Liang Zhen Pu Baguazhang style can be viewed as a combination of the Yin Fu and Cheng Ting Hua styles. Liang’s student, Li Zi Ming, popularized this style.
Liang Zhen Pu (1863-1932) was Dong Haichuan’s youngest student. He came from the Jixian county of Hebei province. He studied Tan Tui (a kicking style) from age 7 to 14. In 1877, his father sent him to study with Dong Haichuan. He studied with Dong for the next five years and also learned from Cheng Ting Hua , Yin Fu, Shih Chi Tung, and Liu Feng Chun. After the revolution of 1911, Liang became a head of Guard Bureau and later on some of his teachings were published. Pu is the only student of Dong Hai Chuan to be buried next to his tomb.
In Liang Zhen Pu Baguazhang, there is only one kind of walking technique, and it is known as Tang Ni Bu or Mud Sliding Step. This is a fluid walking technique that resembles the motion of sliding on soft mud or clay. There are three commonly used terms to describe footwork in Liang Zhen Pu Baguazhang. Shunbu refers to the most common form of stepping taken only in a forward direction. Koubu (Toe-In Stance) is a pigeon-toed stance with the lead foot most commonly used to stop motion in a particular direction. Baibu (Toe-Out Stance) is when one opens the trailing foot to changing direction in Ba Gua Zhang. All three steps are used extensively and must be constantly practiced and perfected. Waibu (Outer Foot) and Neibu (Inner Foot) in relation to the center of the circle are important terms to help a student’s understanding of the many changes of direction.
His Liang Zhen Pu Baguazhang had little influence from other styles and is most circular in nature among the Bagua variants. Every one of his sets are taught in a circle, unlike versions from earlier students.
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