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Pa Kua

Pa Kua

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Pa Kua
Dong Hai-Chuan,
(1796-1880), is the founder of the internal system of Pa Kua. It wasdeveloped during the mid 1800s. Dong was born in Ju Jia Wu Township of Wen An inHebei Province in northeastern China. During his youth he studied Lo Han NorthernShaolin, Ba Faquan, Hung Guan Xing, and Men Quan which was widely practiced in WenAn. Because of his proficiency, he became quite well known and is said to travel to JiansuAnhui Zheji and the Da Ba mountains along the Shanxi and Szechwan province. This iswhere some believe Dong became a member of the Quan Zhen Complete Truth sect of Taoism, where the practitioners would walk in a circle called "Zhuan Tian Zun" rotating inworship of heaven. There the Taoist would walk the circle while repeating one or twomantras. From these exercises and previous training methods Dong created his new art of PaKua.Pa Kua became known to the outside world when Dong became a servant for Prince Su'shousehold. It was during a large banquet that he was noticed for his ability to move in andout of the tables and people effortlessly. After a demonstration of his skills, the prince madeDong in charge of training the palace guards. Two of Dong's most famous students were YinFu (1842-1911) and Chen Ting Hua ( ? -1900).
Chang Chan Kuei,
(1859-1940), also known as (Chang Chao Tung), was born in HeChien 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 ateenager, after being very natural in his training he became one of Liu'sinner door students, therefore readily receiving the essence of histeacher art. Chang later became a bounty hunter. It was during this timehe met the famous Pa Kwa teacher, Chen Ting Hua. Since the two werefrom the same area, they became friends. It was shortly after that Changsuggested he would like to learn Pa Kua, and since Cheng felt the twowere brothers he would introduce him to his teacher Dong Hai Chuan.While traveling Chang became quite famous for demonstrating and fighting in (Lei Tai)matches against foreign opponents on a raised platform. He is said to have once killed ahorse by strangling it with one hand and is also credited with defeating several Japanesefighters and a German strongman. One of his more famous students was Chiang Jung Chiao.
Chiang Jung Chiao,
(1890-1971), also known as Chiang Kuan Wu,was born in Hebei Province in Chang Chou County. During his youth helearned Mi Tsung Chuan from his grandfather and uncle. He started hisinternal art training from a friend, Tang Shih Lin, who taught Tai Chi. Hethen met and trained with one of Chang Chao Tung students, Yao Fu Chun.He later traveled to Tianjin to study from the top masters of the era of 

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