Ma Gui School of Baguazhang’s fourth generation inheritor:
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.
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.
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.