Yee Kuen Kung Fu (Yi Quan) was rumoured to have been developed by the legendary Chinese general, Yue Fei (1103 - 1142) in the Northern Song Dynasty. It was developed for his officers to be originally used in battle with weapons.
Our style was propagated in Taiwan and brought to Australia in the 1970's by Master Ying Li. It survives in Canberra in our school and also in our father school, the Sydney Self Defence Centre.
Just like its cousin, Hsing I, it concentrates on the 5 traditional elements and 12 animals. The practitioner uses a barrage of straight direct strikes along the centreline while flanking and avoiding an opponent's attacks
Ba Gwa Zhang is rumoured to be an even older style but became famous in Chinese history in the Qing Dynasty when Dong Hai Chuan (1797 - 1882) taught it to bodyguards to defend against multiple opponents.
It concentrates on circular footwork to step around and behind an opponent and learning to fight in positions of disadvantage.
The version of Ba Gwa taught in our school is Cheng Style as promoted by Grandmaster Liu Jingru