Paul Janssens is your Chen style Practical Method instructor in Sydney, and disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua.
Paul’s road to Taijiquan started in 1991, when he was introduced to Yang style Taijiquan while living on the New South Wales south coast. Soon he saw and felt the benefits, and was, with help of instructor Chirs Langdon, able to practice 5 days per week at the banks of the Shoalhaven River.
In 1995, Paul moved to Canberra where he continued with his study of the Yang style Taijiquan, and became Taiji instructor in 1998. Soon he ran classes at Palmerston, Dickson, and at the Australian National University in Acton.
In 2008, thanks to a chance meeting with Master Xie Ai-Shu (a resident Master from Shenyang) his study included the competition Yang style Taijiquan forms, competition Sun style Taijiquan, Chen style Taijiquan (International 56) and the Chen style Xinyi Hun Yuan Taijiquan.
In 2010, as a direct result of Master Xie Ai-Shu returning to China, Paul took the decision to goto China to further his studies. Since the Yang style originated from the Chen style, Paul sought out to find an authentic teacher. Thus Paul found Master Chen Zhonghua, International Standards-bearer for the Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method, and disciple of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng (longest serving disciple of Chen family style standards-bearer, Chen Fake). Master Chen Zhonghua, originally from Shandong but now resident of Edmonton in Canada, returned to China on a yearly basis, and in 2007 started the Daqingshan Taiji Training resort near Qingdao to enable both Chinese and International students to concentrate on learning Taiji in the mountainous area near Qingdao. The Daqingshan Taiji Training resort offered the option of full-time courses, with tuition by Master Chen Zhonghua. In 2010, from July to mid-September, Paul attended the three month full-time Taijiquan training. This full-time training was life changing. With tuition and practice started daily at 5:30, breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30. Further training from 9:30 to 12:00. Lunch. Then further training from 2pm to 6pm, and after dinner until late. Training was broken up with some trips to Jinan (to visit the tomb of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng), Qufu (to visit the extensive Temple complex dedicated to Confucius), Mount Tai-an (one of the five sacred mountains in China, Qingdao (with its German colonial past, expressed in German style buildings of the era), Rizhao (to do some shopping and get those essentials) and Weifang (for a Taiji competition) and Yiyuan (also for a Taiji competition).
At Daqingshan, Paul studied with:
Master Chen Zhonghua
- 19th generation master of Chen style Taijiquan ‘Practical Method’ (also called Hong’s Method) and disciple of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng.
- International Standards-bearer of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical method.
- 2nd generation master of Chen style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan and disciple of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.
- Paul received hands-on Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method instruction, discussed principles, listened theory, learned the Yilu (first form) and the intricacies of push hands.
Master Li Enjiu:
- 19th generation master of Chen style Taijiquan Practical method and disciple of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng.
- Chinese Standards-bearer of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical method based in Jinan, Shandong.
- Paul received Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method instruction
Master Cai Shengye:
- 19th generation master of Chen style Taijiquan Practical method and disciple of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng and instructor of Shandong Push Hands champions.
- Paul received personal Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method Chin-na instruction
Master Sun Zhonghua:
- 1st generation Master of Chen style Xingyi Hunyuan Taijiquan and premier disciple of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang (and also a former diplomat and organiser of the very first International Hunyuan conference)
- Paul received personal Hun Yuan instruction and Hun Yuan Sword instruction.
Master Ni Yuanhai
- President at Zi Bo City ZiTongShan Wushu Academy
- Paul received instructions on competition push hands
Master Yang Yingjian:
- 1st generation master of Chen style Xingyi Hunyuan Taijiquan and disciple of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.
- Paul received instruction on Hun Yuan Qigong.
In 2011, Paul returned to Daqingshan to be part of the first Hong Junsheng Taijiquan International conference and competition. The conference was attended by all surviving disciples of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng, and by many masters from other Taijiquan styles, Bagua styles and Xingyi styles. Paul was able to push hands with various disciples of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng.
In 2012, Paul organised the first Australian visit of Master Chen Zhonghua, with workshops and private group sessions held in Sydney and Canberra.
In 2013, Paul organised the return visit of Master Chen Zhonghua to Sydney and became the first Australian disciple of the Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method in Australia at a ceremony during the Perth workshop.
In 2014 and 2015, Paul again organised the return of Master Chen Zhonghua. The 2015 workshop had 38 students attending from NSW, Victoria, Queensland and one keen student from Singapore.
Paul is an Australian Sports Commission accredited Instructor under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme which is recognised by the Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments and Kung Fu Wushu Australia Limited. Kung Fu Wushu Australia Limited is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission as the Official Governing Body and National Sporting Organisation for all Chinese Martial Arts in Australia. Paul is a committee member of the Kung Fu and Wushu Australia and is the New South Wales representative of the Tai Chi Association Australia (TCAA).
The Chen style Taijiquan Sydney Studio is a member of the Australian Kung Fu and Wushu Association.