One of the first Western practitioners of Bagua Zhang was
William Ewart Fairbairn (1885-1960), military combatives trainer for British, Canadian and American special forces during WWII, and hand to hand combat trainer for OSS, FBI and CIA. Fairbairn had an extensive martial arts training background (boxing, wrestling, Savate, Jujutsu, Judo and various Chinese Martial Arts) and extensive streetwise combat experience (police records document some 600 non-training fights).
While working as a police officer in Shanghai, China (from 1907 to 1927) William Fairbairn learned martial arts from Cui Zhendong, who was a Chinese Imperial Retainer, bodyguard of Empress Dowager Cixi, and Bagua Zhang disciple of Yin Fu. William Fairbairn studied Bagua Zhang from Cui Zhendong for a decade and considered Cui “a man of terrifying prowess.” During that time, Shanghai was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and Fairbairn’s professional reputation and experience in Shanghai led to him becoming one of the most respected and sought after combatives trainers in the world.
Accepting New Bagua Zhang Students & Schedule Change at the Mace Martial Arts WuGuan! 🐉
We are canceling the regular Saturday Group class starting in November, which will free up time for private lessons and workshops.
Also, I will be out of town for a business meeting the week of November 4th-10th, so classes will be postponed that week — please continue to practice and study on your own time and we will continue classes on Sunday, November 12th.
We have space for a couple more in-person students for group classes at our new WuGuan, message us if you’re interested in learning Bagua Zhang Kung Fu!
At Mace Martial Arts, we value the sanctity of all life, celebrate diversity, cultivate peace and justice, and accept students who are interested in learning how to improve and protect themselves. We have a zero-tolerance policy for bigotry and will reject any potential or current student who bullies or discriminates against others based on ethnicity, religious beliefs, or gender/orientation.