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An older Chen Fake plays the "xin jia" form he introduced to the world
Chenjiagou, Henan, China
|Died||1957 (aged 69–70)|
|Teacher(s)||Chen Yanxi (陈延熙)|
|Rank||9th gen. Grandmaster of
|Notable relatives||Chen Changxing,
|Notable students||Chen Zhaopi (陈照丕),
Chen Zhaokui (陈照奎),
Feng Zhiqiang (冯志强),
Tian Xiuchen (田秀臣),
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Chen Fake or Ch'en Fa-k'e (1887–1957) was a Chinese taijiquan teacher. Born and raised in Chen Family Village (Chenjiagou, 陳家溝) in Henan province, he was the 17th generation lineage holder of Chen-style taijiquan. His great-grandfather was the famous Taijiquan grandmaster Chen Changxing. His grandsons include Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang (the 19th generation standard-bearer for Chen family Taiji) and Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing (head of Chen family Taiji instruction in Chenjiagou).
Chen Fake is also known as the creator of the so-called New Frame (xin jia) within Chen style. Chen Fake feared that taijiquan was being lost because some of its properties were too subtle, so he created a form that added visible external movements to internal actions. Exponents are however divided over this view. His son Chen Zhaokui is among many who regard Xin Jia to be a more refined style of Chen not previously taught in public.citation needed Xin Jia is much more ornate than the so-called Old Frame style (Lao Jia) of Chen Zhaopi].
- This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the 'gate-keepers' & most recognised individuals in each generation of Chen-style.
- Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of the Chen style & not necessarily that of the family.
- Names denoted by an asterisk are legendary or semi-legendary figures in the lineage; while their involvement in the lineage is accepted by most of the major schools, it is not independently verifiable from known historical records.
- Chen, Mark (2004). Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-55643-488-X.
- Chen Fake Biography at Center for Taiji Studies
- Chen Style Taijiquan by Gerald A. Sharp
- There are no shortcuts - Chen Fake Biography (Ger) by Nabil Ranné