He began training with his grandfather, Wu Jianquan, and father Ma Yueh-liang at the age of six.  Master Ma grew up nurtured by this unique family environment which emphasized focused, tranquil and consistent practice. As President of the Shanghai Wu Style Taijiquan Association he is dedicated to expanding the practice of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan.


Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan
Master Sun Yongtian

A distinguished and respected member of China’s martial arts community, Master Sun Yongtian studied for many years under the guidance of Sun Jianyun, the daughter of the founder of Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan, Sun Lutang. Master Sun is the Vice-Chairman of the Beijing Martial Arts Association and the Vice-President of the Sun Tai Chi Research Institute in China.

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