|Great Master of Baguazhang LU ZIJIAN
Lu Zijian, 115, is a
of how the
mastery of internal martial arts can bring a long and healthy life, at 114; Lu is
still very healthy and
practices everyday Baguazhang.
to official sources such as “Sports Publications of China”, Lu Zijian
in 1893, Yichang, a city at the border of Yangtze
His family was already well known in martial arts and Chinese
grandfather was a high rank military official and was sentenced to
having released the troops of a rebellious general who was attempting
the Province of Sichuan.
of Lu Zijian was a bodyguard and used to escort various expeditions as
arts experts along the Yangtze River.
started martial art at the early age of 7. When he was 20, he decided
his native city for Wudang mountain, to learn internal styles
from a Taoist
monk of the Zixiao
(Xu Benshan) and later he spent also eight
years in the Emei mountains of Sichuan County.
mountains - The Daoist master of
Lu Zijian: XU BENSHAN
Lu Benshan or
authentic master of Wudang
internal arts and had inherited many techniques kept secret from the
because of their efficiency: such as the use of rings, hidden in both
sleeves. In short distance
these rings can be used to block and counterattack against empty hand
attacks but in further distance they can be thrown thus extending the
its user. Xu was able to manage 10 rings and each ring was weighting
around 0.58 Kg. But Daoist Xu was also very famous for his
dexterity in Wudang spear, (nearly 4 meters long).
Emei mountains - The Baguazhang master
Lu Zijian: LI CHANGYE
was called ""the
Longevity Monk," who learned directly form the
creator of Baguazhang, Dong Haichuan. Li used to live in the Nine Gray Bears Cave called
also Meeting Fairies
exiled from the capital after having killed several foreign aggressors
the Yihetuan Boxers Rebellion.
He transmitted all his Baguazhang
knowledge to Lu and empowered him as the Third Generation Baguazhang
Chivalrous Man" unknown
during almost one century
armed with his
extraordinary fighting skills and TCM knowledge worked as a Traditional
Medicine Doctor specialized in bone settling in his home town, then he
a Wushu instructor in the army and as an escort on board Yangtze cargo
in the same way as his ancestors did.
He remained almost unknown until the
80s where with the new opening reforms of China,
martial artists were then
authorized to demonstrate and develop their activities. Starting from
Lu created dozens of Wushu Training Associations
Clinics in all
over the country.
years old Gold Medallist at The China National
Competition of Martial Arts (1986)
In 1985, at
92, Lu was still sufficiently
strong to participate in the Chinese National Championship of Wushu, as
member of the Sichuan Province Team, he was Gold Medallist with his
Nowadays Lu Zhijian is still a very
active person within Wushu circles and as Qi Gong national consultant
life of Baguazhang
practice as a mental physical therapeutic exercise has gifted him a
happy and healthy life. He still enjoys plainly of his five
external senses: hearing,
sight, taste, touch and smell are all very good and his steps are so
even several young men cannot move him as they attempted to push him.
Zijian and his friend Huo Yuanjia
|Do not miss his material
Zijian Taiyi Video
and fighting daoist training methods of Lu Zijian are presented in
this video by Lu himself.