|Dong Haichuan the founder of Baguazhang
was an eunuch
During Qing Dynasty when Xian Feng was reining, Dong was teaching Bagua
Interlink Palms (Baguazhang in short) in Beijing. Dong Haiquan was born
in Jia Qin third year (1797) and died in Guang Xu eighth year (1882).
His former given name was Jide and later changed it to Haiquan. His
home county was Wen An of Hebei province. He was captivated by martial
arts since his childhood, looking for renown martial artists and
absorbing as he can any different kind of style he may encounter. From
this quest he will create the specific martial art known in our days as
as an eunuch in Su Wang Palace
Haiquan intervened during an injustice happening in his village than
later he was suspected for homicide. (and it was probably against the
interest of the Manchu government).
At that time he had no choice
than leaving his village to hide as an eunuch servant in Su Wang
Mansion based in Beijing. Nobody heard than about his martial skills.
Su Wang mansion, nobody knows too about his fighting abilities he was
just serving the large number of guests which were passing by.
Wang (called also Prince Su) who was employing Sha Hui-tsu, a Muslim
boxer as the Chief of Royal Guards to protect his mansion, once
organized a large banquet. He asked Sha to perform a martial art
demonstration. He was very proud about the success of these festivities
among his guests. Wu Wang ordered Dong to serve more diligently all his
guests and started to notice that Dong served tea to the guests by
lightly scaling the wall and crossing the roof to the kitchen and back,
without wasting a single drop. Su Wang recognized from this that Dong
must have great ability in some martial art, and subsequently ordered
Dong to show his art. Unable to refuse, he demonstrated Baguazhang. His
sudden turns and flowing enthralled the audience.
Seeing that Sha
challenged Dong but very rapidly Dong used one palm to strike down his
opponent strike unto the ground who than walk out after being soundly
defeated. Su Wang was extremely surprised and asked: “what the name of
your boxing? Dong who synthesize all his knowledge of boxing into this
style, did not yet given it a name, then glancing around him he saw a
traditional symbol of Bagua, he answered promptly “Baguazhang”.
From this time the name of Baguazhang started to spread all around
Beijing then in all China.
Chuan's graveyard : the five points concerning his epitaph
Precious information from his four steles :
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