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The I Tzung Martial Arts School

When Chang decided to start teaching martial arts full time he began to hold open classes in several locations around Taipei. He maintained his class on Round Mountain, but also began teaching near the Botanical Garden, at a location beside the Tan Shui River and in Shan Ch'ung's Chih An Hospital. He also taught near Huang A-Ho's home on Chung Shan North Road, Section 2. At this time he also founded the I Tzung Martial Arts Central School (I Tzung Kuo Shu Tsung Kuan). While the Taiwanese who studied with him appreciated his openness, the Taiwanese martial arts instructors had a different opinion. Prior to 1950 the majority of the martial artists in Taiwan practiced various Southern styles of Shaolin, White Crane, and Monkey Boxing. Few knew anything about Pa Kua, Hsing-I, or T'ai Chi and most teachers taught in private. They viewed their techniques and teaching methods as secrets. There were not many martial artists who taught openly and in public places. Chang felt it was ridiculous...

Chiang Jung Chiao sitting far left poses with a group of martial arts teachers in Nanjing 1950 Chang Chih Chiang is

Martial Arts Poses

Chaing Jung-Ch'iao was known for his skill in teaching and explaining the principles of the internal martial arts. He began to teach others formally in 1920 while working for the Jinpu Railway. In 1928, he founded the Committee for Respecting Martial Arts and Enhancing Morals in Shanghai. This committee specialized in publishing books on martial arts. The committee members believed that the idea of internal arts were to strengthen the body and lengthen life as well as provide a means for self-defense. Because the people of China at the time had this reputation as being the sick people of Asia, people like Hao Yuan-Chia started the Ching Wu Men (Ching Wu Martial Arts Association) in Shanghai to teach martial arts widely so the people would become strong and dispel that myth. Li Ts'un-I, Chang Chao-Tung and Chiang Jung-Ch'iao were also instrumental in spreading the Chinese martial arts

Purpose and Policy Statement

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 Pa Kua Chang instructor or martial arts school. In order to help maintain integrity and impartiality, the Journal will not accept paid advertisement.

Chang Travels to Taiwan

Chang had tried his hand at selling rice and flour for two years, however, there was no improvement in the business. Around 1950 he gave up the business and began teaching martial arts full time. Huang A-Ho, one of Chang's first students who had tried to help him in the rice business, invited Chang to live in his home. Chang also spent time living with the Hung family.

By only giving him a small taste he knows that I used morality to overcome his violence and now he respects me

In 1931, when Sun Jian-Yun was 17 years old, she learned about her father's fast footwork first hand. Sun was visiting a martial arts school in a mountainous area of China. Sun, who was then 70 years old and dragged a walking stick behind him wherever he went, asked the students to chase him up a hill. They, including Sun Jian-Yun, all ran fast, but could not keep up with him. When they reached the top, he was standing in a doorway showing no signs of fatigue. He said, You all look as if you need a rest.

Why did you decide to do that when you were not impressed with the Ba Gua he was doing

I was impressed with him as a person. From the moment I met him I felt he was an amazing guy. Number one, he had the cleanest house of any martial arts teacher I ever saw. It was sparkling, you could eat off the floor. He also had the cleanest bone setting clinic I ever saw. I had been treated in several and sort of apprenticed a little bit in one. I was impressed with that. He was very upright and moral and a very kind person.

The Teaching of Xu Hong Ji An Interview with Mike Bingo

The following interview was conducted with Mike Bingo in February at the 1995 North American Tang Shou Tao instructor's conference in St. Louis. Mike Bingo, a thirty-three year veteran of Army Special Forces, was one of Xu Hong Ji's first American black belts, having studied with him starting in 1968. Mike Bingo was appointed by Xu Hong Ji to be the President of the United States Tang Shou Tao Association, however, due to his military career and frequent travel overseas he has kept a low profile in the past. This April, Mike Bingo will retire from military service and begin teaching martial arts full time in Denver. He is also making an effort to bring together the various Tang Shou Tao students of Xu Hong Ji in order to help fulfill Xu's dream of passing on the Tang Shou Tao art in this country.

Master [Fighter General

Your followers set up a martial arts school in your name, at no charge to you, and run the day-today operations for you. The facility is a building of your design. Your followers provide the first 10,000gp for its construction. (This is enough for a nicely built facility the size of about two large houses). You may add to this total with your own gold to make it larger or better equipped. Construction takes at least a full month.

You cannot just talk about sparring you have to practice it

With every question I asked him, he would will disappear very fast. He pointed out that his last stand up and demonstrate his point on my translator Bill student was Allen Pittman who studied with him in 1982 and 1984. After he taught Allen he retired and has not taught anyone else since. Hung I-Mien says that he never liked to promote himself as a martial arts teacher. He was never interested in getting a big name, he said, others who teach for a living should do that.

