In Commemoration of Great Expert of Martial Arts

Wang Peisheng 1919-2004


    The title of the book is: 


    纪念武学大家王培生先生 1919-2004

    Translation of the first line of the title: 

    太极宗师 (Taiji Zongshi)

    Generally meaning "the Great Master of Taiji (quan)."

    In detail,  (zongshi) means "a master of great learning and integrity." In China, the taijiquan community reserve the word zongshi for a master who has made a special contribution in the art. For example, such a person may create something new in the art, promote the art to another level, or make the art into something even more special. The key to this title lies with the person's contribution strongly influencing and benefiting those that follow this person's example. Thus, many people can be called Dashi, meaning Great Master,  but few can be called Zongshi.

    Translation of the second line of the title:


    纪念武学大家王培生先生 1919-2004   

    (Jinian Wuxue Dajia Wang Peisheng 1919-2004)

    In Commemoration of Great Expert of Martial Arts Wang Peisheng 1919-2004


    Here two words stand out as special:

    First, the use of 武学 ( Wuxue) instead of Wushu -for martial arts.

    In Chinese, when people use the word Wushu, they only mean that the practice is a physical exercise, rather than anything requiring the inquiring mind of a philosopher. For this reason, it's common to hear people say that to do martial arts "you only need the body, but not the mind." There's even a famous saying, "Martial arts can make your body stronger, but your mind weaker.'

    On the other hand, Xue means knowledge, system or scholarship, which leads us to see that Wuxue speaks of a knowledge system that includes both physical and Mind practices deeply imbedded in Philosophical Principles.  


    Second, the use of 大家 (Dajia) in place of Dashi, meaning Great Master. Da means Great, and jia means Expert, a slight, but important, distinction from Dashi. Using Daijia implies the person's scholarship and standing as an academic expert. Therefore, Daijia subtly emphasizes that a master is a great theorist, extensively rooted in the principles, beyond only being a great fighter.


   Many thanks to Shifu Zhang Yun for translating and explaining the meaning of the book’s title. September, 2010.

     Great Master Wang Peisheng, head of the Northern Wu Style Taijiquan group, passed away on September 3rd, 2004 in Beijing.  He was 85 years of age.

     A year later, a beautiful book was published in China, commemorating the anniversary of his passing... This year - September, 2010 - I was able to find a copy of the book. Here I share some of its beauty...

Book Cover -Chinese Edition- of


念武学大家王培生先生 1919-2004

(translation in right column)

A Few examples of Dajia Wang Peisheng’s Skill and Scholarship:

Many thanks to bailewen for permission to share his translated videos. 

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