WCTAG-Family

Grand Master Chen Xiaowang

Cohort 1946, born in Chenjiagou, PR China. Chen Xiaowang is the main official representative and heir of the Chen Taijiquan tradition in the world. He is the 19th generation of the patriarchs and the chief ancestor of the Chen family, like the leading masters of history before him, especially Chen Wangting, Chen Changxing and Chen Fake. Also as one of the world's leading masters of calligraphy, the Grand Master is officially recognized as “State Treasure of the PR China” among many other awards. He regularly gives seminars worldwide, including in Germany. Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang is already a living legend. His concern is not only the global spread of Taijiquan, but the preservation of the authentic apprenticeship. The WCTA founded by him with the help of Jan Silberstorff is the largest Taijiquan association in the world.

Master Jan Silberstorff

Jan Silberstorff, born in 1967, already as a child was interested in the Eastern martial arts. At the age of 18, he began to devote his life to Taijiquan, as he sensed that this would lead to his calling. In 1989 he passed the state Taiji trainer exam of the PR China, where he lived for several years. He was one of the first foreigners to learn in the place of origin of Taijiquan, Chenjiagou, and in 1993 he became the first western master student of the traditional holder of classical Taijiquan, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, and thus also the first foreign lineage holder in the 20th generation. He is fluent in Chinese and has published numerous books and articles as well as DVDs and television documentaries on the subject. After more than 25 consecutive tournaments around the world, together with Grandmaster Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang he founded the largest Taijiquan association in the world, the WCTA (World Chen Xiaowang Taijiquan Association), in 1994 and took over the management of the German association (WCTAG), which is now the largest of its kind in the West. Awarded several times by the Chinese government (including the highest Duan-level within the WCTA), he was the first non-Asian to be invited to the official Masters event of the State of Singapore in 1998. He teaches in over 15 countries worldwide and together with his students founded over 400 currently active Taijiquan groups and schools with over 500 annual courses in over 160 locations in Germany alone. He founded the leading Taiji associations in Brazil (WCTA-Br, 2006) and in Chile (WCTA-Chile, 2010). He founded other Taiji associations in Mexico in 2009 and in Cuba in 2014. In 2009 he founded the aid organization WCTAG-hilft e.V., as well as the 'Island of the children‘, which supports over 220 children in need in Sri Lanka and Brazil, and in 2013 the 'Institute of Daodejing Studies (IDS). The institute is a joint project to research and convey the Daodejing and was created through the collaboration of Huizhang Ren Farong, the Louguantai Temple, the Chinese Science Academy Xian, and its founder Jan Silberstorff. In 2015 he started an aid project for 180 refugee children in Germany and founded the Latin American umbrella organization WCTA-LA in 2017. Since 2016 he is a board member of the umbrella organization for Qigong and Taijiquan (DDQT). In the same year, together with Jan Leminsky, he founded the internationally successful Team Taiji Germany, an association and styleindependent tournament organization in order to develop the common spirit of all Taiji enthusiasts in addition to promoting youth and the sporting aspect. In 2020 he founded WeLaxx with Eric David, a health program for the broad masses of society. With his own focus on the practice, Jan Silberstorff spends most of the year in seclusion with his wife and young daughter in a village in Bulgaria.

Instructor with 3rd Master Degree

Frank Marquardt

Instructor with 2nd Master Degree

Gerhard Milbrat

Instructor with 1st Master Degree

Ralf zum FeldeKai SchlupkothenHarald Bundschuh
Thilo PapenMichael SchaafRobert Waag
Manuela SchönfeldVera-Dorothea Neumann

Instructor

Hermann KoffendRalf AnlaufJens Oliver Howe
Andreas Schmidt

Teacher

Hadmut MühlendyckSunpill Yang-MilbratThorsten Tesch
Sonja WaagSasa KrauterHolger Samlowski
Guido StefanecFrederik WahlKarin Buttenhofer
Roger BerweilerAlexander CorneliusWolfgang Lucas
Michael MarxHuu Minh NguyenMichael Rüsel
Maren ScheibleAndreas HolthusenOliver Schubert
Barbara Nowak-KornwinkelDirk RothauptDaniel Bielenstein
Anne CoblenzFriedo HotingAlmut Schmitz

