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Six-harmony and Eight-methods Boxing Exercise
   LiuHe BaFa 六合八法 is a collective verse of concepts, the Six Harmonies, obtainable by an understanding and the utilization of Eight Methods; each aspect is derived from archaic Chinese philosophies and pugalisms. The verse name is often written in non-chinese as LHBF or LHPF.
   The core concepts and methods of the LiuHe BaFa boxing are known to be derived from the 1900's Manchurian Wu Yi-hui  吴翼翚 (1887-1958) who first first taught them in Shanghai [ referring to them as 'water' boxing ] and later at the Nanjing National College of Martial Arts founded in 1928 [closed 1947].
  Although the exercises and concepts are claimed to be from the real-life Song Dynasty taoist Chen Tuan [ Bo ] 陳摶 , aka Chen Xi-yi  陳希夷 [d. 990] who was associated with the military General whose abilities made him the First Emperor of Song, Tai-zu, there exists no official or other records to support the common claim that the LiuHe BaFa or its boxing verses or the principles themselves originated from the Court Taoist Chen Tuan or from his mountain residence at Mt. Hua Yu  山華嶽.  The claimed 'correct' naming has resulted in addending the syles' name to include a secular mythology: as Hua Yue [Chen] Xi-yi Sect -and- the pragmatic central ideas of LiuHe and BaFa Boxing  華嶽 陳希門 [+] 心意 六合 八法拳. [this name may even be made longer by addending 'levels' of practice and number of animations 'animals'.]
  The bonefide aspects of the core LHBF verses, is that they are succinct and are applicable to all of other chinese Internal martial arts. Although form and principle aspects of these internal martial arts [tai-chi-, xing-yi-, and ba-gua-] are evident in the LHBF, there is a popular trend to classifiy the LHBF exercise as a 'fourth' art [which historically is an error]; the PRC Chinese Martial Arts Association classifies it as a 'sub-style' of Tai-chi-boxing [which is also an error]. 
   Perhaps in keeping with this method of distinction, some teachers have named their styling as Hua-Yu Tai Chi-boxing exercise.  There also now exists absorption of Yi-chuan, 'intuition' boxing fundamentals as set forth by teacher Wang Xiang-zhai's students into the LHBF system; this again results in further name changes. [Note: all prior Knol accounts have been closed by Google.]

LEGEND: Myth...
'Tai Chi began with Chang San-feng'
[ from the Ming or from the Song?? ]


   It would be more correct, to simply say, no one is completely sure as to origins, of Martial Arts [MA] but that the earliest human settlements all show signs of being fortified; thus there was conflict and war and fighting methods.
  There is actually little difference in forms used by all MA's. Their differences are more in the use of physics and this spares stamina; but this is not easily taught nor understood by the common fighting soldier.
  By the time of the Tang Dynasty, battles included catapults and rockets. By the Song Dynasty, there does exist a continuum boxing credited to Emperor Taizu; this was called Taizu Chang Chuan. [Taizu Long Boxing] NOTE: there is a theses that the name TaiChi-chuan was chosen to distinguish it from the prior TaiZu Chang chuan whose methods and forms do appear in Chen village exercises.
   About half of the 'forms' used in later Chen-jia, Chen Family boxing [now called Chen Tai Chi-] derive from Taizu Long boxing.
  Thus the visitation of a myth was not needed to make the usual story. The Taizu boxing is now included as part of both Shaolin and Wudang Schools.

Lao-tze, the old One, rides to the West
A slight at Chinese Sages swayed by things of India.

    A most common error, repeated much too often, is that an exercise, a martial art, or that 'tai-chi-' as a boxing exercise began with and subsequently derived from a 'trusted' source, as either :
> the Book of Changes, I-Ching   or that it is derived from
> Lao Tzu老子 again a composite text, but sited as one man of knowledge.
This is at best, convenient source making and qualifying.

