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Hsing I

Hsing I

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Hsing I
Yue Fei,
(1103-1141), a native of T'sang-Yin in Hunan. As a youth he divided his time between practicing martial arts and reading Sun Wu's Art of War. He studied from thefamous martial artist Chou Tung, who could draw a bow of three hundred catties. In theearly days of the Tartar conflict, he raised a troop of five hundred horsemen, and defeated aforce of more than one hundred thousand under Wu-shu (chieftain), the heir apparent of thetartars. He then served as lieutenant under Chang Chun, and for his services in inducing aformidable leader of brigands to submit to Imperial authority, Yue was raised to the rank of general.
Ji Long Feng
, (also known as (Ji Ji Ke), of Shanxi province born during the end of theMing Dynasty (1368-1628). After sitting for the imperial examination, he passed with suchgreat marks that he became an official in Shanxi, but because of the corruption heencountered, he was eventually forced out of office. After leaving office, he decided totravel throughout China. It was in Xian, at the temple honoring Yue Fei, he noticed a crack in the figure of the general. Within the opening he found books on Yue Fei's Hsing I. Helater mastered the skills laid out in Yue's books.
Cao Ji Wu
, succeeded Ji Long Feng, himself a winner of the military examination of 1693 of the Kang Shing Period of the Ching Dynasty. He become the brigade general at JingYuan in Shanxi Province when the two met. After his retirement, he accepted as his pupil
Dai Lung Bang
, nicknamed "Two Donkey Dai" because of his great strength. Duringwhich time he referred to this art form as "Liu He Hsing I Chuan".
Wong Yen Chai
(Wang Xiangzhai), (1885-1963) was born in Weilin Village in HebeiProvince. He first learned from Guo Yun Shen. Because of Wang's talents, Guo passed onall of his skills to him, laying the foundation for his career in the martial art world. In 1907,he engaged on an extensive journey throughout China. After several years, he settled inBeijing, serving as an instructor in one of Yuan Shi Kai's military units.In 1918, he continued his journey, in the hope of engaging the topmartial artists in order to seek out the best. During his travel of centraland eastern China, he engaged in combat with nearly a thousandopponents.After years of practice he created the "will" boxing known as I Chuan,characterized by concentration and naturalness instead of the one-sideemphasis on physical exercises. In 1940, some of Wong's friendssuggested that he change the name into "dacheng" meaning acombination of many schools. During his lifetime he received an endlessnumber of challenges from his homeland as well as abroad, such as aworld boxing champion from Hungary, top level Japanese judoists and

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