Feng Zhiqiang

Chen Zhonghua is a disciple of Grand-master Feng Zhiqiang

Feng Zhiqiang was born in 1928, Hebei Province.

At the age of 8, Feng started learning Shaolin boxing from one of his relatives, Wang Yunkai. Wang also taught him Tong Zi Gong, Standing Post methods, Boddhidharma’s Yijinjing.

At the age of 12, Feng moved to Beijing. One of his neighbours there was Tongbei Master Han Xiaofeng, from Cangzhou County in Hebei Province.  Feng studied under Han for four years, learning Tongbeiquan and Red Sand Palm skill, kicking wooden posts and striking sand bags.

At the end of 40s there were two martial artists very famous in Beijing – Xinyiquan (Xingyiquan) master Hu Yaozhen from Shanxi Province, called “One Finger Shakes Heaven and Earth” (Dan Zhi Zhen Qiankun), expert not only in martial arts, but also traditional Chinese medicine and Taoist meditation methods; the second was Chen Fake, 17th generation inheritor of Chen style Taijiquan.

At the age of 20, Feng Zhiqiang was introduced to Xinyi Master Hu Yaozhen. Feng studied Liuhe Xinyi Quan for two years, learning Qi gathering methods, practising Intention and Qi, Santi standing, Dantian Methods, Wuxingquan (Five Elements Fists), Twelve Shapes, 24 Hands

Master Hu introduced Feng to Master Chen Fake. In 1953, the Beijing Capital Martial Arts Research Society was established with Chen Fake as its president and Hu Yaozhen as vice-president.

After the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) was over, Zhang Weizhen, Communist Party secretary of Chenjiagou, wrote a letter to Feng Zhiqiang asking him to come to Chenjiagou to teach Taijiquan. Feng Zhiqiang visited Chenjiagou three times, teaching Taijiquan to the 19th generation descendants of the style. Many Taijiquan practitioners of Chen clan from Chenjiagou were also often coming to Beijing to deepen their studies with Feng.

Master Feng is the originator of Chen Shi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan, a system that is mainly the combination of what he learned from Chen Fake, Hu Yaozhen and Han Xiaofeng.

Grand-master Feng Zhiqiang passed away on May 5, 2012 in Beijing.

Master Chen Zhonghua translated several books of Feng Zhiqiang into English. “The way of Hun Yuan”, and “Hun Yuan Qigong”.