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Chinese martial history should be parallel to Chinese history, yet it is as equally unreliable and misleading...by purpose.

A more realistic chronology of the unclear or falsified history would be:
1. Too far back to be reliable or recorded. Archaic pre-history.
2. Never was a hero, nor sage-king, at this time; only story-fabricated myths.
3. Dancing and health making were common.
4. Fortifications meant conflicts and protectionism, hence martial arts creations.
5. Earliest philosphical names  wuchi- 無極  and taichi- 太極 or 八卦 are no more than patterns 圖 tu; not martial names or principles which did not appear in use until the 1800-1900's.
6. Early Dynasties plagued by numerous battles should be well documented and a reliable start, yet none of them has 'internal' boxing mentioned nor used in war.
7. Although philosophical differences did exist: confucian, taoist, or later buddhist,
in point of fact, in practice they became interwoven and corrupted.

8. Archaic names using nature and common concepts are applied to Martial arts
棉 圈   ' mian2 quan1' = cotton circle[ ing]; 
軟手    ruan3 shou3 = soft-flexible hand.
影子 拳擊  shadow +boxing
長 拳   'chang2 chuan2' or Long Boxing is a reference to the flowing power of the
Yangtze River 揚子江,  also known as the Chang Jiang 長江 or Long River. This exercise is said derivative from General/ Fist Emperor of the Song Tai Zu.
十 三 勢 、shi2 san1 shi4 = ten+three=13, power-tendency potential

太乙        Tai-yi,  Great 1/2 intermediary boxing [associated with wudang]
天 拳       Tien chuan, heavenly boxing; 
太 极  拳        proto-tai-chi- qigong; 
少 九 天 拳   Shao Jiu Tian, Little Nine Heaven; 
合 一  拳      He yi, harmonious union or joining as one.boxing
 
Note: in reviewing martial-exercise, it becomes important to distinquish their true source, such as of  少林 Shao lin and those of  非少林 non-Shao lin, but of similar names.

    It can be noted that modern exercises consistently are named either chuan, 拳 fist-boxing or chang, 手掌 palm or palming.  As we proceed back into older exercises, neither of these names predominates, they are identified by fa 法 method or shi 勢 innate-potential force, or pattern 圖 symbol-mapping or gong 功 exercise variously. A principle point could be made that rather than the usual 'internal' nei- vs 'external' wai-boxing, it would be better to use  the older
勢拳 shi-chuan for internal-innate force.   
Some exercise names, although similar, are derivative refinements of older and more basic principle, ie. 
Xing Yi-,  形意拳 'form'
Xin Yi-,   心意拳  'mind'
Yi Chuan 意拳    'intent' [ innate intent ]
...earlier basic principles can be found within Shaolin xinyi-ba  心意把
 

9.  Modern names as Tai-chi-boxing, Ba-gua palm, and Qi-gong-breath exercise, although understood now as they are, these names and their principles do not and cannot be traced very far back without a name and/ or a principle change.  
   The only member of the IMA or Internal Martial Arts..meaning these three, that has undergone little change is the Xing-yi [hsing-I]  boxing 形意拳 which was in prior times was Shaolin xinyi-ba, 少林心意把  
[Comment: although the basic forms and sequences of nearly all xing-yi's are similar, virtually none of them demonstrate a continuous flowing.]
[ Note: an exact chronology is not traceable due to the multiple destructions of Shaolin temple; xin yi ba 心意把 was well known during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and is rarely completely known today.]

   It can be noted that contemporary exercises consistently are named either chuan, 拳 fist-boxing or chang, 手掌 palm or palming.  As we proceed back into older exercises, neither of these names dominates, they are identified by fa 法 method or shih 勢 innate-potential, or pattern 圖 symbol-mapping or gong 功 exercise.
 

==> Mythology
1 Prehistory
1.1 Paleolithic
1.2 Neolithic
2 Ancient era [ 21 battles listed]
2.1 Xia Dynasty (c. 2100 - c. 1600 BC)
2.2 Shang Dynasty (c. 1700-1046 BC)
2.3 Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC)
2.4 Spring and Autumn Period (722-476 BC)
2.5 Warring States Period (476-221 BC)
 
3 Imperial era
3.1 Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC)  [ 3 battles listed ]
3.2 Han Dynasty (202 BC–AD 220)
3.2.1 Western Han
3.2.2 Xin Dynasty
3.2.3 Eastern Han
3.3 Wei and Jin Period (AD 265–420)
3.4 Wu Hu Period (AD 304–439)
3.5 Southern and Northern Dynasties (AD 420–589)
3.6 Sui Dynasty (AD 589–618)
3.7 Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907)
3.8 Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (AD 907–960)
3.9 Song, Liao, Jin, and Western Xia Dynasties (AD 960–1234)
3.10 Yuan Dynasty (AD 1271–1368)
3.11 Ming Dynasty (AD 1368–1644)
3.12 Qing Dynasty (AD 1644–1911)

Chronology of  Northern Song Emperors
Taizu 太祖, 960–76
Taizong 太宗, 976–97 
Zhenzong 真宗, 997–022
Renzong 仁宗,  023–63
Yingzong 英宗,  063–67
Shenzong 神宗,  068–85
Zhezong 哲宗,  086–00
Huizong 徽宗, 0–26
Qinzong 欽宗, 26–27


4 Modern era
4.1 Republic of China ( ROC): (1912-1949)
4.2 People's Republic of China ( PRC), Communist China: 1949-present

Note: this listing gives the impression that each Dynasty succeeded the other, in fact they often overlapped with multiple powers functioning.
   Chinese History has never been the history of a unified country nor one standard of culture or legality. It is important to note that 'china' the central kingdom was progressively engulfed by the Mongol leading to a Manchu tyrancy, in effect the Han came under the Hun. The reminants of 'war lord' fiefdoms was replaced by the CPC, the Communist Party of China; there is in fact no PRC, ...Peoples Republic of China, control remains within the CPC only.

References :

Full references and supportive details are available in authors' publication.