Yin Style Baguazhang – Feudal Wrestling

[Brother Hu with He Jinbao in the pic]  Feudal wrestling is essential to Yin Style Bagua professionals in the Qing era.  The Manchu wrestling before the 20th century contained obvious strikes and joint locks, complementary to the career path, and the Imperial Guard’s armor- worn during circle walking around the tree.  The strikes of the wrestling for mounted officers is contained within various Yin Style systems and dominant within the Lion System- contrary to modern Shui Jiao (or popular folk Dragon classification) which has lost much of the cavalry striking.  In the Qing era, military wrestling utilized edge of hand and various bone strikes- crucial for taking down an armored opponent.  The Manchu style of vest descended from the leather edged portion of the Mongolian style of armor- the most important area of the armor for grasping and qi uprooting practice.

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).   

 

The Story of Kang Mi Mi, the M-Tattoo Cat – William E. Fairbairn

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The first edition of “The Story of Kang Mi Mi,” the “M-Tattoo Cat”: the Canadian comic book author Sam was inspired by the story of old Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. The officer cat, Kang Mi Mi, and the Hungry Ghost character’s fighting technique are based on William E. Fairbairn’s “Defendu” System. Defendu is later combined/ adapted with feudal Shaolin (Yin Style Baguazhang)- evolving into the Fairbairn Method.