Grand Master Chen Zhenglei, born in May 1949 at Chen’s Village, China, is a 19th generation descendant of the Chen’s family and a 11th generation direct-line inheritor of Chen’s Taichi. He was the head coach at the Chen’s Village National Taichi Center and vice-president of Henan Wushu Stadium. He is officially accredited with the title of “China’s Top Ten Contemporary Martial Arts Masters”.
He began his martial arts training at an early age with Grand Master Chen Zhaopi and Grand Master Chen Zhaokui. For over 30 years with hard work and diligence, he mastered the complete Chen’s Taichi system at a high level and earned the honor title of “Taichi Jingang”.
From 1974 to 1988, he has won numerous gold medals and championship titles in national and international tournaments. He led his team between 1989 and 1996 through Chinese provincial and national wushu championships and won first place three times, grand champion twice and thirty-five single event gold medals. His teaching career began in 1972 and now his students spread in all provinces in China and over dozens of countries in the world. In 1981, on behalf of the Chinese government, he hosted the first international taichi delegation to Chen’s Village headed by Hideo Miura the director of Japanese National Taichi Association. Subsequently, he hosted over a hundred of international delegations behalf of the Chinese governmentt. His international tours began in 1983. Throughout the years, he has been dozens of countries to host workshops and seminars.
Ken was born and raised inFortWilliamwhere he studied in local schools, until receiving his Honours Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Economics fromLakeheadUniversity. He obtained his Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, specializing in Systems Planning fromYorkUniversity.
Ken began his career, inQueensPark, with the Ministry of Natural Resources and then moved into the Federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. He joined the family insurance business eventually becoming Vice-President of Aon Reed Stenhouse. In 1991 he partnered with his brother to start a new business Boshcoff Insurance Services.
The extensive list of community organizations that Ken has been involved with includes social, economic, business, environmental, and arts groups from across the country.
In 1978, Ken was elected to Council for the City ofThunder Bay. He served as a City Councillor until 1997 when he was elected Mayor, a job which he thrived in for 6 years. He also served as President of the Ontario Roads Association, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Ken was elected to the House of Commons in June 2004 and served as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
He was re-elected in January 2006 and named Associate Critic for Natural Resources. In addition to his role as FedNor Critic, Boshcoff served as Chair of the National Liberal Rural Caucus, as a member of the National Liberal Executive, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Foods. Ken was appointed as the Official Opposition Critic for FedNor.He was defeated in the 2008 election and began a Consulting Service specializing in Business Development.
He remains very active in community activities throughoutNorthern Ontarioserving as Chair or a volunteer member on numerous service and charitable organizations.
Vice President – C. P. Ong
Master C. P. Ong is a 20th generation lineage holder of Chenjiagou Taiji and is responsible for taking these hi level Taiji Masters around the world for us to meet, learn from and enjoy. He is a thoughtful taiji author, scholar and a teacher. All find his constant smile, quiet demeanor and straightforward approach to teaching to be refreshing.
Jack Yan is a 12th generation Chen’s Taichi inheritor – one of the eighteen in-chamber disciples of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei (a major gate keeper of Chen’s Taichi). He currently holds 7th Duan of Chinese Wushu and a Ph. D. of Education in Chinese Martial Arts from Shanghai University of Sport with Professor Qiu Pixiang. He obtained his master degree in English Language and Literature from Institute of International Relations in Beijing and his master degree in Political Science from University of Western Ontario in Canada. Jack Yan founded and held the position of president of Taishan School of Martial Arts from 1993 to 2010, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and he is the president of Chinese Wushu Academic and Research Association, Ontario, Canada. For over twenty years, Jack Yan has been teaching Taichi and other styles of Chinese martial arts and meditation systems in Canada. Jack Yan is currently the president and chief instructor of TN’T Kung Fu School.
In 1990, Master Peng Youlian came to Canada. Soon, he started teaching in the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre as a Taiji instructor. As Taiji grew in popularity, the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Tai Chi Club was formed and in 1998, the Peng You Taiji Quan Association was formed with Master Peng, President of the Association. Over the years of teaching Taiji, he and the Association have worked hard to build a “Health, Happiness and Friendship” life style in our community. Every year since 1998, he led tour groups to China, the center of Asian culture and the motherland of Taiji.
Awarded 7th Duan by the Chinese Wushu Association in Zhengzhou, China, August 15, 2007.
Accepted as a disciple by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, 11th generation Master of Chen Family Taijiquan in August 2007.
Peng Youlian started his Taiji training as a teenager. From 1981 to 1985, he studied in the Physical Education Department of Beijing Normal University. He received his Bachelor Degree in 1985 and his Master Degree in 1989. During his university years, Master Peng was trained by martial arts masters and professors, most notably, Master Wang Jianhua.
He attended the World Taiji Forum at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, December 2003 as a representative of Canadian Taiji.
In 2001 he won the Gold Medal for Taijiquan at the Canadian Wushu Championships. He was Grand Champion at the Thunder Bay Martial Arts Open, 2003.
He has made contacts with many famous Taiji masters and has invited them to share their knowledge in Thunder Bay.
Offices he holds:
President of the Peng You Taiji Quan Association
Chairman of the Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council
Chairman of the Canadian Organization of Traditional Taiji Quan Associations.
