Dachengquan – 大成拳

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 built around the development of powerful mental functions called yi (意). This particular training method is used in the endless quest for the maximum accomplishment of human capacities (dacheng 大成), either for health development and/or as a fighting art.

The training methodology of dachengquan is well structured allowing students to progress efficiently at their own pace.


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).

dachengquan tuishou match in China
Dachengquan tuishou on the Great Wall of China

Our practice of dachenquan is greatly inspired by the teachings of 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.

Master Guo Guizhi formally accepted Philippe Munn as one of is disciple in is guoshi dachengquan (郭氏大成拳) school.

Master Guo Guizhi et Philippe Munn
Master Guo Guizhi et Philippe Munn

Our practice of dachengquan (yiquan) as also been influenced by master Tokitsu Kenji.

Master Tokitsu studied yiquan under master Yu Yongnian who also introduced him to other masters of the art such Guo Guizhi and Wang Yongxian.

Philippe Munn and Master Kenji Tokitsu
Philippe Munn and Master Kenji Tokitsu

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 demonstrating a technic
Philippe Munn and Master Guo Guizhi

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