Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Xingyi Fighting?

Wushu Master Season 2. The final 4 competitors. Xingyi Quan. You Decide....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Good Read

If you are interested in the Chinese Internal Martial Arts read Jess O'brien's Nei Jia Quan. This excellent book contains numerous interviews with modern Internal Martial Arts Masters. I enjoyed his no bullshit approach and interviews of a wide variety of practitioners from a number of different Internal Martial Arts.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Killing the Enemy Broadsword

A very nice version of Bagua Master Fu Zhen Song's Killing Enemy Broadsword performed by his Grand daughter Fu Meilan 傅美蘭. The form was created for the Cantonese Army during WWII.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

San Huang Pao Chui weapons

Sān huáng pào chuí (weapons)
Master Yuan Jingquan (1899-2009) was a legend in the Beijing martial arts community, for both his depth of knowledge and long healthy life. 
According to legend, during the end of the Ming dynasty a northern (usually Shaolin) monk learned this form of boxing from a Taoist living high on one of the peaks of E Mei Shan in Sichuan province.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Xingyi Bad Ass! Che Yizhai!

From Xingyi Max :

Che Yizhai (车毅斋), from Taigu County of Shanxi Province, was one of the top students of Li Luoneng (李洛能, 1807 – 1888).
Che Yizhai
Che Yizhai, a.k.a. Che Yonghong (车永宏), was born in a poor farmer family at Taigu County, Shanxi Province in 1833. Che began to study the art of Xingyiquan under Li Luoneng around 1856. Che Yizhai’s Xingyiquan skill was not only recognized by Xingyiquan practitioners from Shanxi Province but also by Hebei Xingyiquan practitioners. Well-known Xingyiquan practitioners fron Hebei province, such as, Guo Yunshen (郭云深, 1820 – 1901), Li Taihe (李太和, son of Li Luoneng), Li Cunyi (李存义, 1847 – 1921), Liu Wenhua (刘文华, son of Liu Qilan), Sun Lutang (孙禄堂, 1860 – 1933) and son on, had traveled to Shanxi to visit Che.
Beside working as a farmer, Che Yizhai worked as a bodyguard for most of his life. Che had involved in numerous real fights and challenges from other martial artists, the most famous fight was Che, at 81 years old, defeated a Japanese Kendo master within split second in sword fight challenge at Tianjin city, in 1914.
Che Yizhai passed away at the age of 82 in 1915. Che Yizhai Style Xingyiquan is known as Che Style Xingyiquan in modern martial arts circles.

Seated Left: Che Yizhai, Seated Right: Guo Yunshen (郭云深)

Che Style Xingyi Quan

Che-style Xingyi Quan - Five-element and 12 Animals Form Boxing.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Last Airbender Practices Bagua!

On the popular cartoon The Last Airbender, the hero practices the art of "air bending". Which looks suspiciously like Bagua Zhang (at least the wushu competition form of bagua).