Li Ziming

liziming_writingLi Ziming (1902-1993) started training with his father’s friend Liang Zhen Pu in order to cure a childhood ailment. He eventually became a robust Bagua practitioner who served in the Broad Sword Brigade during the second world war. The mission of this brigade was to infiltrate Japanese military headquarters and decapitate high-ranking officers. During his service in the army, he sustained a leg wound that would eventually end his life over 50 years later. Nevertheless, he had a very illustrious career in Bagua and calligraphy for many years after the war.

During the Cultural Revolution he was once the object of a vicious attempted bludgeoning at the hands of Red Guards, but his inner power was so great that he was said to be completely unharmed by their superficial blows.

liziming_online2After the Cultural Revolution, Li regained his status in society as a venerated keeper of Chinese tradition including induction as head of the Beijing Baguazhang Association, the largest Baguazhang Association in the world. After he passed away in the early 1990’s, he was only the second person to be buried next to Dong Haichuan after Liang Zhen Pu. It is arguable that based on this close lineage (only one generation removed from Dong Haichuan himself) that Li’s style of Bagua is the closest version of Dong Haichuan’s original teachings.

Sui Yunjiang and Zhao Dayuan are two of Li Ziming’s better-known students, both of whom are currently carrying on the Bagua tradition in Beijing.