Bagua Zhang – known as 8 Trigram Palm


Bagua with Deer Hook Swords

Bagua Zhang is a martial art first made prominent in Beijing, China in the 1860s by its founder Dong Hai Chuan. It is known as the art of the Chinese bodyguard. The Empress Dowager when fleeing Beijing during the Boxer Rebellion in 1904 only took one bodyguard, Yin Fu, the first disciple of Dong Hai Chuan.

Cheng Ting Hua, founder of Cheng Style Baguazhang, taught the Royal Family in Beijing in the late 19th century, and many tales abound about his power as a martial artist. He also had the reputation as a good and kind person. Cheng’s lineage is what is taught at DharmaWay Dojo.

Beneficial for healing back problems

Bagua has a reputation for healing the back; it is characterized by its coiling, twisting and circling movements. Its major power development consists of walking a circle while doing various forms.

It gives its practitioners the ability to fight up to eight opponents simultaneously, by weaving in and out and through them with its coiling and twisting movements. It favours the use of palm strikes over fists, although Bagua discounts nothing. It uses the widest range of applications with all the striking surfaces of the body; hands, feet, elbows, knees, head butts, and shoulder strikes.

Its continuous coiling, circling and weaving motions adds considerable strength, and functionality to the spine and muscles of the back.

Also has aerobic exercise benefits

Bagua can also be a great aerobic exercise and is a good way to learn to move properly without stiffness – an interesting way to add some aerobic movement to your exercise regimen.

From a Chinese medicine viewpoint it builds the Yang Qi – the active force of the body/mind – and is traditionally taught with Hsing I (pronounced Sheeng EE).

Baguazhang, rarely taught in the west, teaches coordination, balance, body/mind harmony, increases your awareness, and is a great tool for gaining fitness and rehabilitating your connective tissue.

At DharmaWay Dojo you can learn the eight forms of the Old Mother 8 Palms, a 64 Palm Change form, Bagua Knife form done with two knives, a Bagua spear form, and Deer Hook Swords form.

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