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Ba Gua Zhang (八卦掌, Pa Kua Chang) is an internal system of Chinese Boxing introduced by Dong Hai Chuan (董海川, Tung Hai Chuan) in the early 19th century. He combined Shaolin martial arts with Taoist Ba Gua ritual walking, internal alchemy, and Yi Jing philosophy to create the art we now know as Baguazhang.

Ba Gua Zhang is part of our Internal Kung Fu Curriculum and, along with Tai Chi Chuan and Xingyi Quan is considered on of the three “Sister Arts” of Internal Kung Fu.

The curriculum includes circle walking, post standing, Eight Palms, Eight Changes, Eight Animals, and 64 Combinations. Additional training includes the linear forms, Nine Palaces, Iron Ruler Ring, Crescent blades (sun and moon weapons), applications, joint hands, San Shou, Qigong, and Neigong.

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  1. Shaolinquan – TCCII

    […] the early 20th century, the Nanjing Guoshu Institute classified Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, and Baguazhang as “Wudang Kung Fu”. All other arts, such as Wing Chun of Fujian White Crane were classified as […]