Introduction to Baguazhang
Baguazhang is one of the three main branches of Internal Gung Fu (the others being Xingyiquanand Taijiquan).
The name literally translates to “Eight Trigram Palm,” referring to the trigrams of the I Ching -the Taoist Book of Changes
With both practical and philosophical roots in daoistspirituality, baguazhangis characterised by quick circular stepping methods and vigorous, intricate, waist driven movements.
Aside from being a devastatingly effective martial art, baguazhangcontains integrated methods for self cultivation
Origins of Baguazhang
The history of Bagua is shrouded in controversy but can be traced back to one man -Tung Hai Chuan(Dong Hai-Chuan)(1796-1880), or simply ‘Tung the fugitive’, a resident of Wen’an district in Hebei Province.
Tung was deliberately vague about the origins of his martial art and many theories have arisen as to the reason why.
One belief is that Tung, himself, invented the form and was too embarrassed to admit it for fear of losing face – attributing his work to ancient sages in order to gain respect and acceptance from his peers and society in general.
Another, belief is that Tung was a wanted man, on the run from the law and that was the reason why he was so vague – Whatever the reasons, one thing is for sure -the art has been added to and subtracted from, over the years, in order to arrive at the highly complex martial and healing form that we have today.