Ba Gua Zhang is one of the three major internal martial arts in China (Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi). Ba Gua's literal translation is "Eight Trigram Palm", which refers to the trigrams of the Yi-Jing. Characteristics of Ba Gua is most recognizable by the circular walking, turning patterns, and spiraling methodologies.
Ba Gua Zhang's movements employ the whole body with smooth coiling and uncoiling actions, utilizing hand techniques, dynamic footwork, and throws. Rapid-fire movements draw energy from the center of the abdomen. The circular stepping pattern also builds up centripetal force, allowing the practitioner to maneuver quickly around an opponent.
Brian is a formal disciple of Frank Allen and Tina Zhang of the Wu Tang P.C.A. and has traveled to Beijing, China to study classical Cheng style Ba Gua Zhang with direct lineage holders Liu Jing Ru.
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