Wang Zi-Ping

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Wang Zi-Ping
Wang Zi Ping2.jpg
Born1881 (1881)
Cangzhou, Hebei, China
Died1973 (aged 91–92)
Pao Chuan,
T'ai chi ch'uan
Yang Hongxiu
Notable relativesWang Ju-Rong (daughter)
Wang Zi-Ping
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Wang Zi-Ping (1881–1973, Xiao'erjing: وْا ذِ پٍ) was a Chinese Muslim[1] practitioner of Chinese Martial Arts and traditional medicine from Cangzhou, Cangxian county, Mengcun, Hebei Province.[2] He served as the leader of the Shaolin Kung Fu division of the Martial Arts Institute in 1928 and was also the vice chairman of the Chinese Wushu Association.[3] Wang was known for his mastery of Chaquan, Huaquan, Pao Chuan, Bajiquan, and T'ai chi ch'uan.[4] He was a master of Wushu.[5][6][7]


Early in his life, Wang fought in the Boxer Rebellion against the foreign Western and Japanese imperialist Eight-Nation Alliance. This was believed to be resulting from the fact that Ziping had lived most of his life with China under imperialist pressure from major European powers. Some accounts say he was forced into exile from his home after the end of the Boxer Rebellion and suppression of the Boxers,[8][9][10][11] and became a student of Yang Hongxiu,[12] from whom he learned the art of Chaquan.

Wang won fights against Russian, American, German, and Japanese martial artists.[13][14]

Wang defeated a German officer's challenge in a weight lifting contest at Jiaoji. When the Germans wanted to take the antique doors of the Qinzhou mosque for themselves, Wang Zi-ping guarded the doors so the Germans challenged him to another weight lifting contest. When Wang triumphed over their challenge, the Germans left.[15]

Wang and Zhu Guofu defended martial arts historian Tang Hao (Tang Fansheng) from opponents who were angered by his work "Shaolin-Wudang Kao" which refuted the story of Bodhidharma and Zhang Sanfeng as being the creators of Shaolin and Taijiquan.[16]

Liu Jin Sheng, who authored "Chin Na Methods" along with Zhao Jiang, was a student of Wang.[17]

He developed an exercise regime for long life. He published works on martial arts exercises.[18][19]

At the sixth National Games Wang served as a judge for martial arts and wrestling.[20] When Zhou Enlai visited Burma, Wang, then 80 years old, went with them performed martial arts during the visit. He died when he was 93 years old.[21]


Wang developed "Quan Shr Er Shr Fa" (Twenty Fist Method)[22] as well as "Ching Long Jian" (Green Dragon Sword). He was succeeded by his daughter Wang Ju-Rong and his granddaughters Grace Wu (Xiaogo), Wu Xiaoping and Helen Wu (Xiaorong).

Wang Zi-ping had only one daughter, Wang Jurong,[23][24] and his three granddaughters through her are Grace X. Wu,[25][26] Helen Wu, and Wu Xiaoping.


