As we discussed in detail in Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3, the fusion of Ba Gua and Xing Yi began with the friendship between Li Cun Yi and Cheng Ting Hua f® M. . Research indicates that Cheng Ting Hua was probably the first Ba Gua man to study Xing Yi and Li Cun Yi was probably the first Xing Yi man to study Ba Gua. Cheng Ting Hua and Li Cun Yi had been good friends since they were very young and they shared their martial arts training as well as their martial arts students. Many of Cheng Ting Hua's Ba Gua students, including his two sons, studied Xing Yi from Li Cun Yi, and many of Li Cun Yi's Xing Yi students studied Ba Gua from Cheng Ting Hua. Li Cun Yi, although usually listed as Dong Hai Chuan's Ba Gua student, actually studied the majority of his Ba Gua with Cheng Ting Hua. It was natural that the training and execution of the two arts began to influence each other at this point in time and has continued to do so in these lineages.
Gao Yi Sheng was a Ba Gua Zhang student of Zhou Yu Xiang Zhou had been a Ba Gua student of Cheng Ting Hua and a Xing Yi student of Li Cun Yi. Zhou later took Gao to meet both his teachers and Gao studied some Ba Gua with Cheng Ting Hua and some Xing Yi with Li Cun Yi. Additionally, Gao Yi Sheng's
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