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Ma MingDa was a Chinese Martial Arts Historian master of Bajiquan, alongside the other styles involved in Ma Family Tongbei.This article is a stub. You can help Bajipedia by expanding it.

Biography

Family

Ma was from a reknowned Chinese martial arts family and was one of the four sons of Ma FengTu (Father). His his three brothers Ma Yingda, Ma Xianda, and Ma Lingda, each a reknowned master in their own right.

Early Life

Ma MingDa [馬明達] was born in 1943 and was a member of the Hui (Chinese Muslim) ethnic group. The family lived in Gansu, a province located in the North-West of China, in a region dubbed "The Quran Belt".[1] 

Ma started his martial arts training at aged six, beginning his training in the family's Ma Family Tongbei (Ma shi tongbei 马氏通备) by learning Xiao Jia from his brothers. He later moved on to train under his father Ma Fengtu and uncle Ma Yingtu, both influential teachers, though his father encouraged him to pursue graduate studies alongside his martial arts training. The family later moved to Cangzhou at some point during the early Qing Dynasty[2].

Teaching

Ma was a recognized athlete was a teenager.[3]

Later Life

Ma was a graduate of the Northwest Minorities Institute and GuangZhou University[4] and later became a history professor at Jinan University in the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Most of the English language information about his work has come through the writings of Stanley Henning, M.A.1, an independent scholar[2]. In 1927, General Zhijiang Zhang opened the Central Martial Arts Academy, Zhongyang Guoshu Guan, a project aimed to strengthen the nation's citizens through the practice of Chinese martial arts. Ma Yingtu not only served as martial arts instructor but also as one of the organizers of the Academy's curriculum and structure. Later he turned his attention to researching fighting techniques, dui kang. Ma Fengtu also contributed ideas for the Martial Arts Academy in Nanjin. His efforts were focused on creating similar structures in Gansu and Qinghai.

Ma was a history professor at Jinan University, GuangZhou.[4]

Martial Arts

Lineage

Wu Zhong > Wu Ying/Rong > Zhang KeMingZhang JingXing > Ma FengTu > Ma MingDa

Noteable works

  • Shuojian conggao (Discourses on the sword Collected manuscripts). Lanzhou: Lanzhou University Press, 2000.

References

  1. WHEN IS A MARTIAL ART AN ART? COMPLEX AESTHETICS AND TRADITIONAL KUNG FU By Gene Ching and Gigi Oh - KungFuMagazine.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 A LIFETIME DEDICATED TO MARTIAL TRADITIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR MA MINGDA By William Acevedo, M.Eng., Mei Cheung, B.A., and Brenda Hood, Ph.D. - KungFuMagazine.com
  3. A Lifetime Dedicated to the Martial Traditions, An Interview with Professor Ma Mingda By William A., M.Eng., P.E.g, Translations by Brenda H. Ph.D. and Mei C. B.A. -ZHONGGUO WU XUE
  4. 4.0 4.1 Henning, Stanley E. “China Review International.” China Review International, vol. 11, no. 1, 2004, pp. 141–145. JSTOR,

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