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2022年02月18日 / stevenszou

The Legend of Gongbaotian

Gong Baotian studied in private school for four years when he was a child. Later, due to family circumstances, he went to Beijing to rely on his brother Gong Baoshan and became an apprentice at Yuanhengli Fangmi shop. Gong Baoshan introduced him to Master Yin Fu. Yin Fu saw that he had a good qualification and was accepted as a disciple. He asked Gong Baotian to quit his rice shop job and follow him to practice boxing in the palace. It is said that Dong Haichuan liked Gong Baotian and taught it personally. Gong Baotian is thin and unobtrusive, and has the nickname of “monkey Gong”.
In 1897 (23 years of Guangxu), Gong Baotian took over Yin Fu’s job and became the head of the palace guards. He got the fourth-grade Official and can with a sword guard and was responsible for the personal safety of Cixi and Emperor Guangxu. In 1900, in the Gengzi Incident, Gong Baotian protected Cixi and Emperor Guangxu from Beijing, escorted them to Xi’an, and wore a Yellow Vest for merit. 
In 1905, he resigned and returned to Shandong Qingshan Village to earn a living by an apprentice. His elder brother Gong Baoshan had already returned to his hometown at that time, and opened an apprenticeship, and asked his apprentices to consult Gong Baotian more, calling him the second master. After Gong Baoshan passed away due to illness, Gong Baotian took over his handle and continued to teach boxing.
Gong Baotian martial arts is strong and famous. In 1922, Feng Jun Zhang Zuolin invited Gong Baotian to serve as the patroller and head coach of Fengjun in the three eastern provinces. In fact, he invited him to be his bodyguard, and he asked Gong Baotian to teach his son Zhang Xueliang and his family members to martial arts. In 1928, the Kuomintang expedition to the north and Fengjun withdrew from Beijing. Zhang Zuolin let Gong Baotian stay in Beijing to protect Zhang Xueliang. He returned to the northeast by himself. He was unexpectedly killed by the Japanese army in Huanggutun. After Zhang Xueliang took over the army, Gong Baotian resigned and returned to Shandong.
After returning to Shandong, Gong Baotian organized more than a dozen baguazhang schools in Rushan, Weihai, Haiyang, Muping, and Yantai, devoted to teaching the baguazhang.
disciple
Gong Baotian inherits the Dong Haichuan Yin Fu school’s baguazhang, and uses Luo Han Boxing in the main entry. Gong Baotian has many disciples. Among them, famous disciples are Wang Zhuangfei, Liu Yunjiao, Zhang Jifu Wang Mingqu, Gong Baozhai, Sun Yuying, Jiang Xingwu, Zhang Guoying, Ding Xikong, Hou Tianguo, Sun Fuying. and Sun Ruwen. and others.

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