Eight step sets such as Ba Shou

Technically, no, as far as the specific Ba Gua sets. There were a couple of reasons for that. One was that Xu Hong Ji told me that Xing Yi was for me. He was my teacher, so I did what he said - empty my cup. A good Chinese teacher evaluates the individual and there are various factors to evaluate. There is the physical factor, the mind set, the personality, the experience, the background, the orientation, and all of these things. He said that I should learn the Xing Yi to do what I needed to do, and I did what he told me to do. So he didn't teach me the Ba Gua forms as Ba Gua forms.

But the Ba Gua was in the Xing Yi, especially when you look at the variations he taught in the animal forms. After watching the group here today practicing the Gao style straight-line Ba Gua sets, I could see many of the movements which Xu Hong Ji taught me as variations on the 12 animal styles. So while I did not formally learn the Ba Gua, I think that the concepts had been adapted into the Xing Yi.

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