About TCFA: Master Michael Chu and Master Sue Chang were disciples with Grand Master Wang Ruizhi, 18th generation of traditional Chen style from Great Master Chen Fake learning Traditional Chen Style Tai Chi and its applications from 1980th till migrated to Australia 1990
Chief Instructor Master Michael Chu – 19th generation of Chen style with grand Master Wang Ruizhi (disciple of Chen Fake) Traditional Chen style in Beijing, Workers Stadium in 1984-1990th.
Chief Instructor Sue Chang – Get influence from her father Zhang Zengrong from childhood onward be trained by Master Sun, Master Wang Ruizhi, disciple of Chen Fake, and kept on practice as hobby to today.
TCFA Chen Style of Tai Chi chased back from history originally from the 17th Generation Chen Fake (1928-1957). Chen Fake due to its outstanding Tai Chi skills is named “Tai Chi No. 1 太极第一人”. Chen Fake came to Beijing from Chen Jiagou (his hometown in Hanan province) developed in Beijing. From then on Tai Chi stepped out of countryside to capital city of Beijing and the world.
Grand Master Wang Ruizhi:
Wang Ruizhi is disciple of Great Grand Master Chen Fake
Committee member of Beijing Chen Tai Chi Research Institute: 1st committee members 1983-1986 & 2nd committee members 1986-1997.
Grand Master Feng Zhiqiang – the creator of Hunyuan Qigong Tai Chi
Chairman of Beijing Chen Tai Chi Research Institute from the 1st committee 1986 – 2012
Master Feng Zhiqiang demonstrate Chen Tai Chi to TCFA student 2005
Chen Fake pioneered a new era of Chen-style Taijiquan and became the second Milestone in the history of the development of Taijiquan.
List of 2nd generation Disciples from Chen Fake’s biography of Chen Style Taiji’s
2nd generation disciples of Chen Style from Chen Fake are:
Chen Fake (1887-1957) Great Grand Master Chen style Taijiquan from Chen Jiagou, Wen County, Henan province in China. Chen Fake is the 17th grand Son of Chenjiagou Chen family from His great-grandfather Chen Changxing and his father Chen Yanxi they were all outstanding Chen style inheritor from the Chen family Taijiquan masters.
Chen Fake started his study and practise since childhood, he put great efforts in his training, and mastered the technical skills of its system of Chen style Taijiquan in a comprehensive way and becoming an outstanding educator and training in the martial art history.
In 1928, he was invited to Pei Ping City (used to be called Peking, now is Beijing) training the art, from then on Chen Style Taijiquan quickly spread in the society, laid the foundation for its all-round development, and made great contributions to the development of Taijiquan.
Under Chen Fake’s training, there are many outstanding masters amount the crowds such as: Chen Zhaokui, Xu Yusheng, Shen Jiaxuan, Gu Liuxin, Feng Zhiqiang, Hong Junsheng, Li Jingyu, Hou Zhiyi, Lei Muni, Sun Fengqiu, Tian Xiuchen, Chen Juxia and so on. Followed by him are Yang Yichen, Zhang Yifan, Liu Musan, Liu Zicheng, Liu Ziyuan, Chao Zhenmin, Tian Huaxuan, Li Daoyi, Li Fushou, Zhao Jiuzhou, Zhu Ruichuan, Song Liheng, Yin Yunqi, Tian Hua, Guo Yongzhen, Wang Ruizhi etc.
Chen Fake had taught Tai Chi in Beijing near 30 years. Chen Fake has continuously improved from the basis of the original Chen style of Tai Chi. He is also creator and developed more movement, such as spiral winding action, and created new boxing styles forms such as chen style tai chi yilu 83陈氏太极一路, Chen style Tai Chi Erlu Cannon Boxing 71, 二路（七十一式，炮捶）.
