Over the past several years, Vince Black and I have traveled to Taiwan and mainland China on numerous occasions visiting with Xing Yi and Ba Gua instructors who are associated with this lineage of internal martial arts training in an effort to piece together its history, theory, method and practice. Vince Black was a ten year student of Xu Hong Ji and naturally had a deep interest in investigating the roots of this material.
During our investigations we have interviewed Xu Hong Ji's early students (including Mike Bingo, see page 9, and Xu Hong Ji's son, Xu Zhen Wang (¿r^ ai), see page 28), we interviewed Hong Yi Xiang himself along with Hong Yi Xiang's sons and various other students of Hong, including one of Hong's top students during the early 1970's, Luo De Xiu (Hftif-). We also interviewed Hong Yi Xiang's brother, Hong Yi Mian who was one of Zhang Jun Feng's top Ba Gua students, on several occasions. Additionally, I met with and interviewed Zhang Jun Feng's wife, Xu Bao Mei ), and Vince Black met with Robert Smith and his student Allen Pittman, who was also a student of Hong Yi Mian (Pittman was also interviewed for the Pa Kua Chang Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2). We have also received information and advice from one of Zhang Jun Feng's only American students, Ken Fish.
Tracing this lineage back farther, we have also explored other branches of Gao Yi Sheng's Ba Gua and Li Cun Yi's Xing Yi in order to get a feel for how other branches were teaching and practicing the same system. Two of Gao Yi Sheng's other noted disciples who passed on his Ba Gua were He Ke Cai T ¿C -see Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3) and Liu Feng Cai (f'J & & - see Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2). In Hong Kong, I met with He Ke Cai's student Deng Chang Cheng & and He Ke Cai's son, He Yuk Chuen. In Tianjin, both Vince Black and I have met with Liu Feng Cai's students Wang Shu Sheng ^ ) and Liu Shu Hang mm
Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2) on several occasions and we took a group to Tianjin in April of 1994 to study with them. Most recently (April 1995) the North American
Tang Shou Tao name was added to the tombstone of Liu Feng Cai as a contributing force in the proliferation of Gao style Ba Gua Zhang.
While conducting our research into Zhang Jun Feng's branch of Xing Yi Quan, we have also interviewed and studied with two elder generation Li Cun Yi style Xing Yi lineage holders on numerous occasions, Liang Ke Quan fL # - see Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4) in Beijing, and Liu Wan Fu (^'J % M - see Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3) in Tianjin.
The extensive investigation we have conducted into this lineage of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan has revealed interesting perspectives on the background and development of the systematic approach to internal martial arts instruction which was developed by Hong Yi Xiang and further modified by Xu Hong Ji. These instructors masterfully blended teaching methods and styles in a manner which suits modern day study and has produced students who could actually use their internal martial arts effectively in a fighting situation after studying a relatively short period of time. The Tang Shou Tao method of developing Xing Yi and Ba Gua practitioners has become well known because it works, it is practical, and it is time tested.
Ba Gua and Xing Yi instructor Zhang Jun Feng at his school in Taipei, Taiwan
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