Emei Snake - There are three sets of
Snake forms in the Emei school. The first one emphasizes Qinna (locking) and the
pressure points techniques, the second one on the wrestling techniques, and the
third one on striking techniques. All techniques are required to be executed
swiftly, accurately and ferociously. Monk Xu Kun taught the three snake forms to
Mr. Liang, Zhi-Xiang. Master Liang, Shouyu of Canada is a direct inheritor of
Tibetan Cobra Boxing - Another style of snake boxing, Tibetan Snake Boxing (Coiling serpent) is part of the Li family Daoqiquan style and was developed by Lama Zurdwang near the area of Emei Mountain. Dr. Painter is a direct inheritor of this rare method of ground fighting.
White Eyebrow - Founded by Daoist monk named Bai Mei (White eyebrow), this branch is characterized by hard and explosive short movements. Bai Mei is also famous for being capable of almost supernatural feats of skill with Baguazhang methods of mysterious origins.
Emei Dragon - There is the Green Dragon form by Monk Dan Zhen of Chunyang cave at Mt. Qingcheng. There is the Swirling Dragon form of the Green Coat Palace in Chengdu, the Black Dragon form by Priest Ji Shan of Fuhu Temple, the Plum Blossom Dragon form by Nun Wu Mei, the Fire Dragon form by Daoist monks Shen Deng and Qing Xu, and the Golden Dragon form.
Emei Tiger - The Emei school has many different Tiger forms. Some of them are the Hungry Tiger Snatching Food form, the Five Tiger form, the Tiger Roar form, the Black Tiger form, the Tiger Claw form, the Fuhu form and the White Tiger form.
WuJi Form - This form is a blend of Daoist and Buddhist martial arts. Like Taijiquan it is soft, yet dynamic. It stresses the use of internal Jin and applications. There are two sets of Wuji form. One set develops power and "explosive" jin . The other set is mentioned in history books; no one has claimed to know it yet. This form is only known by a handful of masters and it is taught to pupils who are carefully selected by the masters.
Emei Sword Fairies - This branch, founded by Hui Yun, is based on Daoist and Buddhist Xiu Sheng Shu (the art of life or essence enhancement). There are numerous Qigong exercises, fist forms and weapon forms.
A controversy still smolders over the existence of a true Emei Baguazhang system. Some historians claim there is no Emei Baguazhang apart from the art developed by Dong, Hai-Chuan in Beijing and imported to the Mountain. Others claim that the Daoist monk who reputedly taught Dong was a member of the Dragon Door Daoists. This sect that had many branches throughout China some of them at Emei Mountain. They developed a circle walking meditation based on the Yijing over 2,000 years ago.
As we have said before, "History is a pale shadow of the truth," no one knows for sure and Dong would not admit where he learned his art. Many of the systems of Baguazhang on Mount Emei and there are numerous forms of the art, appear to have stemmed from Yin Fu a famous disciple of Dong, Hai-Chuan.
Famous Emei Baguazhang Styles.
Among the Baguazhang forms found in the Emei Wushu portfolio of martial art are:-
Shengmen Baguazhang - (Generation Door Bagua) Based on the use of the Yi (mind intent) and the Yijing theory.
Sengmen Baguazhang - (Monk Family Bagua) This branch is also known as the Buddhist branch. It is characterized by high stances. Imported by Shaolin monks to Emei this was part of a larger system of Shaolin Wushu.
You Shen Baguazhang - (Swimming Body Bagua) Specializes in neutralizing energy, withdrawing and dodging methods. One famous Emei Baguazhang master on Emei was Li, Zhangye, titled "the Longevity Monk," of the Emei Meeting Fairies Cave. Li was exceptionally good in You Shen Baguazhang.
At the age of 108, he admitted his last disciple, Lui, Zijian, to his school. Lu was also the student of Yin Fu the famous Baguazhang master a student of Dong, Hai-Chuan of Beijing. Lu later joined Shaolin and Wudang schools. At the age of 91 years old and he was still very quick in his movements.
That the above methods of Baguazhang can be traced to Dong's students still does not prove that other methods of circle walking and Yijing based martial systems did not live in family and private styles practiced by Emei Daoist and Buddhist monks. Even today reliable sources report to have witnessed a group of Daoists who nightly practice the Nine Palace circle walking and Rotating in Worship of Heaven Baguazhang exercises on Emei Mountain at a secluded spot near the White Cloud Temple.