Forth generation of Magui School

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Forth generation of Magui School馬貴派八卦掌傳播中心

Ma Gui School of Baguazhang’s fourth generation inheritor:

Li Baohua

I love martial arts, and though my body has been at university, my heart has always been in the martial arts. In 1982 I started learning baguazhang from Shi Chongying and for ten years studied Ma Weiqi’s School of Baguazhang, Yang taijiquan, and Xingyiquan.

From 1986 I learned the Cheng School of Baguazhang from Zhang Rongli. In 1989 I had the luck to be introduced to Yu Zhiming, and learned Ma Gui’s School of Baguazhang from him for over seventeen years. In 2007 and 2008 I studied Ma Gui’s School of Baguazhang with Fan Yahua, and in 2008 I learned with Liu Wanchuan’s son-in-law Li Hao.

Since 2009 I have been studying with Liu Wanchuan’s favourite apprentice Li Lianchang. I admire and respect the fine character of each of those in the previous generations, I esteem their instructions, and I follow their example in hard training, and the determination to seek real deep skill.

Year after year I have trained baguazhang without daring to take a day off. Due to my limitations, although I have achieved some results, what I have trained and sought has not yet reached the upper limits.

惟期假以时日,再刻   苦磨厉,以慰先前、以告后学。

Baguazhang is a most valuable treasure. Faced with the responsibility of passing in on to future generations, to benefit the whole world, and emulating the senior masters whom I admire – sages who all lived to at least seventy years of age – I long to grasp this skill that must be transmitted, and spread its name far and wide.

I have, however, already reached middle age and time is passing. My courage is insufficient, my shoulders are too weak to carry this burden alone, and I am fearful. I call on the older generation masters, those on the same path, and future students to work together to help me in this great enterprise.

Note:

there are some discrepancies between written records and oral teachings on the ages of Ma Gui and Li Shao’an. I will continue to research to find their descendants, in hopes of discovering accurate dates for them.

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