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Wang Zi Ping
Jun 21

Wang Zi-Ping

By YongnianTaijiUK | Persons

Grandmaster Wang Zi Ping was born in 1881 during the Ching Dynasty in Hebei Province to a martial arts family. He learned martial arts from Yang Hong Xiu and Sun Yan Biao. He was a master in Shaolin, Cha Chuan, Pa Chi Chuan (Eight Extremes Fist), and Ching Long Jian (Green Dragon Sword).

He started learning martial arts at the age of six, and never stopped practicing, even when he was more than eighty years old. Ching Long Jian (Dragon Spring Sword) was his own creation, developed after he analyzed many styles of swordsmanship, including Western fencing and Japanese kendo. In 1960, he accompanied Premier Zhou Enlai to Cambodia. At the time, he was the Master of the Chinese Kung Fu demonstration team and was already eighty years old. However, in a demonstration of his love for the martial arts, he again performed his Ching Long Jian, with the enthusiasm and skill of someone much younger. Although he was a well respected martial artist throughout the country, he never accepted money for his performances, claiming that his only goal was to promote martial arts.

Grandmaster Wang was also a famous doctor of traumatology, teacher of Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming and creator of “Exercises in 20 Forms for Health and Longevity” which forms the basis for the development of Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa and produced several medical works during his later years.

During his youth, Grandmaster Wang had repeatedly defeated Western boxers who challenged the Chinese to fights. Once in a demonstration of his strength he picked up a huge stone of enormous weight and thenceforth known as the “King of Thousand Pounds”. Grandmaster Wang Zi Ping was the Vice Chairman of the Chinese Martial Arts Association and passed away in 1973.

Zhuang Yuan Ming
Jun 08

Zhuang Yuan Ming

By YongnianTaijiUK | Persons

Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming was born in Shanghai on November 22, 1919. In his early days, he learnt Chinese marital arts from the legendary master and famous doctor Master Wang Ziping.

As part of his training, Dr. Zhuang also trained in the art of “pulling the flag”. He would lie on his side, flat on the ground next to a flagpole, gripping the pole and quickly ascend the pole with legs extended out horizontally like a flag. Dr. Zhuang was awarded a gold medal for his performance of “pulling the flag” in the National Sports Performance and Competition Conference in 1953.

Dr. Zhuang underwent schooling and graduated from the Chinese Traditional Medical College in Shanghai. He specialized in traumatology (study of pathology and treatment of injuries) and commenced practice in his Masters clinic where he learnt martial arts as well as worked with patients. He was an expert in setting broken bones and in treating dislocations.

When China nationalized its whole system and banned all private practice, Dr. Zhuang went to work for the Government hospital. He treated 600 to 800 patients everyday with the help of his students and proved to be a doctor par excellence. He achieved tremendous results and taught patients to heal themselves with Lian Gong. This resulted in the Ministry of Health taking up Lian Gong for research with the help of reputed doctors, sportsmen, scientists and professors of medical universities. Based on the report of the health bureau, the government promoted Lian Gong all over China and millions practiced it.

Dr. Zhuang was awarded the scientific award for excellence by the Shanghai Government for his expertise and hard work. Dr. Zhuang was awarded prizes for the researches of Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa, clinical curative effects and experimental observation of Lian Gong.

The Shanghai Municipal Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa Association was set up in 1989 and Dr. Zhuang was the first President. With the spread of Lian Gong worldwide, he was invited several times abroad to lecture, demonstrate, train, popularize and propagate Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa in several countries.