From 7 years old, Leon (Li) Xu begun to studied Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu in China. Several years later, Leon Xu became a member of Wu Shu team and began to join championships and performance. Leon Xu participated many championships and tournament of Wushu and Kung Fu in China, and won many champions and golden medals, such as golden medal of Chen’s Tai Chi, traditional weapon in China National Wushu Championship, champions of Ba Ji quan, Chen’s Tai Chi competition routine etc. in provincial championships. Now, Master Leon Xu is president and chief coach on Sino-Wushu Academy, a Chinese Kung Fu school, the president of “Quebec Wushu Assiciation”, director of “Chen’s Tai Chi Headquarters – Eastern Canada”. Leon Xu owns Chinese Wushu 7th Duan, is 1st class judge of China National Wushu. Master Leon Xu is 12th Generation Direct-Line Descent of Chen-Style Tai Chi Quan, 4th Generation of Descent of Huo-Style Ba Ji Quan.
- Chinese Wushu 7th Duan;
- 1st class of China National Wushu judge;
- 12th Generation Direct-Line Descent of Chen’s Tai Chi Quan;
- 4th Generation Direct-Line Descent of Huo Style Ba Ji Quan;
- Chen’s Tai Chi Headquarters – Eastern Canada：Director;
- Quebec Wushu Association: President;
For nearly two decades, Paul Tam has dedicated himself to the art of Choy Lee Fat under the study of Master Hilbert Yiu.
He started Choy Lee Fat in 1988 and achieved the black belt rank in 1992. Ranking #1 In National Black belt League on both Hand and Weapon form for three consecutive years, 7th degree master level under the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations and 6th Duan in Chinese Wushu Duan Wei System from Chinese Wushu Association. Currently, he is the head instructor of CLF Kung Fu Club and Tai Chi Instructor for many Business Corporations and Community Centres.
Paul is adept in a variety of fields including hand forms, weapons, self-defense techniques, and full contact sparring as well as Chen’s Style Tai Chi. Training as black-belt for more than fourteen years now, he continues his studies in both Choy Lee Fat, and Chen’s Style Tai Chi.
Throughout the past Twenty years, Paul has won over 40 first place and grand championships in both regional and international competitions. He also represented 3 times as Team Canada to compete in the World Traditional Wushu Festival held in Zhengzhou, China. Paul has won 3 Gold and 1 Sliver medal for Canada in “The World Traditional Wushu Championships” in China.
John Carrier is a long time student of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei. He became an in door disciple of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei in April 2011. He is the founding partner of Asian Arts Group in Albany N.Y. The Asian Arts Group is one of the most influential taichi providers in Albany New York.
Aline has been very active in the field of Wushu. She moved to Canada three years ago and has been making a great difference in the landscape of wushu in Quebec, Canada.
Contribution and Activities in Wushu, Tai Chi fields
• In 2000, as a Chief Editor in City Information Newspaper in Harbin, edited special column “Tai Chi Bible” for almost 2 years, with about 300 thousand words.
• Since 2001, as vice minister of promotion department in Harbin Tai Chi Association, she organized and joined the organization of big championships and promotion. She designed the logo for the Tai Chi Championship in Northeast Three provinces.
• Won many medals in many provincial and national traditional Wushu championships in China.
• In 2003, Joined the preparation and organization of Heilongjiang Wushu Association, and being titled as vice secretary of the association.
• As a Tai Chi and Wushu judge and announcer, She joined many city, provincial and national championships and tournaments.
• As a Tai Chi Coach in the Tai Chi Training classes of Heilongjiang Wushu Association, South Korea Business Association in Harbin etc. in China.
• Teaching The Tai Chi in the Sino-Wushu Academy in Montreal, and give many seminars in Universities, Colleges and high schools etc.
Research Papers and Books
• In 2003, research paper “Explain Chen Style Tai Chi for 7 poses” earned the excellent award in JingWu Cup 2nd National Championship among Wushu Schools.
• In 2003, paper “Characteristics of Main Trend in Modern Wushu Competition” got 3rd award in China Wushu Research Conference, organized by Wushu Sub-Committee of China Sport Science Committee and National Wushu Academy.
• In 2003, paper “The Beauties of Chen Style Tai Chi Quan Exercise” won 1st Award in First East-Asian Wushu Championship.
• 2004, edited and published Tai Chi book, “Tai Chi Bible”, published in Harbin, China.
• In 2004. paper “Opinion of Aesthetic Characteristic of Traditional Wushu” received 2nd Award in the First International Traditional Wushu Festival and Paper Conference.
• In 2006, the paper “Research on promotions of Chinese Wushu Duan Wei System Abroad” was read and got the 2nd research award in the Second International Traditional Wushu Festival, in China. And it is also included in the 3rd Proceeding of Wushu Research, published by People’s Sports Press, China.
- Chinese Wushu 6th Duan;
- 1st class of China National Wushu judge;
- 12th Generation Direct-Line Descent of Chen’s Tai Chi Quan;
- Chen’s Tai Chi Headquarters – Eastern Canada：Vice Director;
- Quebec Wushu Association: Vice President;
- Member of Wushu Sub-Committee, China Sport Science Committee