Liu He Ba Fa

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Liu He Ba Fa ( Chinese  六合 八 法 拳 , Pinyin liù hé bā fǎ quán  - "six harmonies - eight methods") is the name for an internal martial art . Tradition has it that this method , which is similar to Taijiquan, was developed in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD) by the Daoist monk Chen Tuan (Chen Xi Yi). The only thing that is historically certain is that the martial arts master Wu Yihui (1887–1961) taught Liu He Ba Fa publicly for the first time at the end of the 1930s in Shanghai . Since Wu Yihui, according to his own statements, learned three different variants of the form from three teachers (Yan Guoxing and Chen Guangdi from Henan Province and Chen Helü from Beijing), he became the “bottleneck” for this system: This is how all styles taught today should be can be traced back to him and his students. This would also explain the more modern influences, since the forms contain elements of martial arts (e.g. the Baguazhang ), which were only developed long after the Song dynasty. Since many students of Wu Yihui (who came from the most diverse martial arts) adapted the shape according to their own preferences, there are various variations, which all have the following properties in common:

  1. It is an internal martial art.
  2. It contains elements from Taijiquan , Xingyiquan and Baguazhang , as well as movements that do not occur in any of these arts.
  3. The shape is divided into two parts and consists of 66 sequences of movements , each consisting of several figures .
  4. The movement sequences of the form have the same name.


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