Chen Fake or Chén Fākē 陳發科 (1887–1957) was a famous Chinese Taijiquan teacher.
Born and raised in Chen Family Village (Chenjiagou, 陳家溝) , he was the 17th generation lineage holder of Chen Style Taijiquan.
His great-grandfather was the famous Taijiquan Grand master Chen Changxing who formulated the lao jia yi lu and er lu from the earlier forms of Chen Wangting.
Chen Fake made Chen Taijiquan a known and distinct entity when he went to Beijing at the invitation of his nephew Chen Zhaopi in 1928 and opened the Zhongzhou Institute, which taught taijiquan.
Chen Fake is also known as the creator of the so-called New Frame (xin jia) within Chen style.
Chen Fake feared that taijiquan was being lost because some of its properties were too subtle, so he created a form that added visible external movements to internal actions.
Exponents are however divided over this view.
His son Chen Zhaokui is among many who regard Xin Jia to be a more refined style of Chen not previously taught in public.
Xin Jia is much more ornate than the so-called Old Frame style (Lao Jia) of Chen Zhaopi.
Chen Fake practiced 30 forms daily for 30 years and the martial arts circles in Beijing awarded him with a plaque saying he had the top level gong fu in China.
Of humble character he put the plaque under his bed and said there is always someone better.
Of his various exploits 2 interesting stories tell of him single handedly defending the city gates of wenxian with a long pole against a group of around 80 bandits known as the red spear gang.
Another story tells how he refused to work for a certain warlord who then had his hands tied and ordered him to be attacked by a sabre.He disarmed the sabre attack just with his feet!