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.

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.  

Beijing November 2018 – Essential BaguaFighter’s Diet and Nutrition

[He Jinbao, Frank K. and the crew]   A nutrient fortified Baguafighter’s diet is essential for the energy demands in training.   Baguazhang athletes need a medium to high protein diet to build and maintain their lean muscle mass.  The nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables boost recovery and provides essential fiber needed for hours upon hours of circle-walking and military drills around the tree!!

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.

Bajiquan Origins – Beijing Gongfu Jia Taijiquan

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Chen Fake’s system (refined by Chen Zhaokui) is unique due to its integration of BAJIQUAN elements popular among armed escorts of the late Qing and Republic of China era. Both medieval Chen Taijiquan and Bajiquan descend from late Ming Era, Qi Jiguang treatise. The feudal Chen Taijiquan is Shaolin military with an approach similar to Bajiquan- the empty-hand methods of feudal Bajiquan are very much a part of Beijing Gongfu Jia Taiji. 

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.

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.

“SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST 1928 KUNGFU REFORM FALLACIES”!!