Bagua Palm, based on the principles of the Yi Jing (I-Ching) Daoist cannon, embraces the Chinese classical philosophy of change. Its dynamic footwork, smooth coiling and uncoiling actions of the body, and throws are a physical embodiment of Daoist practice. All movements occur around a central point, following the circular motion of yin and yang. Some see with the snake-like twisting motions of Bagua as a magnificent Kungfu dance, but its power is subtle and effective. Beginners will start their practice by learning palm positions and the mysterious Bagua “mud-tread” step.
• Increase speed, flexibility and balance
• Build internal energy and awareness
• Strengthen and heal joints and muscles
About Zhang Style Bagua
Zhang Style Bagua distinguishes itself with an emphasis on speed and rhythm, crucial to making the art an effective fighting style. Rapid-fire movements draw energy from the center of the abdomen, opening the body’s meridians and leading to great fitness and health benefits.
The Bagua taught at Milun school comes from a prominent lineage, with strong ties to all four of Dong Haichuan’s major disciples. Notably, Zhang studied with Master Zhao Deyuan, a disciple of Master Gao Ziying, whose father Gao Wencheng was a disciple of Yin Fu, the bodyguard of the Empress Dowager Cixi, and Liu Dekuan, famous for his Big Spear skills.