Sunshine Coast Chen Style Taiji
Sunshine Coast Chen Style Taiji Academy
About Sunshine Coast ChenTaiji Academy
Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Chen Style Taiji Academy’s homepage.
I have formed this Academy to promote and foster Chen Style Taiji on the Sunshine Coast and to ensure the creators and custodians of Chen Style Taiji, Masters Chen Xaiowang and Chen YingJun, other Chen family memebers are rightfully acknowledged.
We endeavour to follow (as best as we can) the teachings and lineage of 20th Generation Master Chen YingJun, son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and to encourage and support his annual workshops organised by Mr Tim Yuen.
GM Chen Xiaowang (pictured below) is considered a national living treasure by the Chinese government and is the 19th generation standard forbearer of Chen Style Taiji.
Chen YingJun (picture below) having begun training from childhood and with incredible discipline and intensity, is firmly following in his father’s footsteps to Taiji Mastery and greatness.
Taiji has so many things to offer to an individual. Benefits such as improved health, increased wellbeing, cultivating calmness and peace, thus benefiting the community.
Taiji has proven health benefits, such as increased wellbeing, strength and flexibility to the body, improved balance and preventing falls (crucial in the elderly), martial skill/self defence and most of all teaches us how to achieve “balance” on all levels of our life.
Balance of the body on a structural level, for example posture and stability in stances. Balance in ones life so to cultivate health, peaceful mindset giving a beneficial and harmonious outlook.
In our modern world of rushing and wanting things quickly or instantly our Taiji teaches us that learning Taiji cannot be forced. Patience and practice is required.
Enjoy and feel the moment.
I am delighted to share my love, passion & respect for Chen Taiji and the Chen Family with you and have first hand experienced too many blessings and benefits from my pursuit and practice of Chen Taiji to share.
A major blessing was meeting my wife, making many true friends, overseas travel, health & well-being.
Martial Virtues Wu De & The 12 innate characters
Duan- Dignity and decency, Zhong- Loyalty ,Yi- Righteous , Gong- impartiality,Cheng- Sincere, Yong- Courageous, Ren- Benevolence, Zing- Respectful towards elders and teachers, Xin- Trustworthy, Hao- Magnanimous, Zheng- Upright , De- Virtuous
The 20 discipline rules:
Do not bully others. Do not stand with the strong to oppress the weak. Always ready to help those who are in danger. Do not commit unlawful acts. Do not use our skill for immoral act. Do not be arrogant. Don’t expose/ sell our skill indiscriminately. Do not get involved with gangs. Do not waste our time in idleness. Do not be boastful and show-off. Do not compete with the arrogant. Do not quarrel with the ignorant. Do not be influenced by worldly possessions. Do not seek for undeserved wealth. Do not self indulge in intoxicant and lust. Do not get involve in debt (neither personal nor public). Do not use public office for personal gain. Do not starve for fame and power.
Don’t be a traitor. Do not neglect our training or waste our skill.
“An upright person learns martial arts to keep his body healthy and strong. This is the teaching of the Chen family”
“A devious person learns martial arts to bully others. This is forbidden in the Chen family”
Respect the Chen family, the old people who made these rules to follow and obey.
1. Dawn- Have good/correct posture when sitting or standing.
2. Jen- Have the right attitude--treat people fairly and nicely.
3. How- Have an open mind.
4. Shen-Have a good belief system.
5. Jing-Respect the order or lineage.
6. Run- Be kind!
7. Yung-Be brave!
8. Chaun- Be honest.
9. E-Something may be very difficult, yet stick with it.
10. If you think something is right, you have to do it.
11. Jhong- Be very good to the Chen family.
12. Du-Have good, positive thoughts.
1. Do not cheat.
2. Do not misuse your power.
3. If someone is in danger, help them and do not be afraid.
4. Do not do any bad things.
5. Do not steal.
6. Do not misuse your power.
7. Do not beg.
8. Do not join a gang.
9. Do not overspend.
10. Do not give up, always improve yourself.
11. If some bad person wants to fight with you, do not fight back.
12. Do not fight snobs, gangsters, or gangs.
13. Do not treat poor people badly.
14. If money or property does not belong to you, do not take it.
15. When handling any business matters, be honest.
16. Separate public and private things; do not grab public stuff for your own .
17. Be good to the public first.
18. Do not climb the corporate ladder just for your own self-interest.
19. Love your country.
20. Do not just use your physical powers to solve problems.
Chen Family Ancestral Law ( Men Gui ) - essential rules for those who take up the practice of Chen style Taijiquan - for martial skill and spiritual growth [ Sim & Gaffney]:
The 12 Characters
1. Decorous 2. Respectful 3. Just 4. Upright 5. Kind 6. Noble 7. Magnanimous 8. Courageous 9. Honest 10. Trustworthy 11. Sincere 12. Virtuous
The 20 Disciplines
1. Do not bully others.
2. Do not oppress the weak.
3. Do not be a coward ; help those in peril.
4.Do not engage in unlawful acts.
