The Four Character Secret

Gong Bao Zhai says that there are four characters that a martial artist should keep in his or her heart. He states, Creating an intelligent mind and strong body comes down to four words Ping (level), Hong (balanced), Tang (connected), Shun (smooth). He continues by saying, These are only common words so some might laugh when they hear these words. But most average people cannot live up to these words and it is easy for martial artists to get off track. The worst thing is a martial artist who...

Gong Bao Zhais Teaching Method

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When Gong Bao Zhai teaches, each student has his or her own personal program. The part of the system a student will start with and how they progress from that point depends on each individual student. Young old, strong weak, male female, and other physical characteristics are taken into account as well as the student's individual goals in practice. Someone who wants to study the art for health will have a different training program than someone who is interested in learning the entire system....

Martial Arts Taught in the Old Tradition Part II

The Deterioration of the Complete Martial Arts System The history of Ba Gua Zhang, and most other Chinese martial arts as well, is such that today it is very difficult for anyone interested in studying these arts to gain exposure to a complete system. By complete system I am referring to a comprehensive step-by-step method of training which is designed to develop a high level of well-rounded martial arts skill. While all traditional martial arts styles started out as complete systems, over the...

Gong Bao Tian with his top student He Jin Han in Taipei Taiwan September 1992

Gong states, If martial arts are only for developing power and winning battles then martial artists should study how to fly war planes and operate guns and cannons. Gong Bao Zhai said that traditional teachers did not take their acceptance of students lightly. Before students were taught true martial skills each student went through a testing period whereby the teacher would observe the student practice basic skills and make sure that the student was dedicated, loyal, and understood martial...

He Jin Han demonstrates lower piercing palm posture at the Chiang Kai Chek memorial in Taibei Taiwan where he teaches

The first change, called lower piercing palm Tf -xia chaun zhang - see photo above is a simple change used to move qi while changing directions. The movement is from high to low and then back to high again. While the student can utilize the lower piercing palm when changing directions on the circle, the more formal method of changing directions is a bit more complex. This change is appropriately called four posture changing form - huan zhang si shi and, as the name suggests, consists...

Intensive in China

Marc Melton Bagua

During the month of April 1994, twenty-six Ba Gua and Xing Yi enthusiasts traveled together to mainland China for an intensive three weeks of Ba Gua and Xing Yi study in Beijing and Tianjin. The group consisted of twenty-four individuals from the United States, one from Italy, and one from Brazil. Additionally the group was joined by Bill Tucker and Tim Cartmell from Taiwan and Huang Guo Qi ffi S from Shanghai who acted as interpreters during the three weeks of training. The trip was...

How did you first meet Liu Yun Jiao

In 1969-70 I was chairman of the Chang Hai Kuo Shu club. This was a kung fu club at Feng Chia College located in Taichung, in Taiwan. My praying mantis teacher, Su Yu Chang invited Liu Yun Jiao to our club. It was through this introduction that I first started to train with him. At that time I had to commute from Taichung to Taipei two or three times a week. We practiced at his house and later on he acquired a studio. Sometimes we would practice out in the alley so we could have more room.

Liu Yun Jiao posses with the Ba Gua Pens

Kun Wu Sword 0L amp M from General Zhang Xiang Wu ifc SMi , Six Harmony Praying Mantis from Ding Zi Cheng T r and Ba Gua Zhang from Gong Bao Tian. Through his study with prominent instructors of these various styles, Liu was said to have been a funnel for the arts. He was said to have, mixed the way of yin and yang and motion and stillness to take martial arts to higher levels. After Liu Yun Jiao began studying with Li Shu Wen, he followed Li throughout the country visiting with famous martial...

A young Liu Yun Jiao second from right poses with his Liu He Praying Mantis teacher Ding Zi Cheng and some of his

The Japanese swordsman in the French Park and test skills. In order to test their skill without either man getting seriously injured or killed, the two used wooden swords which were dipped in white powder. When the fight began, the Japanese man immediately took the offensive and lunged straight in at Liu with his sword. Liu stepped out of the way and using a six harmony spear technique he sliced his opponent three times. The white powder on the Japanese swordsman's body clearly revealed each of...

Ba Gua Zhang Instructor Jason Tsou

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We had weapons training, qi gong applications, and forms. The chance to train for long periods like this was very beneficial. When it was possible we would also do these special camps in the winter as well. In both systems we had a definite learning sequence. In Ba Gua you begin learning the basic arm movements rolling, twisting, penetrating, and wrapping. This is taught with the single arm and then double arms. It is practiced to the front, side, and rear. After...

