Muslim Chinese Martial Arts


The Hui started and adapted many of the styles of Chinese martial arts such as Bajiquan, Piguaquan, Liu He Quan, and other styles. There were specific areas known to be centers of martial arts, such as Cang County in Hebei Province.

  • Huihui Shiba Zhou (Chinese: 回回十八肘 - "Hui elbow eighteen style") is reputedly a traditional style of martial arts practised by the Hui. It was considered lost, but in 1970 it was announce that one Ju Kui, born 1886, was a living master of the style.
  • Although bajiquan is not practised exclusively by Hui, there are still many famous Hui practitioners of the style today, including Wu Lianzhi (the lineage holder of the style from Meng Village), Ma Xianda, Ma Lingda, Ma Mingda, and others.
  • Zhaquan (Chāquán) is widely practised throughout China, but particularly in Shandong and Henan, Zhaquan features graceful, extended movements, as well as various acrobatic maneuvers and many weapons. Famous Hui exponents of this style include Zheng He, an admiral of the Ming Dynasty, Wang Ziping, Ma Jinbiao, and Zhang Wenguang (who was instrumental in created the modern wushu version of Changquan).
  • Qishiquan (Chinese: 七士拳 - "the seven warriors") was reputedly started among Chinese Muslims in Henan, and eventually reached Shanxi. The style, as the name implies, is based on seven essential postures from which sets are constructed.
  • Xinyiliuhequan (Chinese: 心意六合拳 - "Mind, Intention and Six Harmonies Fist") is a martial art that developed in Henan province. Although practised and preserved by the Chinese Muslim community in Henan, the style is recognized to be originated by Ji Longfeng (also known as Ji Jike ) of Shanxi province. The Shanxi transmission of this art is carried by the Dai family and transmitted to Li Luoneng, who modified the style more or less into the modern Xingyi practised widely in Shanxi and Hebei. Since the Dai style Xinyi contains practice originated from the Dai family, the transmission within the Muslim community is considered the most conserved lineage.
  • Piguaquan ("chopping and hanging fist") is generally believed to have been founded by Wu Zhong, a Chinese Muslim from Meng Village, Cang County, Hebei Province. Wu initially learned the two styles from two Daoist monks Lai and Pi in 1727. Piguaquan is now widely practised all over China, and features long-arm swinging and chopping techniques, some of which have been adapted and included in modern wushu forms (for example, wulongpanda (Chinese: 烏龍盤打)). Famous Hui practitioners of Piguaquan today include Ma Xianda, Ma Lingda, and Ma Mingda.

Notable Hui swordsmen

Further information: Chinese swordsmanship

References

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