Dong Haichuan the founder of Baguazhang was an eunuch
During Qing Dynasty when Xian Feng was reining, Dong was teaching Bagua Interlink Palms (Baguazhang in short) in Beijing. Dong Haiquan was born in Jia Qin third year (1797) and died in Guang Xu eighth year (1882). His former given name was Jide and later changed it to Haiquan. His home county was Wen An of Hebei province. He was captivated by martial arts since his childhood, looking for renown martial artists and absorbing as he can any different kind of style he may encounter. From this quest he will create the specific martial art known in our days as Baguazhang.

     Serving as an eunuch  in Su Wang Palace
Dong Haiquan intervened during an injustice happening in his village than later he was suspected for homicide. (and it was probably against the interest of the Manchu government).
At that time he had no choice than leaving his village to hide as an eunuch servant in Su Wang Mansion based in Beijing. Nobody heard than about his martial skills.
In Su Wang mansion, nobody knows too about his fighting abilities he was just serving the large number of guests which were passing by.
Su Wang (called also Prince Su) who was employing Sha Hui-tsu, a Muslim boxer as the Chief of Royal Guards to protect his mansion, once organized a large banquet. He asked Sha to perform a martial art demonstration. He was very proud about the success of these festivities among his guests. Wu Wang ordered Dong to serve more diligently all his guests and started to notice that Dong served tea to the guests by lightly scaling the wall and crossing the roof to the kitchen and back, without wasting a single drop. Su Wang recognized from this that Dong must have great ability in some martial art, and subsequently ordered Dong to show his art. Unable to refuse, he demonstrated Baguazhang. His sudden turns and flowing enthralled the audience.
Seeing that Sha challenged Dong but very rapidly Dong used one palm to strike down his opponent strike unto the ground who than walk out after being soundly defeated. Su Wang was extremely surprised and asked: “what the name of your boxing? Dong who synthesize all his knowledge of boxing into this style, did not yet given it a name, then glancing around him he saw a traditional symbol of Bagua, he answered promptly “Baguazhang”.
From this time the name of Baguazhang started to spread all around Beijing then in all China.

See also:

Dong Hai Chuan's graveyard : the five points  concerning his epitaph

Precious information from his four steles :
    - Stele no 1
    - Stele no 2
    - Stele no 3
    - Stele no 4


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