Bajiquan – An Internal Martial Art?

Bajiquan is not included in the three major Internal Martial Arts categories- which was standardized in 1928 by the Chinese government for fitness and cultural-sports promotions. This exclusion of Bajiquan really makes no sense if Chen Taijiquan is considered an Internal style. Beijing Chen Taijiquan of Chen Fake (currently instructed by his grandson in Beijing, Chen Yu), descends from the same Ming era sources as Bajiquan. Bajiquan and Beijing Chen Taijiquan were separated and rebranded in the early 20th century- they were of one system in feudal times… the ROC Special Operations and Liu Yun Qiao (instructor of Chiang Kai-shek’s bodyguards) in the pic- seem harmonious with Bajiquan Qi-flow and mind-intent boxing.

Renaissance Man – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee sought to develop abilities in all areas of accomplishment: intellectual, artistic, and physical. Bruce has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man in modern kungfu culture. Bruce is also known by feudal historians to have a profound interest in Qing and Ming Dynasty military arts- as illustrated by his silky Imperial Dragon t-shirt. 

Shaolin Stick – Ancestor of the Hundred Soldiers

The Shaolin Stick Method is the foundation for Cheng Style Baguazhang and certain categories in Yin Style [Silky Pudao or Dragon Capturing, which is cudgel methods- it’s not empty-hand as commonly presented].  The Shaolin Stick descends from the Ming Dynasty- the stick is interchangeable with polearms ranging from pudao to tigerfork. A short polearm (around the height of the person wielding it) is more focused on melee combat for foot soldiers or militia. Cheng Ting Hua would possibly use a cudgel or tigerfork for city security and a pudao/ spear for militia duties if required. The Shaolin long staff is commonly represented by the Dragon in ancient literature. It is said that the stick has the unique skills of being flexible and changeable, with the skills of the vertical and horizontal forces. The use of the force must be soft and silky during the transition of the stick method. The force must be smooth- described in ancient treatise as Moving with the Force.  The mysterious secrets of Dong Haichuan’s Single, Double, and Moving with the Force Palms are foundationally FEUDAL SHAOLIN POLEARM [priceless artifact near extinction in modern times].

Wutan Bajiquan – Feudal Shaolin

The fight between MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong and Tai Chi master Wei Lei sent shockwaves through China.  A competition which only lasted 10 seconds- forever changed Chinese Kungfu history in contemporary times.  The punch that Xu utilized is the feudal Shaolin fist- iconic in Bajiquan.  This straight fist with the expansion of the rear arm is renown for penetrating force, with a continuous second energy upon impact.  Beijing Gongfu Jia Taijiquan 83 system also contains this style of boxing technique… Xu has earned the support of the Shaolin Temple in China, in an effort to preserve factual Chinese Kungfu- as there are too many exaggerated Tai Chi or commercial Kungfu promotions nowadays stemming from the 1928 Fitness Reform, detrimental to REAL Taijiquan, Baguazhang, or kungfu reputation. Xu is supportive of authentic Bajiquan (Shaolin), original Taijiquan (feudal Chen Longfist) and Yin Style Baguazhang (feudal Shaolin), he is great friends with some of He Jinbao’s early disciples.

Cheng Ting Hua – Interlinking Body Baguazhang

The graceful Pudao appeared in the Song Dynasty and which at the time, was the only legal folk weapon of this caliber.  However, the legendary Airbending weapon was not widely used until the late Qing Dynasty. The Pudao is underappreciated in modern Baguazhang culture, as historical documentation reveals its strong connection in defending against ferocious tigers in the feudal era. The tiger is a symbol of Imperial Rule and ancient Shaolin champions.  Many today regard Cheng Ting Hua’s Baguazhang as the most similar in appearance and strategy to the founder, Dong Haichuan. Scholars have determined this fact is indeed true, though it is a myth Cheng Ting Hua’s method is separate from Yin Fu’s Imperial Guard Commander system. The Pudao in the pic is the “Tai Ping Knife”.   A multitude of soldiers from the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom in the late Qing Dynasty used this style of Pudao extensively.  Even with such a simple weapon, the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom defeated the well-equipped Qing army- which shows that although the Pudao is extinct in modern Baguazhang culture, the power is not to be underestimated. Dong Haichuan entered Beijing around the Taiping Rebellion timeframe- there is minimal chance the founder would not be skilled with the silky and smooth Pudao prowess.

IRFS Martial – Imperial Renaissance Fighting Systems

IRFS Feudal Chinese Martial Studies:

