Chen style is the original style of Taijiquan from which firstly the Yang style and then subsequently all of the other styles evolved. While the other Taijiquan styles enjoyed ever increasing popularity with the inevitable shift away from the martial side, Chen style continued to be practised in relative obscurity in Chen village and thus retained more of the original flavour. It contains a wide range of movements and can be characterised by its use of fast, explosive movements intertwined with the more recognisable slow, flowing moves. This makes the martial aspects of this form more recognisable and it contains many techniques and moves not found in other styles.
Nowadays, the Chen style is fast gaining in popularity worldwide. This is mainly due to the efforts of the current generation of Chen masters, many of whom still live and teach in Chen family village as well as travelling to teach and spread their family style worldwide. This process was started by Chen Fake (17th generation Chen Taijiquan master) when he moved to Beijing and began teaching the authentic original family style (as well as developing new forms) outside of the family village. The most prominent now is Chen Xiaowang (a direct 19th generation member of the Chen family, grandson of Chen Fake and the current standard bearer of Chen Taijiquan). Other prominent family members include his brother Chen Xiaoxing and his nephew Chen Bing.
19th generation lineage disciple of Chen style Taijiquan and current standard bearer of the family style.