BaYingQuan

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Wushu
Traditional Chinese 武術
Literal meaning martial art

BaYingQuan' translates as "Eight Shadows Fist /Style". BaYingQuan is the current generation of the Ma (Horse) Family gongfu system, passed to Sifu Neil Ripski from Ma Qing Long (now deceased). The Ma system was built upon achieving combative competency (rather than complete mastery) in many different gongfu systems in order to have extreme versatility and the ability to change one's approach to combat depending on the circumstances. Mastery of BaYing is achieved through learning each of the 8 core systems and how to switch between them seamlessly. Historically, the Ma family would incorporate systems that seemed to have combative merit whenever they were encountered and these systems were often brought back to the Ma family by travelling members. Originally, Ma family gongfu contained 24 systems, but through critical analysis was cut back to 8 by Sifu Ripski and renamed BaYingQuan. Most of the systems that were cut out contained redundant energies and strategies that are addressed in the core 8 systems. Students will still learn certain of the old systems as prerequisites to learning the 8 main systems to ensure that they are equipped to properly understand and implement BaYing. The 8 Core systems of BaYingQuan are Wing Chun, Mantis, 18 Lohan Palm, Drunken Boxing, Chen Taiji, Brave/Long Fist, 5 Elements Xingyi, and Tiger. Each of these contribute specific energies and tactics to BaYing but due to the principles-based training of the style, are actually usually very effective even used alone.

Sifu Ripski is also an acknowledged Master of several systems of kungfu besides BaYingQuan. Most notable is ZuiQuan, or Drunken Gongfu, which is taught as a standalone system in Sifu Ripski's international full-time Drunken program.

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