iron-KW-ancientTImperial Renaissance Fighting Systems:

The system includes training in Yin Style Baguazhang, Feudal Shaolin Kungfu, Cheng Baguazhang, Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan, and Wutan Bajiquan.   Dong Haichuan's historical Baguazhang is unlike anything in the kungfu cinemas, nor similar to the mainstream "internal" interpretation popular in modern culture. Commercial Baguazhang instruction today, unfortunately, is inspired by the popular 1920s novel 'Tong Lin Chuan', which presents the founder of Baguazhang's martial arts and life- in a fantastic/ inaccurate way. 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) and the Republic of China reforms. The 1928 reform and legends presented in 'Tong Lin Chuan' altered the original intent and curriculum, 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 real person named Dong Haichuan (1797 - 1882) was born in the Jiaqing period of Qing Dynasty, formerly known as Dong Mingkui, and was born in Zhujiawu Village, Wen'an County, Hebei Province. The Dong family lived in Hongdong County in Shanxi Province. The ancestors of Dong Haichuan were the generals of the Yuan Dynasty. They served as the deputy marshal of the general of Long Huwei. Dong’s ancestors moved to the city of Hebei in the early years of the Ming Dynasty. The descendants of their descendants were military commanders for five consecutive generations.  According to Wen’an Wenshi data and Xiongxian County records, many people in the Dong Haichuan family are military commanders and feudal Shaolin professionals. 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 insightful in martial strategy, ancient biomechanics, and urban practicality. The comprehensive fighting system enhances centripetal and centrifugal power control and kinetics, in historical and modern methods of self-defense. Feudal Chen Taijiquan (Beijing Gongfu Jia) 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, and joint-locks- with the ancient military treatise.  The ancient system 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 and Bajiquan descend from the same sources in the Ming Dynasty- separated in the early 20th century during the 1928 Fitness Reform.  Our organization cross-trains Wutan Bajiquan with Beijing Chen Taijiquan for a comprehensive understanding of the factual Ming era systems...  IRFS contains biomechanic framework development and martial principals, with military science and research into ancient lines of Baguazhang (feudal Shaolin) and Chen Tai Chi Chuan (with Wutan Bajiquan), 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 Chen Gongfu Jia (Old, New Frames) and Wutan Bajiquan emphasizing smart body mechanics, unarmed strategy, historical weapons, 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/ Bajiquan/ 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.≡

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About Classes & Rates: By Appointment Only

Live Training:

  • One Session (1 Hour in Length): $60 Basic Monthly Private Courses- (Individual training in Framework/Historical Routines, Biomechanic Concepts, Strategy, and Feudal Insight) - You will have a training partner for Martial Applications (Combative Concepts, Empty-Hand Strategy, Feudal Weapons, Urban Self-Defense techniques are taught only with a partner.) "$45 for first introductory lesson"  ≡Online Training Launch & Live Training Workshops, Now Available≡
  • Two Sessions per Month: $120
  • Three Sessions per Month: $165

Schedule a Live Training Workshop next time you are in Austin, Texas. Intermediate and Advanced Technician Programs:  One Session (2 Hours in Length/ limited availability), Email: kuan@baguakungfu.com for more info.

" Historically Baguazhang and Internal Martial Arts are taught on a one on one basis. This allows customization and isolation to practitioner's learning curves. "