Changs Teaching in Tianjin

Hsing Stake Striking Training

The majority of the martial arts students studying in Tianjin in the early part of this century were either students of Chang Chao-Tung or Li Tsun-I. They ran a very well known martial arts association in Tianjin and all boxers knew of their efforts to spread the martial arts. In Tianjin Chang taught private students and he taught a public class once a week. Students in the public class could study either Pa Kua Chang or Hsing-I Ch'uan, whichever they preferred. Chang required his private...

Han MuHsia Fights the Russian

Russian Fight Conditioning

In 1918 a Russian strong man named Kangtaier a Chinese pronunciation of the Russian's name was traveling around the mainland setting up platform boxing matches and challenging Chinese boxers. Previous to his arrival in Beijing the Russian was undefeated at platform boxing. He arrived in Beijing around the beginning of September and was beating the Chinese badly in every boxing match he set up. It was as if there were no good fighters in China at all. This was a great loss of face for the...

Chang Chao Tung was also known widely as Chang Chan Kuei

Was best known for defeating a Japanese martial artist and a German strongman. During this period in China's history, anytime a Chinese boxer beat an opponent from a foreign country, it was big news. However, Chang's dealings with the foreigners extended beyond the boxing challenge platform. On one occasion there was an American ship in the Tianjin harbor whose crew was stealing Chinese women to take back to America and sell as prostitutes. The vessel was disguised as a merchant ship, however,...