Da Sheng Men - The Style of the Grand Wise Sage

Da Sheng Men (大聖門) translated means „Style of the Grand Wise Sage“or „School of the Respectable Sage“. Da Sheng Men, the „Grand Sage“ is Sun Wu Kong (孙悟空), the mythical monkey who is usually known  as the monkey king or monkey god..

The Myth

Sun Wu Kong ist eine in China sehr beliebte Sagen- und Märchengestalt. Der Affe verkörpert dabei Klugheit, Rebellion, Stärke und Ehrgeiz. In dem berühmten chinesischen Epos "Bericht über eine Reise in den Westen" (西游记)spielt er eine zentrale Rolle, und bis heute geistert er durch zahlreiche Stücke der Peking-Oper, durch Bücher, Filme und Comics.
Der Affengott wird als Gründer des gesamten Affen-Stils (Hou Quan) betrachtet. Dieser Stil untergliedert sich in etliche Formen, so gibt es eine sehr akrobatische Richtung, die in der Peking-Oper erlernt wird, oder auch den relativ weit verbreiteten Da Sheng Pi Gua Men (大聖劈掛門) . Außerdem haben zahlreiche Stile des Wu Shu einzelne Formen des Affen integrier.

The facts

Da Sheng Men unites the different monkey styles under its banner. Grandmaster Hu Jianlong (胡健龍 ) is the Grandmaster of the Style in the 17th generation. According to Grandmaster Hu  it is originally a daoist style that developed from a dance. A combative aspect was contained within this „monkey dance“, that apparently already existed in the time of Kong Zis (Konfuzius), from which the martial art was then developed. However, todays style has a buddhist character.

The military tradition of the Hu family

The Grandmaster of the first generation, Hu Tianshi (Aw Tianxi), travelled throughout the whole of China. He supposedly founded 36 schools in different places during this period, encountered many other styles and fought many comparative battles. A further important impulse for the developement of Da Sheng Men stems from the military history of Hu family. Throughout the various dynasties family Hu took on military assignments in the service of different emperors. During the Song Dynasty for instance the part of the family that cultivated the monkey boxing also worked as generals and bodyguards for the imperial family.

Da Sheng Men today

Grandmaster Hu  lives in Malaya where he runs a school. In the meantime Da Sheng Men has found followers in the whole world. In Europe there are schools in Germany, Finland and Sweden.

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