Cheng Jin Cai (1953 – 2016) passed away on Sunday, November 6th after a three month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a 19th generation master of the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan. Cheng began learning the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan in 1970 under the guidance of Wang Xian, and continued studying with him until 1973. In 1973 he then began training under the famous 18th generation Chen Family Grand Master Chen Zhao Kui (1928 – 1981). He trained with Chen Zhao Kui until his death in 1983.
In 1994, Cheng Jin Cai move to the United States to live in Houston, Texas. It was there that he founded the International Chen Style Tai Chi Development Center in the same year. Cheng Jin Cai then became the only successor of Grand Master Chen Zhaokui in the United States.
Please enjoy the video below of Master Cheng Jin Cai performing the Chen style Tai Chi and Push Hands from the Houston Internation Material Arts & USAWKF National Championships held in 2007.
Cheng Jin Cai was very heavily involved in the Tai Chi community in Houston, the United States, and across the globe. Cheng Jin Cai was President of The US Chen-Style Tai Chi Federation, President of the Southern US Henan Association, Advisor to the United States of America Wushu-Kungfu Federation and US Tai Chi Federation, Leader of the International Chen-style Tai Chi Promotion Center. He was also Honorary President of the Jiaozuo Tai Chi Research Association of Henan Province, China, and Vice President of Jiaozuo City Martial Arts Association.
Cheng Jin Cai was the publisher of a U.S. magazine called “World Kung Fu”, and produced numerous books and videos on the instruction of the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan. He worked tirelessly to promote the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan, and taught many students from around the world. He trained some of these students to become teachers to carry on the art that he had loved.
Cheng Jin Cai will truly be missed by the world’s Tai Chi community. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and many students. The funeral service will be held at the Windford Funeral Home in Houston, Texas on Saturday November 12th, 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. All are invited.