Bagua Zhang is intrinsically linked to Daoist philosophy and is characterized by its use of a unique style of ‘qi gong’ circle walking. Circle walking, coupled with the coiling and twisting movements of the style, give the skilled practitioner the ability to defend against multiple opponents with seemingly little or no effort.
Bagua Zhang literally translated is ‘8 Trigrams Palm’ and is derived from the I Ching (Book of Changes) which is central to the art of Bagua Palm. Each of the 8 Trigrams represents a different kind of power in Bagua: heaven, wind, water, mountain, earth, thunder, fire and lake. Each of these powers are characterized by that which it is named after, for example a fire technique would involve twisting, coiling and clinging to get through the opponents defences and deliver a strike or throw.
It was Dong Hai Chuan(1798-1879) who first introduced the art of Bagua Zhang to the world. As a young man Dong Hai Chuan travelled extensively learning martial arts wherever he went. It is said that he especially liked to study with the Daoist Monks living in the mountains where there was one in particular who taught him the secrets of Bagua Zhang. Eventually his travels brought him to Beijing where he worked in the Forbidden City as a servant. One day, there was a great feast and there were so many people it was difficult to get food to the Emperor. Dong Hai Chuan took it upon himself to ensure the Emperor received his trays and began coiling and weaving through the crowd using his Bagua skills. Much to the delight of the Emperor who was so impressed with Dong's ability he asked him for a display of his skills after which he was subsequently appointed palace bodyguard. From this time he gradually gained fame and began teaching the system to other students.
Students will begin by learning the walking method and basic stances, from there they will move on to forms. Once these forms have been mastered the students can then move on to the vast array of weapons found in the Bagua system such as: Bagua broadsword, staff, single spear, double spear, straight sword, tornado broadsword and the more exotic paired weapons such as the Bagua needles, deerhorn knives etc.
Brisk will be stable for the foundation, otherwise such as deciduous duckweed without root; stable and will be brisk for performance, otherwise, such as clay sculpture of the sluggish, so gossip boxing station pile, go brick, run wall board, jump bunker, set doors, walk 簸箩,...Read More
Liang style Bagua Palm Liang Zhenpu, borned in 1863, once did spring kick and later did business in Beijing. He asked to be the disciple of Dong Haichuan to learn Bagua Palm.He inherited Dong’s skills and communicated experiecnces with his brothers who were all disciples of...Read More
Cheng style Bagua Palm (Cheng Style Baguazhang) Among all Bagua Palm branches, this one is the most influential and popular. It was built by Cheng Huating, famous disciple of Dong Haichuan. Cheng Huat worked in Beijing since his childhood. He was named as “Glasses Cheng”...Read More
Penetrating palm accounts more in his attacking skills, Leg movements are stressed. The power alternates kindness with severity. With this unique style, later generations call it as "Yin style Bagua Palm", "Yin Style Baguazhang" or "Yin Style Bagua Hybrid Martial Arts".Read More