Our featured interview with the founder of the Beijing Xingyi Quan Research Association and the author of the definitive book and DVD series covers his background and training, the importance of stance work and proper breathing, the major hand and weapons forms, and Xingyi Quan applications.
Introduction to Fanzi Quan: Ancient Kickboxing of China, by Yue Zhang Fanzi boxing is an effective fighting system that derives from ancient Northern Gongfu. It has been combined with other traditional styles such as Chuo Jiao and Eagle Claw, assimilating their skills and movements. Important characteristics of Fanzi Quan are swiftness, turning, and symmetry. Skillful use of these features makes Fanzi important for its practical applications.
Lin Li, a 7th generation lineage holder in Ma Pai Bagua Zhang discusses basic principles and body work for stationary stance training for Ma Style Bagua. The characteristic stances include the horse stance, 4/6 stance, and Ye Zhang stance. He also traces the connection of Ma Pai Bagua Zhang to the I Ching and the classic book, The Art of War.
The Nanjing Guoshu Guan, the Central Martial Arts Academy, established in 1928, was the most ambitious martial arts organization of its time. It brought together leading masters, organized a national training and testing system, prescribed a formal curriculum, and published books and periodicals. It was far ahead of its time in promoting the ideals and spirit of Chinese martial arts.
I started training in martial arts in 1966 when I was 16 years old. My first teacher was Master Jing Xiangbao. We mainly practiced basics for Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese wrestling. Several years later I became a disciple of Master Pei Xirong, who was a friend of my father. I learned Xing Yi and Bagua, then Wudang Wushu and Taiji. For Xing Yi we concentrated on the five basic fists, and for Bagua it was the mud gliding step. For Bagua you must move like a Dragon, swing about like a Monkey, and change postures like an Eagle.
Shen Family Martial Arts Heritage, by Alex Liu, reviews the contributions of the Shen family, of the Hui Zu Muslim ethnic group, to Chinese martial arts training. It includes an interview with Shen Dezhong and covers Shuai Jiao, Sanda, and other wrestling techniques.
This article traces the evolution of the Huo Yuanjia story as it was first popularized by the Jingwu Athletic Association and the martial arts novelist Xiang Kairan, and later by the Hong Kong and Chinese film industries. The patriotic and commercial impulses drove these different actors to appropriate and expand Huo’s story, resulting in a popular narrative that symbolizes China’s struggles in the 20th century.