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” because he opened a glasses saling store.
Cheng style Bagua Palm (Cheng Style Baguazhang)
Cheng Style Bagua is one of the most influential and well known branches of the style, which was founded by Cheng Ting Hua, one of the most senior students of Dong Hai Chuan. Cheng Ting Hua came to Beijing as a child to learn how to repair glasses, and eventually opened a glasses repair shop at Chong Wen Men, earning the nickname “Glasses Cheng”. From a young age he learnt Chinese Wrestling, which played a big part in the development of his style of Bagua.
Bagua focuses on open palm techniques, all movements are derived from the stepping and from the body. The style integrates both internal and external methods, and contains both hard and soft techniques. The hands and waist both make circles, and power is generated in a screwing motion. It’s said that the hands are like dragon’s claws, the steps are like flowing water, changing direction is like a tornado; when the practitioner is still, they appear like a mountain, when moving, they appear like a swimming dragon.
The characteristics of Cheng style Bagua are very similar to Dong Hai Chuan’s original Bagua. The fingers of the palm are spread, creating a slight dip in the palm’s centre and a rounding of the back of the hand, this is called the Dragon Claw Palm. Palm techniques include pushing, lifting, carrying, leading, moving, grabbing, cleaving, colliding, pressing and entering. Power generation integrates both hard and soft, sticking and adhering to the opponent, twisting the body, focusing on waist power and using explosive inch power. Some people call Bagua “rolling the palms techniques”. Stepping methods emphasise walking as though sliding through mud. The stance should be low and strong, and many kicks are hidden within other movements. As for fighting strategy, the style emphasises entering indirectly; moving, sticking and hitting. The movements should be practiced in a large frame, with large openings and closings of the body, stretching the body into each movement. All forms are based on eight main palm techniques: single changing palm, double changing palm, parallel step palm, back facing palm, rotating palm, turning palm, turning over palm and returning palm.