Possession of knowledge was the factor
that differentiated the house of the Emperor and the commoners.
For that reason, every time that the Royal family heard of some
great master in any craft whatsoever, such as music, painting, cooking,
martial art, etc..
The Royal family hired the craftsman and forbade him to teach anyone
Dong Hei Chuan served the house of the Emperor until he was approximately
seventy; after which he started teaching Bagua Zhang to the commoners
Bagua Zhang has several unique characteristics that greatly differentiate
it from other Gon Fu styles; one of the most important is its walking
in circle form, inspired by the theories of the I-CHING (Book of
When Dong Hei Chuan walked in circles, he did it so with unsurpassable
mastery. He walked in a very low posture, faster than if he was
running, and his very long braid remained horizontal due to the
gush of wind that was formed.
When Dong Hei Chuan stared teaching the commoners, Bagua Zhang became
a national trend and the greatest names of Chinese martial arts
became his disciples.
GUO YUN SHEN and YANG LUCHANG also stated
that DONG HEI CHUAN had a wondrous Gong Fu.
Dong Hei Chuan, GUO YUN SHEN, and YANG LUCHANG researched together
the improvement of Gong Fu.
During the development of martial QI GONG, each master introduced
a knowledge. YANG LUCHANG introduced TAI JI ZHANG, GOU YUN CHEN
introduced XIN YI QUAN, and Dong Hei Chuan introduced Bagua Zhang.
Xin Yi Quan looks hard on the outside,
but on the inside it is relaxed. Tai Ji Quan, on the contrary, has
a soft exterior appearance, but it is extremely strong on the inside.
In Bagua Zhang, the force changes constantly.
The fact that the three Grand-masters
always trained together led the martial arts to reach their peak
at that time. For that reason, among all styles of Gong Fu, the
main line and the basis of the Chinese Martial Arts are the internal
styles, i. e., Bagua Zhang, Tai Ji Quan, Xin Yi Quan.