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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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.
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.
Season’s greetings from the Wah Luck House senior residents.
Posted by DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs on Thursday, December 17, 2015
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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.