What is Baguazhag – Eight Trigram Palm
The art of Bagua is based and patterned on one of the oldest texts in existence
called the “I Ching or Book of Changes”.
Notice the trigrams (the 3 line images called Gua) that surround the Tai Chi Symbol Below
There are eight images or Gua and Zhang means Palm so…
Baguazhang Means Eight Trigram Palm
They represent all directions and many different correspondences and qualities of expression according to The “I Ching”.
Our class starts with a Bagua Standing Set comprised of Eight Static Standing Postures. The reason we train like this is to release tension and blockages within our bodies. Each posture helps to release muscle tension in different areas of the body. It also builds certain qualities, strengths, and lines of connection to the ground in the practitioner.
These postures that we hold while turning into the center are very simple but not easy.
Next, we perform the foundational exercise of Bagua called Ding Shyr (Circle Walking).
This practice helps cultivate a calm, relaxed mind, We put aside distracting thoughts and just concentrate on breathing and our movements. Practitioners find they learn how to coordinate their circular walking movement with the breath. This ancient Chinese Health System will make you stronger from the inside out. Somewhat more vigorous than Tai Chi Chuan, it helps build the aerobic system of the body.
Within all of this internal movement, there is an inherent turning, a relaxing/stretching of our core into the center. We allow ourselves to sink being urged by gravity.
The Chinese term Sung.
We originate all movement from the tantien (our physical center of the body).
Then we express that connected movement into the arms and legs within the “Eight Palm Changes”
Hidden within the constantly changing circular movements are sophisticated martial applications.
Mr. BP Chan (below) was one of the first to bring the Chinese Internal Arts including Baguazhang into this country in the mid-1970s.
The Famous Grandmaster Liu was one of Mr. Chan’s Baguazhang Teachers.
Mr. Liu served as a personal bodyguard to Chiang Kai-shek [Former President of the Republic of China]