Imperial Renaissance Fighting Systems:
≡The system includes training in Traditional Yin Style Baguazhang, Feudal Shaolin Kungfu, Cheng Baguazhang, and Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan. ≡ Historical Baguazhang is unlike anything in the kungfu cinemas, nor similar to the mainstream “internal” interpretation popular in modern culture. The “internal martial arts” with the branding of BAGUA, XINGYI, TAIJI, branched directly from folk tradition in the Peking Opera at the fall of Qing Dynasty (1900). Baguazhang before the 1928 fitness reform in China, is labeled as feudal Shaolin methods. The current Eight Trigram Bagua symbol attached to the arts, in origin, is to symbolize the ancient military of past generations- Eight formation changes, or eight combat formations used by commanders of the Imperial Army. The 1928 reform altered the original intent, and now Baguazhang has shifted greatly into purely sports and cultural philosophy. The benefits of modernization of “Internal Martial Arts” unfortunately impacts the original systems negatively. Historical research by numerous Chinese scholars reveals- there is no evidence the ancient masters earned their reputation by the context of training, in today’s kungfu culture. The original teachings of Dong Haichuan have military & law enforcement roots, integrated with a holistic philosophy towards fighting. The “internal” methods exist in the feudal era, however, the psychology and approach are similar to Sun Tzu’s Art of War- achieving victory through flexibility/ strategy, winning the fight with minimal force (often utilizing modern weapons essential to the terrain). The art of fighting with the least amount of combat necessary, for victory and peace. The founding fathers of Internal Martial Arts were chivalrous kungfu bad-asses, however, medieval times were harsh- so the history is intense. All levels of practitioners are welcome- we are a research-based organization dedicated to preserving feudal Chinese Kungfu. The training group here is disciplined, scholarly, and easy going. Join our efforts in preserving First Generation methods of Internal Martial Arts, before commercialization. The medieval system is shared between DHC’s two primary disciples, Yin Fu and Cheng Ting Hua. The only difference being the psychology of approach to one’s environment (Yin Fu- Imperial Army, Cheng Ting Hua- militia/law) & weapons/ martial application available or relevant to the individual’s profession. Cheng Ting Hua’s original Baguazhang is a part of Yin Fu’s Military System- the methods are fundamentally polearm techniques of Qing foot soldiers, with use of empty-hand secondary to armed training. The original systems of Yin Fu and Cheng Tinghua are based on feudal Shaolin Tiger & Dragon methods, with a foundation in Manchurian wrestling. Commercial Baguazhang today, unfortunately, has evolved in a direction far removed from the accurate historical documentation. Feudal Baguazhang (integrated with the close combat system “The Fairbairn Method” of William E. Fairbairn) is one of the most profound, and sophisticated in martial approach, body skill, and urban practicality. The comprehensive fighting system enhances centripetal and centrifugal power control and kinetics, in historical and modern methods for self-defense. Feudal Chen Taijiquan is characterized as a sophisticated Ming Dynasty martial system using the leverage of joints and bone structure integrating fierce short-range empty-hand strikes, wrestling, chin na- with the ancient military treatise. Chen Tai Chi develops the change in response to outside forces, an art of neutralization to achieve dominance- intercepting an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force- the strategy is historically more balanced than the modern interpretation which has shifted into sports fitness. BEIJING GONGFU JIA Taijiquan (feudal Chen Taijiquan) and BAJIQUAN share the exact approach in the Qing dynasty and trace back to the same Qi Jiguang manual. Both systems contain the “unarmed” boxing methods of Qi Jiguang treatise, instead of pure sword and shield (Lao Jia 74) routine. IRFS contains biomechanic framework development and martial principals, with military science and research into ancient lines of Baguazhang and Chen Tai Chi Chuan, before the 1928 fitness reform in China. Feudal Baguazhang training consists of (Yin Fu) Hard Palm and (Yin/Cheng Ting Hua) Interlinking Body/ with a focus on raw historical Biomechanics/Routines/Empty-Hand Strategy/ and Weapons training. Medieval Taijiquan training consists of Beijing/Village Chen Gongfu Jia (Old, New Frames) emphasizing smart body mechanics, unarmed strategy, historical weapons (unlikehe Peking Opera swords and tassel, or the oxtail sabers which were non-existent in Ming Dynasty), and martial application of ancient and present.
About the Instructor & Organization:
Kuan Wang is the Founder of Imperial Renaissance Fighting Systems and is an indoor disciple and private student of He Jinbao. Kuan Wang has also studied intensively in Beijing and abroad, under the guidance of prestigious instructors for Cheng Baguazhang/ Shaolin/ and Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Kuan has spent numerous years dedicating his life to preserving and researching the ancient artifact of medieval Chinese fighting arts. ≡IRFS Martial is a private, and independent organization with a biomechanical approach to the Fairbairn/ Medieval Method of Baguazhang/ Shaolin. IRFS is established under the guidance of Kuan Wang’s Teachers, including He Jinbao, the Lineage Carrier for Yin Style Baguazhang of the Men Baozhen/Xie Peiqi branch. Imperial Renaissance Fighting System is Not affiliated with the public workshop tour organization Yin Style Bagua Hand To Hand Combatives.≡