Shifu David Cheng is a 9th generation lineage holder of Gao style Cheng school Bagua Zhang, 10th generation lineage holder of Hebei Xinygi Quan, 7th generation lineage holder of Yang style Taiji Quan, and 7th generation lineage holder of Northern Shaolin. He is the First Disciple of Shifu Chang Yukai, Ph.D.
Shifu David Cheng and Shifu Chang Yu-Kai, Ph.D.
When he was in 16, his family immigrated from New Zealand to Australia. Through an
introduction from a friend, David Cheng met the Taiwan National Team coach, Shipo Chang,
and he began his journey of discovery of Chinese internal and external martial arts. He
flew to and from Australia numerous times to learn from Shipo Chang. Whenever he had a
slightly longer vacation, he would fly to Taiwan to learn more. The variety of Chinese
martial art styles is very large and in order to continue what Master Fa Cheng passed
down to him, David Cheng studied Hebei Liu Qi Lan Xingyi from Shipo Chang. Later,
because his abilities did not yet meet the height of Chinese internal martial arts, he
turned to study Shandong’s Master Sun Shao Tang’s system of Shaolin. At 18 he was
selected as a member of the Australian National Kungfu Wushu Team (required score of
at least 16) with a score of 62
points. And in 1998, David Cheng represented Australia in the ISKA World Cup Martial
Arts Championship and won a World Cup silver medal. After his win at the Championship,
he was employed as a Shaolin instructor by the then-biggest Chinese martial arts
association of Australia, the Australian Chinese Bagua Taichi Association.
In 2000, David Cheng attended the Beijing International Martial Arts Invitational Qualifying Tournament, winning both gold and bronze medals. Until he graduated from university, he traveled to and from Australian and Taiwan to focus on learning and teaching Xingyi and Shaolin. In 2002, after graduating from university, in order to have more time to study from Master Shipo Chang, David Cheng gave up the opportunity to study for his Master’s degree and instead returned to Taiwan.
In his 3rd year of university, David Cheng pursued body building and injured his 4th vertebrae, causing pain and continuous nose bleeds. Doctors told him that a surgery was needed to correct the injury, but his father was against it because he was too young. So he tried both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, but both failed to alleviate the pain. However, after studying Taiji from Master Shipo Chang, the problem was cured without any medical help. Only then did David Cheng realize the value of the combined theories of training and personal cultivation in Chinese martial arts. He wished to help more people, so he started teaching Taiji. In 2005, Shipo Chang recognized the improvement and level of David Cheng’s martial arts skills, so he introduced David Cheng to the cradle of Taiwanese martial artists: the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts. David was hired as a martial arts instructor at the college and Shipo Chang started teaching David Cheng Gao Style Bagua Zhang and Qi Family Tongbei.
In 2007, David Cheng was appointed by Master Shipo Cheng to represent Taiwan and participate in the World Cup of Martial Arts in Hong Kong. David Cheng won two gold medals in the tournament and began to feel the importance of striving towards inheriting the art.
During his study, David Cheng followed Shipo Chang’s systematic education and emphasis on inheriting the martial arts as his main focus of training. He was also fortunate to be introduced to and influenced by instruction from Qinsun Ding’s Yang Family Taiji and also the broad martial arts knowledge of Kangyi Liu, who is like a friend and like a teacher to him as well as the owner of Lion Books. Under the guidance and generous teaching of these two people, David Cheng’s comprehensive understanding of Chinese martial arts as a whole was greatly and positively influenced.
In 2006, with the goal of contributing to the lineage and promoting it in Western countries, David Cheng began translating the Gao Style of Cheng School Bagua Zhang Manual [published on 25th April, 2008], under the tutelage of Shipo Chang’s first disciple, Yukai Chang [David Cheng’s current Shifu].
In 2009, Yukai Chang was promoted to the Chinese Martial Arts Research Director of the National Taiwan Sports University, with David Cheng helping as his research assistant. Under this close and frequent contact and because they were of similar mind with the same intentions and goals of working towards promoting the art, in 2014 David Cheng was accepted into the lineage and became the First Disciple of Yukai Chang, and the 9th (Guo/國) generation lineage holder of Gao Style of Cheng School Bagua Zhang. At his discipleship ceremony he was given the martial arts name Guo Xing (國興) by his Shifu.
Gao style of Cheng School Bagua Zhang lineage chart
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Hebei style Xingyi Quan lineage chart
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Styles currently taught:
The Bagua Taiji Wellness and Martial Arts Association was founded in 2005 by Shifu Chang Yukai, Ph.D.
Shifu Chang Yu-Kai, Ph.D.
The Association’s missions are to promote strengthening the mind and body through classical
Chinese martial arts, and sharing Chinese culture and philosophy with communities worldwide.
Since the primary goal of students of traditional Chinese martial arts is self-improvement, our mission statement centers on:
As such, students within the Association build their foundation of practice on the following four important principles: