The heir to Bagua, Zhang Wang Zhuang Fei, studied martial arts from childhood. A talented fighter, he reached a level at which he was unrivaled. With a stroke of the palm he was able to repel his opponents, none of whom could come close to the great fighter.
When he was fifteen his father-in-law Dyao Yu Ting introduced him to the 2nd generation master Gong BaoTian, famous as a former chief of the Forbidden City’s Imperial Guards.
Gong moved into his house for ten years, and, eating and sleeping in the same room as his master Wang gained a profound understanding of his style.
From the time of his acquaintance with Gong Bao, his skill was unmatched.
In order to further improve his technique, Wang sought out new opponents, going so far as to publish an announcement in the Zhi Bo journal challenging the greatest martial artists to test themselves against him, with the offer of a substantial reward. To his deep regret, he never met anyone to match his level of expertise.
Wang, who was never afraid of wrongdoers, defeated a famous traitor during the 2° world war using the Bai Yuan Xian Tiao technique, provoking a great collective sigh of relief from all Chinese people oppressed by foreign domination.
In his youth, the proud and valiant Wang Zhuang Fei fought courageously a gang of thirty longshoremen, some of whom were very well practiced in martial arts, although many of them where flung into the sea.
Amongst the defeated was Zhu De Fu, famous for his victory over a Russian champion; after this episode Zhu humbly begged to become Wang’s student.
This is just one of numerous stories about this great Bagua Zhang master. In short, Wang devoted himself body and soul to the martial arts and, despite countless bouts, he never knew the bitter taste of defeat.
With the aim of spreading the great style of combat to which he was heir, he taught martial arts both to special armed forces and to the eastern fleet of the Chinese Navy, in his capacity as the highest authority of Bagua Zhang. Subsequently Wang Zhuang Fei was given an honorary post in the department of history and culture of Shanghai’s town council, the first time that a martial artist had been welcomed in that department.
Wang Zhuang Fei’s contribution to the spread of baguazhang was enormous. At the age of eighty he was invited to the demonstration of the world’s greatest martial arts in Singapore where his much anticipated fighting display was universally acclaimed.
As a mark of esteem, he was honoured with a banner bearing the legend: “the Divine Gong Fu surpasses the world” and “the Guiding Star in the firmament of martial arts”.