About the author:
brothers Chen Xin and Chen Yao studied martial arts under their father
Chen Zhongshen instruction, but later after the death of their father
they continued to study with Chen Jishen their uncle.
Xin started very young to learn principles and methods of martial arts,
but his father imposed him to studied also literature so that he
realized later that he could not achieved the same attainment in
martial arts such as his brother. From this time he decided to write
books and expose without any restriction principles and methods of the
Chen Family Taijiquan.
Xin wrote many books but most of them will not be published, in the
exception of “Illustrated Explanations of Chen Family Taijiquan”, his
most famous work.
Explanations of Chen Family Taijiquan" was the fruit of more than
fourteen years of Chen’s personal research, it constitutes the most
systematic and complete summary of Chen style Taijiquan among its
contemporaries. Synthesizing the secret knowledge of generations of top
martial artists belonging to the Chen Family and finally writing it
down, Chen Xin can be considered to be among the most talented martial
artists gifted also with an outstanding knowledge of Traditional
Chinese Philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as we can
understand through the reading of his book.
the end of his life, Chen Xin called his closest relative, Chen
Chunyuan, his nephew and gave him "Illustrated Explanations of Chen
Family Taijiquan". Among his last words Chen Xin said: “Here is the
synthesis of my whole life research, publish it or get rid of it, but
do not pass it to ignorant or presumptuous one.”
after his death, Chen Xin did have any funeral ceremony due to its
poverty. His nephew Chen Chunyuan in order to organize his uncle
funerals, called several friends and local personalities for help,
finally they raised 800 yuans and in 1933 "Illustrated Explanations of
Chen Family Taijiquan" was published in several thousand copies.