Yin Fu Ba Gua Zhang

Bagua Eight Animals

Ba Guays Eight Animals By Jerry Alan Johnson Ethical Foundation of Chinese Martial Arts by Allen Pittman Published bi-monthly by High View Publications, P.O. Box 51967, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 In order to keep the Pa Kua Chang Journal an un-biased forum for Pa Kua Chang instructors and practitioners to exchange their thoughts and ideas about the art of Pa Kua Chang, this Journal is totally subscriber-supported and does not affiliate itself with, or receive support from, any particular Ba Gua...

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Bagua Zhang Following Posture

Fan Shen Zhang (Retreating Body Palm) lower posture builds tremendous leg strength and the emphasis is on teaching the short practitioner to utilize his height to his advantage by coming in lower and taking away the opponent's root. The smaller practitioner learns to use footwork to obtain advantageous striking angles. Xie likes to teach small people how to move in low and strike up, like cutting a fish's belly. Thus when walking, the arms are held down. In teaching students, Xie might have the...

Xie Pei Qis Ba Gua Zhang Animals

This article is based on interviews conducted with Xie Pei Qi in Beijing, China, in October 1992, April 1993, and September 1993. Thanks to translators Tim CartmeM, Bill Tucker Xu Yu Hong, and Huang Guo Qi. Xie Pei Qi reminds me of the kind of guy that went to Ba Gua Zhang class everyday and did nothing but practice fighting. He is the junk yard dog of the Ba Gua Zhang community in Beijing - not too pretty, but very vicious. His motto is, People who look pretty usually can't use their martial...

Yin Style Ba Gua Zhang

Cheng Ting Hua Elbow Knives

In order to examine the system of Ba Gua Zhang as taught by Yin Fu it is necessary to once again look at the teaching of Dong Hai Chuan. However, this time we will need to examine Dong's teaching as we have never viewed it before in this Journal because Yin's system of Ba Gua reveals many new dimensions. Careful research into the system of Ba Gua Zhang as taught by Yin Fu and his students causes one to redefine the depth of Dong's art and what his complete teaching method entailed. Yin Fu's...

Third Generation Yin Fu Stylists in Bejing Yang Kun Left and Gao Zi Ying Right

Yang Kun was a student of Yin Fu's disciple Zhang Shou Hong. Now 81 years old, Yang began his Ba Gua Zhang training at the age of 14. His teacher was hired, along with Gao Zi Ying's father see below as an employee in Yin Fu's bodyguard business. Yin would sometimes hire strong men to work as bodyguards and residence guards and train them in Ba Gua Zhang after they began working for him. Yang Kun's teacher stayed with Yin for nine years studying Ba Gua and working as a bodyguard. Like most of...

Yin Fus Ba Gua Zhang Students

Bagua Zhang Style Bear System

Yin Fu's top three students were Ma Gui fr , Li Yong Qing and Men Bao Zhen H fin that order. Others who reached a high level of skill were Gong Bao Tian t t Yang Jun Feng 1 , Ju Qing Yuan M amp tL , Liu Dong Chen I Cui Zhen Dong Gao Wen Cheng ft Liu Qing Fu f'J JHlr , and his family members Yin Cheng Zhang - his third son , Yin Yu Zhang - Si ll - his fourth son and He Jin Kui i5 - his son-in-law . Yin had a daughter whom also studied his Ba Gua. Of his two sons who studied his Ba Gua, it is...

By Jerry Alan Johnson

Eight Animal Bagua

The Eight Trigrams are symbols which form the foundation of the Yi Jing or Book of Changes and they also provide the philosophical basis for the martial art Ba Gua Zhang. As Ba Gua Zhang practitioners, our interest in the trigrams of the Yi Jing is related to their practical use in the Ba Gua fighting method. In my school, we relate each of the eight trigrams to its own unique animal form. The animal characteristics provide a basis for both healing and self...

The Ba Gua Zhang of Yin Fu

Shao Yang Gua

If one was intent on gaining insights into the teaching of a great martial arts master, the originator of a deeply profound system, say, Dong Hai Chuan Jc M 1 it would make sense to start by looking closely at the teaching of his top student, the man who spent the most time with the master, the one who inherited the complete system, the true lineage holder. In the case of Ba Gua Zhang ih this man is undisputably Yin Fu Yin Fu was Dong Hai Chuan's first Ba Gua Zhang student, he was with Dong the...

Letter to the Editor

This letter was received in response to the article on Chang Chun-Feng printed in Volume 3, Number 5. The cover story on master Chang Chun-feng was excellent, however I feel that any discussion of his system would be incomplete without a mention of one of his prominent students here in the U.S. who carries on the tradition of his instruction. Dr. Kenneth Fish was a student of master Chang and his wife, and is the only Westerner authorized to teach their Hsingyi system, which he does at his...