Seminars in Northern California

Wang Shu Jin Tai Quan

He built his first martial arts school there in 1948. In addition to teaching in Taiwan, Wang Shu Jin made trips to Japan to teach martial arts and spread Yi Guan Dao, the first trip being in 1959. He made numerous trips to Japan before he passed away, sometimes staying for many months at a time. In his first book, Wang indicates that the total combined time he spent in Japan between 1959 and 1978 amounted to ten years. Although Wang taught martial arts in Japan, the main reason he traveled there was to spread Yi Guan Dao, which he did very successfully. Because of Wang's work, there are now several hundred thousand Yi Guan Daoists in Japan. Wang also had many martial arts converts. Wang's schools still thrive in Japan and several of his students from

Little Bit on Mr Sun Xikun

Sun Xikun is a Daoist and a deeply worshipful person. He is from Wujiao County in Hebei. Mr. Sun's inborn nature is sincere and generous. When he was young, he had a craving for the martial arts. Even now that he is older he still loves it. With a strong will he studied and examined the martial arts of Bagua, Xingyi, and Taiji. He became skilled and strong. He established the Dao De Martial Arts School. Mr. Sun is a person of high morals. He is easily approachable. Mr. Sun furthermore runs a kind and profound school. Most men know little at all. When Mr. Sun has spare time, he always responds to my requests for guidance. He openly gives out the secret doctrines.

Fu Zhen Songs Student Liang Qiang Ya Talks About FuS Famous Tornado Power

Hsing Internal Power Exercise

Fu Zhen Song had moved from Northern China to Canton in 1928 to teach martial arts on behalf of the Central Martial Arts Academy in Nanjing (for more detailed information about Fu Zhen Song, please refer to Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 2 No. 6 and Vol. 5, No. 2). During World War II, Fu had left central Canton and moved his family to the northern outskirts of the city because the provincial martial arts academy where he was teaching was closed down. He was traveling quite often during the war and wanted to take his family to a safe place. After the war, Fu returned to the city alone in order to re-establish himself before he brought his family back to the central part of the city. When he first returned he did not have much money From 1945 until Fu's death in 1953, Liang Qiang Ya was with Fu everyday. He studied with him, traveled with him, and helped Fu teach classes as he got older and more experienced in the art. In a lengthy interview conducted in August, 1996, Liang discussed Fu's...

Xu Hong Ji teaching students in the United States

Shortly before he split from Zhang and started his own school, Hong Yi Xiang took a trip to Japan and was very impressed with the way martial arts instruction was organized there. He liked the uniforms, the belt system, and the systematic approach to training. Subsequently, he adopted many of the Japanese style martial arts school characteristics when he opened his own school. They had belt ranks, wore Japanese style uniforms, and Hong devised a more systematic approach to martial arts instruction than what was typical of most Chinese style schools. Hong said that he came up with the name Tang Shou Tao for his school because the name Guo Shu (8 f - or National Arts), which most schools used at the time, did not suit his school as he had many foreigners studying there. He thought the name Tang Shou Tao, Chinese Hand Way or The Way of China Hand ( Tang referring the Tang Dynasty) had a more international flavor.

Guidelines for Instructors and Coaches

Instructors are not expected to serve as a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, or in any other medical capacity while in the role as martial arts instructor. In fact, to attempt assuming these roles, instructors act both improperly and illegally. Follow these simple guidelines while working with students.

Grace Wu practicing with the sword in Shanghai

During the Cultural Revolution the Chinese government forbid Wang Tzu-P'ing to teach martial arts so he had to teach Grace in private. Because they could not practice outside, she studied every afternoon in a small room inside their home. She states that her grandfather encouraged her to be diligent in her practice, concentrate on the basics, learn many different martial art styles and participate in a variety of physical disciplines. He said that in order to know yourself and know your opponent, one must study the principles and strategies of how other people practice. He was a strict teacher and discouraged her from talking during practice as talking released the ch'i that was being developed. She practiced hard and became the vehicle through which Wang could continue to teach his students.

Pa Kua in Britian Ji Jian Cheng

Jian Cheng

In 1978 Ji entered the special Wushu instructor's program at Hangzhou University to be trained as a martial arts instructor and national wushu coach of China. There he found a teacher proficient in Pa Kua, Wu Zong Nong. Ji's enthusiasm, natural ability and many years training in other martial arts led him to make remarkable progress in Pa Kua. After some time Wu had to admit that there was nothing more he could teach him and suggested that Ji should, if the opportunity arose, pursue his studies in Chengdu where he knew there to be some highly respected masters of Pa Kua. In 1983 Ji, as a professional martial arts instructor, was sent by the government to study at the famous When Cheng was 25 years old, by way of introduction from Sun Lu-T'ang, he began to study with Wei Chin-San a famous Fan Tzu Ch'uan instructor. In addition to martial arts, Cheng learned osteopathy and bone-setting from Wei. When Cheng was 27, he went to Nanjing to look for Sun Lu-T'ang. Sun found Cheng a job...

Bow Sim Mark helps her sister Mark Siu Yin stretch during a training session in Canton China

Klysler Yen

As if running a martial arts school and working as a professional performer were not enough, Mark also wrote a book on the Combined T'ai Chi Ch'uan during her two year stay in Hong Kong. In 1975, Mark published this book in Chinese (a book she would later republish in English in 1979). Although this form of T'ai Chi Ch'uan originated in the 1950's, Mark's book was the first to be published. She would later receive great praise for publishing this book and spreading this form throughout the world from Li Tian-Ji, the person who was chiefly responsible for the form's development.

He Jin Han 1993 Bagua Video

He Jin Han studied very hard and by 1985 his teacher had given him permission to teach on his own. He now teaches Ba Gua at two different locations in Taipei and has about 40 students. Currently He Jin Han is an officer in the Taiwanese Army and so he has not had as much time to dedicate to teaching martial arts as he would like. However, he has periodically appeared on television in Taiwan teaching fitness exercises which he based on the principles of Ba Gua. Because Ba Gua teaches the practitioner about how to use the body in the most efficient way possible, the principles of Ba Gua can be applied to any physical activity.

