The current Wikipedia bio:
The Wang family had always had connections with the Guo familly, horse breeders in the average. Master Guo Yunshen taught him zhanzhuang gong (post standing postures) that the young xiangzhai had to keep standing for hours.
During his young adult life, Wang xiangzhai became a soldier in Beijing and at the age of 33, he went all around China, studying martial arts with many famous masters including monk Heng Lin, xinyiquan master Xie Tiefu, southern white crane style masters Fang Yizhuang and Jin Shaofeng.
After 7 years of research and study, Wang did established himself in Beijing and penetrated the circle of famous masters in this city as well as in Tianjin and Shanghai. At this period of his life, he met up with the respected Liuhebafa Chuan master Wu Yi Hui and became friend with the Baguazhang master Zhang zhaodong.
He started to teach many influential martial artists including Hong lianshun, Zhao daoxin, the Han brothers (xingqiao and xingyuan), Yao Zongxun, Wang Shujin (who studied zhanzhuang for one year), and others.
He first named his teaching Yiquan, in reference of the xingyiquan and xinyiquan styles. Later, in the 40’s, one of his disciple who was journalist did publicly call it Dachengquan, which means “great achievement boxing”.
At the end of his life he made many research about the healing aspect of zhanzhuang and worked with different hospitals.
He was one of the first Chinese teachers to publicly teach the practice of Zhan zhuang, or ‘standing like a tree’ methods.