Welcome to gaobagua.net, home of the GuangHua ZheZong Tongyi Pai family of Gao style Bagua Zhang. This site contains the distance learning program for our martial arts family, as well as the Gao style forum for ourselves and our Gao cousins and various information resources.
The Lineage of Our System of Bagua Zhang
Second generation of Guǎnghuá
高义盛 Gāo Yìshèng 1866–1951
Founder of Gāo style bāguà. First to publicly teach both xiāntiān (circular) and hòutiān (linear) bāguà sets by those names. He was a student of Sòng Chángróng 宋長榮 and Chéng Tínghuá 程廷华… but his last and greatest teacher was the mysterious Song Yiren from Guǎnghuá Mountain, from which the true name of Gāo’s art is derived. Gāo may have been one of the most prolific and public teachers in the early days of the BāguàZhǎng art. His public teaching career was the source of his living and he taught publicly for decades. He had many students, some private, some in public classes in the greens of the English concession in Tianjin. The most well-known of his students were 吳孟俠 Wú Mèngxiá, 張俊峰 Zhāng Jùnfēng, Liu Fengcai, and He Ce Kai (Ho Ho Choy in Cantonese).
韩金庸 Hán Jīnyōng born 1872 in Tienjin
He was one of 吳孟俠 Wú Mèngxiá and 毕模堂 Bì Mótáng’s teachers. He trained with Zhang Zhaodong, a student of Dong Haichuan, and later learned the methods of Guǎnghuá Bāguà from Ying Xiá. After he spent several years learning from Ying Xiá he returned to Tienjin. It was then that he challenged several Japanese judo schools and became a national hero by defeating the Russian strongman Kontier (who had defeated all previous Chinese who accepted his challenge). Master Hán changed his name to Hán Mùxiá 韩慕侠 (“admires Xiá”) to indicate his great respect for his teacher Ying Xiá. His linear methods (which he called “Reverse Bāguà”) were, at least in part, the same as Gāo Yìshèng’s linear sets. From this evidence Wú Mèngxiá considered Guǎnghuá Mountain the true source of the Hòutiān methods.
Third generation of Guǎnghuá
吳孟俠 Wú Mèngxiá 1905–1979
A legendary martial arts master from whom the ZhéZōng branch of Gāo Bāguàzhǎng descends. He studied with many masters including Gāo Yìshèng, Hán Mùxiá and others. He knelt to Gāo Yìshèng when he lost a challenge to Gāo Yìshèng (who was 64 at the time). He was a grandstudent of Yang Banhou as well as being Gāo’s senior student in the Tienjin period. In 1951 at the home of his friend Bì Mótáng he accepted the young Bì Tiānzuǒ as his student and began training him in Guǎnghuá Bāguàzhǎng and Yang Banhou Taijiquan. After the Revolution he founded the Guǎnghuá Zhézōng Tóngyì She in Tianjin. His accomplishments include being Director of Publications at the National Guoshu Institute during World War Two. His book “Annotations on Taijiquan’s Nine Songs and Eighty-One Postures” is one of the classic published works on Taijiquan.
毕模堂 Bì Mótáng 1904–1994
Fellow student of Wú Mèngxiá. He learned from both Hán Mùxiá and Gāo Yìshèng. Master Bi was not a public figure in the martial arts world. Fluent in English and German he ran an export firm in Tienjin. the Sino-Swiss Trading Company 瑞华洋行, to support his family and studied internal martial arts quietly, often practicing late into the night. He and Wú Mèngxiá were oath-brothers and close friends, and he asked Wú Mèngxiá to instruct his second son Bì Tiānzuǒ. Upon retiring he moved to Beijing and completed Bì Tiānzuǒ’s training after Wú Mèngxiá ran afoul of political trouble during the Revolution. His memory is an inspiration to us all!
Fourth generation of Guǎnghuá
毕天佐 Bì Tiānzuǒ
Second son of Bì Mótáng, student of his father and Wú Mèngxiá. As a teenager Mr. Bì began learning Guǎnghuá bāguàzhǎng and Yang Banhou Taijiquan from Wú Mèngxiá as arranged by his father. He later attended Qīnghuá University 清华大学 in Beijing and would return home on weekends for further lessons. After completing his formal education he became a successful engineer and executive. He completed his internal martial arts training under his father’s supervision. Many years later he began teaching a teenage 杨育森 Yáng Yùsēn and encouraged him to spread the system after Yáng Lǎoshī emigrated to Canada. Mr. Bì still resides in Beijing and his samples of his writings on the art are available in Chinese and English on this site.
Fifth generation of Guǎnghuá
杨育森 Yáng Yùsēn