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Wang Zi-Ping

Wang Zi-Ping
Born 1881 (1881)
Changzhou, Hebei, China
Died 1973 (aged 91–92)
Nationality Chinese
Style Wushu:
Pao Chuan,
T'ai chi ch'uan
Teacher(s) Chaquan:
Yang Hongxiu
Rank Grandmaster
Notable relatives Wang Ju-Rong (daughter)
Notable students Liu Jin Sheng
Wang Zi-Ping
Traditional Chinese 王子平
Simplified Chinese 王子平

Wang Zi-Ping (1881–1973) was a Chinese-Muslim [1] practitioner of Chinese Martial Arts and traditional medicine from Changzhou, Cangxian county, Mengcun, Hebei Province.[2] He served as the leader of the Shaolin Kung Fu division of the Martial Arts Institute in 1928 and was also the vice chairman of the Chinese Wushu Association.[3] Wang was known for his mastery of Chaquan, Huaquan, Pao Chuan, Bajiquan, and T'ai chi ch'uan. He was a master of Wushu.[4][5][6]


Early in his life, Wang was a member of a resistance group known as "The Righteous and Harmonious Fists" during the Boxer Rebellion against foreign imperialism, fighting against the Eight-Nation Alliance. This was believed to be resulting from the fact that Ziping had lived most of his life with China under imperialist pressure from major European powers. Some accounts say he was forced into exile from his home after the end of the Boxer Rebellion and suppression of the Boxers,[7][8][9][10] and became a student of Yang Hongxiu,[11] from whom he learned the art of Chaquan.

Wang won fights against Russian, American, German, and Japanese martial artists.[12][13]

Wang defeated a German officer's challenge in a weight lifting contest at Jiaoji. When the Germans wanted to take the antique doors of the Qinzhou mosque for themselves, Wang Zi-ping guarded the doors so the Germans challenged him to another weight lifting context. When Wang triumphed over their challenge, the Germans left.[14]

Wang and Zhu Guofu defended martial arts historian Tang Hao (Tang Fansheng) from opponents who were angered by his work "Shaolin-Wudang Kao" which refuted the story of Bodhidharma and Zhang Sanfeng as being the creators of Shaolin and Taijiquan.[15]

Liu Jin Sheng, who authored "Chin Na Methods" along with Zhao Jiang, was a student of Wang.[16]

He developed an exercise regime for long life. He published works on martial arts exercises.[17][18]

At the sixth National Games Wang served as a judge for martial arts and wrestling.[19] When Zhou Enlai visited Burma, Wang, then 80 years old, went with them performed martial arts during the visit. He died when he was 93 years old.[20]

Wang developed "Quan Shr Er Shr Fa" (Twenty Fist Method)[21] as well as "Ching Long Jian" (Green Dragon Sword). He was succeeded by his daughter Wang Ju-Rong and his granddaughters Grace Wu (Xiaogo), Wu Xiaoping and Helen Wu (Xiaorong).

Wang Zi-ping had only one daughter, Wang Jurong,[22][23] and his three granddaughters through her are Grace X. Wu,[24][25] Helen Wu, and Wu Xiaoping.


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  2. ^ Nigel, Andrew (2004). "Pioneer of Therapeutic Martial Arts in North America." Kung Fu Tai Chi, Jan/Feb, 59-63
  3. ^ Grace Xiaogao Wu-Monnat. "Growing Up With Wang Ziping and Madam Wang Jurong". Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Grandmaster Wang, Zi-Ping (1881-1973)". GLENRIDGE Martial Arts Academy. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Estilos de Wushu/Kungfu". Golden Dragon (in Spanish and English). Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "GRANDES MAESTROS DE SHANDONG WUSHU". Chinese Cuture and Martial Arts. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Ming-Dao Deng (1993). Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master. HarperCollins. p. 272.  
  8. ^ sheilaX (11 December 2005). "Wang Ziping- Muslim patriot in China". Higher Criticism. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  9. ^ """Wang Ziping, la "Force magique. French.CHINA.ORG.CN (in French). Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Wang Zi Ping (1880-1973) Hero and Master". Plum Publications. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
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  12. ^ Guangxi Wang (2012). Chinese Kung Fu (3, illustrated ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 89.  
  13. ^ Chung-kuo fu li hui (1986). China reconstructs, Volume 35. China Reconstructs. p. 40. Retrieved 2012-10-08. Early in this century a Tianjin boxing master named Zhang Zhankui triumphed over a German skilled in Western-style boxing who had won six gold medals from other countries. In 1918 Wang Ziping. a man of great strength, defeated in Beijing ... 
  14. ^ Grace X. Wu Monnat (July 1998). "Growing up with Wang Ziping & Madam Wang Jurang". Qigong Kungfu. p. 52. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Thomas A. Green, Joseph R. Svinth, ed. (2003). Martial Arts in the Modern World (illustrated ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 24.  
  16. ^ Brian Kennedy, Elizabeth Guo, ed. (2008). Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey (2, illustrated ed.). Blue Snake Books. p. 298.  
  17. ^ Ren min wei sheng chu ban she (1986). The Chinese way to a long and healthy life. Joint Pub. (H.K.) Co. p. 113. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  18. ^ China Sports Maganzine (1985). The Wonders of qigong: a Chinese exercise for fitness, health, and longevity. Wayfarer Publications. p. 63.  
  19. ^ Periodical. Journal of Chinese Martial Studies 01.2009. Chinese Martial Studies. p. 27. Retrieved 2012-10-08. contemporary martial artists such as Tong Zhongyi, Wang Ziping, Jiang Rongjiao, and Wu Junshan were both martial arts and wrestling judges at the sixth National Games, as many accomplished martial artists at the time were also skilled in 
  20. ^ Dru C. Gladney (1996). Muslim Chinese: ethnic nationalism in the People's Republic. Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard Univ Asia Center. p. 199.  
  21. ^ Tabor, Chris & Debender, Carol (1999). "Grandmaster Wang Ju-Rong." Kungfu, June/July, 62 &78
  22. ^ Grace X. Wu Monnat (July 1998). "Growing up with Wang Ziping & Madam Wang Jurang". Qigong Kungfu. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "A Legend, Madame Wang Jurong, Will Be Missed". The 9th Taiji Legacy. 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Master Helen Wu". GLENRIDGE Martial Arts Academy. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Grace X. Wu-Monnat (January 1993). "The Great Wang Ziping: Granddaughter's Loving Reminiscence". Inside Kung Fu. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

External links

  • Wang Zi-Ping, Wang Ju-Rong demonstrating Green Dragon Sword, young Helen Wu in background on YouTube
  • Article on the life of Wang Zi-Ping from Glenridge Martial Arts Academy
  • Biography of Wang Zi-Ping from Shaolin Wu-Yi Institute
  • Image of Wang Zi Ping
  • Publications
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