≡The system includes training in Yin Style Baguazhang, Feudal Shaolin Kungfu, Cheng Baguazhang, Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan, and Wutan Bajiquan. ≡  Dong Haichuan's historical Baguazhang is unlike anything in the kungfu cinemas, nor similar to the mainstream interpretation popular in modern culture.  Popular Baguazhang instruction today is inspired by the popular 1920s novel 'Tong Lin Chuan', which presents the founder of Baguazhang's martial arts and life- in a fantastic/ inaccurate way. The "internal martial arts" with the branding of BAGUA, XINGYI, TAIJI, branched directly from folk tradition in the Peking Opera at the fall of Qing Dynasty (1900) and the Republic of China reforms. The 1928 reform and legends presented in 'Tong Lin Chuan' altered the original intent and curriculum, and now Baguazhang has shifted greatly into purely sports and cultural philosophy. The benefits of modernization of "Internal Martial Arts" unfortunately impacts the original systems negatively.  Historical research by numerous Chinese scholars reveals- there is no evidence the ancient masters earned their reputation by the context of training, in today's kungfu culture. The real person named Dong Haichuan (1797 - 1882) was born in the Jiaqing period of Qing Dynasty, formerly known as Dong Mingkui, and was born in Zhujiawu Village, Wen'an County, Hebei Province. The Dong family lived in Hongdong County in Shanxi Province. The ancestors of Dong Haichuan were the generals of the Yuan Dynasty. They served as the deputy marshal of the general of Long Huwei. Dong’s ancestors moved to the city of Hebei in the early years of the Ming Dynasty. The descendants of their descendants were military commanders for five consecutive generations.  According to Wen’an Wenshi data and Xiongxian County records, many people in the Dong Haichuan family are military commanders and feudal Shaolin professionals. The original teachings of Dong Haichuan have military & law enforcement roots, integrated with a holistic philosophy towards fighting.  The "internal" biomechanics exist in the feudal era, however, the psychology and context are similar to Sun Tzu's Art of War- achieving victory through flexibility/ strategy, winning the fight with minimal force (often utilizing modern weapons essential to the terrain).  The art of fighting with the least amount of combat necessary, for victory and peace. The founding fathers of Internal Martial Arts were chivalrous kungfu bad-asses, however, medieval times were harsh- so the history is intense. All levels of practitioners are welcome- we are a research-based organization dedicated to preserving feudal Chinese Kungfu. The training group here is disciplined, scholarly, and easy going. Join our efforts in preserving First Generation methods of Internal Martial Arts, before commercialization. Yin/ Cheng Baguazhang: the medieval system is shared between DHC's two primary disciples, Yin Fu and Cheng Ting Hua. The only difference being the psychology of approach to one's environment (Yin Fu- Imperial Army, Cheng Ting Hua- militia/law) & weapons/ martial application available or relevant to the individual's profession. Cheng Ting Hua's original Baguazhang is a subsystem of Yin Fu's- the methods are fundamentally feudal Shaolin polearm techniques of Qing foot soldiers, with use of empty-hand strikes and close-in wrestling to complement. The original systems of Yin Fu and Cheng Tinghua are based on feudal Shaolin Tiger & Dragon methods, with a foundation in Manchurian wrestling.  Commercial Baguazhang today, unfortunately, has evolved in a direction far removed from the accurate historical documentation.  Feudal Baguazhang (integrated with the self-defense system "The Fairbairn Method" of William E. Fairbairn) is one of the most profound, and insightful in martial strategy, ancient biomechanics, and urban practicality. The comprehensive fighting system enhances centripetal and centrifugal power control and kinetics, in historical and modern methods of self-defense and fitness. Feudal Chen Taijiquan (Beijing Gongfu Jia) is characterized as a sophisticated Ming Dynasty martial system using the leverage of joints and bone structure integrating fierce short-range empty-hand strikes, wrestling, and joint-locks, with elite biomechanics from the ancient military treatise.  The ancient system develops the change in response to outside forces, an art of neutralization to achieve dominance- intercepting an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force- the strategy is historically more balanced than the modern Taijiquan interpretation which has shifted into sports fitness.  Beijing Gongfu Jia Taijiquan and Bajiquan descend from the same sources in the Ming Dynasty- separated in the early 20th century during the 1928 Fitness Reform.  Our organization cross-trains Wutan Bajiquan with Beijing Chen Taijiquan for a comprehensive understanding of factual Ming era systems...  IRFS contains biomechanic framework development and martial principals, with military science and research into ancient lines of Baguazhang (feudal Shaolin) and Chen Tai Chi Chuan (with Wutan Bajiquan), before commercial modernization.  Qing Dynasty Arts: Baguazhang training consists of (Yin Fu) Hard Palm and (Yin/Cheng Ting Hua) Interlinking Body/ with a focus on raw historical Biomechanics/Routines/Empty-Hand Strategy/ and Weapons training. Ming Dynasty Arts:  training consists of Beijing Chen Gongfu Jia (Old, New Frames) and Wutan Bajiquan (Xiao Baji, Da Baji, Linking, Liu Da Kai), emphasizing smart body mechanics, unarmed strategy, historical weapons, and martial application of ancient and present.

About the Instructor:

Kuan Wang is the Founder of 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, Shaolin, Bajiquan, and Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Kuan has spent numerous years dedicating his life to preserving and researching the ancient training methods of medieval Chinese martial arts.

About Distance Monitoring & Private 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/Historical Routines, Internal Concepts, and Biomechanics) – You will have a training partner for Martial Applications (Historical/Modern empty hand/weapons combative concepts, feudal insight, Self-Defense applications are taught only with a partner)

Basic Monthly Programs:  - In the 21st century, online training is effective and efficient- DISTANCE MONITORING has replaced our public classes  

By Appointment Only/ Private Live Training

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

Intermediate and Advanced Technician Programs:

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