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    Song Wei Yi (origins of Baguazhang) - translation


    This article was originally written by, Guo Shu Fan who served together with Song Wei Yi in the Feng Army in the war against Japan and translated by yours truly.

    Who Was the Founder of Baguazhang?


    Song Wei Yi was from Bei Zhen, in Liaoning. Zhang Zuo Lin was a famous warlord in the northeast. Li Jin Lin was a ¡°shizhang¡± in a small county north of Jin Zhou. (He was from Hebei, Zaoqiang. He also went by Fang Chen) Li Jin Lin had a division leader named Zhang Xian. (This would be the man from Hebei, Ji County full name: Zhang Xiang Wu) Looking for a place to stay while in Yi County, he found lodging in the front courtyard of a man with the family name Song. As the area was quite spacious, every night, on returning to the residence he would train a few techniques from his Bajiquan. One evening, while training, he heard the master of the house cheerfully calling him inside, ¡°Captain Zhang! (tuan zhang; Íų¤) Please step inside and have a seat.¡±

    Zhang saw his flashing eyes and stepped in to greet the 70+ year old master of the house. He sauntered into the inner chamber and after he took his seat, his host said, ¡°My name is Song Wei Yi. I am a gong fu brother of the famous Dong Hai Chuan.¡± My Shifu is Bi Yue Xia. Dong¡¯s Shifu is Bi Deng Xia. Dong and I are Shixiong under different teachers.¡±

    Zhang raised his hands in the traditional salute and said, ¡°You skill is certainly superb. Perhaps you could do me the honor of showing me one or two techniques that mught broaden my horizons?¡±

    Song said, ¡°I think I can accommodate you. I have some small weapons I could show you.¡± He then took out a small wooden case from beside where he was sitting. Inside were a set of ten marvelous little daggers, each about 3 inches in length. He picked up the lot of them between 3 of his fingers and with a sharp flick of his wrist he flung them at the door mantle. It was as fast as lightning and every one of them stuck in the wood. What¡¯s more, every little knife was spaced evenly, one inch apart.

    Zhang said, ¡°Your nei gong has obviously been trained to an amazing level. It takes my breath away. Please accept me as your disciple!!!¡± He continued, asking, ¡°Is it possible, Sir, for you to tell me something of your training background?¡±

    Song said, ¡°My family was not a particularly wealthy one but we did have some land and were able to produce some crops. I went to school at a young age and I also loved to train martial arts. But I was living in the middle of nowhere and there were no famous teachers there to study under. As a teenager, I was already a fairly accomplished student in the academics but I had to look elsewhere for proper martial arts instruction. So I saved up some money for the road, bid farewell to my parents and set out for Shanghai. I traveled through Hebei, Henan, Hubei and Sichuan. I arrived at the Hubei border in a little town called Wuyi on Lu Mountain. Half way through the mountains in a bamboo forest there was a little temple called, ¡°San Qing Dao Guan¡±. I met the head priest. He had taken on the religious name Bi Yue Xia. I asked to be taken on as a disciple. The priest said, ¡°I can see that you¡¯re a bit different from the average. Your qi is unusual and your body strong. I will teach you the internal style, Baguazhang and the Wudang Sword.¡± I became his disciple. I accepted his rules and regulations and started to study nei gong in the temple. I trained in the mountains and the climbing made my legs strong. It helped my jumping ability. I trained hard in that place for 10 years. I was especially fond of the sword techiques.¡±

    ¡° One day, Shifu said to me, ¡®You have been here for quite some time. Your family must miss you terribly. I think it¡¯s time you returned home.¡¯ He told me to stop in Jun Zhou, Wudang Shan, Jin Ding Temple to pay my respect to the local gods and then continue on to Beijing to look for my Shixiong, Dong Hai Chuan.¡±

    ¡°Dong Hai Chuan learned his gong fu at Jiu Hua Mountain, in Anwei Province. He learned ¡®Kan Gua¡¯ (¿²ØÔ) Baguazhang. I leaned, ¡®Li Gua¡¯ (ÀëØÔ) Baguazhang. I only learned this as I was leaving my teacher and Dong had never seen ¡®Li Gua¡¯ Baguazhang. I met Dong in Beijing in 1876 and spent a few weeks with him. He told me, ¡®I see you and I are from the same school of gong fu. Who was your teacher?¡¯

    ¡°I told him it was Bi Yue Xia.¡±

    ¡°Dong replied, ¡®He was my Shibo. (ʦ²®) My teacher was afraid of him.¡¯¡±

    After seeing the ¡®Li Gua¡¯ Baguazhang, he later told his own disciples, ¡®Don¡¯t think that just because this shixiong [Song Wei Yi] is younger than you , that his gong fu is less powerfull. He is better than you.¡¯

