Baguazhang, a.k.a. bagua or the eight changes/trigram palm, is the most secret and esoteric of the Chinese kungfu systems. Specializing in extremely powerful palm strikes, this system is renowned for its deceptive circular movements to neutralize opponents and promote health.
Main Bagua Styles
The two main styles of bagua are Cheng and Yin style bagua. These styles originated from Masters Cheng Ting Hua and Yin Fu, respectively.
Cheng Ting Hua’s Ba Gua includes palm changes that are done in a smooth and flowing manner, with little display of overt power. Cheng Ting Hua's movement was likened to that of a dragon soaring in the clouds, it is said each time he turned his body, his opponent would fly away.
Yin Fu’s style includes a large number of percussive techniques and fast striking combinations. Yin Fu was said to "fight like a tiger", moving in and knocking his opponent to the ground swiftly like a tiger pouncing on its prey. The forms include many explosive movements and very quick and evasive footwork.
The constant turning and spinning movements of bagua stimulate the joints and intrinsic muscles not normally utilized in everyday activities. Compressing and relaxing the core muscles provides an internal organ massage, loosening stagnant energy allowing qi and blood to circulate smoothly. Practicing bagua is known to naturally and spontaneously bring good health to the practitioner and will provide a sense of total body connection while enhancing strength, coordination, and agility. It also breeds a calm, brave, and decisive spirit.
Bagua can be practiced alone or in pairs.
Taoist Master Lu Zijian performing bagua at age 93.
A compilation of Sun Zhijun performing Cheng Style Bagua.