Chinese Wrestling – Tiger Claw

Yin Style Baguazhang contains claw-like movements, many of which adapted from feudal wrestling.  The wrestling vest descends from cuffs of ancient armor. A talon-like grasp is required for clenching and controlling the leather sleeve portion of the armor- before finishing the opponent on the ground.

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Dong Haichuan The Waiter – Fantastic Baguazhang Promotions

The book, Taiji Yang Luchan’s “Stolen Boxing” by the novelist Gong Baiyu of the Republic of China, is another primary inspiration for modern Baguazhang promotions and instruction. This fantasy novel is the foundation for the renown waiter and teacup story of Dong Haichuan- which contributes

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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William E. Fairbairn – Yin Style Baguazhang/ Feudal Shaolin

HISTORY IS FUN!  Fairbairn was a Royal Marine Soldier who is credited as the pioneer of modern close quarters combatives. In 1907, Fairbairn joined the Shanghai Municipal Police and served as the Primary Chief CQC instructor – Shanghai was considered to be the most dangerous

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