The complete Little Nine Heaven Martial Arts was passed down only to one Daoist priest per generation though many may have learned parts of it. Grandmaster Qiao Changhong (1914-2001), was the 33rd generation Grand Master of the system and was responsibile for introducing the system to the world through his migration to Taiwan. Master Qiao's teacher, the Great-Grand Master Lushan Daoren, was the 32nd generation disciple who oversaw the temple of San Ching Guan, situated at Yi Wu Lu San ,Liaoning Province in northeast China. The Little Nine Heaven system was never taught to non-Daoist priests, except to Master Qiao. As Lushan Daoren said to the young Qiao, "We are brought together by fate, and I have no hesitation to pass it to you. Name it Little Nine Heaven Fist to the world when you have mastered it.
Biography of Qiao Changhong
Grand Master Qiáo Changhong was born to a family living at the foohills of the Yi Wu Lu Mountain in the District of Jing Zhou, Liaoning Province northeast China. Master Qiáo's family made contributions to a temple nearby named San Ching Guan, and had donated 10 acres of land. Grand Master Qiáo was gifted in the martial arts he had learned several traditional martial arts from the family's security guards who are skilled Kung Fu fighters. He was taught Hsing-I, Pa Kua and Tai Chi Chuan from family, friends, Yang Rulin, General Liu Chi Yuan who was the Chief Instructor to the military in Northeast China.
In his youth, Grand Master Qiáo studied at the Japanese Military Academy. However, he was expelled from the Academy for misconduct when he defeated his instructor with his Chinese sword during one of the practice sessions.
During the Japanese War, Grandmaster Qiáo went back to China and became an intelligence officer. He was arrested by the Japanese and carried the physical scars left by torture. Fortunately, he was rescued by his Japanese wife.
During the 1950s, Grandmaster Qiáo migrated with General Chiang Kai Shek's government to Taiwan. He served as a government officer within National Security Department. During the time, he helped to promote the art of Kung Fu. Though various introductions and personal associations, he taught the art of Xi Sui Gong to other Kung Fu masters, senators, generals and numerous students in Taiwan; and achieved the following positions and awards:
1. One of the only four holders of the title "Grand Master" awarded by the Taiwanese government
2. One of the founders of the Tai Chi Chuan Club, which is now the Tai Chi Chuan Association of Taiwan.
3. Chief Instructor of the National Taiwan Kung Fu Team.
4. Head Referee for the International Kung Fu Tournament
5. The first and only to write and publish a book about the art of Xi Sui Gong. This book is an updated and compiled version of his three previous works.
Though only a few were authorized by Grandmaster Qiáo to teach he appointed Master Tan Chingyun as the sect leader of the 34th Generation of Little Nine Heaven systems November 1st, 1976. Master Tan has taught kung fu for many years though few people have learned the complete Little Nine Heaven Fist.
Master Tan has studied with:
(His Grandfather) Chén chūn chéng- báihè quán
Qiáo chánghóng- Xiǎo jiǔtiān wǔdào, jiǔgōng quán, jiǔgōng jiàn, xí suǐ shéngōng, bāguà zhǎng, tàijí quán, xíngyiquán
zhōng fùshēng- yīng zhǎo quán qìgōng
Xióng jiàn xūn-zì mén quán, diǎnxué gōng
Wáng shùjīn -bāguà zhǎng