Is there any literature on the Yin Fu style of Baguazhang?
I ve been looking into learning a martial art and I came across Bagua Zhang and its several different styles. Being in a small town in the North East, I don t have much in the ways of martial arts schools, let alone any Bagua Zhang one. So I ve been looking on the internet for any possible sources of this style but I m skeptical of authenticity and if it s the style I m looking for due to many criticizing comments on videos and vibes I get from some websites. Now I m trying to find any sort of literature sources of the Yin Fu style or of the original style of Bagua Zhang that may help me learn the martial art. Many thanks for any help.
- Tengu BakemonoLv 64 years agoFavorite Answer
Yin Fu Baguazhang is a true martial art style, it combines a mixture of Shaolin and Taoist Bagua.
I personally would not pass up the chance of learning Yin Fu Bagua, because it one of the more superior martial arts.
Bagua Zhang, also written Baguazhang (Pinyin spelling) and Pa Kua Chang (Wade/Giles spelling), translated as “Eight Trigrams Palms,” is derived from the Daoist theory of the Yi Jing (The Book of Changes). This is the oldest of Chinese classical texts and has been used for over 5,000 years as a system of cosmology and philosophy to aid in making decisions and predicting the future.
Bagua Zhang is an internal Chinese martial art method. Its true origins are obscure, and it’s impossible to ascertain when or by whom the style was created. The first master to teach Bagua Zhang in the open was the famed Dong Haichuan, who taught it in the mid-1800’s in Beijing. However, it is believed that the method has much older origins.
Of all the names recorded on Dong Haichuan’s tomb that are recognized as having trained with the great master, the most famous was Yin Fu. He was Dong’s first student and trained with him for over twenty years, learning the complete system from him.
Yin Fu, already an expert in Luohan (some versions have it that he was an expert in Lian Huan Tui “Continuous Kicks” and She Xin Quan “Snake Tongue Palm”), started learning from Dong around the mid-1860’s. Some of the distinguishing characteristics that are found in Yin Fu style Bagua are the great variety of kicks and the Niushe Zhang “Ox Tongue Palm,” both of which can be attributed to Yin’s previous experience.
Bagua lineage flows from Dong Haichuan to Yin Fu to Men Baozhen to Xie Peiqi to the current lineage holder, He Jinbao.