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•Some Forms of Mei Hua Style:
Mai Fu (Ambush Fist)
Shi Zi Tang (Cross Forms)
Mei Hua Tai Zu Chang Quan
Mei Hua Quan
Five Tigers Grab the Sheep
Penetrating Forest Palm
Eight Directions Boxing
Mei Hua Spear
Green Dragon Sword

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•Some sources indicate MeiHua Boxing is essentially from Long Fist created, from the beginning of the Qing Dynasty when Bai Jin Dou began to arrange reforms and support for the ousted Ming Dynasty. The image of the Mei Hua is four petals in each of the major directions and the stem representing the third dimension (in geometry it would be the “Z” axis). Each petal is considered to be a triangle emphasizing the angular response to an attack. The “stem” represents bring this idea into three dimensions. Four trangular petals seen in spherical space: The Blossom of the Mei.

• Mei Hua Quan, as the above information suggests, has been associated as the signature style of anti-Qing rebels, just as much as Shaolin is seen in this manner. In fact, during the huge Tai Ping Rebellion (larger than the American War Between the States) Mei Hua was one of the most commonly practiced styles by the insrugents. Here are some Mei Hua inspired weapons for battles on the Chinese mainland against Imperial Troops.

Another version:

MeiHua Boxing from the Qing Dynasty northern regional is both a traditional famous boxing method in its own right and also a strong influence among Kung Fu artists. Discussing the style’s orgin. We may conclude from recently available data, there are now clear divisions. As outlined in the manual of MeiHua Boxing , these classics discuss, it founder as senior official named Shou, this is obviously not an authentic name this is among the Muslim (Hui) population. Genuine Muslim inheritors of the style include a JiangSu, XuZhou person named Zhang San Xing. Zhang’s form of MeiHua passed on to a Tong Shan County person: Zou Hong Yi. Later Zou Hong Yi (, his other name being Zou Wen Ju ) moved North seeking his father and went to HeBei, finally settled in the countryside there. After this MeiHua was then passed down and circulated in the HuaBei area.

One famous practitioner of MeiHua Boxing was an 8th generation inheritor, a famous practitioner named Zhang Cong Fu. Zhang originated a revision of MeiHua Boxing. This interpretation’s characteristic trait is a smaller frame, more compact. This is distinguished from the Zou Family inheritance. A later MeiHua Boxing disciple in this lineage renamed Zou’s MeiHua Boxing as “Large Frame”, whereas Zhang Cong Fu’s MeiHua Boxing became known as “Small Frame.”

MeiHua Boxing’s content can be roughly separated into three divisions: boxing, weapons and training. MeiHua Boxing’s barehanded boxing method can then be subdivided into the major categories of standing and moving forms. The weapons section contains saber, spear, sword, staff and others, along with a number of unusual weapons, such as Falling Spear, Self Protection Cracker, Fire Wing Wheel, Five Tigers Adze etc. .

MeiHua Boxing’s internal exercise method contains lively movement resembling slapping exercises similar to “Buddha’s disciple pointing.” There are profound forms of internal exercise among the Muslim people’s cultural movements of Chi Kung.

In the Qing Dynasty MeiHua Boxing, was found principally disseminated around the areas of the HuaBei region of Shandong, HeNan and HeBei. This also happened to be in the unstable hotbed of Muslim dissent. Consequently, MeiHua Boxing, with its intense Muslim cultural influence, shows the infusion of Islamic beliefs and flavor in all its martial practices and movements.

As the Qing Dynasty progressed the MeiHua Boxing branches developed definite religious aspects. MeiHua Boxing’s systematic approach and special characteristics became quite evident in Northern China’s numerous outlaying villages. Toward the end of the Qing, HebeiWei County’s 14th generation MeiHua Boxing inheritor was one Zhao San Duo. Zhao commanded his MeiHua followers to join the YiHeTuan (harmony Justic League) movement: an anti-Manchu group of rebels. Even after the defeat of the Yihetuan by the ruthless suppression of the Qing government, Zhao San Duo persisted trying to exterminate the Manchus. Finally he was captured. Zhao San Duo died a martyr. This relation of MeiHua Boxing to the YiHeTuan Movement became an important factor in historical YiHeTuan research of the period.

 
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