Beijings Indestructible Ba Gua and Xing Yi Instructor Liang Ke Quan

Bagua Martial Arts Poses

Liang says that because his first teacher did not teach him in great detail, he made some mistakes when practicing on his own and thus he did not make much progress. When Liang finished his school studies in 1939, he returned home to Zhuo Zhou and found his second martial arts teacher. More recently Liang had some problems with a few martial artists in his hometown. Eight years ago Liang Ke Quan started a martial arts school in his hometown, Zhuo Zhou. One of his students had the idea and Liang helped him make the arrangements.

Sun continued attacking however every time he moved toward Cheng Cheng would end up behind him

Observe Sun Change Ang Time

Sun Lu-T'ang in 1929 at the Chiangsu Province Martial Arts School Looking at Sun's background one can see that he really did not spend a long time teaching in any one place, so it is quite possible that he did not have many long time Pa Kua Chang students. He spent five years teaching in Pao Ting in the late 1890's and then spent about eight years teaching in Hsing Tang in the early part of this century. After he moved to Beijing in 1906 he held various jobs with the government, either as a martial arts instructor or a bodyguard, and he spent a great deal of time traveling. Talking with elderly Hsing-I Ch'uan and Pa Kua Chang practitioners in Beijing, it is clear that Sun's forte was Hsing-I Ch'uan and later in his life he preferred to teach his T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Because he traveled widely during the 1920's and taught at many of the martial arts schools in China, many practitioners where exposed to Sun's Pa Kua, but it is not clear how many were actually taught deeply. When I asked...

Ba Gua and Xing Yi Linked Combat

About the Author John Bracy is Director of the Hsing Chen School of Martial Arts in Orange County, Calfornia. He began martial arts training in 1967. In 1981 he was introduced to Ba Gua Zhang by Ho Shen Ting of Taipei, Taiwan. In 1988 he became a student and 5th generation lineage holder under Liu Xing Han of Beijing, China. He is presently working on several Ba Gua books and video tapes.

The Kundalini Experience

Let me digress for a moment and set the scene. I weighed about 240 pounds, smoked a pack or more of filter tips a day, enjoyed wine with my meals, ate a lot of red meat, and preferred Rusty Nails (Scotch and Drambuie 50 50, no ice) as my daily libation. When I meditated I did not usually keep my tongue up, as I could not see how that could be important. I was not properly stretching my neck but had mastered holding my back erect. I was 41 years old, succumbing to a potbellied, sedentary middle age. The only redeeming factor was I worked out with my martial arts class once a week for an hour or two, which kept my reflexes quick and was restoring my body after eight years of being a scholarly, deskbound wimp.

A young Liu Yun Jiao second from right poses with his Liu He Praying Mantis teacher Ding Zi Cheng and some of his

Another time, in a place called Bao Ji, the head of a Kai Feng martial arts school named Ma Jin Yi ( & A), a Liu He Xin Yi Quan il practitioner, met with Liu to discuss martial arts. After a lengthy discussion, the two crossed hands. During the contest, Ma struck forward at Liu's mid-section. Liu, using a technique from Ba Ji called lift the window, borrowed strength from his opponent and added to it with his own arm strength, lifting Ma off of the ground. The next day Ma brought Liu a certificate making him an advisor to his martial arts school and the two became good friends. in Taiwan, he went to Liu and urged him to come out of retirement and teach marital arts in order to contribute to Chinese culture. Liu agreed and thus began his life as a martial arts instructor and promoter of the martial arts in Taiwan. He subsequently taught numerous students all of his various martial arts skills at his home and school. Additionally, Liu spent quite a bit of time teaching the President's...

Tim Cartmell demonstrating Tai Ji Quan in Tokyo Japan 1990

Ted Sias Kung San Soo

), in Mandarin) is the fifth generation inheritor of the style, having trained with his great-uncle from early childhood. Jimmy Woo's great-great-greatgrandfather was a monk in the above mentioned Guan Yin monastery. After mastering the Choy Lay Ho Fut Hung methods of combat, he left the order and returned to teach the art to his family. The art was passed down from generation to generation and finally to Jimmy, who brought the style to the United States as a young man. Jimmy Woo was one of the first Chinese teachers to begin openly teaching martial arts to non-Chinese and has taught thousands of students over his lifetime. Jimmy Woo passed away in 1991. Since I was in High School I had wanted to go to China somewhere and study. I had read a lot of books about martial arts and had become interested in the so-called internal styles. When I graduated from college I wanted to go to the orient and study some internal style martial art. It was hard to find a teacher locally, so I thought...

How did your originally meet Xu Hong Ji

Master Hong Yixiang

The 40's and 50's and studying over there. It was good stuff, part of my training, but I kept hearing about this mind or meditation ability. Basically, your attitude has to be that when you walk through the valley of death, you fear no evil because you know you are the baddest son of a bitch in the valley. For that to be the case, you have to have a different kind of brain. Where does the mind come from I could find a little bit of it in the rha-rha airborne military. But when you are out in the bush and you are the only American with an indigenous team and there are hundreds of bad guys all around the ant hill, that rha-rha shit don't cut it. So, what is it that you learn in the spiritual and mental context that gives you this strength and this tranquility and this peace and this ability It wasn't coming from Karate, I'm here to tell you. That is only punch, block, kick, bang-bang, and pain, as we know. So this mental aspect is what I was looking for. By virtue of my work in Vietnam,...