Blank obvious world view
 'Fascinating' integrated world view
Information Source Fallacy and Analysis Errors:

> Etymological. word-concept origins and evolution-deviation
> Diachronism. Single vs Dual time event comparison
> Archaism Excision of past words (renaissance) Old is again New
> Classical Fallacy. Belief of prior time superiority, accuracy
> Iconic validity, a 'great' sage-warrior is given, thus it must be true.
> Totality Transfer: Pertinence from field of possibilities
> Lexicology
> Info Parts: Text, Context, Subtext
> Information chaining, a web is a web.
> Chronology divergence
> Repeititive story-telling becomes 'fact'.
> Error transmission, acceptance, and assimilation
> History to Legend to Myth.
> Event sequence clocking The chain letter drift
> Synchronicity,
> Multiplicity, multiple similar names, events are not distinguished as separate

Chang 'Three-Hills' ...
is a mythic element  inserted into tai chi 
history as an origin...
...when its origin was not known....
...to offer a 'Chinese' hero, non-mongol
...a giant to fight against the Manchu Rulers.
The time period for his lifetime, Tang to Ming dynastry, would be too
late as martial art was being settled with canons.


Crane vs Snake-reptile, an inspiring image for:
Hun Gar, Shao Lin = White Crane, Chang San-feng = Tai-chi-, Nun Wing-chun, etc.

Rather often, too often, principles are rendered into pictures for easy memory and eventually taken to be true facts.   

Many martial arts have adopted the crane [or magpie] fight with a snake as a symbol of direct and evasive indirect.  Others use a dragon vs a tiger, etc, etc.  The Five 'elements' is the worst as the intent is more for five [complementary and opposite] actions, otherwise it makes no sense at all.




WWW. bamboozle.mislead.net :
     The resources [ wikipedia ] intended as 'resources' on the internet on the subject of LHBF and related materials, have slowly been corrupted by 'google' bombing [overwhelming data that leads to self promotion of their own organization] this is also equivalent to site hijacking ie. www.wikipedia.org
   Wikipedia being an intended resource that is also 'open' [ unlocked ] to input, but does not initially screen content nor contributors whose only intent to utilize Wikipedia as commercial venue for their own website.  Also, due to the general use of LiuHe+BaFa- as a stand-alone couplet, official 'editor' wiki-consultants, knowledgeable more about the chinese language than the 'writers' of each wiki-page, may also wanted to divide the concept to seperate pages or issue a philosophical single page as without the use of 'chuan' or 'quan' it becomes esoteric philosophy about LiuHe and about BaFa.
     This website waterspirit6x8 has never been submitted to Wikipedia by myself nor by my request, but seems to be generally accepted as a information source.
There are various variations of this game :
Game-1 : ignore 'competing' sites irregardless of  its content factuality.
Game-2 : pepper a site with a 'favored' teacher, irregardless of his skills.
Game-3 : claim to be the only 'qualified' school with a lineage 'teacher'
Game-4 : claim that the  'teacher' cannot be named.
Game-5 : claim that a website is 'flawed', 'inaccurate' and 'misspelled'
Game-6 : misleading, photographs 'hugging the master' to enrapture the visitor, when in fact, the photos are of a guest visiting the teacher.
Game-7 : attack sites that speak truthfully. [one of the reasons why teachers eventually stop teaching].
Game-8 : present numerous photographs without references as to source.
>> References and resources available upon request..

Legitamate Sites : 
Wu Ying-hua, son of founder, http://www.wcsa.org.cn/newsdetail12780.htm
Choi Wai-Lun, Chicago, [closed]  http://liuhopafa.com/
Cliff-Lok= Kam Tung, HK,  http://www.liuhebafa.com.hk/
Tom Braithwaite, DMAA, UK, http://www.dmaa.co.uk/
Bernd Hildebrandt, Germany,  http://biox.de/liuhe-bafa.html
Erik Mathiesen, HuaYue TaiChi Institut, Denmark, http://www.huayuetaichi.dk/

Note : there are other bonefide websites which mix elements of yiquan or tai-chi- into their practices not mentioned here.