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Emptyflower

Emptyflower.com was a highly detailed and extensive graphical look at the multi-faceted fighting martial art of Xingyiquan.  The site was created by  David deVere, a Hollywood-based designer by trade, but also a student of Xingyi.  Unfortunately, the site went dark in the middle of 2008.  We do not know the reason but the site was very well done and very informative.  We are reproducing some of the information at Emptyflower.com as a tribute to David and also as a general service to the Xingyi community.  Please contact us if you are connected to Emptyflower.com, we love to help and support your efforts!

 
 Contents
 1.  Emptyflower.com
 2.  Main Page
 3.  Structure
 4.  Graphics
 5.  Contributors


Emptyflower.com

The website disappeared some time in 2009.  The forum for Emptyflower.com changed to emptyflower.net and also to rumsoakedfist.com The Ottawa Martial Arts Associations has combed its archives and try to recreate the experience of the original Emptyflower.com.  Here is the last splash page before the site went dark:


 (The splash screen for David's site, date 2002)

Again we like to congratulate David on an inspired piece of work and wish him the best and hope he is still training!

 Emptyflower site
 1.  Introduction
 2.  Internal style
 3.  Xingyi basics
 4.  Five elements
 5.  Lianhuan quan
 6.  5 elements 2 man
 7.  Xingyi animals
 8.  Advanced Training

Main Page

Here are two versions of the main page.  This one is from 2002. 


This is the latest one from 2008. 

There is also a Flash version which was really well done.

 

Site Structure

The site follows the Xingyi theme by dividing the site into five major sections - the five elements. 

Splitting

Covers the main Xingyi principles.

Crushing

This section contains Quicktime videos, form walk throughs, articles and personal galleries.  Much of this information is now lost.

Drilling

This section contains the original Emptyflower.com forum, a teachers directory, various martial links pages, site credits, personal wallpapers as well his library focusing on Internal Chinese martial arts.

Pounding

A overview and translation of some of Xingyi writings from the old masters.

Crossing

David created some excellent pictures showing the power and grace of various Xingyi masters.

 

Graphics

Remarkable

The site features some of the best pictures on Xingyi practice and unfortunately most of have been lost.


Original

The site also have some very artistic interpretations of Xingyi using old photographs of various masters.  Here are two examples:

 (Composite of Wang Shujin, Taiwan)
  (Representative composite of Xingyi Liuhe Quan)

 

Contributors

David DeVere

"I'm 35 and this site, emptyFlower, is my passion. I'm a freelance web designer based in Hollywood, California. I primarily design web sites for the entertainment industry." (2001-2008)

The Community

This is a list of the contributors to the site and forum.  Good work everyone!


Abi Moriya
Tel Aviv, Israel
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abixing@hotmail.com
Martial arts teacher & manual therapist
Hebei Xingyi, Gao Bagua, Serrada Escrima
Xingyi - Hong Yixiang (Taiwan), Bagua - Luo Dexiu (Taiwan), Chinese weaponary - Peng Hanping (Taiwan), Serrada Esscrima - Dr. Aryeh Pessah & Lee Watson (USA).
Shaolinquan
20 years


Andrew
Sydney, Austrailia
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Andrew Westcombe
asw@acay.com.au

Technical writer, philosophy student
Wudang & Zhongnan style
Bing Zhao
Wing Chun, Ninjutsu
4 (as of April 2002)
ccimaa.com.au

Bob Figler
Akron, Ohio - USA
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figs001@yahoo.com
Professor
Bajiquan/pigua zhang, Chen/Yang taijiquan, Yin Fu bagua zhang
Liu Yun Qiao ==> Tony Yang
Praying Mantis
Since 6/83
wutangcenter.com

Brandon
Cocke County, Tennessee - USA
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Jeffrey Brandon Strickland
vrycestarfall@excite.com
Xingyiquan
Jonathon Hayes
1st year

bryan
Toronto, Canada
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Bryan Zarnett
b@sanshandao.com

E-Business Architect
Xing Yi, Ba Gua
Gerald Sharp
Fut Gar, Kenpo, JKD, Tung Bei
15+ years
sanshandao.com

Buddy
Plymouth, Massachusetts - USA
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Buddy Tripp
buddytripp@lungmen.org

bartender (soon to be bodyworker)
Gao Baguazhang, Hebei Xingiquan, Wu Taijiquan, Pentjak Silat Serak
Luo Dexiu, Victor deThouars
Uechiryu Karate, Yang Taiji, Tanglang Quan, Changquan, Fu Baguazhang, Hung-gar Fu Hok
27 years (I really only count about 15 of them)
lungmen.org

charley evans
Dallas, Texas - USA
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charleyevans@attbi.com
Student
Xingyiquan, Boxing
John Painter
14 Boxing, 2 Xingyi
TheGompa