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

Later Ma worked as a guard at Prince Su's palace and was hired to guard the presidential residence after the establishment of the Republic. In 1919 Ma was hired to teach martial arts to the military and in 1928 he was hired as a senior advisor to the Hebei martial arts academy. When Yin Fu died, He Jin Kui took over Yin's job of teaching martial arts in the imperial palace. He Jin Kui and Yin Fu's third son Yin Cheng Zhang were known for their special skill with Ba Gua Zhang weapons. He Jin Kui had two sons who practiced his art, his first son He Zhong Qi (H & and his third son He Zhong Xiang ( i T & r). He Zhong Qi was the director of the secret skills of the imperial court department of the Hebei Martial Arts Academy during the 1930's. Lu Shu Kui also taught in Beijing's Bei Hai Park and owned a restaurant in this area of Beijing. Later in his life he was invited to teach at the Provincial martial arts school in Gan Su. He remained in Gan Su until his death. His two top students in...

Other Types Of Distinctive Features

Tattoo The character wears tattoos, either purely decorative ones or tattoos which identify his clan, business, or martial arts school. Bought as Easily Concealable (under clothes), Is Noticed And Recognizable 5 points. If the tattoo is of a famous, hated order, it might instead be Easily Conceal-able (under clothes), Causes Extreme Reaction (hatred). This can be used with the conditional Distinctive Features, if only martial artists recognize the tattoo.

The Pa Kua Chang of Fu Chen Sung

Krav Maga Knee Shield

Fu Chen-Sung, whose pseudonym was Ch'ien-K'un, was born in 1872 in the County of Hai Ching, District of Me Yang, Town of Ma Po, in Henan Province. When Fu was young, the Chinese system of government was such that there was no police protection for the citizens who lived outside of the major cities. The small towns and villages were responsible for providing their own protection. Some villages hired martial artists to guard the town against groups of bandits who were known to roam the countryside looting from town to town. Other villages hired skilled teachers to teach martial arts to the town's people so that they could learn to protect themselves. Once the instructor left town, the most skilled of the newly trained martial artists would teach future generations. When Fu Chen-Sung was a small boy, the martial arts school in his hometown raised a considerable sum of money to hire the martial arts teacher Chen Yen-Hsi from the Chen family village. Chen came to Ma Po Village and taught...

Fu Chen Sung practicing his Dragon Style Pa Kua Chang

Bow Sim Mark

In 1913, Fu was hired by the Revolutionary Army as a martial arts instructor, but only kept this job for a few years. In 1916, Fu began to travel through the North East region of China teaching martial arts for a living and earnestly searching for martial artists to learn from. Even after Fu Chen-Sung became very famous, he never stopped searching for other martial artists to mutually share martial arts knowledge. He always continued to research his art and improve his skill. Later, at General Li Jing-Lin's insistence, the Central Academy sent Fu south to teach at the Kuang Hsi and Kuang Tung provincial school. This school, which was located in Kuang Chou (Canton), was called the Liang Kuang Kuo Shu Kuan (The Two Kuang's Martial Arts School). Fu became the school's director. The Central Martial Arts Academy had sent four other instructors to Southern China with Fu to teach the Northern styles to the Southerners. The Southerners, being proud of their own styles, continually challenged...

Games Of Deceit And Death

Every year, the character's martial arts school hosts a tournament, and the winner embarks on a mysterious journey. Sometimes, this winner returns right away with a tale of a harrowing trek through the wilderness, unsuccessful in his journey. Sometimes, the winner of this tournament might return with new powerful knowledge, and a new sense of enlightenment. Other times, the winner might not return at all. The Hero, as he learns and grows in ability as a martial arts master might see this cycle repeated many times, before finally winning the tournament himself and embarking on this rite of passage. Obviously, this campaign theme meshes with the Competition theme.

Chiang Jung Chiaos Pa Kua Chang

In the late 1920's, when the martial arts for health movement started in China, many who learned Pa Kua Chang learned this one body development form as the sum and total of the art. The books that were published on the art only had the one form and the students who learned the art in public schools only learned the one form. In the Central Martial Arts Academy in Nanjing and the provincial martial arts school, the students learned many different martial arts and thus they did not have time to study all of them in depth. The one form for Pa Kua Chang was usually all they got. It is the same in the contemporary wushu schools in China today. However, in researching the systems of Pa Kua instead of the forms of Pa Kua, through discussion with individuals who have studied only Pa Kua for many years as inner door students of their teacher, one will find that each system was very complete and contained many components beyond the one form. Chiang Jung-Ch'iao's system was no different. The...

If you cant take the pain go home and dont practice

Hung Chang Fight

Although Hung I-Mien taught a number of students, he was never a professional martial arts teacher like his brother Hung I-Hsiang. He was involved in the family business and taught martial arts as a hobby. Today Hung I-Mien is retired from teaching and does not practice much anymore. He said his kung fu was at its best when he was between the ages of 31 and 40 when he was practicing the most. He remarked, If one stops practicing, the skill

Sun LuTang and his Pa Kua Chang

Sun was ten years old when he began studying with his first martial arts instructor. Every day after work he would go and study until the middle of the night. His teacher had also had a very hard life as a youngster and sympathized with Sun's situation. After becoming skilled in martial arts, Wu was very righteous and helped oppressed people. On one occasion he came to someone's aid who was being beaten and subsequently killed the attacker. The government wanted to execute him for this crime and so he fled his home. To make a living he performed his martial arts in the streets and begged for money. Later he joined the T'ai P'ing Rebellion (1850-1864) and fought against the Ch'ing soldiers. After the T'ai P'ing dispersed, he went back to performing martial arts in the streets for money. He was an expert at Shaolin and Pa Chi as well as the eighteen weapons. He was also skilled at shooting iron balls from a sling shot and had ch'ing kung, or lightness skill.

