If you were able to have a conversation with a member of the Chen family, what would you ask?
On the 50th edition of my Internal Fighting Arts podcast, I have a nearly two-hour conversation with Chen Huixian.
Among the topics we discuss:
What was it like growing up in the Chen Village?
What is it like being a woman teaching in a martial art long dominated by men?
Does the Chen family hold back information from outsiders?
What was it like moving to the United States when you had never been here before?
As the milestone approached for the 50th edition, I have hoped for months that she would do an interview. I'm very happy that she did.
Chen Huixian is the only Chen family member living and teaching Taijiquan in the United States.
She lives with her husband, Michael Chritton, in Overland Park, Kansas, part of the Kansas City area. Michael was the guest on my very first podcast. It is really cool, in my humble opinion, that Huixian would be the guest on the 50th. These are good people, as you can hear if you go back and listen to the first podcast and also this one.
Chen Huixian was born in 1981 in the Chen Village and her uncles include Grandmasters Chen Xiaowang, Chen Xiaoxing, and Chen Zhenglei. Her father was Grandmaster Chen Chunlei. Her grandfather was Chen Zhaopi.
You can listen to the podcast or download it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean and other distributors. Here is a link to the Stitcher page:
-- by Ken Gullette