Chris Covington
Charotte, North Carolina - USA
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covingtc@gmh.org
Physical medicine/rehabilitation physician
Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Shuai Chiao
Master Eric Sbarge < GM Frank Demaria < GGM Ch'ang Tung Sheng
Taijiquan, various Northern Shaolin
5 years; last 3 years serious
thepeacefuldragon.com, kungfu.org

Count
Los Angeles, California - USA
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Jeff Kabaker
count@kabooom.com

Graphic Designer/Computer Consultant
Baguazhang
Jason Tsou
Northern Shaolin, Tai Chi Chuan, Northern Praying Mantis, Longfist, and a little Llama Crane.
23 years
chikungintl.com

Daniel_Madar
Tokyo, Japan
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zharoff@hotmail.com
Product Manager
Wu Jien Quan
Yao Pei Jing (Jane)
Pai lum gung fu, Kendo, Kyudo, Mixed Knife fighting
15


David
New York, New York - USA
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David Bliss
Baguaboxer@aol.com

Student
Bagua Quan
Chen Bong (David)-Gong Baotien Bagua
Chang Quan, Qi Xing Tong Long Quan
10

David DeVere
Hollywood, California - USA
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david@emptyFlower.com
New Media Designer
Hebei Xingyiquan, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Xingyi - Gong Zhongxiang; BJJ - John Machado
Shaolin, Mixed form Taiji, Wing Chun, White Crane (briefly)
4 total, 1+ in Xingyi
Imperial-Bagua, John Machado Wilshire Acadamy


Dennis Mace
Seattle, Washington - USA
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yilisilentthunder@yahoo.com
Yi Li Quan (composite of Shaolin, Shanxi-XingYi, Zhang-BaGua, Yang-TaiJi), Cheng shi BaGuaZhang
Pete Starr & Mark Hachey (YiLi), Yang Guo Tai & David Meikle (ChengBaGua), Dave Harris ("Improvisational Chinese Hand Dance")
Judo, Aikido
since 1983
Yi Li Quan Yahoo Group

Elliott Hall
New York, New York - USA
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Justin Elliott Cobb
sisawat@hotmail.com

Artist/designer
Yiquan
Yao ChengGuang, by proxy of the correspondence course
Liu Seong Chuan Fa Royal Kung Fu
12 years
www.yiquan.com, personal site

Felipe_Bido
Dominican Republic
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fbido@hotmail.com
Software teacher; language translator
Xingyiquan (7 years), Xinyi Liuhe
Deng Fuxing
Aikido, Shaolin Five Animals, Choy Li Fut, Shaolin Changquan
12 years


Graham
Bath, United Kingdom
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Graham Barlow
graham@yongquan.org

Journalist
Old Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, Puk Sing Choy Lee Fut, Northern Shaolin sword
Sifu Raymond Rand
JKD, Feng Shou
9 years
yongquan.org

Idaho Joe
Idaho Panhanle - USA
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Joe Johnston
idahojoe88@yahoo.com

Timber Cruiser
Chen & Wu Tai Ji Quan;Yi Quan
George Xu; Adam Hsu; Henry Look
Shotokan; Kenpo; JKD
32 years
He ain't got one

Jiang Min Xing
Acapulco, Mexico
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docwalker66@hotmail.com
Acupuncturist, Taijiquan instructor
Yang/Cheng Man-Ching Taijiquan (14 yrs), Hebei Xingyiquan (10 yrs), Baguaquan (Jiang Rong Qiao form) 10 yrs
Northern preying mantis (hybrid style (3 yrs)

Julian Dale
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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sifudale@worldeagleclaw.com
Proffesional Martial Arts teacher
Northen style Eagle Claw, Ma style Ba Ji Chuan, Chen style Tai Chi
Ying Jow Gini Lau (USA), Tai Chi/Ba Ji - Ji Jian Cheng (China), Sub Styles Hsing Yi and internal principals - Ven (Kenneth) Fish ongoing
Northern Shaolin
worldeagleclaw.com

Kenneth Delves
Brooklyn, New York - USA
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kndelves@aol.com
Retired Engineer, Writer
Modified Xing yi
Alan Lee (Shaolin), Henry Leung (Wing chun), Kenny Gong (Xing yi)
Tai Chi (Wu, Yang,Chen), Tang soo do, Judo, I-Chuan
30+ years


kenneth_fish
Gaithersburg, Maryland - USA
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kjfish@yahoo.com
Physician (D.O., D.C.)
Xingyi, Northern Shaolin
Xingyi: Master and Mrs. Zhang Junfeng; Shaolin: Master Hu Jiemin (Lohan system), Madame Zhu Suyi (tongbei, mianquan); Buddha Hand Yongchun - learned directly from Liang Zhimin (Henry Leung); Bagua: Master Zhang, Madame Zhu
ironbuddha.org


