Gao Yi Shengs Ba Gua Zhang

Static Palm Baguazhang

All systems of Ba Gua Zhang include basic training skills. In the Gao Yi Sheng system, the basic training includes eight sets of basic hand exercises Ji Ben Shou Fa - Js- -f gt amp j, body strengthening exercises, stance keeping or standing exercises, and basic circle walking holding static upper body postures. The eight sets of hand exercises are repetitive hand and arm gestures that the student first practices while standing in one spot, then later practices in conjunction with various...

Luo De Xiu Teaches the Principles of Gao Style Ba Gua Zhang Fighting

Post Heaven Bagua

During the months of October and November 1993, close to 150 Ba Gua Zhang practitioners in the United States had their concepts of Ba Gua Zhang's use as a fighting art redefined by Ba Gua expert Luo De Xiu UHi - of Taipei, Taiwan. Luo and one of his top students, Tim Cartmell, conducted a nationwide series of eight two day seminars which were co-sponsored by the Pa Kua Chang Journal and the North American Tang Shou Tao Association. The first seminar was in Pacific Grove, CA on 16-17 October and...

Gao Yi Sheng with two of his students left Wu Meng Xia right Wu Zhao Feng

Kouzhang Qing Tai

Or six years with Zhou, Gao then started teaching Ba Gua Zhang in Wu Qing County. When Gao Yi Sheng was 45 years old around 1911 , he returned to his original home village in Shandong Province. Shandong Province was famous for its martial arts and almost every village in Da Shan Township had a martial arts training hall. At the time, most martial artists in the area practiced one of the Shaolin arts. When Gao first returned to Shandong with the intent to teach Ba Gua Zhang, he had to follow the...

Two of Fred Wus students practice the postheaven Ba Gua twoperson exercise

Cheng Gong Wus

FuXiBa Gua v'ilj, whereby the practitioner holds static postures while walking the circle. Wu explains that the Fu Xi Ba Gua practice is mainly for Qi A development. Wu also refers to the circular Ba Gua method as Ba Da Fan Shen ifl t , or Eight Big Body Turning Ba Gua. Wu says that when teaching beginning students the circular Ba Gua, the first stage is to perform the movements soft and slow so that the mind can learn to dictate what the body is doing and the body will learn to be soft. He...

Gao Yi Shengs Ba Gua Zhang Book

Gyokko Ryu Circle Chart

In 1927, with the help of his student Liu Bo Yong , Gao Yi Sheng completed the first draft of his six volume book which he simply called Ba Gua Zhang. Gao wrote this book as a guideline for future generations and he allowed his senior students to copy what was written in the book. One of Gao's students, Du Shao Tang Lj amp g Gao Yi Sheng's complete book consists of six volumes as shown above left . The bottom page far left discusses the fourth change of the pre-heaven Ba Gua Yan Fan Gai Shou...

Dr Fred Wufs Guang Hua Ba Gua Zhang

Martial Arts And Astrology

The information in this article was obtained during an interview with Dr. Fred Wu at his home in Worthington OH on 15 November 1992. When the Japanese invaded China in the 1930's, Tianjin became a dangerous place to live and many of Tianjin's residents fled their homes and moved south. The Japanese were confiscating all weapons and arresting or killing those who owned them, therefore, the martial artists in Tianjin were leaving the city in large numbers in order to avoid persecution. Although...

Liu Feng Cai demonstrates a posture from the third section of the preheaven form Hui Shen Da Hu Zhang

Liu Feng Cai Gua Photos

The tenth palm change in Gao Yi Sheng's system is called Black Dragon Waves its Tail Palm or Wu Long Bai Wei Zhang amp gt n'iMM. . This palm change is a bit more complicated than the others and forms the link between the pre-heaven and post-heaven sets. When Gao Yi Sheng taught the circular changes, he first taught simplified versions of the changes so that the student could grasp the essential principle of body motion that each of the palm changes were designed to train. The names he used to...