Li Shuwen

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Li Shuwen

Li Shuwen (Chinese: 李书文) (1864–1934) was a master practitioner of the Chinese martial art of Bajiquan. He was known as "God Spear Li" (神槍李).[1] His prowess was said to be enough that he boasted that he did not have to strike the same opponent twice.[2] He was a martial arts adviser of Fu Zhensong, notably once fighting him to a draw.[3] Li's students eventually became personal bodyguards for Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek, and Henry Pu-Yi.[3]

While not due to malicious intent, Li Shuwen killed many people during his life in either martial arts matches or self defense, causing victims' relatives to hold a grudge. He died of a poisonous tea served by one of them. Regardless, his reputation as one of the world's greatest martial artists persists to this day.

In fiction[edit]

Li Shuwen is depicted as an "Assassin-class" character in the video game Fate/Extra[4]. He is also depicted as a "Lancer-class" and "Assassin-class" in the mobile game Fate/Grand Order. He as well is depicted as a “Berserker-class” in the anime Fate/Last Encore

The Japanese manga "Kenji" depicted Li Shuwen according to numerous accounts from various sources, notably from Li Shuwen's last student Liu Yunqiao.


  1. ^ DeMarco, Michael A. (2004). Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Volume 13, Number 1, 2004. Via Media Publishing Co. p. 61. ASIN B0012O3SV6.
  2. ^ Plum Staff (26 April 2013). "Li Shu Wen, Spearman Extraordinaire". Plum Publications. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Zhen, Lin Chao (16 February 2010). Fu Zhen Song's Dragon Bagua Zhang. Blue Snake Books. pp. 30–31. ISBN 978-1583942383.
  4. ^ Imageepoch (2010-07-22). Fate/Extra. PlayStation Portable. Marvelous Entertainment. Level/area: Week 5. The only kung fu master in history who claimed he needed no second strike. Li Shuwen.