Martial Arts Taught in the Old Tradition Part

It Still Exists in Mainland China, But It is Not Easy to Find Right or wrong, the majority of Ba Gua practitioners I have talked to in the United States today think that the contemporary wushu performance style Ba Gua which is coming out of mainland China is a terrible excuse for martial arts. They feel that it lacks any real martial content and is nothing more than an empty, flowery dance routine a external health exercise at best. Most serious Ba Gua practitioners have absolutely no interest...

An Introduction to Ba Gua Throws

The following article introduces some basic throwing techniques from the Gao Yi Sheng (S A system of Ba Gua Zhang ( b*). This particular system is a branch of the Cheng Ting Hua (i school. Before studying Ba Gua Zhang with the art's founder, Dong Hai Chuan ( 1c MI), Cheng Ting Hua was already an accomplished master of Shuai Jiao - Chinese wrestling). Cheng combined the circular movements and spins of Ba Gua Zhang with his wrestling techniques, resulting in a method of throwing which relies on...

Old Wushu Master

Chine Cheng Ting

Cheng style Ba Gua Zhang instructor Sun Zhi Jun grew up in the Cheng Family Village Cheng Zeng You said that the majority of the Ba Gua training in the village occurred in the evenings after everyone had finished their daily work in the fields. He said that there was no one in the village who specialized in martial arts, everyone worked in the fields or had some other job in the village. There was no one who practiced Ba Gua full time. Even those that lived in the village did not always have...

Beijings Indestructible Ba Gua and Xing Yi Instructor Liang Ke Quan

Dong Zhi Ying Xingyi

The information in this article was obtained during interviews with Liang Ke Quan in October 1992, April 1993, and September 1993. Special thanks to my translators Tim CartmeVi, Bill Tucker and Xu Yu Hong. The information about Liu Feng Chun was from an article in Martial Spirit magazine translated by Bill Tucker. Go ahead, you can hit me anywhere. Hit me here as hard as you can, right in the throat. You can try and strangle me if you'd like. Do you have a rope I'll hang by my neck for you....

Two Americans Admitted as 6th Generation Inheritors of Ba Gua Zhang

Fourth Generation Ba Gua instructor Liu Xing Han addresses the group at the ceremony. Fellow Cheng style practitioners Wang Rong Tang and Liang Ke Quan co-officiated the ceremony. On August 20, 1994, Eric Gulbrandson, 22, and Don Quach, 26, were admitted as 6th generation disciples and inner door students of Ba Gua Zhang under John D. Bracy in a special ceremony that took place in Beijing. Bracy's instructor, Liu Xing Han, officiated the ceremony. Liang Ke Quan, Wang Rong Tang and other...

Ba Gua Zhang in the Cheng Family Village

Famous Bagua Masters

In the Pa Kua Chang Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, we explored Cheng Ting Hua's background, talked about a few of his senior students and discussed some of the characteristics of his style. In this article we will examine what may be the purest' branch of the Cheng Ting Hua style of Ba Gua, that which was taught in his home village in Shen County, Hebei Province. Although Dong Hai Chuan ic iMI was the man who founded the art of Ba Gua Zhang h IP , the one who was responsible for spreading Dong's...