Course Trainer

Thomas Graßhoff-SteinerJochen KöhlerJörg Schüler
Frank HagedornMiriam ZibellKlaus Handke-Prompan
Rainer SchönfeldAstrid Kilian-DiekmannHolger Neumeyer
Ulrich BroddeDietrich LackerUlrike Mitas
Ulrike SamlowskiDr. Philipp LichtenauerMichael Barth
Heike Michael-MurmannJens KurbjuhnCarolin Melcher
Rüdiger SchrammKatja Oanh BachJürgen Brammer
Thomas LaubAngelika RequardtKerstin Geiger
Marion SengerHeike WichmannAndreas Haberlach
Monika LucasDr. Wolfgang KöppeImke Krüger
Annette RixenOliver SpottKatja Uhlisch
Helmut FuchsNotker HilbrennerOlaf Quiring
Benjamin SteffensClaus WichmannSören Mark Aissen
Günther RiedelTanja KöhnemannPatrick Schlüsselburg
Peter GeierFabian OchsMark Schönfeld
Christoph Thomann-FuchsBarbara WolfMartin Erhardt
Anne Le NaourLutz DickowChris Franke
Norman KobowThomas KosiolNiclaas Thiele
Christiane WedigHeiko BaumannClaudia Candria
Torben Castillo HannigCarmen KunstBeate Messick
Shirley Müller de VriesChristina ThabeChristiane Drewling
Gerhard MaurerJürgen SeiboldJohann Haupt
Norbert HöllSven KoschoreckPhilipp Alexander
Ralf HonigmannJens KochBen Xaver Oelmann
Sebastian GarbasSascha JenrichIna Heise
Klaus PontiusRaymond ThibeaultJens Schmidt
Claudia Weber-HaberlachDr. Klaus-Heinrich DedringJens Haase
Sabine Jenß-MeierHans-Georg KöhlerMarion Lowack
Barbara WyciskNatascha HowaniétzAlexander Popović
Simon SchnepfKatherine FernándezMichael Brantl
Martin FraschSabine FreudensteinMartin Goedecke
Joachim W.E. MisselbeckSteffen NeuburgerRobert Tempel
Sabine BramsiepeGabriele GoldbrunnerElena Grouchenko
Hans-Joachim KühneDominic SchafflingerEric David
Jens MehmJan-Peter DonkerMartina Rehfeldt
Kai FlaggeTobias JungeTilo Kramer
Alexander KrohnLudger Schulte-LünzumMelanie Schiefelbein
Christian BehlaRainer BohnenstengelReinhard Bügel
Martina DettkeBernd Fischer von MollardKlaus Gerhardt
Helmut HagenAnke HauersteinHeiderose Hezler
Hans KarrerChristina KlawitterLambert Klos
Richard KonzelSusanne Krämer
Martina LawatschJürgen LeischnerMichael Liese
Günter OelgemöllerThomas RienthHans-Werner Rössing
Niklas SchmidtSigrid SommerUlf Stenzel
Joachim StuhlmacherSven Trepte

Assistant Trainer

Sabine SchneiderEngelhard BerwianMarkus Breig
Matthias HoickeJulian JonesAngelika Beye
Holger ZönnchenMyriam SprockhoffKarsten Kramer
Roland PokernLars SelkaKay Stegemann
Monika SomeschanRemco HeymansMonique Martin
Thomas StrehlowKarin PrinzOliver Mertsch
Dr. Bernhard FriedsamKatrin RohrClemens Ohlert
Mary KempenFrank van der HertenAlessandra Camara
Andreas JanulikMarcus SiewertDaniel Kasper
Gabriele RiemerSebastian StammsenHans Joachim Euler
Kathrin SperlichLudger BoomsJohannes Steffen
Michael S. HansThomas PfaffKaren Pallokat
Christoph KunthAngie Lin-StegmaierRonny Wolf
Leander GailusLeonard SchmidtBarbara Breig
Tobias DrehsenXi JonasSebastian Wolf
Elisabeth DanzerSabine PrillerHeinz Ludas
Silvio PetersHelena SchlichtingArmin Reuter
Florian WelleBijan BoogEric Klaiber
Birgit TimmerIngrid MutschlechnerReiner Dziewior
Jörg MeßbacherHartmut SchäferMaren Krone
Daniel MengesWinfried BuschKlaus Hetzel
Gerd ZemellaDennis MuglerAndré Reckert
Stefanie KardinalBettina DongowskyDiana Rühle
Benjamin FingerSimone FleerOlaf Kistenmacher
Hermann ForsterSven KetelsenLeonie Schlüter
Stefan MoritzKester MielkeNadine Hoppe
Christine AndersSascha BaeckerChristian Benz
Marika BergmannJörg BewigRalf Bürk
Birgit De BruynSabine DrägerMaxim Fadel
Christian FeltesKai Dirk HemmenAlexandra Hoppe
Cornelia KellerElmar KochImme Krauskopf
Benjamin KunsmannAnna Carina LangeAngelika Maisch
Sabine MargrafMonika MichelBirgit Möller
Stephan MrossRosa Mathilde ParuchaLutz Pauli
Monika PirklbauerManuel PlateThomas Priewe
Dragomir RakinicAxel ReissigSven Rosiers
Günter SchackAndreas SchäferReinhard Schäfer
Anja SchmidtPatrick SeiffartErich Sparn
Heike TheilmeierThi-Thanh-Tam TranPeter Trispel
Donald VermeulenHans-Joachim WeberGünter Werling
Inge WichMartin WielandDennis Ziegert

The Students