King of the Snakes – General Qi Jiguang

Te fluid and adaptive strikes of the snake entwines and devastates an opponent’s defense. In contemporary times, the serpent strategy resides in Shaolin methods of Baguazhang, Bajiquan, and Taijiquan. Armored Shaolin monks in the Ming Era defended empires, using the Long Snake Formation in battle.

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The Lion – An Imperial Icon

Ever since prehistoric times, the Lion has never inhabited China naturally… yet the King of Beasts remains an Imperial icon.  To this day, the images of lions are everywhere in the east, such as lion dance, stone lion, and Yin Style Bagua Lion System. The

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Ancestors Baguazhang – Military Wrestling

The feudal wrestling techniques of Baguazhang practitioners have shifted greatly with the times. Empty-hand wrestling methods in the classical sense serve fractions of the curriculum under jurisdiction of Internal House Affairs. Qing-era wrestling battalions integrate grappling in the context of military close combat- emphasizing disarms,

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Modern Self Defense – Principals Of The Circle

[Xu Xiaodong’s coach Mei Huizhi, demonstrates principals of the circle] In any era, self-defense requires standards and context relevant to its environment. Feudal Baguazhang strategies nowadays are often adapted for combat sports, fitness, or holistic routes in training, to cater to the modern man.  For

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Dragon Carrying Strike – Miao Dao

In the 19th century, armed and unarmed methods are often trained within the Four Point footwork pattern of Yin Style Baguazhang. The same is true for other close fighting systems of that era, such as Savate in the Anglo/French divisions. The YSB Dragon Carrying methods

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Yin Style Bagua Dragon System – Imperial Power

The YSB Dragon System is underappreciated in today’s kungfu culture, partly because Snake symbolism is often attached to Yin Fu’s personal fighting style. The popularity of the Luohan Penetrating Palms styling in most Yin Style branches is the primary reason for the ‘snake’ characteristics- snakes

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Prince Su – Three Airbenders

Shanqi (善耆; 1866–1922; 10th), held the title Prince Su of the First Rank from 1898 to 1922, posthumously honored as Prince Suzhong of the First Rank (肅忠親王).  There are three noticeable Airbenders in the background. Eunuch bodyguards of the good prince would look like the pic. Dong

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The Ball Is Not In Your Court – Eunuch Bodyguards

[In the left corner, Imperial Guard/ in the right corner, Eunuch Bodyguards] During the early 19th century, the Forbidden City Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) utilized resistance forces known as “Technical Courage Eunuchs”, well-known martial artists selected from the eunuch team. A special security bodyguard capable of

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Dongchang Hutong – Yin Fu Bodyguard Business

Yin Fu dedicated many efforts to his bodyguard business in Beijing. He successively worked in the East Tower East Factory Hutong (Dongchang)- the site which was once the most elite Intelligence Agency in Ming Dynasty. During the 19th century, Dongchang became the residence to many

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