Grandmaster Chen Quanzhong (陈全忠) is the most senior of the 19th generation Chen family taiji masters. He teaches Lao Da Jia, or Old Large Frame Chen Tai Chi Chuan. His form is believed to be the oldest surviving method of Liao Jia.
With more than 85 years experience training and teaching Chen Tai Chi, Grandmaster Chen’s teaching method is methodical and thorough. He teaches openly and to each student’s level of ability. He has taught over 10,000 students in China, the United States, and Europe. Chen Quanzhong is President of the Xian Chen Style Taiji Association.
Grandmaster Chen was born in 1925 in Chenjiagou Village in Henan Province. He began his training at the age of five with his father Chen Shigong. He is one of the few living Chen masters to have trained with 16th and 17th Generation family members. These include Chen Liangzhi (16th generation), Chen Guoying (17th generation) and Chen Shengsan (17th generation). His family moved to Xian in Shaanxi Province during World War II. In Xian he continued his training with Chen Jingping and Chen Jinao (both 18th generation). He also trained with Chen Shouli (17th generation, and a student of Chen Fake).
He created the 36 forms of Chen Taiji, which reduced the repetition in the form without simplifying the art, which makes the form more accessible to beginners.