The Benefits of Circle Walking Practice

No matter what circle walking technique is utilized, if the practitioner is relaxed, the body is aligned properly and the intention is focused, positive results in the physical, mental, and spiritual realm will follow. The practitioner's primary goal in practice will determine the walking technique employed and the technique employed will result in a more pronounced level of growth in one or more of the components which make up our physical, mental, and spiritual existence. In this section I...

The Circle Walk Practice of Ba Gua Zhang

In Ba Gua Zhang, mobility is primary. Store then release, evade then return, False and true change inside the steps. Move like the wind . . . So begins the Song of Ba Gua Zhang handed down by the art's founder Dong Hai Chuan (ife lM1 ) over a century ago.1 Its message to practitioners is clear - practice the footwork While there are a variety of footwork components which are practiced by the Ba Gua Zhang practitioner, the major component is trained while the practitioner walks in a circle, or...

Circle Walking Variations

Defense Against Low Leg Traps

As discussed above, there are many benefits the Ba Gua Zhang practitioner can gain from the circle walk practice. The circle walking method employed will depend upon the result desired. Below I will discuss several of the most common circle walking methods employed by Ba Gua practitioners. I have divided this section into stepping methods, body methods, and mental methods use of intention . While there are literally dozens of different stepping methods Ba Gua practitioners will employ while...

Martial Arts Taught in the Old Tradition Part III

Eight to ten years ago almost of the articles that were written in magazines about Ba Gua Zhang painted Ba Gua as being an esoteric, secret, or mysterious martial art. Most of those descriptions were simply being used in an effort to hype the article or the person writing the article. Whenever anyone talks about internal martial arts and uses the words esoteric, mysterious or metaphysical my b.s. meter is immediately pegged. I think that instead of esoteric, secret, or mysterious a more...

Advanced Circle Walking Training to Fight

Everyone who has ever practiced Ba Gua Zhang has been given the lecture about the importance of the circle walk practice. Stories abound about the old masters having been allowed to practice only basic circle walking methods for the first several years of their Ba Gua training. While the previous article in this issue discussed some of the great benefits of the circle walk practice, many readers may still be wondering exactly how this footwork is employed in a combat situation. The basic circle...

Origins of the Circle Walk Practice in Ba Gua Zhang

Similar Body Movement Aikido

The art of Ba Gua Zhang was developed during the mid 1800's by Dong Hai Chuan, however, the circle walk practice which he used as a basis for his art was developed by Daoists long before Dong combined this practice with his martial arts training. Exploring Dong's discovery of this Daoist practice may help the reader understand some of the benefits the Ba Gua Zhang stylist derives from this practice and therefore before we discuss the practice itself we will take a look at its origin. Professor...