William E. Fairbairn – Baguazhang

irfsFairbairnFairbairn 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 city in the world at the time. Fairbairn founded and trained the Shanghai Reserve Unit (the Riot Squad) — which is the first Special Weapons & Tactics Unit in the world, and became the precursor for modern S.W.A.T. and S.R.T. teams. In China, Fairbairn studied and became proficient in Baguazhang under the instruction of Tsai Ching Tung (Cui Zhendong, Bagua student of Yin Fu), who was employed at the Imperial Palace, Beijing, as the instructor to the Retainers of the late Empress Dowager. Fairbairn later made a dedication in his book All In Fighting/The Fairbairn Method (1942) to Cui Zhendong calling him a man of "terrifying prowess." Around 1939 during the start of World War II, Fairbairn was recruited to train British Commandos and Special Operations in close quarters combative and edged weapon strategy. He integrated elements of Baguazhang's ox tongue-dragon claw hand shape/strikes/biomechanics and knife concepts into the combat training program, also designing the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife issued to the British Commandos and SAS. OSS Agents (predecessor of the modern Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Law Enforcement (FBI), received elite combative training from William Fairbairn as well.  


IRFS Martial – Imperial Renaissance Fighting Systems

Enter the Circle:

Experience the biomechanical approach to Imperial Renaissance Combative arts from the Forbidden City. Eight Animal/ Swimming Dragon Baguazhang and Martial Tai Chi Chuan to develop internal power, advanced strategy, and optimized martial function, utilizing physics and the principals of the circle.


 IRFS System:

The system includes training in Traditional Yin Style Baguazhang, Cheng Baguazhang, and Beijing Chen Tai Chi Chuan.  Baguazhang is based on teachings and philosophies that are thousands of years old, but refined in the mid-1800s by Dong Haichuan who passed the core systems to Yin Fu (Eight Animal) and Cheng Ting Hua (Swimming Dragon).  As the last internal art of the late Qing Dynasty bodyguards, Baguazhang is one of the most profound, and sophisticated in martial approach.  The combative concepts and biomechanics are integrated into "The Fairbairn Method", wartime system of William E. Fairbairn. The comprehensive fighting system enhances centripetal and centrifugal power control and kinetics, in historical and modern methods for self-defense and cultivation. I.R.F.S. is a training system with roots from direct lineages branching from ancient Carriers of Baguazhang and non-commercialized Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan. It contains biomechanic framework development and bridging of the traditional systems to the contemporary world. Baguazhang and Taijiquan philosophy stems from the eight trigrams and Yin/Yang theory of the I Ching, integrating concepts for the individual’s body kinetics. IRFS is an internal martial art, meaning nuanced internal physics is emphasized/ methods practiced strengthen an individual's organs through intent/fascia control and internal muscle groups, distinct from external training systems. The adaptive martial structures in both empty hand and historical edged weapons training, restructure one's body to merge with the laws of physics of martial understanding which has evolved from the ancient to modern world.

About the Instructor:

Kuan Wang is the Founder of YSBHMA/Imperial Renaissance Fighting System 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 and Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Kuan has spent numerous years dedicating his life to preserving and evolving the ancient training methods of internal energy martial arts.

About Private Course Rates:

"Historically Baguazhang and Internal Martial Arts are taught on a one on one basis. This allows customization and isolation to practitioner's learning curves."

-Private Courses (Individual training in Martial Framework/Routines, Internal Concepts, and Biomechanics) – You will have a training partner for Martial Applications. or bring a friend with the split rate program. (Historical/Modern empty hand/weapons combative concepts, Self-Defense applications are taught only with a partner.)

Basic Monthly Programs:

One Session (one hour) per Month: $60
Two Sessions (one hour each) per Month: $120
Three Sessions (one hour each) per Month: $150 

Split Rate and Semester Programs Available/By Appointment Only


Intermediate and Advanced Technician Programs:

One Session (2 Hours in Length/ limited availability), email: kuan@baguakungfu.com for more info.