Martial arts challenger i

The martial arts challenger is a character who lives and breathes in the martial arts world. He strives to prove himself the most skilled and powerful practitioner of his style of martial arts. By defeating all of the other martial artists in the area, he seeks to improve his reputation and the reputation of his chosen martial arts. Often the martial arts challenger seeks to build his reputation in order to open his own martial arts school. Rival martial arts Friendly martial arts

Sha Kuo Chengs Three Styles of Pa

Chinatown Chinese 1929

In 1930, Sha heard that his original Pa Kua Chang teacher Wang Che-Cheng had moved to Korea and started a Pa Kua Chang school in Inchon. Sha moved there so that he could continue his study with Wang. While Sha was in Korea, in 1931, the Chinese naval vessel Hashen visited Inchon for the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. Wang Che-Cheng's martial arts school invited the martial artists from the vessel to join in a dual martial arts exhibition in Inchon's Chinatown. At this time Sha was Wang's top student in Korea and his assistant instructor. Sha Kuo-Cheng gave eight separate performances in the exhibition, demonstrating both bare hand and weapons forms and applications. After this exhibition Sha became well known among the Chinese in Inchon. Before the Chinese naval vessel was scheduled to leave port, the Japanese militarists forced the ship out of the harbor. Shortly after the ship left, the Wan Bao Shan Rice Field Incident occurred in Korea. This incident was a purge by the Japanese to...

This portrait of Kao ISheng which was given to Chang by Chou Chi Chun still hangs in his home

Chang and his wife, who is now nearly 60 years old, had eight children, 4 boys and 4 girls. The first was born when Chang's wife was 19. Soon after they were married, Chang and his wife moved into a two story house near the Confucian Temple in Taipei. They lived upstairs and ran a martial arts school downstairs. Around the same time Chang Chun-Feng started teaching the internal arts in Taipei and founded the I Tzung Martial Arts School, his friend Wang Shu-Chin began teaching in the Taichung Tsaotun area and founded the Cheng Ming Martial Arts School. When Wang started teaching he also had problems with local martial artists challenging him and would often call on Chang to come down south and help him out.

Fu Style Pa Kua Chang Instructor Bow Sim Mark

Knife Attack Pennsylvania School

In 1973, Mark's family obtained permission to leave mainland China and moved to Hong Kong. Here Mark joined with Fu Yung-Hui's wife, He Chia-Hsin (Ho Ga-Hsin in Cantonese), who was already living in Hong Kong, and created a martial arts school for women. He Chia-Hsin felt that opening up a women only martial arts school was in keeping with the needs of society. She felt that women would like to practice martial arts, however, because Hong Kong was a rough place, many felt uncomfortable practicing with men. In addition to her position as chief instructor at the women's martial arts school, Bow Sim Mark also

Huang AHo is third from left behind his son

Hung as being someone who was involved in many fights, both in and out of the martial arts studio. In the mid-1960's Hung I-Hsiang opened up his own school under the name Tang Shou Tao. He states that at that time there were many foreign military personnel studying at the school. Because he had many foreigners, he did not want to call the school Kuo Shu or National Arts as most martial arts schools were called. He said that the name Tang Shou Tao had more of an international flavor. In this new school, Hung taught the beginners basic Shaolin techniques with a fighting emphasis. He wanted students to have a basic understanding of striking, kicking, locking, and throwing before they began to study the more refined internal arts. In teaching these aspects of fighting to beginners Hung drew from his background in Shaolin and Judo as well as the internal arts he learned from Chang.

Sha Kuo Cheng with his teacher Chiang Jung Chiao

Sha stayed in Tianjin for about five or six years working and practicing his martial arts. In 1939 it became hard to stay in Tianjin. The Communists had started to come into the city and the foreigners were still there, thus Tianjin became a dangerous place. Sha left and first went back to Korea for a short period of time to teach those who were still studying Wang's Pa Kua. When he returned to China he moved to An Hui and taught martial arts. In 1946, while Sha was working in the Tai Lai Rice Shop in Wuhu City in An Hui and teaching martial arts at the Wuhu martial arts school (Wu Hu Kuo Shu Kuan), he invited his teacher Chiang Jung-Ch'iao to come to Wuhu and teach. Chiang came there to live with Sha for six months. During this period of time, Sha and Chiang researched martial arts together and Chiang taught Sha the subtleties of the arts. Sha Kuo-Cheng said that during that period of intense study with Chiang he greatly widened and deepened his martial arts knowledge and laid the...

The Evolution of Ba Gua Zhang Strategy

Defense Infancy

Every student is unique and thus every student should be taught to develop his or her Ba Gua based on their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, each practitioner takes the principles of the art and develops them in a way which is suited for a number of various combat environments. If every student was taught exactly the same and only practiced the art in a well lit, smooth floor martial arts school, the practice would not be following natural principles and would not adapt well to varying circumstances.

