I teach the two systems for two reasons:
- Personal bias. You can also call this respect for my two masters. I am a disciple of both systems and therefore, I find in my heart that I must teach both systems. This does not mean that I always teach both Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method and Hunyuan Taiji at the same time.
- Both are valid and valuable systems that people should learn and benefit from. The two masters were both disciples of Grandmaster Chen Fake. Their personal pursuit led them to develop different flavors of the same art. It is important to understand that the basis for their respective arts is the same. My personal view is that pure Chen Style is concerned with body mechanics of how power is generated and delivered the most efficient way. Hunyuan Taiji is concerned with the energy flow in the body and how it affects the body and health. Both are indeed important.
If one has to make a choice, then these two views should be taken into consideration in the decision making process.
(This reply is from Chen Zhonghua)