Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hunyuan power

The other day, I was reading an article on Song style Xingyiquan in the February 2008 issue of 武當 (Wudang) magazine and came across an interesting quotation.  It's from Song Guanghua, who (if I'm not mistaken) is the current Song family lineage holder.  It was interesting to me because he uses the term 六和渾圓整力 (six harmonies hunyuan complete power), which brought to mind the 渾圓一氣功 (hunyuan one qi) that Li Tailiang had talked about recently in a class at his school in Long Island.

The quote is: 

Inside and outside in harmony,

上 下互撑,
Top and bottom mutual support each other,

Left and right side strive for supremacy

前后互为作 用,
Front and back are used in application,

Whole body completely coordinated,

先松 后 紧,
First loose (song) then tight,

紧而 速松,
Tight then quickly loose (song),

随松随紧的六 合浑 圆整劲
The looseness and tightness of six harmonies hun yuan power

Friday, July 1, 2011

Yang Fansheng 杨凡生 vids

One of my gongfu brothers just posted a series of videos from his last trip to China. They feature Yang Fansheng 杨凡生 demonstrating a variety of techniques and principles on him. You can find them below in his youtube channel (labelled Xinyidao 12 - 20).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wang Yinghai 王映海 in Beijing

Wang Yinghai 王映海 and his grandson, Wang Xicheng 王喜成, gave a public lecture at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing on June 24th. Poking around the forums at, I found a bunch of posts with pics and vids from their visit.

This post has some pics of Wang having dinner and meeting with someone before the lecture.

This post has some pics from the lecture itself. The famous Baguazhang historian Kang Gewu 康戈武 introduces them.
This post has a vid of Wang Yinghai demonstrating indoors.

This post has a vid of Wang Xicheng demonstrating indoors.

This post has a vid of Wang Xicheng performing piquan 劈拳 outside.

This post has a vid of Wang Xicheng performing the siba 四把 routine outside.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bagua Master Wang Rongtang 王荣堂

[Original article in chinese found here:]

Wang Rongtang 王荣堂(19131996), from Beijing, was one of the important inheritors of baguazhang. In his childhood, he practiced martial arts such as tongbei, shuaijiao, Wu style taijiquan, and xingyiquan. Through his painstaking practice of Cheng style Baguazhang under third generation inheritor Yang Mingshan 杨明山, he was accepted as a fourth generation baguazhang disciple.

All his life, Wang was fascinated by combat skills. With a deep and solid background in combat skills and push hands, he enjoyed a great reputation in the capital. Wang was a committee member of the Beijing Wushu Sport Association, a standing committee member of the Baguazhang Research Society, an advisor to the Combat Research Society, an instructor to the Foreign Wushu Team at the Beijing Gifted Education Wushu School, and held other positions as well.

Wang was well learned and had high martial virtue (wude 武德). He was very strict when he selected his own disciples, but he whole-heartedly passed on his knowledge to ensure that chinese martial arts continued to grow and develop. His official disciples in order of acceptance are:

  1. Lu Bing Wen 路 秉文(Beijing )
  2. Li Zengfu 李增富 (also known as "Clock" Li, Beijing)
  3. Sun Shouren 孙守仁(Beijing)
  4. Qin Canghan 秦苍汉(Beijing)
  5. Zhao Minhua 赵民华(Beijing)
  6. Ge Zhiquan 葛志全(Beijing)
  7. Guo Xuexin 郭学新(Beijing)
  8. Wang Zhongyong 王忠勇(Beijing)
  9. Mei Huizhi 梅惠志(Beijing)
  10. Li Wenzhang 李文章(Beijing)
  11. Wang Liyuan 王立元(Beijing)
  12. Yin Lizhong 尹立钟(Beijing)
  13. Du Wenhai 杜文海(Beijing)
  14. Cao Rucheng 曹汝成(Hunan)
  15. Gao Zhaozhong 高照忠(Hunan)
  16. Wu Hao 吴浩(Hunan)
  17. Hong Zhaofa 洪照发(Hunan)
  18. Xu Zhiwen 许志文(Beijing)
  19. Li Tailiang 李泰良(Beijing)

Entrusted with Wang Rongtang's teachings, his disciples have also imparted these miraculous skills in order to propagate martial arts. They have had quite an influence both domestically and abroad.

Domestic positions:
  • Mei Huizhi (current president of the Beijing Martial Combat Research Society)
  • Li Wenzhang (previous vice-president of Beijing Baguazhang Research Society)
  • Wang Zhongyong (previous vice-president of Beijing Baguazhang Research Society)

Overseas positions:
  • Zhao Minhua (current Chairman of the Italian Chinese Gongfu Alliance)
  • Li Tailiang (current president and chief instructor of the American Xinyidao Association)

Wang Rongtang's 19 disciples (the 5th generation of Baguazhang) in turn have hundreds of disciples of their own. In the different schools of Baguazhang, Wang Rongtang's style is known at home and abroad as having strong combat capability.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dai style demos

According to Jon Dyer (, these are demos from Yue Guining's 岳貴寧 100th birthday celebration. Yue (also known as Yue Yunzhong 岳蘊忠) was one of Dai Kui's 戴奎 disciples.

The last vid appears to be Yue Guining's son, Yue Jianzu 岳建祖. The description on the original Youku video says it was filmed in 08 (or at least the last half of it was).

There are some interesting variations in the demos, and the videos provide an interesting look at how Dai style is being practiced in China today.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wu style applications

I recently found some interesting videos of an elderly fellow named Zhan Bo 戰波 from the Northern Wu lineage (Wu Quanyou 吳全佑 -> Wang Maozhai 王茂齋 -> Xui Pixun 修丕勛 -> Zhan Bo).

I liked these videos because he's demonstrating applications as his partner feeds him a strike rather than the usual applications out of push hands engagements. He also appears quite spritely for his age, incorporating lively footwork with his applications

This first video is only 3:10 and demonstrates a variety of entries from his partner's attack:

This second video is over an hour long, but demonstrates a variety of applications from the various movements of the traditional form. Many of them appear to rely on the opponent being a bit stiff at the moment of contact, but I think they're quite interesting nonetheless:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chinese articles on Dai style Xinyiquan

For those that can read chinese, there are some new articles on Dai style folks over at

For those of you that can't read chinese, the last two links have pics.