Intoduction About Stret Fightin

What qualifies me to write this book In a word - experience And I'm not referring so much to the many years I've spent in various kwoons and dojos both learning and teaching martial arts - useful though it was. Most of what I will reveal to you in this book is what my experience in real fights has taught me - in particular, which techniques work and, equally important, which techniques don't. This education did not come to me in a dojo (in fact, it cannot be obtained there). It derived from my experience as a bouncer in rather rowdy clubs and bars where I defended myself in dozens of attacks against fists, boots, and on several significant occasions, knives.

Sha Kuo Cheng demonstrates the Lion Opens its Mouth Posture from the Lion Style Pa Kua Chang

Swallowing Postures

Just before 'liberation (communist take-over) in 1949 Sha moved to Kunming in Yunnan Province. In Kunming he settled down. In all the places he had traveled, he studied with anyone who was good in martial arts. After interacting with many very skilled martial artists, he became humble and never showed off his skill. He spent many years sharing and comparing skills with such notable martial artists as Wang Chih-He and Ma Hsing-I. They were all good friends and enjoyed studying the martial arts together. After 1949 the government made Sha a martial arts instructor and he was the head of the provincial martial arts team in Yunnan. He often told students that it is easy to study some moves and call it martial arts, but is very difficult to perform good martial arts. He told them that he had been fortunate because he studied with some very good teachers who knew real martial arts. He advised them that they should all cherish the knowledge and practice hard. He never said that one martial...

Women in the Martial Arts

Nature, nurture, or a combination of the two . . . whatever the reason, it's a historical fact that most of the combatants in humanity's wars have been male. Thus, it isn't especially surprising that men have dominated the martial arts since their inception. This certainly doesn't mean that women don't practice or teach martial arts

The Goals of Qi Gong Practice

Power qi gong methods are definitely a part of the martial arts. If the practitioner wishes to use internal strength and energy to harm an opponent in combat, the practice of methods designed to teach the student how to use internal energy and internal strength in striking an opponent are necessary. But, as stated above, the student should not jump right into practicing these methods. There should be a gradual, systematic, developmental process taught by an instructor who knows how to cater to each student's individual needs. Power qi gong methods are not practiced until a strong foundation is built. Secondly, once the student begins training these methods, it is vital that he or she continue to practice qi gong methods which are designed to balance and rebuild the body's energy. Many martial artists and Chinese medicine doctors burn themselves out because they do not balance their practice between energy usage and energy rebuilding and balancing. A good internal martial arts teacher...

External Martial Arts And Internal Martial Arts

Does it mean that a martial art that uses Internal Jing is automatically classified as an internal martial art Or that a martial art that uses External Jing is automatically an External martial art It does not. The distinction between the two classes of martial arts has historically always been rather arbitrary but in general its classification is based on the art's approaches to combat. The earliest distinction between the two is recorded in the 'Inscription For Wang Zhen Nan (written in the early Qing Dynasty ) where the Shaolin school of martial arts was called the External system because of its techniques focus on attacking the opponent. The Wudang school of martial arts founded by Chang San Feng is called the Internal school because it overcomes its opponents by neutralising his force instantaneously in a tranquil manner. Later, schools which attribute their origin to the Shaolin school were generally classified as External martial arts and those who are said to have their...

Chang Chun Feng with a group of students in 1953 Hung IHsiang is in the second row third from the left Hung IMien is in

Teaching in Tianjin and later became the chairman of the Tianjin City Martial Arts Association. Although he was teaching martial arts, he was still very busy with his wholesale business and traveled to other ports in China or to other countries quite frequently. While he was away from Tianjin his nephew, Chang Hsiang-Tsin taught his classes for him.

The Form

The Taijiquan form or kata (a series of martial movements) is the foundation of one's Taijiquan training. Without form, we would only ever rise to a very basic level of both self-defence and healing. All martial arts are great when we first begin training at usually a younger age. However, when one reaches 40 and has been practising his or her martial art for 20 or 30 years, we expect more than just kick punch Sadly, by that time it is almost too late and many who would be good at the higher levels of the martial arts, give it up completely. I know of many, who for the first time see a good internal martial arts instructor and break down weeping because they have wasted the better part of their life practising a purely physical martial art. When one's body begins not to work so well because of age, we have to have something else to rely upon to maintain our health and self-defence. I have so many so called hard stylists come to me after having trained for many years, saying that they...

Know Your Enemy

Effect When you take this feat, choose a specific martial arts school. When fighting a master of that school, you gain a +2 competence bonus to attack, damage, or defense. Only one of these categories gains the bonus, but you may change categories from round to round. Special You may take this feat multiple times. Each time you must apply it to a different martial arts school.

By Sun Pao Kung

When Fu Chen-Sung was teaching martial arts too army soldiers stationed in Canton in the early 1930's, he began teaching a young 22 year old named Sun Pao-Kung. Sun, who was born in 1908 and came from Shanghai, was an army officer who had a university degree in physics. Because Sun gained rank as a senior army officer while he was in Canton, he was able to train with Fu Chen-Sung on a private basis and he was accepted as a formal student. It is said that although Fu Chen-Sung taught many people Pa Kua Chang, he accepted only a handful as formal disciples.

Two Weapon Defense

As a GM, you may want to alter how these proficiencies work to add flavor to your game and to your heroes. One way to alter proficiencies is to limit them to those weapons commonly taught as part of a martial arts school. You could, for example, provide your players with a list of which weapons are taught by which schools, and let them choose from that list when they select either feat. This would change the specifics of Archaic Weapon Proficiency and Martial Arts Weapon Proficiency a bit Archaic Weapons Proficiency School A hero gains skill with all archaic weapons taught as part of that school. A hero may take Archaic Weapons Proficiency multiple times to gain skill with weapons not associated with a martial arts school or to gain skill with those associated with some other school.


