Jiangxi - Zimenquan [字门拳]





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Published on Oct 4, 2008

Rare footage of traditional old style Zimenquan by an 81 year old master.

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Taiping Wuguan
[Taiping Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Institute]

In the Qing dynasty, around 350-400 years ago there was a venerated Master Luo Ming (though to have been of Hakka decent) who was a wanderer. His skills were said to have originated from the schools of both Shaolin (thought to be Southern Fujian based martial arts of Hequan (Crane Boxing) and Houquan (Monkey Boxing and of Wudang (from the teachings of Wang Zheng Nan, known as one of the forefathers of the Internal (Neijiaquan) school of boxing).

When Luo Ming passed by Qingjiang county (now known to be Zhangshu city in Yichun jurisdiction) he crossed paths with Wu Heming. Master Wu Heming was a well known teacher of martial arts in the area and had quite a few students/followers at the time. The art that Wu Heming practiced was that of the Song Dynasty Yue Fei family's Yingmen (also known as Yue Jia Quan (Yue's Family Boxing)).

It is said that Luo Ming had somehow disrespected the local ettiquette at the time when in a hostel, this sparked off a reaction from Wu Heming resulting that the two masters swapped their hands in dual. Luo Ming was older in age and a fairly thin man, whilst Wu Heming was younger and bulkier due to the exernal power training of Yingmenquan. During the dual however all of Wu Heming's attacks could not reach Luo Ming, as he easily deflected and avoided the power of the strikes, all were neutralised and then suddenly Luo Ming attacked and with ease broke through Wu Heming. As a result Wu Heming became a disciple of Luo Ming and change his practice and those of his students to ' Zimenquan '

Luo Ming stayed in Qingjiang and together with Wu Heming toook numerous students on to impart their skills. It was said that the most famous were Deng Jin Long (Represented Ying Men Quan), Guo Zi Long (Represented Zi Men Quan), Zhu Zi Long (Represented Fa men Quan)

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