This small man was a giant in the Chinese combat arts. Trained at one of the toughest schools by Master Guo Yun Shen, one of the greatest wu shu masters of his time, Master Wang overcame a number of obstacles during his training and was able to synthesize a very rich training method from both a martial and health point of view. An honest and irreproachable man, he left us a rich heritage, especially a method for obtaining the state of zheng-ti where all the facets of our lives are integrated to reach the just state of a virtuous man.
Master Wang Xiang Zhai
In effect,Wang Xiang Zhai showed an extraordinary ability very early. In spite of his weakness and small size, during the course of his travels throughout China, he delivered more than a thousand victorious fights with the grace of his explosive force. He remained close to those that had been able to beat him, thus reaching an exceptional level.
Towards the middle of the 1920s, Master Wang taught his art under the name i chuan (boxing with intention), which would later become known as da cheng chuan (great achievement boxing). He was also equally interested in the therapeutic applications of his practice, which some of his pupils, notably Master Yu Yong Nian, continue with worldwide recognition to this day. Moreover, there are currently a number of scientific studies being conducted on the benefits of ritsu-zen practice. Today, more than eight million Chinese people practice some form of zhan zhuang ( Paul Dong & Aristide H. Hesser, Chi gong, The ancient chinese way to health, 1990).
The heritage of Master
Master Wang Xiang Zhai in a zhan zhuang posture
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