dachengquan (yiquan)

Dachengquan (大成拳), or yiquan (意拳), is the martial art created by master Wang xiangzhai (王薌齋) in China during the 20th century. The particularity of this method is that the beginning fundamental training is based on the practice of standing postures in apparent immobility known as zhanzhuang. The training methodology of dachengquan is well structured allowing students to progress efficiently at their own pace.

Philippe Munn in zhanzhuang training, China 2014

Philippe Munn in zhanzhuang training, China 2014

tuishou Philippe Munn, China 2014

Philippe Munn in a tuishou competition, China 2014

This type of training is primarily aimed at cultivating a good health while learning at the same time many of the basic essential elements necessary for martial arts training. The training method of dachengquan (yiquan) is traditionally composed of seven elements: zhanzhuang (posture training), shili (testing strength), zhoubu (stepping techniques), fali (expressing force), shisheng (using sounds), tuishou (push hands) and sanshou (free fighting).

Master Guo Guizhi and Philippe Munn, China 2010

Master Guo Guizhi and Philippe Munn, China 2010

The gungfu of Master Guo Guizhi

Master Guo Guizhi correcting the zhanzhuang posture of his disciple Philippe Munn, China 2014

Master Guo Guizhi correcting the zhanzhuang posture of his disciple Philippe Munn, China 2014

Philippe Munn started is training in dachengquan (yiquan) with master Tokitsu Kenji in the early 1990. Master Tokitsu studied yiquan under master Yu Yongnian who also introduced him to other masters of the art such as his disciple Guo Guizhi and Master Wang Yongxian.

Philippe Munn and Master Tokitsu Kenji, 1998

Philippe Munn and Master Tokitsu Kenji, 1998

Master Tokitsu Kenji and Philippe Munn training in tuishou, 1989

Master Tokitsu Kenji and Philippe Munn training in tuishou, 1989

Philippe Munn continued his personal training in this martial art then in 2007 began training with master Guo Guizhi. Master Guo Guizhi was himself a student of master Yu Yongnian and of master Yao Zongxun for many years. He also had the opportunity to study shortly directly with the founder of this school master Wang Xiangzhai in the early 1960s.

On August 23 2014, master Guo Guizhi accepted formally Philippe Munn as a disciple within is school of Guoshi dachengquan (郭氏大成拳).

Master Guo Guizhi and his disciple Philippe Munn, China 2014

Master Guo Guizhi and his disciple Philippe Munn, China 2014

Dachengquan (yiquan) training is one of the most important training element within the curriculum of the Munndialarts school. Dachengquan (yiquan) is first taught as a wonderful tool for a better health for life. This training is also the foundation for all of the other martial arts that are taught at the school.

Master Guo Guizhi in jijizhuang posture training

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