Hui martial arts

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A group of school children practice martial arts formation under the watch of their teacher in the Great Mosque of Xi'an.

The Hui started and adapted many of the styles of Chinese martial arts such as Bajiquan, Piguaquan, Liu He Quan, and other styles. There were specific areas known to be centers of martial arts, such as Cang County in Hebei Province.[citation needed] This combat style carried over into the Dungans of Central Asia.

  • Huihui Shiba Zhou (Chinese: 回回十八肘Dungan: Хуэхуэ Шыба Жоў– "Hui elbow eighteen style") is reputedly a traditional style of martial arts practised by the Hui. It was considered lost, but in 1970 it was announce that one Ju Kui, born 1886, was a living master of the style.[citation needed]
  • Although bajiquan[1] is not practised exclusively by Hui, there are still many famous Hui practitioners of the style today, including Wu Lianzhi (the lineage holder of the style from Meng Village), Ma Xianda, Ma Lingda, Ma Mingda, and others.[citation needed]
  • Zhaquan (Chāquán) is widely practised throughout China, but particularly in Shandong and Henan, Zhaquan features graceful, extended movements, as well as various acrobatic maneuvers and many weapons. It was said to have been created by a Hui Muslim named Cha Shangmir to fight against Japanese pirates on the coast of China during the Ming dynasty.[2][3] Famous Hui exponents of this style include Wang Ziping, Ma Jinbiao, and Zhang Wenguang[4][5][6] (who was instrumental in created the modern wushu version of Changquan).[citation needed]
  • Qishiquan (Chinese: 七士拳Dungan: Чышычўан– "the seven warriors") was reputedly started among Chinese Muslims in Henan, and eventually reached Shanxi.[citation needed] The style, as the name implies, is based on seven essential postures from which sets are constructed.[citation needed]
  • Xinyiliuhequan (Chinese: 心意六合拳Dungan: Щынйылыухәчўан– "Mind, Intention and Six Harmonies Fist") is a martial art that developed in Henan province. Although practised and preserved by the Chinese Muslim community in Henan, the style is recognized to be originated by Ji Longfeng (also known as Ji Jike ) of Shanxi province. The Shanxi transmission of this art is carried by the Dai family and transmitted to Li Luoneng, who modified the style more or less into the modern Xingyi practised widely in Shanxi and Hebei. Since the Dai style Xinyi contains practice originated from the Dai family, the transmission within the Muslim community is considered the most conserved lineage.[citation needed]
  • Piguaquan ("chopping and hanging fist") is generally believed to have been founded by Wu Zhong, a Chinese Muslim from Meng Village, Cang County, Hebei Province.[citation needed] Wu initially learned the two styles from two Daoist monks Lai and Pi in 1727. Piguaquan is now widely practised all over China, and features long-arm swinging and chopping techniques, some of which have been adapted and included in modern wushu forms (for example, wulongpanda (Chinese: 烏龍盤打)).[citation needed] Famous Hui practitioners of Piguaquan today include Ma Xianda,[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22] Ma Lingda, and Ma Mingda.

Notable Hui swordsmen[edit]

Further information: Chinese swordsmanship


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