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BaGuaZhang Workshop

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
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Baguazhang Workshop with Master Zhou Xuan Yun

When: September 29th and 30th

Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

What:  In this course, Shifu Zhou Xuan Yun will be teaching Standing Meditation, Circular Stepping, The Eight Palm Changes, and Theory of Wudang Baguazhang.  Classes start daily at 9 AM.

9/29/18: Standing Meditation, Circular Stepping, Palm Changes 1 - 4

9/30/18 Palm Changes 5 - 8

Pricing:

  • One Day Tuition: $90
  • Boarding: $30 a night
  • Meals: $35 (fee includes Breakfast and Dinner provided both days.  Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants.)
Space limited to 10.  Register today!


Baguazhang is one of the three major “Internal” Chinese Martial Arts style with the other two being Taijiquan and Xing Yi Quan.  The creation of Baguazhang is attributed to Dong Haichuan.  In the same way there are different styles of martial arts due to differing theories, training methodologies, and specialties in combat, so too are there various schools of Baguazhang.  These schools include: Cheng, Yin, Sun, and Wudang styles to name a few.  Though they share the root of Dong’s teachings,  other practitioners would bring their own theories and experiences to the art and make changes thereafter. 
 
For instance, the famed master Sun Lu Tang (founder of Sun Bagua) was originally a master of Xing Yi Quan.  When Sun was introduced to the art of Bagua, he became quite taken with it and thus began practicing it himself.  He then came to develop his own school of Bagua known as “Sun Bagua.”  When compared to other schools of Bagua, the influences from Sun’s Xing Yi Quan can be seen and thus differentiates his style of Bagua from other schools.
 
History
 
Baguazhang was originally known as “Zhuan Zhang” or “Turning Palms.”  In time, it came to be known as Baguazhang, referencing the Daoist concept of the “Bagua” diagrams.  In the 80s, when Wudang Mountain began its attempts to restore its cultural heritage post-Cultural Revolution, the Daoists sought out many of the mountain’s original masters who had gone into hiding.  These masters aided in the restoration of Wudang’s martial arts and included notable masters such as Lu Zi Jian. 
 
The foundation of Wudang Bagua lies in its Standing Meditation and Turning methods.  In combat, it teaches adaptability through twisting and twining motions.  When an opponent changes, so too does the practitioner.  Power is developed through understanding principles of Yin and Yang. 
 
Legend has it that Bagua’s creation came about when Dong Hai Chuan sought out two Daoist masters to teach him their ways.  An already accomplished martial artist, the Daoists took on Dong as their student and instructed him to train circular steps around a tree.  They said to him “circle around this tree until you feel as though the tree is following you.  Once you have achieved this, return to us.”
 
Though he didn’t understand his masters’ intention, Dong dared not to question them.  After 7 years of diligent training, his feet had dug a deep circular trench around the tree he had chosen.  Then one day, Dong’s circular stepping had become so fast that he almost felt as though the tree itself was moving.  He had finally come to understand his masters’ intentions and reported back to them. 
 
The Daoists were pleased and had now confirmed that Dong was a capable and suitable student.  He was then taught 8 methods of turning, or so-called “Palm Changes” and was then instructed to practice these Palm Changes by using his circular stepping to weave himself in and out between two trees.  After another two years of training, Dong finally felt as though both trees were following him.  After hearing of his progress, the Daoists were once again pleased and continued to teach him the advanced techniques of “adaptation.”  It took Dong another two years to master these techniques at which point the Daoists said with joy “we have nothing left to teach you.”
 

 

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