Wii1 Pa Kua Chang

Published bi-monthly by High View Publications, P.O. Box 51967, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone (408) 655-2990 Fax (408) 655-4984 Editor Dan Miller In order to keep the Pa Kua Chang Journal an un-biased forum for Pa Kua Chang instructors and practitioners to exchange their thoughts and ideas about the art of Pa Kua Chang, this Journal is totally subscriber-supported and does not affiliate itself with, or receive support from, any particular Pa Kua Chang instructor or martial arts school. In order...

Cheng said to remember this Pride will cause you harm while you will always benefit from humility

Sun Jian-Yun remembers when she was young watching her father practice in their home. She said that they lived in an old style home, the only thing dividing the rooms was a cloth that hung down from the ceiling. The room Sun practiced in was a bit too small for the form he performed and at one point in the form he would kick out quickly and hit the cloth which divided the rooms. She reports that her father was so exact in his forms practice that everyday he kicked the same spot. After several...

The study of Pa Kua could help Tai Chi practitioners to better perform the turning of the waist

About this time we decided to arrange a video shoot which would show all the basics and the form, plus a section on how the palm technique should be applied. The preparation for this shoot was invaluable since I was directing it myself and consequently needed to be clear about what was going on. On the day of the recording Ji put a great deal of effort into his demonstrations and later sent a copy of the tape back to China where it was well received. Eventually we came to the end of the form. I...

Pa Kua with Ji Jian Cheng

I was introduced to Ji Jian-Cheng by Alan Ellerton. Earlier I had been shown a little Pa Kua by Chinese martial artists from Hong Kong and by English students, but had not studied it seriously. As soon as I met Ji I realized that I liked Pa Kua, wanted to study it, and that my twenty-two years of studying various styles of T'ai Chi and other martial arts would benefit enormously. I understood the words of Fu Shu-Yun when she said that the study of Pa Kua could help T'ai Chi practitioners to...

Sun LuTang and his Pa Kua Chang

The name Sun Lu-T'ang rings familiar to almost anyone who has studied one or more of the major internal styles of Chinese martial arts. Because Sun was highly skilled in Hsing-I Ch'uan, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, and Pa Kua Chang, wrote five different books on these subjects, and synthesized the three arts to invent Sun style T'ai Chi Ch'uan, his name has become well known where ever Chinese martial arts are practiced. Like many of the Chinese martial arts heroes, as Sun's fame grew he became legendary...

The Origins of Pa Kua Chang Part

In the Pa Kua Chang Journal, Volume 3, Number 1, we began a serial article which explores the origins of the art of Pa Kua Chang. In the first installment Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 14-20 , we reported that there are four main theories relating to Pa Kua's origins. These theories are as follows 1 Tung Hai-Ch'uan developed Pa Kua Chang after learning Yin Yang Pa P'an Chang from Tung Men-Lin. This version of Pa Kua's origin was published in the 1937 text Yin Yang Pa P'an Chang Fa written by Jen...

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The Single Palm Change of Sun LuTang

Single Palm Change

The single palm change is the quintessential action common to all Pa Kua Chang systems. Although varying in articulation, orientation and syncopation the alignments of the limbs and crawl reflex action remain the same in all Pa Kua Chang systems. The particular single change demonstrated is that of Sun Lu-T'ang and is found in his book Pa Kua Ch'uan Hsueh or Pa Kua Boxing Studies, Beijing, 1916. I began learning this change in 1975 under R.W. Smith. Mr. Smith learned the change under his...

Quickly realized that it would take a lifetime to become good at Pa

Ji had mainly learned the Sun Lu-T'ang style of Pa Kua. What I had encountered before had been different, and when we came to the first palm change I was surprised at the difference. It consists of two attacking movements. The first is a double palm strike, held horizontally, followed by a strike with the edge of the right palm whilst the left palm parries at face height. Then you spin to the right, as if holding a British T'ai Chi Ch'uan instructor and author Paul Crompton practicing Sun Style...