Hsing Yi Martial - Health

5 Element Theory is applied to martial arts, healing, and all aspects of your life and body.  As depicted in this chart, you can see the creation cylce and organs.

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Grandmaster Henry Look

Grandmaster Henry Look doing Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Chuan...Draw The Bow, Shoot The Tiger!

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Taiwan 1956

YC Chiang ~ Kuo Lien Ying ~ Peter Kwok together in Taiwan.  Kuo in the middle, YC Chiang on the left and Peter Kwok on the right.  Thanks to Randy Elia for sharing this special picutre.

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San Ti Shi is a standing mediation posture in Hsing Yi Chuan.  Here you find Shifu standing in San Ti Shi.  Come to the Academy to learn this too...

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Dong Hai Chuan

Pa Kua Founder
1779 - 1882

Dong Hai Chuan is the founder of the internal system of Pa Kua Chuan.  It was developed during the mid 1800's.  Dong was born in Ju Jia Wu Township of Wen An in Hebei Province in northeastern China.

During his youth he studied Lo Han Northern Shaolin, Ba Fa Quan, Hung Guan Xing, and Men Quan which was widely practiced in Wen An.  

Because of his proficiency, he became well known.  It is said he travelled China.  Pa Kua became known to the outside world when Dong became a servant for Prince Su's household.  It was during a large banquet that he was noticed for his ability to move in and out of the tables and people effortlessly.  

After a demonstration of his skills, the prince made Dong in charge of training the palace guards. Two of Dong's most famous students were Yin Fu (1842-1911) and Cheng Ting Hua (1848 -1900).  Our style comes from Cheng Ting Hua.   

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Dong Hai Chuan founder Pa Kua Chuan
Cheng Ting Hua - Pa Kua Chuan

Cheng Ting Hua

1848 -1900

Cheng Ting Hua, also known as Cheng Yingfang, 程廷華 was a renowned master of Chinese Neijia (internal) martial art of Pa Kua Chuan. 

He as born in the Cheng family village, Shen County, Hebei (now in Shandong) and was the third of four brothers.  Cheng Ting Hua was fond of martial arts and in his youth he gained skill at wielding a heavy broadsword and a large heavy staff.

When the Cheng Ting Hua first met Dong Hai Chuan he asked Cheng to use his Shuai Chiao, Chinese Wrestling, against him. Cheng made several attempts at attacking Dong but was never able to even lay a hand on him. Cheng knelt down and asked Dong if he could become his student.   Cheng Ting Hua was the person responsible for teaching Pa Kua to Chang Chao-Tung.

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Chang Chao Tung

1859 - 1940

Chang Chan Kuei, also known as Chang Chao Tung, was born in He Chien county in the village of Ho Hung Yan in Hebei Province.  His first martial art training began with Mi Tsung Chuang also known as Yen Chen Fist.  He soon became a student of Liu Chi Lan.  

Chang met his master while still a teenager, after being very natural in his training he became one of Liu's inner door students, therefore readily receiving the essence of his teacher art.  Chang later became a bounty hunter.  It was during this time he met the famous Pa Kua teacher, Chen Ting Hua.  

Since the two were from the same area, they became friends.  It was shortly after that Chang suggested he would like to learn Pa Kua.  Since Cheng felt the two were brothers he would introduce him to his teacher Dong Hai Chuan.

While traveling Chang became quite famous for demonstrating and fighting in matches against foreign opponents on a raised platform.  He is said to have once killed a horse by strangling it with one hand and is also credited with defeating several Japanese fighters and a German strongman.  

One of his more famous students was Chiang Jung Chiao.

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Chang Chao Tung - Pa Kua
Chiang Jung Chiao - Pa Kua

Chiang Jung Chiao

1890 - 1971

Chiang Jung Chiao also known as Jiang Rongqiao and Chiang Kuan Wu, he was born in Hebei Province in Chang Chou County.  It was he who spread Cheng Ting Hua's style widely.  


During his youth he learned from his grandfather and uncle.  He started his internal training from a friend, who taught Tai Chi.  He then met and trained with one of Chang Chao Tung's students, Yao Fu Chun.  


He later travelled to Tianjin to study with the top masters of the era.   


He also trained under the famous Wu Tang swordsman Li Ching Lin.

During the 1920's Chiang began a series of martial arts books, compiling twenty-five books to his credit, making him one of the most prolific writers of his time.  Some of the titles were Tiger Tail Whip, Chi Men Spear, Tai Chi Long Form, Seven Star Sword, Shaolin Staff, Hsing I Chuan, Pa Kua Chang and Pa Kua Spear.  He was later invited to The Chung Yang Kuo Shu Kuan- Central Martial Arts Academy in Nanking, in charge of organizing and standardizing information, as Director of Programs.


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Grandmaster Peter Kwok

Kwok Wong Ngai/Guo He Yi
Year Born Not Known
Traditional Style Pa Kua Chuan
Founder of Peter Kwoks Kung Fu Academy

Gun Yuen Tang allegedly said to have been Peter Kwoks Pa Kua teacher.  There is no other information available.

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Grandmaster Peter Kwok - Pa Kua
Grandmaster Patric Hanvey - co-founder of China Hand Kung Fu
Grandmaster Mark Gates co-founder China Hand Kung Fu
Master Dominick Ruggieri