Liu Yun Jiaos Ba Gua in America An Interview with Jason Tsou

Jason Tsou - Zou Jia Xiang has been teaching Chinese martial arts in the Los Angeles area for 17 years. His background includes Ba Gua Zhang M- , Ba Ji Quan Yang and Chen Tai Ji, Shuai Jiao, Long Fist, Xing Yi Quan and Praying Mantis. He began his martial art training 36 years ago in Taiwan at age 11. While living in Taiwan he trained in Ba Gua Zhang from Liu Yun Jiao J and also trained in Shuai Jiao wrestling from Chang Dong Sheng His career has been highlighted in several magazine articles in...

In your instruction of Ba Gua Zhang do you do any specialized palm training or leg training

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Palm training is done, but we look at the palm as meaning the entire body and not just the hand. I would rather say Ba Gua open hand than Ba Gua palm. There is even a level in which training emphasizes the fist, but this doesn't matter. I say this because Ba Gua really stresses the open hand. The reason for the open hand is that it makes it easier to apply Qin Na, do throws, or strike very quickly. It's OK to toughen the palm to a limited degree so that it's toughened for some pain, but not to...

Tifilj Pa Kua Chang

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Published bi-monthly by High View Publications, P.O. Box 51967, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 The Pa Kua Chang Journal is published six times a year. Each issue features an interview with, or article by, one or more Ba Gua Zhang instructor s from mainland China, Taiwan, the United States, and or Canada. The interviews will report on each instructor's background, current program, training methods and teaching philosophy. By utilizing this format, the intention is to give students an opportunity to get...

Martial Arts Principles

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Gong Bao Zhai believes that the important part of the martial arts are the concepts behind the art, not the development of external strength. He says that if the practitioner has clear concepts, it does not matter how physically strong they are. He calls it wu 1 -martial strength versus wu li - martial principle . When using martial principle, the application of the correct principle, not strength, causes the force. If a practitioner has a sound knowledge of point attacks, he does not need a...

The Little King of Shandong Liu

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Liu Yun Jiao was Gong Bao Tian's other famous student who taught his art in Taiwan. His style of Ba Gua has been featured in several past issues of the Pa Kua Chang Journal through articles and interviews submitted by Adam Hsu and his student Mike Veinott see Pa Kua Chang Newsletter Vol 1, No. 4, Vol. 2, No. 1, and Vol. 2, No. 4 . In this article we will present a short biography of Liu's life adapted from an article printed in Li Yu Mei Magazine in Taiwan on the occasion of Liu's death in 1992...

He Jin Han 1993 Bagua Video

He Jin Han began studying with Gong Bao Zhai in 1979 when he was 24 years old. He had started his martial arts career when he was 19, studying Tai Ji Quan with Yang Qing Yu for five years while also studying Xing Yi Quan with Chen Pan Ling's nephew, Chen Tian Yi for three years. He Jin Han said that he was interested in Ba Gua because it was more refined. He was interested in the Ba Gua's use of angles and body positioning. A mutual friend introduced him to his teacher. He Jin Han studied very...

Forms Training in Gong Bao Tian Ba Gua Zhang

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As stated above, since Gong has no set training sequence, here we will simply list the forms, give a general description and state the basic training philosophy of each different form. Ba Mu Zhang - The ba mu zhang, also called ba zhang are the eight mother palms see photographs on page 8 and chart below . These are the holding postures held while the practitioner walks the circle and represent the static feature of each gua h . This set consists of a circle walking form whereby the upper body...

Gong Bao Tian

Gong Bao Tian

Gong Bao Tian 1871 - 1943 , who was also known as Gong Zi Ying -H- , was from Qing Shan, Mou Ping County, Shandong Province. When he was thirteen years old he moved to Beijing and worked as a waiter in a restaurant. He loved martial arts and eventually became a Ba Gua disciple of Yin Fu f There are a couple of different versions of the story which tells of Gong Bao Tian meeting Yin Fu. One story says that Gong's older brother, Gong Bao Shan, was a Ba Gua Zhang student of Yin Fu and thought that...

Gong Bao Zhais Ba Gua Quan

All of Gong Bao Zhai's Ba Gua has a very direct relationship with Chinese philosophical concepts and a knowledge of the human body. Gong says that the practitioner of Ba Gua must understand the philosophical knowledge, the technical martial knowledge, and have medical knowledge of how the body works in order to fully understand the art of Ba Gua Zhang. In fact, Gong Bao Zhai states the Ba Gua Zhang is only a part of a more complete system which he calls Ba Gua Quan. Therefore, he calls his...

Ba Gua Instructor Gong Bao Zhai of Taipei Taiwan

If the animal side is cultivated more than the cultured side the individual will be wild. If the cultured side is cultivated more than the animal side, the individual will be a coward. Gong said that martial artists should seek a balance. He believes it is improper to only study how to use martial power and ignore intellectual abilities and says, The purpose of studying martial arts is simple. It is to change useless people into useful people. Gong gave an example to...