Wu Family Bajiquan has also become synonymous with the highest level of Bajiquan in the late Qing era and has a wide influence in the martial arts community in TIANJIN and BEIJING. Tianjin and Beijing, the Beiyang New Army connection- Chen Yu’s great-grandfather (Chen Yanxi) was Chen Taijiquan instructor for six years with the Beiyang Commander- Yuan Shikai. BEIJING GONGFU JIA Taijiquan and Bajiquan share the same approach from the Qing and trace back to the same Qi Jiguang manual. They both contain the “unarmed” boxing methods of Qi Jiguang treatise, instead of pure sword and shield (Lao Jia 74).
Taiji Push Hands training has evolved from the ancient military confrontation tactics of the two-handed spear. The offensive and defensive “sticking and adhering” strategy between soldiers in the Ming era, utilized weapons context entirely and often at long range. Chen Taijiquan push hands were never intended purely for unarmed wrestling, close distance- the modern approach requires much additional supplementation for practicality.