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Monday, 04 June 2007
Disciples of Xing Yi Quan in Li Laoneng’s Hometown
    Mr. Zhang Yulin from Yangwo Village, Wangjing Township, Shenzhou City is the head of Li Laoneng Xing Yi (forming and minding) Quan (boxing) Association in Shenzhou. Douwangzhuang Village, the hometown of Li Laoneng who was the founder of Xing Yi Quan, is one and a half kilometers north to Yangwo Village. In those past years, Li Laoneng's grandsons, Li Wenxi (also Zhenbang) and Li Xishun (also Shunbang), had promoted Xing Yi Quan in their hometown having got several hundreds of disciples including Wang Zhendong, Wang Zhenxi, Wang Xiang, Li Xiaojun and so on. During the 1950s and 1960s, many people in Yangwo Village, including Zhang Yulin and Wang Jinsheng, learned Xing Yi Quan from Wang Zhendong and some other masters. Zhang Yulin, Wang Jinsheng and some other masters have become important persons promoting Xing Yi Quan in Li Laoneng's hometown nowadays. Zhang Yulin is a notable one in domestic Xing Yi Quan circle.
     Zhang Yulin lived in the Xing Yi Quan founder Li Laoneng's hometown in his childhood. Since there had not been much recreation and developed information circumstance during the 1960s and 1970s, he was attracted by the strong trend in practicing Kung-fu then. Although that local government didn't encourage Kung-fu learning at that time, traditional martial art as a part of Chinese traditional culture was promoted and spread through Shenzhou area. Zhang Yulin was gradually affected by the martial arts shown by those adults. At his fourteen, he began to learn Xing Yi Quan from Wang Zhendong and Zhang Kuijin,both of them also lived in the village.
      Zhang's teacher was one of Li Wenxi's prentices. The content of Li Wenxi's Kung-fu had got some different characteristics from others. For example, most beginners must learn Shi Tang Tan Tui (the tenth line of springing kicking). The Tan Tui Kung-fu issued from Li Wenxi in its content was different from the ones from Jing Wu Athletic Association. Their purposes in learn it were also discrepant. Taught by Li Wenxi, besides Tan Tui, his disciples also learned Wu Xing (Five Elements) Quan, Shi Er Xing (twelve forms), some Tang zi (sets of Kung-fu) and some applications of various Chinese Kung-fu weapons whereas they primarily learned the pole fighting
methods as well.
     Zhang Yulin was very assiduous and perseverant when he studied the Quan. He began to learn Xing Yi Quan from Master Wang Zhendong when he was in Grade 5 in his elementary school. He never stopped learning the Quan until he had graduated from senior high school. He didn't need to leave Yangwo Village as a high school had been available right there.
Graduated from senior high school, Zhang Yulin left the Village and worked in the downtown of Shenzhou. He met some disciples having studied Guo Yunshen's Quan there and often interchanged Kung-fu ideas with them. As his home Village was only ten kilometers from his working place, he told his master every week about what he had interchanged with other Xing Yi Quan Disciples and asked a lot of questions. Master Wang Zhendong told him that he should keep on learning, study Kung-fu diligently and comprehend its main spirit gradually according to the methods and ways taught by their own school but not reject the good qualities owned an issued by other schools. Because of Mr. Zhang's insistent pursuit in practicing Xing Yi Quan plus his perseverance, he had learned a lot, mastered a lot and accumulated rich practical experiences within the period of nearly four decades in Kung-fu training and thus he have been a notable expert nowadays in Xing Yi Quan circle lastly.
    Wang Jinsheng, elder Kung-fu brother of Zhang Yulin, had practiced Xing Yi Quan in a neighboring village following the adults when he was a child. At the beginning, he practiced Zhan Zhuang (training in standing like a tree stump), and later, the Kung-fu in kicking. Master Wang Zhendong had kept a strict hand over his prentices in training. All his prentices were required to practice basic skills, and then, Wu Xing Quan. When they had practiced basic skills well, they should practice various kinds of Gong Fa (training methods). Some were used in training Kung-fu with their fists or palms while some were applied to train kicking. For example, Zhuang Gong was divided into several kinds. They were Di Zhuang (low standing), Gao Zhuang (high standing), Huo Bu (active stepping) and Cuan Bu Zhuang (stepping in scurry). There was a very effective kind of Kung-fu Gong Fa practicing the upper part of one's body in protecting his whole body. Being proficient in practicing this kind of Kung-fu, he could naturally apply it for protecting himself against any attacking made by any opponent.
    Wang Jinsheng has kept on practicing Kung-fu everyday as long as he is busy dealing with lots of fanning works in the daytime till now.
Sun Yongjin comes from Wushan Village. His father Sun Zengrui was one ofLi Wenxi's prentices. In Sun’s family, a number of generations all studied martial arts. Sun Yongjin's grandfather, a friend of Li Wenxi, was a famous local Shao Lin Qmn master. Sun Zengrui leamed Shaolin Quan from his father in his boyhood. He had studied Tan Tui, Mian Zhang (soft and continuous palming) and so on. Later, his father sent him to learn Xing Yi Quan from Li Wenxi. Later generations of Sun’s family had accordingly entered the school of Xing Yi Quan due to this proper way. When Sun Yongjin was still a youngster, he learned Xing Yi Quan from his father. He has practiced the Quan for more than fifty years.


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