Ting Hua (1848-1900) was one of the of the most prolific teachers of
Bagua. He developed his own style - Cheng's style.
Yulung (1875-1928), also known
as Cheng Haiting, was the eldest son of Cheng Ting Hua. He trained with
his father when he was young and he practicedeven more diligently after
his father passed away, He was described as fair-skinned, with the attributes
of a scholar, and his nature was forthright and frank. Hi smain interest
was in Baguazhang but he also studied Taijiquan with Yang Jianhou. He
was able to blended the two arts to make Bagua Taiji Quan - a synthesis
art that is still being practise today. He extensively researched the
principles of fighting. He also researched every nuance of the Paired
Baguazhang Method and Bagua Meridian Mandarin Duck Axes. Besides his
interest in the martial arts, he was also an expert in drawing and calligraphy.
According to some sources, he died of cancer because of his exercisive
smoking. He was responsible for spreading the art to Beijing and Tianjin.
also called Shouting, was Mr. Cheng Tinghua's second son. When Cheng
Tinghua left this world, Youxin was only nine years old. He really never
got his fathers true teachings, but learned from Cheng Tinghuas students.
They all gave him instruction and he reached a very high level. As a
result of this, the instruction that he received came from many teachers.
He did not receive one formal Bagua transmission. Nevertheless his skill
caught up to that of his older brother, though it did not surpass it.
Mr. Youxin was short and small. He was expert in lower basin stepping.
Men called him Cuo Ye (Short Uncle). The sum of his studies was his
64 Palms, only he was closefisted in teaching it. He was consider one
of Three Elders of Beijing Bagua circles in the sixties.
Liu Jingru (Liu Tanfeng)
was good at using the leg method. Men called him Flying Legs Feng Junyi.
Yi Sheng (1866 -1951). Gao
Yi Sheng was born in 1866 in Shandong, though he moved to Hebei province
when he was still young. As a youth, he learned his family style, Da
Hong Quan. Later, he studied Hsing Yi with Li Cun Yi. At twenty six,
he learned the basics of Bagua with Song Chang Rong. At thirty, he was
defeated by Zhou Yu Xiang in a contest. Zhou introduced him to his teacher,
Cheng Ting Hua for further instructions. For the next two years, he
trained with Zhou in Shangdong and Cheng in Beijing.
forty five, Gao has established a reputation in Haifeng, Shandong. He
finally meet his last teacher, Song
Yi Yan (§º¯q¤¯), a Taoist who claimed to be a student of Pi Cheng Xia,
the teacher of Dong Hai Chuan. Song told Gao that Dong had only stayed
long enough to study the pre-heaven skills of Ba Gua. He suggested that
the "post-heaven" skills also had to be studied in order to
complete the system. Gao then learned the complete system from Song.
practice an art that does not have an end, I am Song Yi Ren. I
learned the whole set. I transmit it everywhere under heaven.
I transmit the art and I don't hold back. This ability is to encourage
Bagua Lian Huan Zhang"
(Swim body Eight Diagram Linking Palm)
Gao Yi Sheng
fifty Gao returned to Hebei, where he taught in Yang Cun village close
to Tianjin. In a meeting with his old teacher Zhou, Zhou made three
attacks on Gao to test the progress of his student. He was twice deflected,
and the third time knocked away. Zhou was impressed enough by Gao's
sixty four post-heaven palms that he returned to Shandong in search
of the Sung Yi Jen, but hewas unable to find him.
1936, Gao began teaching on the football fields of the English concession
in Tianjin. It was in Tianjin that Gao taught the majority of his students
that began to spread his style widely. in 1959, Gao passed away. His
legacy is passed on through three students - Wu Meng Xia, Zhang Jun
Feng and Ho Ho Choy.
Han Mu Hsia, Ho Ho Choi (1911-1995), He Ko Cai (taught
in Hong Kong), Lau Fung Choi, Li Yuen Zhang, Pau Chum, On Jai Hai,
Wu Meng Xia, Yau Fung Pui, Zhang Jun Feng (from Hubei)
Liu Bin was
Mr. Cheng's youngest disciple.
(?-1925), also called Guangpu, was from Yixian county of Hebei
province. He taught in Shenyang and was considered among Cheng Tinghua's
most outstanding students. Physically, he was big, tall and strong with
bright eyes that convey his strong spirit. Li was famous for his depressing
palm (ta zhang). No man dared to lightly test him. At that time, the
martial community universally praised him.
Li travelled extensively across
China as part of the Republican government. He followed the Supervisor
of the Military, Xu Shichang to Northeastern regions. In Fengtian, he
worked in the area of counter espionage. He was in the company of distinguished
martial artists including the Warlord Li, the Spiritual Wrestler Ji
Si, Pigua expert Li Baorong, and Chen Tai Hui's nephew Cheng Yougong.
Li was later transfered to the office of President Cao Kun in Beijing.
At that time, he was in the company of many of his Baguazhang classmates
including Miller Zhang's student Cui Yugui, Cheng Youlong's student
He Jun, Zhu WenBao's student Liu Zhigang, and Cheng Tianhua's student
Li was killed when Feng Yuyang rebelled
against President Cao Kun.
Lutang followed Guo Yunshen's student Li Kuiyuan and studied
Xingyi Quan. He later trained with Cheng Tinghua. Sun also studied Taiji
Quan with Hao Weijin. Thus, Sun Lutang was known as an expert in the
three internal martial arts. He wrote many books to promote the martial
arts including, The Real Meaning of Fighting, The Study of Xingyi Quan,
The Study of Baguazhang, The Study of Taijiquan, and The Study of Bagua
Sun LuTang held a teaching post
at the Nanjing Central Kuoshu Institute. He earned a reputation as one
of the great martial arts teachers of his time.
was also a student of Yin Fu. Yin Fu taught Yang Mingshan and and
Jin Yuhui a special weapon set - qixing gan (bamboo pole of seven stars).
This weapon is a special kind
of bamboo pole filled with the mercury inside. From the outer point
of view it is an easy thing, but the strike is very hard. The weapon
set with qixinggan has 4 parts, each part consists of 32 forms.