THE CHINESE MASTERS OF YESTERYEAR.
The longevity of the Chinese Culture and the means to secure it has ensured a long list of heroes.
From many times and traditions, past and present.
The Martial Arts Tradition has produced some of note.
The modern/current continuation of such as TAI CHI or the SHAOLIN KUNG FU MONKS an ongoing example.(click)
The following historical overview provided by Guest Blogger @ chinawhisper.com records some 10 past Masters of the Martial Ways.
The Chinese Masters of Yesteryear.
THE CHINESE MASTERS:
Nowadays real Kung Fu Masters, or Martial Artists, are difficult to find in China.
Finding a genuine Master is more difficult than finding a gem in a hay stack.
However, actually in ancient China there were many good Kung Fu Masters.
Here is a list of 10 ancient Chinese martial artists.
1. HUA TUO 华佗:
HUA TUO in the Han Dynasty was more famous as a physician. However he was also known for the early QI GONG exercise named Five – Animal Exercises, in which the practitioner imitates the actions of tigers, deer, bears, apes, and birds. These practices later developed into many kinds of martial arts such as TAI CHI.
2. YUE FEI 岳飞;
YUE FEI was a well-known patriotic general in Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). Besides he is widely credited for creating XINGYIQUAN, a kind of Chinese martial arts featuring aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power. Several more martial arts were also attributed to YUE FEI such as EAGLE CLAW, FANZIQUAN AND CHUOJIAO.
3. ZHANG SANFENG 张三丰:
ZHANG SANFENG was usually regarded as the founder of TAI CHI. The legend goes that he created TAI CHI by observing a fight between a snake and a crane in Wu-dang Mountains.
4. WANG LANG 王朗:
WANG LANG is said to have created the PRAYING MANTIS BOXING during the Northern Song Dynasty (969-1126). He was inspired to develop this special KUNG FU by observing the insects actions and interactions.
5. CHEN WANGTING 陈王廷:
CHEN WANGTING (1580–1660), a Ming Dynasty General, founded Chen-style TAI CHI at Chenjiagou, Wenxian county, Henan province. CHEN is also said to have helped create the Push Hands exercises often practiced.
6. ZHANG SONG XI 张松溪:
ZHANG SONG XI (Ming Dynasty) was the disciple of martial artist Zhang Sanfeng. He also combined the fundamental WUDANG practices and created the unique Wudang Songxi Internal Style.
7. QI JIGUANG :
QI JIGUANG was well-known as a patriotic military general in the Ming Dynasty. He made great contribution in sorting out and researching folk style KUNG FU, leaving behind a famous book JiXiao Xinshu, a book dedicated to the practice of WUSHU.
8. GAN FENGCHI 甘凤池:
GAN FENGCHI (Qing Dynasty) was a master of HUA QUAN which originated from SHAOLIN KUNGFU. He wrote a book called “ The Essence of Hua Fist ” which gives detailed introduction of this martial art. HUA QUAN has the speed & power of LONG FIST and softness of TAIJI.
9. DONG HAICHUAN 董海川:
DONG HAICHUAN is widely regarded to be the founder of BAGUA ZHANG, which features a very effective fighting system. He integrated ideas from the The Book of Changes into martial arts and created the famous BAGUA ZHANG.
10. YANG LUCHAN 杨露蝉:
YANG LUCHAN was an influential TAI CHI master and teacher in the second half of the 19th century. He founded his own style of Tai Chi – YANG STYLE TAI CHI, which features agreeable movements and actions combining hardness, softness and naturalness.