Every year, the character's martial arts school hosts a tournament, and the winner embarks on a mysterious journey. Sometimes, this winner returns right away with a tale of a harrowing trek through the wilderness, unsuccessful in his journey. Sometimes, the winner of this tournament might return with new powerful knowledge, and a new sense of enlightenment. Other times, the winner might not return at all. The character, as he learns and grows in ability as a martial arts master might see this cycle repeated many times, before finally winning the tournament himself and embarking on this rite of passage. Obviously, this campaign theme meshes with the Competition theme.

Rival school

In this campaign theme, the characters have rivals from another martial arts school. Their Masters, teachers of philosophically different styles, have been rivals for many years and now fight through their students. This campaign theme blends well with a number of the other themes discussed elsewhere in this section. In the case of the Bad Seed, the character's rival might start out studying alongside him, and when it becomes clear that the character will be the chosen one, the rival defects to the other side. If the GM wishes to blend this theme with the Legendary Master, the character can discover, when he is finally accepted into the Master's tutelage, that there is a rival master with a rival school. The Karate Kid is an excellent example of how these elements can blend together.

Coming to America

When Grace came to the United States in 1985, her days of hardship where not quite complete. She had made it out of mainland China, however, she could not speak one word of English. Her goal was to attend graduate school in the United States and earn her master's degree in Physical Education Administration, however, before she could begin school, she would have to learn how to speak the English language. Her relatives in San Francisco arranged for Grace to attend a language school. Once she began the school she was having difficulty learning English as quickly and thoroughly as she had hoped because there were several other Chinese in the course and they would constantly fall back on their Chinese when the English became too difficult. Grace felt that the only way she would ever learn how to speak English quickly was to go to school somewhere where there were no Chinese people to talk to. That way she would be forced to speak English all of the time. Subsequently she found a language...

Stage 2 Combatants

(Empath 9) HD 9d8+18 HP 62 Init +1 Spd 30 ft Defense 22, flatfooted 16 (+1 Dex, +6 Class, +4 Poise, +1 Dodge Focus) BAB +6 Atk +11 melee (2d6+0, Pentjak Silat), or +7 ranged (by weapon) SQ Resolute AL Respects Life SV Fort +10, Ref +7, Will +10, Rec +8 Rep +4 Str 10, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 12, Wis 18, Cha 8 Background Adventurer Occupation Martial Arts Instructor (Influence, Perception, Unarmed) Perks Precision Strike (Unarmed), Reactive Stance (Unarmed) Hobby Athletics Feats Attack Focus (Unarmed), Contemplative Master, Defensive Attack +1.5 to Defense per -1 attack by Martial Arts Master, Defensive Martial Arts Unarmed skill +2 higher by Martial Arts Instructor, Dodge Focus, Healer, Improved Trip trip DC reduced by 5 by Pentjak Silat, Mind Over Body Wisdom modifier +2 higher by Martial Arts Instructor, Pentjak Silat, Poise, Self-Help, Uncanny Dodge Access Contacts Followers Favors (4 points) Wealth 15 Possessions None

Stage 3 Combatants

Occupation Martial Arts Instructor (Influence, Perception, Unarmed) Perks Reactive Stance (Unarmed) Hobby Firearms Feats Aikido, Awareness, Career Advancement, Combat Martial Arts, Contemplative Master, Cross Training Stealth, Defensive Attack +1.5 Defense per -1 attack from Aikido, Dedicated (family), Defensive Martial Arts +2 Unarmed from Martial Arts Instructor, Empathy, Improved Disarm, Mind Over Body +2 Wisdom modifier from Martial Arts Instructor, Ninjutsu, Poise +2 Wisdom modifier from

Gong Bao Tian

Gong Bao Tian

Gong Bao Zhai states that after Gong Bao Tian had studied from Yin Fu for several years, he served as a body guard in the Emperor's Palace. He also continued studying Ba Gua Zhang with Yin Fu in the palace and when Yin retired, Gong took over Yin's position as a bodyguard and martial arts teacher in the palace. Gong Bao Zhai said that in Beijing, during the Qing dynasty, the martial arts that were practiced in the palace were of a much higher level than what was being practiced outside. The Qing rulers were always fearful of a martial uprising and so they hired all of the best martial artists to work in the palace as bodyguards and martial arts instructors so that they could keep an eye on them.

Beiquan ijiquan

My grandfather and my father were both famous martial artists of their generations. My father has been teaching martial arts and physical education for 35 years and in the last three or four years was made one of the top ten martial arts professors in the whole of China by the Chinese government. This year he told me he has been recognised as one of the most famous martial artists in the world. MY No, not yet, but I would love one. As far as I can see it is hard to make a living just teaching martial arts. Ideally I need a sponsor, so until one comes forward I have to look at other ways of promoting taiji and martial arts. For example if I get a chance to get back into the movie business then I will. I was involved in the movie business for four years in China. Also if I get a chance to make a TV. series then I will. There are actually a lot of ways to promote the martial arts, I don't think I will be teaching for the rest of my life.