    ¡°I was only in Beijing for a short while and then returned to the northeast to be with my family. In addition to training gong-fu, I continued my academic studies and worked on my ¡®qing gong¡¯ (skill at lightness). In the winter time, walking on the snow, the first seven steps leave footprints, but after that I can walk on the crust without leaving a trace. This is called ¡®ta xue wu hen¡¯ (̤ѩÎÞºÛ; walking in snow without footprints) . There is another name for the same kind of gong fu, ¡®deng ping du shui¡¯; µÇƼ¶ÉË®£»walking on water). ¡®Hanging a picture on the wall¡¯ (ǽÉϹһ_)£¬I learned a long time ago.¡±

    ¡°My favorite weapon is the ¡®Phoenix Tail Staff¡¯, a wooden staff in the middle with a blade at each end.¡±

    ¡°At home I don¡¯t get many visitors, so not many people even know I train gong-fu. At one point I raised a small monkey and every morning would go just outside the city to play with him. I would set him free and then use my jumping skills to bring him back. This kind of activity brought me to the attention of the local government who suspected me of being part of the White Lotus Sect. To avoid the risk of being persecuted for my alleged assocition with them I went and joined the army. Due to the combination of my academic education and martial skill I quickly rose through the ranks. One time I killed many opponents in a single battle. Some months later, when Shifu found out and came to see me. I kneld before him as he chastised me. He said that as the people I killed wer criminals the punishment could be light but he still had to punish me for taking so many lives and breaking the rules of our sect. He struck me on leg injuring me and making it difficult for me to walk. That leg gives me trouble even untill today. Towards the end of the Qing era, I retired from the 5th division of the army and returned home. Nobody has mentioned the White Lotus Society to me since then.¡±

    After Song finished talking, we gave Zhang a hand written copy of his ¡°Xue Yi Xin De¡± (A collection of personal views on the art. Unfortunately, during the war against the Japanese the book was lost.) After expressing his gratitude and taking his leave he (Zhang Xiang Wu) called his commander, Li Jing Lin, on the phone and said, ¡°I have discovered a magnificenct swordsman. It¡¯s my current landlord, Song Wei Yi.¡±.

    The next morning, Li (Li Jing Lin) sent someone to welcome Song Wei Yi to his headquarters. He treated him to a qonderful banquet. Zhang Xiang Wu and Jiang Xin Shan both joined him. Song Wei Yi returned daily to teach baguazhang and Wudang jian.

    In the book, ¡°Taiji Yao Yi¡± (The Essential Rules of Taiji) the baguazhang of Song Wei Yi and of Dong Hai Chuan is described. Their circle walking and stepping methods are the same. The difference is in their single palm change. Dong¡¯s change comes from above and sinks down. Song¡¯s change come¡¯s from below and rises up. This is in accordance with the trigrams of the bagua, ¡®kan¡¯ and ¡®li¡¯ which represent ¡®water¡¯ and ¡®fire¡¯. Water sinks and fire rises; therefore, Dong¡¯s baguazhang is ¡®kan¡¯ baguazhang and Song¡¯s is ¡®li¡¯ baguazhang. This is a reflection of the qualities of the natural world. There is, of course, much deeper meaning that can be researched.

    In 1924, during a military disturbance, Feng Yu Xiang managed to capture the Cao Kun. He (Feng Yu Xiang) was a supporter of Duan Qi Rui. Wu Pei Hu fled by sea to Han Kou. Li Jin Lin was bestowed a government position at this time, and Song Wei Yi accomponied him to Tian Jin. He was preparing to select 48 youths to be trained into the ¡°48 Heroic Swordsman¡±. Guo Song Lin betrayed the Feng Army and attacked them at Shanhai Guan but he lost terribly. Li Jin Lin was associated with him and stepped down from his posotion as a government official. Song Wei Yi then returned to his home town and had a telegram sent to Tian Jin announcing his death.

    This article was written by, Guo Shu Fan who served together with Song Wei Yi in the Feng Army in the war against Japan.


    This article was originally written by, Guo Shu Fan who served together with Song Wei Yi in the Feng Army in the war against Japan and translated by yours truly.
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    Here's the source of the article:

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    bullshit

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    Don't be shy Jen. Tell us how you really feel....

    My favorite thing about the article is how it seems to get everyones panties in a bunch. :)
    Last edited by Omar; 3/11/2004 5:15pm at .
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    Ican't see the original so I can't comment but nice post anyway

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    CMA history..lol..all about how We We grab Master's Wang and pass down to Pe Pe and she embraced it..yada yada. CMA history..a porno with bad names
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    D-vO,

    You can download the original here: http://f1.pg.briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/...uments&.view=l

    It's in the 2 files called 'songweiyia' and 'songweiyib'. Sorry about the size. They are scans and I wanted to make sure that they would be readable.

    The article was scanned out of this magazine:



    Notice the signiture of the author in the lower right hand corner.
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    If the history of Martial arts doesn't intrest you then why read a forum called Martial Arts History.
    If you read the book of Five Rings you would know that all knowledge and history is to be studied, no matter how insignificant it seems. Only then can you attain the true way of Martial Arts.

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