In the style of Pa Kua Chuan taught by China
Hand Kung Fu Academy, we have many exercises to help you
develop your skills in a particular type of movement.
Practice these exercises as part of your warm-ups and
preparation to do form.
Tea Cup Exercise
The Tea Cup Exercise is a long standing
tradition in Pa Kua Chuan training. If you are feeling
especially risk taking and want to mee the challenge, then
put a cup full of water and practice the exercise without
spilling the water or dropping the cup.
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Walking The Circle Exercises Of Pa Kua
The most fundamental exercise in Pa Kua is
Walking The Circle. This exercise teaches balance,
breath, strengthening, and focusing of thought. There
are 8 exercises to be practices when Walking The Circle:
First you will need an area about 6 - 12
feet in diameter. In order to help you maintain the
circle different training aids can be used to keep you in
the circle. For instance, you can draw a circle on the
ground in you driveway, garage or basement, or you can use a
tree or pole to walk around which gives you a center point
to work from. Ideally, if you could have a drawn
circle as your training progresses, this would be best but
You don't want the circle to big nor to
Here you would walk in the circle
which is literally drawn on the ground, painted,
tape, chalk, etc...The drawn line is your
Here you would walk around a
center point such as a tree, stick in the ground, a
pole, and imaginary object. The center point
is your reference.
What direction do I walk in?
You will always start your direction by
walking in a counterclockwise direction. After you
complete you counterclockwise direction, you will repeat you
exercise by going in a clockwise direction. All Pa Kua
Chuan Exercises and Movements will be practiced on both the
left and right sides, or the mirror images.
Circle Walking Exercises
Stance Comments: The stance and foot
work for Wood Floating, Cloud Carrying, Spinning, and Rope
Climbing are all the same. Once you have learned the
first one, only the hand positions will change.
First, Stand on the circle, left foot
forward in a
Flat Footed Empty Stance. The inside
foot, the left foot going counterclockwise and the right
foot going clockwise, will always be slightly turned inward
toward the center of the circle. The outside foot will
always remain directly on the circle.
Now start by very slowly shifting the weight
to the forward leg. Image the your front foot is
planted into the ground ten feet deep like a tree root.
Slowly pick up the rear foot as if you were pulling your
foot out of the mud. As the rear foot slowly comes up,
let the knee lead the way, then do a toe kick to the ankle.
This should be done without rising your head. Now,
slowly sink the body by bending the supporting leg and
letting the kicking foot gently rest on the floor in a
Flat Footed Empty Stance.
Now repeat this until you go around the
circle at least 3 times. Then turn around and repeat
the exercise going in a clockwise direction at least 3