The True Tai Chi™ Group



Stephan Berwick, an American pioneer in Chinese martial arts, with credentials spanning education, fitness, international relations, and film is the founder of the DC-based True Tai Chi™ program, which is the official DC region branch school of the historic Chen Village Taijiquan Academy.

Berwick is a 13th generation Chen style Taijiquan expert, long recognized as an early proponent of mainland Chinese martial arts. An original student of the celebrated American Chen style Taiji master, Ren Guangyi, Berwick is also closely mentored by top members of Taiji’s founding family, the Chens of Chenjiagou, Wenxian County, Henan Province, China. In 2000, Berwick completed extensive primary research at the Chen family village in Henan Province, China which resulted in seminal publications that documented training methods, key personalities, and historical details never before published in English. Since 1996, Berwick published nearly three dozen authoritative articles on all aspects of martial arts. He is also the co-author of Practical Tai Chi, Taijiquan: 38 Form & Applications, Taijiquan Hand & Sword and the long-selling, Tai Chi for Kids, published by Tuttle.

In 2010, Berwick went on to write, direct and direct the music for Final Weapon – the first dramatic action film (long form music video) that features authentic Chen Taijiquan, which starred Ren Guangyi, Hong Kong film legend Mike Woods, and features the music and an appearance by rock music legend and Chen Taiji disciple, Lou Reed.

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Berwick served as the content advisor and lead narrator of the documentary film, Urban Dragons, which profiled African and Latin American practitioners of traditional Chinese martial art. The 2009 film documented the need and benefits of Chinese martial arts for at-risk and under-represented youth and adults. In 2015, he went on to introduce traditional Chen Taijiquan training to under-represented youth in Arlington, Virginia.

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Tai Chi at the Arlington Career Center from Arlington Career Center TV on Vimeo.

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As an author with the leading alternative fitness publications company, Dragon Door, Berwick created and produced, “True Strength Yang”, a body conditioning regimen, inspired by traditional Chinese martial arts body toughening techniques.


In 2006 Berwick was the first Western Chen Taijiquan instructor profiled in a cover feature of the scholarly Journal of Asian Martial Arts. Berwick has also been profiled in Black Belt, Inside Kung Fu and Kung Fu Tai Chi magazines.

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From 1988-89, Berwick was one of the first Western martial arts performers in Hong Kong action films, working with the famed director Yuen Wo Ping and Asia’s top action star, Donnie Yen.  He was also one of the first two Americans, along with Yen, trained and certified in both traditional and contemporary martial arts at the Sha’anxi Athletic Technical Institute in China under China’s top-ranking competitive martial artist, Zhao Changjun and his celebrated coach, Bai Wenxiang in 1987. Previously, he was originally mentored by Yen’s mother, the famed Chinese martial-arts pioneer, Bow Sim Mark.

Currently, Berwick built a Taijiquan program to help revive the culture of Washington, DC’s Chinatown for the DC Mayor’s Office of Asian Affairs.  He also teaches Taijiquan to American diplomatic community as the Taijiquan instructor at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.

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Posted by DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs on Thursday, December 17, 2015


Stephan Berwick’s Martial Arts Profile (斯特凡·贝里克中国武术恢复)


貝里克是第13代陳式太極拳高手,早就認識到,作為中國大陸武俠的早期支持者。美國著名陳式太極拳大師,任廣益的原生,貝里克也密切了太極的創始家族的頂級成員輔導,陳家溝的陳氏,溫縣,河南省,中國。 2000年,完成貝里克在陳家村河南省,中國這導致在記錄訓練方法,重點人物和歷史細節以前從未出版的英文刊物精囊廣泛的基礎研究。自1996年以來,貝里克公佈對武術的各個方面近30項權威的文章。他還與人合著實用的太極拳,太極拳:38表格和應用,太極拳手部及劍及長期暢銷,太極為孩子們出版了塔特爾。

2010年,貝里克接著寫,直接和直接的音樂最後的武器 – 第一個戲劇性的動作片(長格式的音樂視頻),具有正宗的陳氏太極拳,主演任廣益,香港電影傳奇人物邁克·伍茲和功能的音樂和外觀由搖滾樂傳奇人物,陳Taiji弟子,婁里德。

貝里克擔任顧問的內容和紀錄片,市區龍,這異形中國傳統武術的非洲和拉丁美洲從業鉛解說員。 2009年的電影文件,需要和中國武術的高風險和代表性不足的青年和成年人的利益。







Our Network

Ren Guangyi: The website of Ren Guangyi — the famed student of Chen Xiaowang, and one of America’s leading Chen Taiji pioneers — who is Stephan Berwick’s original Taiji mentor. (VIDEO: Ren’s Dynamic Compact Cannon Fist)

Chen Xiaowang: Chen Xiaowang’s global seminar schedule with many photos and lists of his videos and books.

Chen Xiaoxing: Chen Xiaowang’s younger brother and the head grandmaster of Chen Village today, Chen Xiaoxing is the superlative mentor of Chenjiagou’s next generation including his son, the combat champion, Chen Ziqiang, and his nephew, the internationally known fighter and teacher, Chen Bing.

Chen Bing: Chen Bing’s website hosted by his disciple Bosco Baek, features terrific film clips and Chen Bing’s seminar schedule.

Chen Zhaokui Martial Arts Research Association: The original site by “Mo Ling”, the American disciple of Chen Yu, the son of legendary Chen grandmaster, Chen Zhaokui; featuring early video clips, rare photos, and lists of Chen Yu’s first publications.

Chenjiagou: The official Chen Village website, featuring the latest news from Chen Village. (Chinese).

Chen Village Taijiquan: Daniel Poon’s very informative site that first documented Taijiquan in contemporary Chen Village.

Chen Style Taijiquan Notepad: One of the earliest Chen Taiji sites, noted for its extensive product reviews, glossary, and other goodies.

Chinese Wu Shu Research Institute/Tai Chi Arts: The website of Stephan Berwick’s first Chinese martial arts mentor, Bow Sim Mark — still presiding over her school since her early days as America’s first Wu Shu instructor, who is also uniquely qualified in traditional internal arts.

Donnie Yen: The official website of action film star, Donnie Yen. Now a leading figure in Hong Kong film, Donnie (Bow Sim Mark’s son) and Stephan go back many years, having trained together in Xi’an, China, under Zhao Changjun and Bai Wenxiang, before working together for Yuen Wo Ping in Hong Kong action films.

China From Inside: Long followed by internal martial artists in the know, this comprehensive site devoted to Chinese internal arts is rife with quality info and an extensive product list.

Taoist Sanctuary: San Diego’s center for disciplines including authentic Chen Taiji, taught exclusively by Bill and Allison Helm, disciples of Chen Xiaowang. The “Sanc” also leads training tours to Chen Village and Tuina training tours to China.

Chicago Chen Taiji: Chen Xiaoxing disciple, Andy Loria teaches in the Windy City and hosts Chen family seminars annually.

Jow Ga Shaolin Institute: A leading traditional Chinese martial arts school led by Sifus Hon Lee and Reza Momenan, which is the longest running site for the True Tai Chi™ program.

Lou Reed: Rock music legend, the late Lou Reed was one of the world’s leading promoters of Chen Taiji and a beloved member of Ren Guangyi’s tai chi family.