5. Do not use skill for immoral acts.
6. Do not be arrogant.
7. Do not sell/exhibit skill indiscriminately.
8. Do not join illicit gangs.
9. Do not waste time in idleness.
10. Do not be conceited and boastful.
11. Do not compete with the arrogant.
12. Do not argue with the ignorant.
13. Do not be influenced by worldly possessions.
14. Do not seek undeserved wealth.
15. Do not indulge in alcohol and lust.
16. Do not be in public or personal debt.
17. Do not obstruct public for personal efforts.
18. Do not hunger for power and position.
19. Do not be a traitor.
20. Do not neglect your training or waste your skill.
My interest in Taiji began in 1996 when I first saw a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practioner for an injury and lifestyle issues.
During the treatment he suggested I try a Taiji class that he goes to. I did and was hooked.
This was in Yang Style in New Farm, Brisbane. Prior to that my martial arts training and exposure was limited to boxing and Muay Thai (Thai boxing). The Internet wasn’t invented so no YouTube or web-browsing to see what was out there, only browsing notice boards and books at local Martial Arts shop. The martial applications of Taiji intrigued me and really opened my eyes and I thought what an ingenuous use of the body. It was a lot of fun too. The sense of calmness cultivated by the Taiji was new to me and felt important to pursue.
My life was changed by learning how to relax, both mentally and physically through the Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation) and the Taiji form. Prior to that I was pretty much the typical angry young man where getting drunk, taking drugs and getting in a fight was part of a good weekend.
Within a short time I became more disciplined and focused on my Taiji and I had met a bunch of great people who focused on wholesome living, natural health and natural highs. In 1998 I enrolled into an Oriental massage course, which began my exploration, study and practice of Chinese Medicine and Alternative medicine.
I went on to study Western Herbalism, Shiatsu, Thai massage, Ayurveda (studying in both Australia and India) and completed my studies is Acupuncture. I believe my study of Traditional Chinese Medicine has helped my Taiji and Taiji practice has helped me as an Acupuncturist.
I continued my Taiji practice and changed teachers a few times. Some were fakes with poor characters only after money or fame. I would like to thank Mrs Cordia Chu for her instruction in authentic Yang Style Taiji and weaponry and her take on Wu De or Martial Virtue. I was also training and exploring various martial arts, different Kung Fu styles, Chi-Gung, Japanese Jujitsu, Aikido and MMA/BJJ.
As a result of exploring and comparing different martial arts it lead me to appreciate and respect all traditions and all styles.
I could see the benefit of people coming together for training, getting away from the television, making friends, exercising and learning self-defence. Each system has it strengths and its weaknesses.
When I worked in security in the 90’s I learned quickly what worked in real life situations and that there is no room for fancy or unrealistic techniques. I believe the fundamentals from each system work. It’s more about the individual anyway when push comes to shove i reckon.
Taiji having its roots in Taoist principles sparked my curiosity, which led me to explore different philosophies and spiritual traditions. As a result I made (and continue to make) numerous trips to India and the Himalayas and to the Zen Buddhist temples of Japan.
Through my exploration I have gained a deep appreciation and respect for the world’s different spiritual traditions (peaceful traditions) as they share the same goal of Self realisation, fostering goodness, love, wisdom, compassion and ethics in an individual and promote positive societies.
I was exposed to Chen Taiji in April 2000 when a visiting teacher was doing a demonstration. Wow! I thought it was really cool but was unable to find Chen Style Taiji in my area. It sowed a seed though.
In 2004 I had the good fortune and began training in Chen Style with Mr Tim Yuen whom I am very grateful for his instruction not only in Taiji but also his emphasis on Daoist philosophy and Wu De (martial virtue). I still share my Taiji journey with Mr Yuen and assist with promoting Master Chen YingJuns workshops in QLD.
In 2010 I had more good fortune to attend a workshop with Master Chen YingJun organised by Mr Yuen. After witnessing first hand this Masters greatness I ceased training in any other Martial Art.
For no other reason than my love of Chen Style Taiji, I lost all desire for training in anything else. I thought to myself if I could cultivate just a tiny bit of what martial skill YingJun has I’d die happy.
In 2011 & 2012 travelled to China to train with Master Chen YingJun & Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang in Chen Village. Life changing. I continue to travel to see Master Chen YingJun to seek his teachings.
I have gone back to Chen village to attend workshops with Master Chen YingJun in 2017, 2018, 2019 and followed him around the UK teachings at Bristol, Hereford and Reading in 2017,2018 & 2019
We are very lucky Master Chen YingJun comes to Brisbane annually and we are able to receive teachings and corrections from a true Master from whose direct descendants created Taiji.