Chen Wangting (9th generation) 

He is credited with codifying the art and simplifying it into seven open hand forms. For many generations, this art was taught exclusively to family members in the Chen Village. He is the beginning of the recorded history of Taijiquan.

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Chen Changxing (14th generation)

He is credited with simplifying the 7 open hand forms into just 2:  Yilu and Erlu (Cannon Fist).  He is also responsible for having taught Yang Luchan, who later went on to develop his own "Yang" Style.

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Lineage

 

Chen Fake (17th generation)

 

Great grandson of Chen Changxing, he was the most famous of the 17th generation, His extraordinary skills first popularized the Chen Style outside Chen Village when he moved to Bejing in 1928.

 

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Hong Jungsheng (18th generation)

 

Chen Fake's longest student and disciple, Hong Jungsheng noted that his master's style had changed in the 30 years he studied with him. Hong's form however, remained a representation of Fake's earlier style.

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Chen Zhonghua (19th generation)

A disciple of Hong Jungsheng, he is the current Standard Bearer of Chen Taijiquan Practical Method. He currently has schools in Canada and China. He is responsible for many Taiji programs and initiatives in China and spends much of the year traveling around the globe, leading workshops and spreading the art. 

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Spencer Jones (20th generation)

Disciple of Chen Zhonghua. Instructor of Practical Method Taijiquan in Chicago, IL, USA.