Lincoln
San Francisco, California - USA
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Lincoln Snyder
lincoln@ihot.com

Hairdresser
Yin Baguaquan
Gong Bao Tian-Gong Bao Zhai-Michael Guen-Lonnie Neer
Shao Lin, western boxing, wrestling
16 years

Marcello_Teixeira
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
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marcello@xingyitchuen.com.br
Chinese Martial Arts Teacher
Xing Yi Quan - Shanxi
Wu Chaoxiang
Northern Shaolin, Choy Li Fut and Little Golden Bell - Master Chan Kwok Way Xing Yi and Pa Kua - Wu Chaoxiang
27 years
xingyitchuen.com.br


Neil Selden
Ottawa Ontario - Canada
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neil.selden@rogers.comoccupation
Software Developer
Taiji, Bagua
Kiem Ho Lee (current); Jiang Jianye (past)
Taiji, Bagua, HsingYi, some wushu
10 years since beginning Chinese MA. Previous training includes a couple years each of Judo and Aikido.

Rick Matz
Detroit, Michigan - USA
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RickMatz@aol.com
Field marketing for semiconductors
YiQuan
Yao's course, with local guidance from a taiji/qiqong teacher who has had some private lessons with Yao.
Yoshinkan Aikido, TKD, Taiji
On and off for almost 30

Rick Ugino
Hilton, New York - USA
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Xingteacher1@yahoo.com
College Dean
Hebei XingYi and Gao style Ba Gua
John Icone-Hung Yi Zhang/Hung Yi Mien Lineages, Dr. Brad Priddy-Allen Pitman, Hung Yi Mien lineage
Shotokan Karate (1968-1980), Chito-Ryu-Karate (1972-1982), Hung Gar Kung Fu (1972-1980), TaiJi (Yang style) (1972-1980), Hebei XingYi (1982-present), Chen Ting Hua Ba Gua (1984-1990), Gao Style Ba Gua (1994-present)
1968-present

Tadzio_V.
Taiyuan - China
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boymarino@yahoo.com
Teacher
Xingyiquan, Taijiquan
Bu Huaqiang, Feng Yicun
Cailifot, Beishaolin
13 years

tomasz
Beijing, China
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Tomasz Twardowski
wilczeklang@yahoo.com

marketing specialist
Yin Baguazhang
Zhu Baozhen
Yin Fu - Li Yongqin - Liu Zhenlin -Zhu Baozhen
Judo, karate, aikido, wing chun, Shaolin, sanda, chuojiao,
20 years

Vince Hardy
Omaha, Nebraska - USA
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Vincent L. Hardy
vincehardy3@cox.net
Business Manager/Software Tester
Yiliquan (composite of Xingyiquan--Shanxi school, Baguazhang--from Zhan Zhaodong, Taijiquan, and Baixingquan)
Sifu Phillip "Pete" Starr
Wing Chun and Taeol Moon Kung-Fu
20 years

Walter_Joyce
Boston, Massachusetts - USA
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Walter T. Joyce Sr.
wtjoyce45@hotmail.com
Lawyer
Yang tai chi as taught by Gin Soon Chu, Gao ba gua as taught by Luo de Xie, primary teacher Buddy Tripp, Plymouth, MA
Goju, informal instruction through family friend; San Chin Do, Toshio Tomano, NYC; American goju, Ric Pascetta N.J; Kenpo, Jim Bryant, Dedham MA; Tzu Jan Kune Do (northern shaolin and praying mantis), Glenn Hart, Sandwich, MA; Wu Tai Chi and Ba Gua, Buddy Tripp (methods of B.K. Frantzis). The bulk of my training was in kenpo (4th dan), the northern shaolin forms (which were poached from Chan Poi by Glenn Hart), and the last five years IMA.
24 years
gstaichi.org, lungmen.org

yilishihfu
Unionville, Iowa - USA
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Phillip Starr
starr@iowatelecom.net
Police Officer
Yiliquan (composite of Xingyiquan-Shanxi style, Baguazhang-from Zhan Zhaodong, Taijiquan, Baixingquan)
M. Ho, W.C. Chen
Kyokushin Karate
45 years

Yuxian
Sydney, Australia
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tongbei78@yahoo.com.au
Wuxing Tongbei
Pigua Tongbei, TKD
6 years