Imperial Renaissance Fighting Systems:

≡The system includes training in Yin Style Baguazhang, Cheng Baguazhang, Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan, and Wutan Bajiquan. ≡ *IRFS features FEUDAL BIOMECHANICS TRAINING to enhance connections between the motor cortex and the body- for the scholar or athlete. *We also emphasize historical accuracy and REAL-WORLD SELF DEFENSE for the warrior. Well-preserved feudal systems retain elite biomechanics, honed through battles of ancient dynasties. The sophisticated and scientific body mechanics are still practical for all walks of life. 

FEUDAL BAGUAZHANG: Dong Haichuan's historical system is unlike anything in the kungfu cinemas, nor similar to the mainstream interpretation popular in modern culture.  Popular Baguazhang instruction today 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 original teachings of Dong Haichuan utilize an urban approach, integrated with a holistic philosophy towards fighting.  The "internal" biomechanics exist in the feudal era, however, the psychology and context are similar to Sun Tzu's Art of War- achieving victory through flexibility/ strategy, winning the fight with minimal force (often utilizing modern instruments essential to the terrain).  The art of self-defense with the least amount of fighting necessary, for victory and peace. The founding fathers of Internal Martial Arts were chivalrous kungfu bad-asses, however, medieval times were well... medieval- so the history is fun and intense. IRFS features training programs for the SCHOLAR, WARRIOR ATHLETE, or WARRIOR» 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. Yin/ Cheng Baguazhang: 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 subsystem of Yin Fu's- the methods are fundamentally feudal Shaolin polearm techniques of Qing foot soldiers, with use of empty-hand strikes and close-in wrestling to complement. 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 self-defense 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 and fitness. 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 elite biomechanics from 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 Taijiquan interpretation which has shifted into sports calisthenics.  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 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 commercial modernization.  Qing Dynasty Arts: 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. Ming Dynasty Arts:  training consists of Beijing Chen Gongfu Jia (Old, New Frames) and Wutan Bajiquan (Xiao Baji, Da Baji, Linking, Liu Da Kai), 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:

  • MONTHLY TRAINING:  Private workshop once a month (2 Hours in Length): $100 - (Individual training in Framework/Historical Routines, Biomechanic Concepts, Strategy, and Feudal Insight) - The course alternates between solo training and comprehensive partner work/martial applications with a training partner here (Martial Concepts, Empty-Hand Strategy, Feudal Weapons, Urban Self-Defense) "$50 for first introductory workshop"  ≡The Distance Monitoring Program is recommended to supplement live training≡

Schedule a Live Training Workshop next time you are in Austin, Texas. Customized Private Lessons:  $60 One Session (1 Hour 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. "