傅 FU STYLE TAI CHI
Fu Style is another important style created by Fu Zhensong 傅振嵩 (1881 – 1953), and includes elements of Yang Style, Sun Style and baguazhang. Fu style had been gaining prominence in North America thanks to the work of Bow Sim Mark, Victor Fu, Nick Gracenin, Jose Johnson and others.
Fu Zhensong was born at Ma Po Villlage near Huaiqing City in Henan Province. It was here that he began learning martial arts, at the age of 8, from Jia Fengming (a top student of Baguazhang master Dong Haichuan (董海川). In 1897, Fu began training with Master Chen Yenxi (Father of Chen Fa-Ke) at the nearby Chenjiagou.
In 1900, Fu returned home, where he achieved great fame when a large gang of bandits raided Ma Po village. Newspapers reported that he fought his way through 20 – 40 of them, killing some and wounding others. When Fu killed the leader, the remainder fled.
During his 30’s years old, Fu travelled about the country, working as a caravan guard and bodyguard, teaching the Revolutionary Army, learning from teachers such as baguazhang masters Ma Gui and Chen Tinghua, and the Wudang sword master Li Jinglin. He also accumulated a reputation by defeating many famous masters in well documented matches. By the time he was 40 years old, he had established
At the age of 28, Fu single-handedly defended Ma Po village against over 100 bandits by killing or overpowering between 20 and 40 of them, killing the leader, and driving off the rest. In his early 30’s, Fu began to travel throughout Northern China, exchanging martial knowledge with many high-level masters and amalgamating all useful information into his own practice. There are countless documented stories of Fu defeating well-known martial artists and highly polished challengers. By the time Zhensong was 40 years old, he had become one of the best known martial artists in northern China.
In the first full-contact, national competition in 1928 in Nanjing. Hundreds martial artists fought in a 7-day tournament that used a leitai format. Fu Zhensong, at the age of 47, was undefeated in this tournament. His most challenging match was a 90 round match against Wong Takyuan from Sichuan. The tournament was cancelled after the first several days due to the high incidents of serious injuries. (Several were maimed and two were killed.) There were twelve “champions” declared after the competition, including some Xingyiquan, Taijiquan, and Baguazhang stylists. Fu Zhensong was among them.
Fu Zhensong taught Baguazhang at the Central Martial Arts Academy in Nanjing where he worked Yang Chengfu, Sun Lutang, and many others.
In 1929, was one of ‘The Five Northern Tigers.’ who travelled south to teach in Guangdong at the invitation of the governor.
Fu was director of the Liangguang Guoshu School and taught at the famous Jingwu Tiyuhui (精武體育會 / 精武体育会 Elite Martial Athletic Association)
The Fu Style system is comprised of Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, and Liangyiquan.