Creates Calamity at Golden Bridge
Chai Rong (柴榮) became
emperor Shizong of the Later Zhou Dynasty and ruled from
954 to 959. Zhao Kuangyin became first emperor of the
Song Dynasty in 960.
Last month we left
Chairong fearing for his life waiting for Kuangyin at
the market place. Kuangyin was standing at the toll
bridge worried that the tyrant Dongda and his small army
would capture Chairong. If you have not read it you can
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"Chairong is waiting up ahead for me, if he is captured that
would be bad," and Kuangyin left the bridge as if flying. He
came to the market place and discovered the people packed in
tightly as smoke. Looking in all directions he didn’t see a
trace of Chairong’s umbrella cart only a wine shop to the east.
He went up to the 2nd floor to have some wine and look for
Chairong. He stuck his head out all the windows but still didn’t
see a trace of Chairong. With a dim-witted expression he could
do nothing but sit down to drink.
gang from the toll bridge escaped Kuangyin's beating they tried
to report the news to Dongda. On this particular day Dongda
hadn’t yet returned home from drinking with relatives so
Dongda’s men had no choice but to turn back to the toll bridge.
Halfway back they saw Dongda slowly coming towards them in a
drunken stupor idly raising and swinging his horse whip.
whip from the Qing Dynasty
As they ran
to greet him and help him along they complained, “That umbrella
peddler Chairong urged a great red-face to disobey the rules of
our bridge and beat his way across. We barely managed to escape
with our lives to report this crime to you Master. We beg you to
right the wrongs committed by Chairong and capture this
criminal. Only in this way can we vent our anger and not lose
face to all those who cross the toll bridge.”
Dongda replied with a great anger, ”Can there be such a thing
as this? How can I forgive Chairong? On whose authority does he
dare tangle with me like an equal and break my rules?”
Takes a Beating
up his horse and gave chase with his gang in quick pursuit. Look
at them go, like a herd of fake tigers trying to exaggerate
their strength. When Dongda crossed ‘Golden toll Bridge’ he
turned onto the west road where there were crowds of people
going to market. When the market-goers saw Dongda and his gang
of men coming towards them like a fierce swarm of angry hornets,
who among them would dare to block the path? The market-goers
scattered to the sides of the road and let them pass.
Once the road cleared Dongda saw Chairong pushing his
umbrella cart away. Rushing up from behind, Dongda shouted out,
"Convict Cai, you’ve hurt my teeth and claws evading death long
enough, where do you think you are going now!" He raised his
whip to strike Chairong on the head.
Flustered and groaning inside Chairong pushed his umbrella
cart as if escaping death with Dongda slapping his horse and
giving chase. But men are slow and horses quick and in no time
at all Dongda had rushed ahead and blocked Chairong’s path in
front of the wine shop. Dongda raised his horse whip and let his
strikes come down like rain, not caring where he hit, Chairong
could do nothing but suffer the beating.
At that time Kuangyin was alone in the upper floor of the
restaurant drinking wine when he heard the beating sound of the
whip in the street. He stuck his head out the window to take a
look and what he saw roused his unsleeping rage.
Too impatient to take the stairs he just leaped down from the
second floor loudly rebuking Dongda, ”You tyrannical thieving
convict, how dare you behave so rudely!” He ran up to Dongda and
with just one pull yanked him off his saddle. Dongda felt
Kuangyin’s force and knew him to be a formidable adversary.
Dongda jumped up from the ground with his ‘carp leaps from the
water’ and opened wide his two eyes to attack with ‘hungry tiger
beats its food.’ But Kuangyin dodged to the side as Dongda
leaped and lifted his foot and threw Dongda to the ground.
Techniques from the Story
from the water is where you pop yourself off from your
back to a standing position.
tiger beats its food' is the takedown shown here, from
the Hao family Praying Mantis form Luohan
Quan. This move refers to the story of a
man-eating-tiger in India. The tiger was confronted by
the monk Pindola. This monk fed
vegetarian food to the tiger in order to tame him and
prevent him from eating the locals. The people revered Pindola for his work and called him the Tiger Taming
Fist of Luohan.
raised his fists and started beating Dongda from top to bottom
with Dongda narrowly escaping his strikes. He shouted out to his
gang and within a moment they each collected an armful of bricks
and stones. Dongda gave Kuangyin a malicious look and like a
flying star or bolt of lightning came to attack. Kuangyin dodged
with a great laugh, “That’s a good one, it is the destiny for a
worthless thief to die today.”
Kuangyin into a Trap
Dongda a few retreating steps and unloosened his belt and like a
gust of wind it changed into his supernatural strip of
strike-you-dead-club. As if parting a gate he began his attack
and within a moment knocked several of the gang to the ground.
Their blocks and defenses couldn’t stop Kuangyin’s staff and
they all ran, grabbing Dongda and throwing him atop his horse.
They all escaped towards the south and Kuangyin raised his club
to give chase.
Chairong shouted out, “Worthy Younger brother restrain your
impetuousness and save yourself from his trap. We have already
achieved victory, let’s hurry on with our journey.”
Kuangyin shook his hand and said, “Elder brother, just for
this once, would you please go to the bluffs and wait for me?
Your little brother will run swiftly and catch up with you soon.
I must first deal with this matter here and then we’ll meet up.”
As Dongda was riding away on his horse he turned his head
back and saw that Kuangyin was indeed chasing after him and his
heart was filled with ten parts joy, “My only worry was that you
wouldn’t chase and you are already behind me. This is what I
there is a road, but on leaving there is no gate."
I lead him to my maze of nine twists and eighteen turns, then it
will be my turn to get justice and settle the score.”
This is why they say
Your scheming thoughts are
You can deceive man not heaven.
Don’t avoid the path just because it is filled with
obstacles and danger,
Because it may not be so, and then you'd miss a great deal.
Tiger Star is Discovered
For now we
will leave the story of Dongda’s secret scheme of luring
Kuangyin into a trap and introduce another good hero. In the
heavenly realm there is the Wealthy Black Tiger Star. He was
born into this mortal world as Zhenen from Shanxi Province and
already Eighteen years old. He was born with great strength and
without peer but extremely ugly. The strangest thing about him
was his pair of wine bottle eyes, with the left small and the
right large it made him look like an evil goblin. His parents
died when he was young and ever since he has been destitute
wandering about the underworld of rivers and lakes, shouldering
a pole of sesame oil trying to scratch out a meager existence.
It is said that Zhenen was in such a hurry on leaving a
certain Zhang Family villa that he forgot to bring his
oil-selling-pole from the wine shop. He made the return trip
just to find it, but after searching for half a day there was
still no trace of his pole and oil.
Who knew that he would become so rash and impetuous when
those at the wine shop couldn’t find the pole. He demanded the
owner of the wine shop to compensate him, but the owner had
truly not seen this pole. Though he was frightened of Zhenen’s
appearance how could he be willing to compensate? Right then and
there Zhenen started to make a terrible racket overturning the
tables, counters and chairs and smashing the wine cups, bowls,
bottles and jars.
As all this
racket was going on in the wine shop in walked a so called
face-reading-fortune-teller. Just because this man came in at
this moment it would turn out that corrupt officials would be
cut off from their road to official appointments. Though Zhenen
was excused from punishment for his present transgressions, the
Pan Mountain Whistling thief couldn’t escape from forfeiting his
It is just
If you don’t
clean the dust of the world,
How can you become famous throughout the land?
We don’t know who
this man was until we read the next chapter
A page from the
book of Chinese facial fortune telling
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