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L'art de Sun Lu Tang

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Dong, Hai-Chuan Baguazhang and The Yijing.
Many modern students of Baguazhang claim that it has no link to the Chinese Book of Changes the Yijing. Historically this is true. Baguazhang as it was taught in the palace was not linked to the Yijing. The connection came many years later in the Dong system of Baguazhang when Sun, Lu-Tang a student of master Chen, Ting-Hua one of Dong's top Baguazhang students began to study Daoism and created fresh connections of the Yijing and Baguazhang.
Sun, Lu-Tang was a martial art prodigy who attained great skill in Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. His Baguazhang instructor Cheng, Ting-Hua after showing him the method told him it would be good to go to Sichuan to study. So in 1894 Sun, Lu-Tang set off for Sichuan province to study Daoism and Daoist immortality exercises. While in Sichuan he met a monk called Zhi Zhen with whom he began a study of Daoism and the Yijing. Daoist Qi exercises and the depth of the Yijing profoundly influenced the development and evolution of Sun's Baguazhang methods.

In 1916 after many years of research Sun, Lu-Tang published a book, The study of Ba Gua Boxing that details much of his newly acquired knowledge of Daoism and the Yijing as applied to his method of Baguazhang. While this merger of the martial art with the philosophical is not the same method practiced by the Long-Men Daoists it is an attempt to explain the inner workings of the martial and health methods of Sun's Baguazhang using the images and associations of the Yijing. The art had in some ways come full circle with Sun, Lu-Tang's method as once again from it's Daoist origins Baguazhang became associated although with a new interpretation with the Chinese Book of Changes.