Hunyuan Tai Chi Lineage Chart
History & Development of Hunyuan Tai Chi  
Hunyuan Tai Chi is the life's work of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang, one of China's most famous modern Tai Chi masters. As a young man, Grandmaster Feng had two extraordinary teachers who would become the major influences on the later development of Hunyuan Tai Chi: 

• Grandmaster Chen Fa Ke, 
known as "Tai Chi First Master", he was the 17th-generation lineage-holder of 
Chen-style Tai Chi, and

• Grandmaster Hu Yao Zhen, 
a Xinyiquan master, Taoist adept, and Traditional Chinese Medical doctor known 
in China as the "Father of Modern Qigong." 
Grandmaster Feng took the best from each of these great teachers to create Hunyuan Tai Chi:

From Grandmaster Chen, he took Chen-style Tai Chi,
the original martial style of Tai Chi famous for its external beauty and
internal power (all other forms of Tai Chi are derived from Chen-style). 

• From Grandmaster Hu, he took elements of Xinyi, and especially
the art and science of Qigong (chi-gung, life energy cultivation),
the ancient Taoist practice used to build health and vitality, a calm mind,
and internal power for self-defense.

By combining these two traditions, Grandmaster Feng created a new 'frame' of Chen Style Tai Chi rooted in the martial, but marked by an emphasis on the cultivation of internal energy for physical, mental, and spiritual health, and expressed in large, flowing movements based on circles and spirals.

Hunyuan Tai Chi is now practiced worldwide. 
It was first introduced to the United States by Grandmaster Feng's senior disciple,
Master Zhang Xuexin, when he emigrated to San Francisco in 1990 and founded the Feng Zhiqiang Taiji Academy USA. 

Among Master Zhang's many 'indoor' disciples is Malcolm Dean, 
founder of the San Francisco Hunyuan Taiji Academy. He has worked with Master Zhang for over 25 years, both in public classes and private 'indoor' sessions. Master Zhang has retired from public teaching, but his school banner now hangs in our practice hall.


• 17th generation Chen Style Tai Chi lineage

Chen Fake remained undefeated after taking open challenges for 17 days in Beijing and became very famous in the martial arts community, and people referred to him as "Taiji yi ren" (Taiji first master). Since that time, the real gongfu of Chen Style Taiji started to be recognized and respected by the outside world.


Hu Yaozhen was a famous grandmaster of both Qigong and Xin Yi Liu He, and was given the nickname "Single Finger Shakes the World" for his ability to defeat opponents with "emission chi" from a single pointing finger. The Japanese martial arts community called him the "The Spirit of Chinese Martial Arts."


• 18th generation Chen Tai Chi 
• Founder, Hunyuan Tai Chi 

"Grandmaster Feng was a giant in many ways. He had a tremendous hunger to learn, and a giant intellect to feed that hunger. As with many men of great intellect, he possessed a giant sense of humor. He was a giant of hard work and innovation. Most importantly, he possessed a giant sense of kindness and generosity..."


• 19th generation Chen Tai Chi   

• 2nd generation Hunyuan Tai chi 

Master Zhang Xuexin is the senior disciple of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang, the founder of Hunyuan Tai Chi, and one of the top Chen Style Hunyuan Tai Chi experts in the United States. He began studying waijia (external martial arts) in China at age nine, especially Shaolin and Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling). In 1963, at age 35, he began his study of neijia (internal martial arts), with both the laojia (old) and xinjia (new) forms of Chen Style Tai Chi.


• Founder, SF Hunyuan Taijii Academy

"I began tai chi in 1986 for the same reason many people do—to deal with chronic pain. After 25 years of practice, all I can say is: it works. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to meet my own teacher, Zhang Xuexin.."