Gong Baotian Baguazhang – Different Divisions Of Training

Gong Baotian/ disciple of Yin Fu is renown as the prototype for “Master Gong Yutian” in the GRANDMASTER Motion Picture- Gong Baotian may be among the most popular Yin Style Baguazhang icons in the Republic of China era. Modern Baguazhang schools generally make no distinction between Yin Fu’s students or provide a factual explanation of why methods of training, weapons, routines- differ so much between branches which exist today. Feudal Academia reveals the difference is simply divisions/ranks in occupation and time.  Gong Baotian achieved the Imperial Guard status and General Manager of the Four Products- which is Second Rank Sword Guard. Yin Fu is First Rank Imperial Guard and Commander, selected from the upper three flags of the banner system. The separate divisions of just one rank are substantial in regards to martial style, weapons, footwork, context. General Managers of the Four Products have more restrictions on firearms and remain unarmed in close quarters with the Empress.  The Spear or Halberd is often utilized during inner palace duty, in conjunction with the military saber when appropriate. As a Han Chinese First Rank Guard under Manchu Rule, Yin Fu’s standards and military privileges are on a different level from Gong Baotian- unparalleled in Napoleonic tactics and feudal Shaolin. Yin Fu is the Three Products Commander, therefore Yin Fu’s Chief System contains polearm/Luohan methods of the second rank, as well as techniques reserved for the most elite.

Dong Haichuan Novel – Tong Lin Chuan 1920s

[Pics from Tong Lin Chuan novel- the Shaolin influence is obvious]  The legendary story of Dong Haichuan’s Opera-Fu exploits originated from the martial arts novel “雍正剑侠图” in the early 1920s.  This instant classic has the most extensive influence on Baguazhang folk tradition in the Republic of China era. The author Chang Jieyi used Dong Haichuan as a prototype to create the character Tong Lin, which has brought a magical and fantastic context to Dong Haichuan’s life and the origin of the Eight Diagrams Palm.  The magical fallacies from this world of FICTION continue to this day in countless Baguazhang schools, including the Deerhorn Knife and an arsenal of Peking Opera weapons…  Now back to base reality, Dong Haichuan was originally named Dong Mingkui, a native of Zhujiawu Village, Wen’an County, Hebei Province in the Qing Dynasty. The Factual 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.

Bajiquan Austin, TX – Ming Dynasty Origins

[Uncle Ma, lecturing about short-range elbows again- at the World Armed Forces Association]   Feudal Bajiquan and Beijing Chen Taijiquan descend from the same sources in the Ming Dynasty- separated in the early 20th century during the 1928 Fitness Reform. Before the 20th century, the systems are Feudal Military Shaolin. Liu Yun Qiao cross-trained Yin Style Baguazhang (orthodox penetrating palms) with Wutan Bajiquan.

Feudal Dantian Methods – The Ancient Chinese Military Commander’s Waist

In ancient Chinese sculptures and paintings, most of the Generals were portrayed with a thicker muscular belly- characterized as the waist of a tiger, or ancient military commander’s waist.  In modern times, though rare… raw lineages maintain a distinct core muscle control which descends from the Armor dynasties.  Under the ancient umbilical is the Dantian, which is regarded as a crucial muscle group for medieval Chinese Knights. A dynamic and thicker waist can provide additional protection of the spine, and auxiliary force to the core muscles. Ancient treatise favors the commander’s waist for generating short-range power and maintaining stability on foot while wearing heavy armor.  Armor prevents damage from sabers and polearms, requiring more emphasis on wrestling, balance, and core control for weapons precision.  Many conflicts ended with knocking the opponent to the ground and disrupting their Qi with either a blunt weapon (mace), or a short weapon- to penetrate a suit of armor at the seams, or through the visor of the helmet.  

Yin Style Bagua Dragon Chopping – Napoleonic Saber

Yin Style Bagua before the Republic of China era is labeled as Feudal Shaolin methods of Qing Cavalry/ Security forces.  The civil weapons ban in China has resulted in a bit of amnesia, with the current Yin Baguazhang masters.  Late 18th to the early 19th century “Dismounted Saber” of cavalry officers in the Qing era, is influenced by the Napoleonic saber technique.  Yin Style Baguazhang Dragon Chopping- is now instructed as empty-hand striking… however the primary feudal Shaolin application is the officer saber methods of Yin Fu.

Ip Man vs. Jin Shan Zhao Fight Scene – Cheng Ting Hua

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The fight scene in the first “IP MAN” film between Ip Man and the Northerner, Jin Shan Zhao-  is based on Cheng Ting Hua’s patriotic journeys in 1883.  The movie pays homage to the teahouse skirmish between Cheng Ting Hua and a Southern Chinese militiaman (who challenged Cheng Ting Hua as he was pouring tea).   

Truth of the Bagua Symbol – 1928 Internal Martial Arts Fitness Reform in China

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The 1928 Internal Martial Arts fitness reform in China standardized Internal/ External kungfu styles into the modern philosophical interpretation.  The benefits of the reform in the mind-body practice- brings destruction to Baguazhang’s feudal context and nuances. 

Eight arrays (Bagua Symbol) are important famous formations of the past generations:  Eight formation changes or the eight combat formations. In feudal times, the generals will adapt the army to various formations according to the different characteristics of the military, the terrain and the number of enemy forces. The eight arrays are divided into square arrays, circular arrays, squad arrays, rushing arrays, rounds, floating arrays, and geese arrays.

The commander’s eight-figure method divides the army into nine points in the shape of a well, and the outer eight in one, and the coach is in the middle. Eight represents eight orientations or eight positions. 

“Array” can be a unit in the military’s establishment, which are soldiers, squads, ministries, generals, and armies, consisting of eight teams.  Eight teams work as a unit, there are twenty-eight thousand and sixty-six people… Eight arrays are variable in context during battle, with sixty-four strategies. “The Eight Diagrams Change” in ancient warfare.

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