Nine dragon comica (2)About Ancient Chen Tai Chi Chuan/ Bajiquan:

*Ancient Chen Tai Chi reunites feudal Northern Shaolin systems descending from Qi Jiguang and Yu Dayou- which were separated through modernization. Our programs feature FEUDAL BIOMECHANICS & STRENGTH CONDITIONING to enhance connections between the motor cortex and the body- for the scholar or athlete. *We also emphasize historical accuracy and REAL-WORLD SELF DEFENSE for the warrior. Well-preserved feudal systems retain elite biomechanics, honed through hardships of ancient dynasties. The sophisticated and scientific body mechanics are still practical for all walks of life. 

FEUDAL CHEN TAIJIQUAN: The concepts in origin descend from Ming General Qi Jiguang and Yu Dayou, alongside Northern Shaolin systems including Bajiquan- The “internal” methods exist in the feudal era, however, the psychology and approach are similar to Sun Tzu’s Art of War- achieving victory through flexibility/ strategy, winning the fight with minimal force (often utilizing modern instruments essential to one’s environment). The art of self-defense with the least amount of fighting necessary, for victory and peace.  All levels of practitioners are welcome- we are a research-based organization dedicated to preserving feudal Chinese Kungfu- adapted for modern lifestyles. The training group here is chivalrous, disciplined, scholarly, and easy going.  The modern interpretation of Chen Tai Chi Chuan is adapted for mind-body, sports practice in 1928- the overall style of instruction was modified and standardized to stylistically blend with Yang Tai Chi due to its established popularity as a royal exercise. Feudal Chen Tai Chi Chuan differs in biomechanics, with unparalleled nuances and martial strategy. Chinese Scholars and historians have published numerous articles in the past two years- revealing the “misconceptions” of factual Chen Taiiquan history in today’s Tai Chi culture. Differing from the mainstream view of Taijiquan’s passive and pure yielding nature, the original methods are more balanced in its martial approach. Short range boxing methods (feudal boxing/ Bajiquan) is supplemented with the Chen Taijiquan Lao Jia routines in early dynasties… There are numerous inaccuracies in the current Tai Chi interpretation with unrealistic claims, stemming from the second wave of sports modifications in the mid-20th century.  Medieval (Gongfu Jia) Chen Tai Chi Chuan is characterized as a sophisticated martial art, utilizing nuanced martial strategy and body mechanics, integrated with a high-level approach of martial intent. Muscular rotations are developed with the focus on the micro and macro levels of kinetics and structure.  The feudal martial strategy of Chen Taijiquan is refined- enhancing natural physics using the leverage of joints and bone structure, coordinated with distinct psychology of knights.  Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan consists of more complex and obvious internal spiraling, fierce short range power release, transitions, and dynamic body skill. Beijing Chen utilizes the ancient deductive approach of martial movement: from a single movement to different techniques.  Historical Chen Taijiquan is labeled as Chen Longfist/ Cannonfist- influenced greatly by Taizu Changquan.  The routine and footwork of Chen Taijiquan before the 1920s is more dynamic, with agile footwork contrary to the flat-footed modern style. Feudal Taijiquan flows the power and transitions, different from the 1928 slow-qigong style. Chen Fake’s Taijiquan differs greatly from the modern Chen Village styles due to its BAJIQUAN/ short range elements descending from Qi Jiguang military treatise.  Feudal Bajiquan and Chen Taijiquan descend from the same Ming Dynasty sources. The Beijing internal methods are now viewed by many to predate the modern “Old Frame” style of training in Chen Village Taijiquan. It is common for practitioners in Beijing (the Capital of China) to practice only Xin Jia, (or what many now consider the New Frame). Feudal Chen Taijiquan emphasizes training from both the Chen Fake and Zhaokui line, which presents an accurate representation of Chen Style Taijiquan before it nearly disappeared in Chen Village in the mid-1900s. The ancient methods contain both Ming Dynasty armored and Qing Dynasty non-armored strategy, empty-hand technique, elite biomechanics, feudal wrestling, with historical weapons training. Ancient Chen Tai Chi cross-trains Wutan Bajiquan.


AboutKuan_Wang_Instructor the Instructor:

Kuan Wu Wang is a 20th Generation practitioner/ historian of Northern Shaolin systems, with a foundation in Beijing Chen Taijiquan (Chen Fake, Zhaokui Line/ Gongfu Jia) and Bajiquan (Liu Yun Qiao Line). Kuan Wu founded the Qi Jiguang/ Yu Dayou Research Organization in Austin, Texas which reunites Northern Shaolin styles separated through modernization. He has spent numerous years dedicating his life to researching and restoring medieval Chinese martial arts before commercialization. Kuan Wu has studied internationally under the mentorship of various prestigious Northern Shaolin systems including Tai Chi Chuan, Bajiquan, and Baguazhang. Kuan has trained intensively in Asia under the guidance of 19th Generation Carriers for Beijing Chen Tai Chi Chuan and Chen Village Styles, including Chen Yu.


 About Classes & Rates: We Specialize in Distance Monitoring and Private Training

  • MONTHLY TRAINING:  Private workshop once a month (2 Hours in Length): $100 – (Individual training in Framework/Historical Routines, Biomechanic Concepts, Strategy, and Feudal Insight) – The course alternates between solo training and comprehensive partner work/martial applications with a training partner here (Martial Concepts, Empty-Hand Strategy, Feudal Weapons, Urban Self-Defense) “$50 for first introductory workshop”  The Distance Monitoring Program is recommended to supplement live training≡

Schedule a Live Training Workshop next time you are in Austin, Texas. Customized Private Lessons:  $55 One Session (1 Hour in Length/ limited availability), Email: kuan@ancienttaichi.com for more info.


Historically Internal Martial Arts are taught on a one on one basis. This allows customization and isolation to practitioner’s learning curves. “