About Beijing Chen Style Taijiquan Research Association was established in 1983。 Master Feng Zhiqiang was the president. Master Feng had been developed further Chen style, such as Chen style Hunyuan Tai Chi, Chen style Tai Chi all from above, sword, 太极刀， hand push, self-defense etc. Tai Chi also helped people enjoying quality living, rehabilitating from chronic diseases and prevention.
In 1953 Chen Fake and Hu Yaozhen developed Capital Wushu Society trained a lot of Wushu intelligent Tai Chi masters including TCFA masters:
Master Feng Zhiqiang: President Chen style Research Association1983-1997
Master Wang Ruizhi：Committee member 1983-1997
Let us remember them for their life time contributions to Tai Chi for the harmony of the world peace, human‘s wellbeing!
Master and Feng Zhiqiang & Wang Ruizhi both are the 18th Generations disciples of Tai Chi Chen Style Chi Great-Grand Master Chen Fake.
Master Feng Zhiqiang 冯志强师父, 18th generation of Chen Style，disciple of Chen Fake, Creator of Hunyuan Tai Chi which is summered traditional Chen style internal Gong as Hunyuan 24. He inherited from Great Grand Master Chen Feke but contribute to the world for huaman’s wellbeing.
Master Wang Ruizhi 王瑞芝师傅 , 18th generation of Chen Style， disciple of Chen Fake, Traditional Chen Style of Tai Chi, Laojia 1 Lu, Lao Jia 2 Lu
TCFA students refined with Chen style internal Gong and Hun Yuan Tai Chi with Feng Zhiqiang since 2007
Picture with Master Feng Zhiqian, current Chen Style inhabitant Feng Xiufang
Master Michael Chu often repeat his stories with Master Wang Ruizhi:
Master Wang’s training and his spirit always be remembered and be encouraged all of us with discipline: “No matter what, we must attend his training early in the morning 5-7am day by day. “ At the time in 1980th we lived in the Dongzhimen Shizipo Xili Eastern Suburbs of Beijing. Master Wang Ruizhi is always there every day, all year around no matter summer or winter.
Master Wang Ruizhi paddled a bicycle from his home Ciqikou瓷器口, all the way to Workers Stadium East Gate of Beijing in Dong Zhimen, regardless of the weather rain or shine, snowing or windy all seasons through the years. It took him around 40 minutes to an hour to the training venue. It trained us be with nature, get up with nature, and it is amazed that after Tai Chi we were all full of the energy with the whole day around.
We also took part in Tai Chi perform demonstration events organized by the organization named: Chen style Tai Chi Research Organization. Master Feng Zhiqiang was the organizer for most of the event at the time. Students were selected to attend those functions from the Masters who were disciples of Chen Fake from 13 locations in Beijing. All the masters teaching with their heart with Tai Chi disciplines and have the highly respective spirit wishing us to in heritage the skills for the next generation.
Master Wang Ruizhi often taught us very strictly, seriously, correct us for each step, each movement, again and again with great patient till we perform correctly. He is very patient with his calmness teaching us in details, and required us practicing whenever we can. He is able to sense the flow when we practicing hand push, or martial art application. He said: Without knowing the reason of the application you never be able to get the Tai Chi skills.
Story from Sue:
Master Wang told me: “Practice Tai Chi benefit all your life” Sue recalled. Master Wang often say: “Master Tai Chi skills, 1st of all, you have to become a Tai Chi person. You need to follow the disciplines of Tai Chi, learning from foundation step by step as how do we breathing in a regulation bases. Being kind from your heart, not only get the skills yourself, but benefit more people.”
After I started teaching Tai Chi since 2000, I gradually understood further “what Tai Chi person is “Once I am given myself to the nature, aligning with nature, be as part of the nature, Tai Chi make me happier, stronger and healthier, feeling so blessed and more appreciated. Whenever I am practicing Tai Chi, it purifies my spirit with calmness in harmony balanced condition, I am feeling I am having a new life day by day.
Tai Chi also helped me overcome many lifetime crises. Thanks my Master Wang Ruizhi every morning there for us, taught us in details with his heart.