The LegendAry Master

Every year, the character's martial arts school hosts a tournament, and the winner embarks on a mysterious journey. Sometimes, this winner returns right away with a tale of a harrowing trek through the wilderness, unsuccessful in his journey. Sometimes, the winner of this tournament might return with new powerful knowledge, and a new sense of enlightenment. Other times, the winner might not return at all. The character, as he learns and grows in ability as a martial arts master might see this cycle repeated many times, before finally winning the tournament himself and embarking on this rite of passage. Obviously, this campaign theme meshes with the Competition theme.

Martial Arts Styles

Hsieh Fu bowed again to the judges and the unconscious Chu Fu before striding out of the ring. Half the crowd followed him and his students back to his small school at the outskirts of the city. I think that this week, Hsieh's school of martial arts will be getting a record number of new students.

Martial Arts

Bow Sim Mark And Her Son

When Fu Chen-Sung traveled to teach martial arts, he would frequently take his son with him to assist. When the elder Fu went to meet other prominent martial artist to exchange ideas, Fu Yung-Hui also went along and was able to learn from a number of highly skilled martial artists in the process. Two of the instructors Fu Yung-Hui

Eunuch Operation

Eunuch Operation

Another theory regarding this matter states that Tung did work in Prince of Su's palace, but he was not a menial, he was a martial arts instructor and bodyguard. This theory would make more sense. Soldiers and bodyguards who worked in the palace were not eunuchs. So what's the true story In my mind, I would say that the original stele placed at Tung's tomb in 1883 reveals what really happened. This stele (which is translated in its entirety later in this article) states that Tung, seeking to avoid unscrupulous people that were trying to defame him, entered the residence of the Prince of Su pretending to be a eunuch. This story makes the most sense to me and would explain where some of the other theories and stories originated. It seems that Tung entered the palace masquerading as a eunuch and eventually the Prince discovered that Tung had martial arts skill and assigned him to be a martial arts instructor. If Li Tzu-Ming's theory about Tung traveling to Beijing as a covert operator...

Rusper Patel

Biu Jee Application

Do you feel that there is any difference between a traditional style end modern self defence The object of Ving Tsun is to teach you how to hit your opponent. It should teach you to use the simplest method to hit your opponent. Any martial art must teach you this concept if it is to offer fighting techniques. The idea of a self defence class as opposed to a martial arts class may be in the minds of students, or put in the minds of students by teachers wanting to encourage business by seeming to address a topical subject. There is no easy way of defending ourselves without being strong enough to attack as well. We must train hard to achieve this for ourselves under a coach who is willing to offer the correct advice and training.

Yin Fu Ba Gua Zhang

Bagua Eight Animals

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Time Out For Bullies

I wrote this book to show techniques that the average boy or girl an do to stop a Bully, anytime, anywhere. The moves are very simple, easy and practical. You can do them without training in a Karate School. You don't have to be a Black Belt. You don't have to take Karate. All you have to do is study the moves and try them on a friend until you learn to do them. If you practice each move at least 20 times. I think you will be able to use them against most bullies and Stop Them.

The Fence

I remember hearing a great story about one of the old Japanese Sensie, Master Abbe, a world renowned martial arts teacher. He was walking down a quiet suburban street on his way home after his usual, evening teaching session. He noticed three youths hovering, several yards away on the opposite side of the street. When they approached him he was ready. 'Give us your money, or you'll get hurt,' said the leader of the three. Master Abbe looked at each one in turn, then casually took his wallet out of his jacket pocket, throwing it on the floor between himself and his antagonists. He pointed to the wallet and said, 'I'm prepared to die for that wallet. What about you ' The three would-be attackers looked at the wallet on the floor, then at Abbe, then at each


Although Xie has been teaching martial arts for years, he just recently opened up and began teaching more publicly. This does not mean that he teaches a public class, he still prefers to teach students one-on-one in the privacy of his home, however, he now accepts more students. Previously he felt like he needed to teach in accordance with the Yin school tradition and only pass his art on to one person. Unfortunately, the one person that Xie was grooming to inherit his system was killed in a car accident and thus Xie had to rethink his adherence to the old way of teaching. He decided that the martial arts are an important part of Chinese culture and if the arts are not spread there will be no culture left. He said that now that China is becoming more open he has also decided to become more open. He is now accepting more Chinese students as well as foreign students. In the past few years he has taught students from England, Italy, and the United States.

Wang Tzu Ping

After watching the water wheel for a few minutes, Wang announced, I can stop it The customers at the tea house chuckled at the thought of this young man fighting against the river's powerful flow to stop the wheel from spinning. Ignoring them, Wang pulled up his sleeves, walked up to the mill and seized the rotating millstone. There was a short grinding sound and then the wheel came to a halt. The surprised crowd cheered and praised Wang's strength. A robust elder man stepped out of the crowd and approached Wang. He told Wang that he was a martial arts instructor and would accept Wang as his student if he were interested. Wang could not have been happier. He went down on his knees and kowtowed to his new teacher, Yang Hong Xiu. Yang began teaching Wang the Muslim arts Tan Tui and Ch'a Ch'uan.

Bruce Lee 19401973

Soon after, Bruce began to teach martial arts full-time, opening what would become a chain of three schools. He had to turn away would-be students despite his high rates He trained those of either sex and of any racial background. This caused quite a stir in the local Chinese community. A group of instructors offered Lee a formal challenge cease teaching non-Chinese or face a duel. Bruce chose the duel and won handily, chasing his opponent around the room until he could force him to submit. Lee's students eventually included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (seen in Game of Death), Lee Marvin, James Coburn, and Dan Inosanto.

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