Paris Lainas (born 1979 in Vienna) started to train Chinese martial arts at the age of 17. Studying different styles for six years, he discovered Chen style Taijiquan and concentrated his efforts solely on this art since 2003.
He is the Austrian National Champion in the categories ‘Taiji forms’ (2004, 2005 and 2007) and ‘Taiji weapons forms’ (2007).
In 2006, he made 1st place in the category ‘traditional Chen Taijiquan hand- and weapons-form’ of the ‘4th international Zhejiang Championship 2006’ in Hangzhou, China.
In 2007, he brought home 4 gold medals from the ‘5th international Zhejiang Championship 2007’ in the categories Chen Taijiquan hand-, sword-, saber- and fan-form, and 1 gold medal for the group form.
In 2007, he was awarded the 5th Duan (teacher’s degree) after taking the test before the commission (led by Chen Xiaowang) of the Chinese Wushu Association.
In 2008 he gained the certificate for a "young master" from Master Chen Shi Hong, the Austrian Wushu-Federation, the chinese sports comitee and Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang.
He remains an arduous student of Chen Shihong and teaches the beginners class in Master Chen’s school. Paris Lainas obtained his official permission to teach, and founded the Shū Jiàn association in 2005.
Furthermore, Paris Lainas dedicated to the study of Chen Taijiquan. He is still a student of Grandmaster Chen Shi Hong and visited renowned teachers like Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and Master Chen Bing to improve his skills as teacher and practitioner.
From 2010 to 2011 Paris Lainas spent 5 months and 2012 2 months in Chenjiagou (China), the birth place of Taijiquan, to studying with Master Chen Bing (20th generation of Chen Taijiquan).