Introduction of Bagua Palm (Bagua Zhang)


The Majestic  Bagua palm is also referred to as “Bagua Yousheng Lianhuan Palm”. The palm originated from the Wen’An County in the Hebei province and created by Donghaichuan. The palm forms as part of the Neijia Fists. The Neiji fists are defined as fists which focus mainly in the elements of training, the refinement of personal potential and spirit plus the internal energy. On the other hand the Bagua palm elements include the interaction of the palm plus movement of the feet. It’s able to combine both the internal and eventual concentration of the breath and the external movements.

These are some pictures of Bagua at school:

Bagua Kung fu in China kunyu mountain
Students practicing Bagua circles in the temple next to us.    

The creator of the Bagua Palm, Donghaichuan was probably born during the 18th year of the Jiaping emperor in the Qing Dynasty. It’s said that he had become an apprentice of an old Taoist in the Xuehua Mountain in the South part of China.  The master had then spent more than 10 years in teaching him peculiar martial arts that at the same time marvelous.  Then his master would give him a book that was named “Heluluoji” which he was supposed to sturdy the book in detail. With an inspiration from the book with the help of the Yi theory, he was able to put the scattered techniques into a set of kung fu which is currently known as the Bagua Palm.

The Bagua Palm movements are renowned to be very soft while agile at the same time thus making easy for a person to move around and move forward just like a snake in order to hit an opponent’s lower part. With such quick movements, a person training the Bagua Pam could be able to cope with several opponents at the same time.  In Bagua, the basic principle is to be able to understand the movements that are between the stances of the body and the palm positions.

The patterns that are mostly used of the Bagua Palm are the single-changing palm and the double hitting palm, double changing palm and the penetrating palm, turning around palm and the saying palm, the pushing upward palm and the revolving pal.  These patterns are the simplest to learn and are much essential in the efficiency of the whole Bagua palm.    

The shapes from the Bagua palm include the facing upward palm and the erected palm, the fingers downward palm and the chopping palm, the penetrating palm and the pushing upward palm plus more other shapes. The shapes create the essence and meaning of the Bagua palm and they are of much essence like the patterns of the palm.  The steps of the Bagua palm also includes the twist inside of the feet and the moving with large steps, twist outside the feet and the stepping from an up positioned to a down positioned stance. These steps like the patterns and the shapes forms part of the Bagua palm and should be learned as essential as others. The Bagua Palm has been used in many occasions in the past as a combat method.

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