  1. ^ Thomas A. Green, Joseph R. Svinth (2010). Thomas A. Green; Joseph R. Svinth (eds.). Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation, Volume 2 (illustratedpublisher=ABC-CLIO ed.). p. 343. ISBN 978-1598842432. Retrieved 2012-10-08. Muslims also have been active in shuai- jiao ( Chinese wrestling), a famous twentieth-century proponent being Wang Ziping ( 1881–1973).
  2. ^ Nigel, Andrew (2004). "Pioneer of Therapeutic Martial Arts in North America." Kung Fu Tai Chi, Jan/Feb, 59-63
  3. ^ Grace Xiaogao Wu-Monnat. "Growing Up With Wang Ziping and Madam Wang Jurong". Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  4. ^ John E. Young, PhD (2016). Learning of the Way (Daoxue):: Self-Cultivation Through Neo-Confucian Learning, Kungfu, and Martial Arts. Archway Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4808-3049-3.
  5. ^ "Grandmaster Wang, Zi-Ping (1881-1973)". GLENRIDGE Martial Arts Academy. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Estilos de Wushu/Kungfu". Golden Dragon (in Spanish and English). Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  7. ^ "GRANDES MAESTROS DE SHANDONG WUSHU". Chinese Culture and Martial Arts. Archived from the original on June 21, 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  8. ^ Ming-Dao Deng (1993). Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master. HarperCollins. p. 272. ISBN 0062502190. Retrieved 2012-10-08. Wang trained on his own by lifting rocks. He became a troublemaker, and stories told of banishment from his hometown for being a "boxer bandit." That might have been the end of his talent, for without a master, it was impossible to become a martial artist.
  9. ^ sheilaX (11 December 2005). "Wang Ziping- Muslim patriot in China". Higher Criticism. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Wang Ziping, la "Force magique"". French.CHINA.ORG.CN (in French). Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Wang Zi Ping (1880-1973) Hero and Master". Plum Publications. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Wang Ziping- Muslim patriot in China | Higher Criticism". Archived from the original on 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  13. ^ Guangxi Wang (2012). Chinese Kung Fu (3, illustrated ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0521186643. Retrieved 2012-10-08. Xingyiquan style), won a fight against Russian strongman Kang Tyre in 1918 in Beijing; and Wang Ziping (1881–1973) also defeated the same Russian strongman in 1918 in Beijing, as well as an American and a German strongman in 1919 in Qingdao and the Japanese fighter Sato in 1919 in Jinan.
  14. ^ Chung-kuo fu li hui (1986). China reconstructs, Volume 35. China Reconstructs. p. 40. Retrieved 2012-10-08. Early in this century a Tianjin boxing master named Zhang Zhankui triumphed over a German skilled in Western-style boxing who had won six gold medals from other countries. In 1918 Wang Ziping. a man of great strength, defeated in Beijing ...
  15. ^ Grace X. Wu Monnat (July 1998). "Growing up with Wang Ziping & Madam Wang Jurang" (PDF). Qigong Kungfu. p. 52. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  16. ^ Thomas A. Green; Joseph R. Svinth, eds. (2003). Martial Arts in the Modern World (illustrated ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 24. ISBN 0275981533. Retrieved 2012-10-08. The book was titled, Xiezhen Quanjie Jiaofan [Illustrated boxing and weapons instruction manual]. Although publication of ... Zhu Guofu and Wang Ziping, had to stop some of the offended people from plotting against Tang. Tang studied law in
  17. ^ Brian Kennedy; Elizabeth Guo, eds. (2008). Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey (2, illustrated ed.). Blue Snake Books. p. 298. ISBN 978-1583941942. Retrieved 2012-10-08. Later in his life, Liu learned various kinds of boxing from a wide variety of teachers including Wang Zi Ping. After accumulating this range of martial arts experience for more than twenty years, he came to realize that the old manual he inherited ...
  18. ^ Ren min wei sheng chu ban she (1986). The Chinese way to a long and healthy life. Joint Pub. (H.K.) Co. p. 113. ISBN 9789620404689. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  19. ^ China Sports Maganzine (1985). The Wonders of qigong: a Chinese exercise for fitness, health, and longevity. Wayfarer Publications. p. 63. ISBN 0935099077. Retrieved 2012-10-08. SEVEN-STAR BOXING OF HU MEICHENG Fig 1 Fig z. The following set of exercises was compiled by Wang Ziping (1880-1973) in the 1950s. Based on the centuries-old therapeutic exercises of daoyin, wuqinxi, yijinjing, and baduanjin, ...
  20. ^ Periodical. Journal of Chinese Martial Studies 01.2009. Chinese Martial Studies. p. 27. Retrieved 2012-10-08. contemporary martial artists such as Tong Zhongyi, Wang Ziping, Jiang Rongjiao, and Wu Junshan were both martial arts and wrestling judges at the sixth National Games, as many accomplished martial artists at the time were also skilled in
  21. ^ Dru C. Gladney (1996). Muslim Chinese: ethnic nationalism in the People's Republic. Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard Univ Asia Center. p. 199. ISBN 0-674-59497-5. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  22. ^ Tabor, Chris & Debender, Carol (1999). "Grandmaster Wang Ju-Rong." Kungfu, June/July, 62 &78
  23. ^ Grace X. Wu Monnat (July 1998). "Growing up with Wang Ziping & Madam Wang Jurang" (PDF). Qigong Kungfu. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  24. ^ "A Legend, Madame Wang Jurong, Will Be Missed" (PDF). The 9th Taiji Legacy. 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Master Helen Wu". GLENRIDGE Martial Arts Academy. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  26. ^ Grace X. Wu-Monnat (January 1993). "The Great Wang Ziping: Granddaughter's Loving Reminiscence" (PDF). Inside Kung Fu. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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