Monthly Archives: August 2009

‘Iron Arm’ Wang Fuyuan

Flicking through Dan Miller and Tim Cartmell’s excellent book ‘Xingyi Neigong” (pictured below) the other day, I was curious about the master Wang Jiwu, whose exercises are profiled therein. ¬† ¬† It turns out Wang’s branch of xingyi is an … Continue reading

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Yang Luchan on the silver screen

During the late Qing dynasty, a young man from Hebei named Yang Yuqian leaves his village to seek out a kungfu master. After many travails and escapades, he ends up in Chen Family Village in Henan. Once there, he asks … Continue reading

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1929 Hangzhou Leitai Tournament

My recent translation of an article on Pei Xirong sparked my interest¬† in the 1929 Leitai tournament in Hangzhou, which seems to have been the largest bare-hand Leitai competition in recent history. The following translation draws on several sources, mainly … Continue reading

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Pei Xirong

The following translation is an excerpt taken from this article . “Pei Xirong was born in 1913 in Raoyang county in Hebei province. His father was a core member of the Yi He Tuan [1], and his mother had also … Continue reading

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Going to Court over Taiji

I came across an article originally published in 2007 in the Eastern Daily (from here) that illustrates how deep feelings run over historical/lineage issues in China, and thought I’d share it. “For the last 80 years, the origin of taijiquan … Continue reading

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