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Art Forms: Not Only Shuai-Chiao

 A Rare Treasure
 Life History: 1905-1986 Hua Hu Feh (The Fancy Butterfly)
 Training: Ch'ang Fen Yen; Discipline, Patience, and Perseverance
 Art Forms: Not Only Shuai-Chiao
 Shuai-Chiao: Styles, Techniques, and Principles
 Legacy
 The Real Ch'ang Tung Shen
 Ch'ang Shih Tai Chi Ch'uan: The Book

Ch'ang is most famous for shuai-chiao (pronounced swhy jow). It is in this 5,000-year-old martial art that he earned the title of Grandmaster.

Shuai-chiao is the oldest form of combat in China's written history, dating back according to legend to Huan-ti, the Yellow Emperor. Shuai-chiao has been called Chinese wrestling because of its emphasis on knocking the opponent to the ground. Sometime during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) it was imported to Japan, where it later influenced the development of judo.

chang teachingCh'ang believed it to be the most devastating type of kung fu, a comparison which is probably permissible since many other fighting styles are familiar to him.

He was also thoroughly in command of tai chi ch'uan, pa-kua and hsing-i. In fact, Ch'ang was the originator of the so-called "fourth style" of hsing-i, known as hsing-jin. He has also developed his own style of tai chi ch'uan which is taught around the world and known as Ch'ang-style tai chi ch'uan.

He was skilled in the seldom seen Shao-lin styles of Moran and the eight-hands form of ba shou. Double-edged sword, broadsword, staff, spear, tri-sectional staff, and kuai (tonfa) were part of his arsenal of weapons.


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