8 Trigram Form
Pa Kua Chuan
In order to optimize your training, it is suggested you
establish a training schedule. Since not all students
are sure what to do or how to do this, here are some
- It is always best to practice everyday, try your
best even if it is 5 minutes.
- It is better to practice more times per week than to
practice less but for a longer duration. Simply
the repition daily, or regularyly, is needed to retain
and progress. Hence refer to rule number 1,
- The more you practice, the better you will get.
Recommended 30 - 45 Minute Training Regimen
- Warm-up before you start to get deep into your
workout, 5 - 10 minutes.
- Practice at least two of the eight "Basic Stances,"
10 sets each stance, 5 minutes.
- Practice all of the newest material you are learning
every workout, 10 minutes.
- Practice at least one of you basic forms three
times, 5 minutes.
- Practice at least one of your intermediate forms
three times, 5 minutes.
- Pracitce at least one of your advanced forms at
least three times, 10 minutes.
- Practice qigong, standing meditation for at least 5
minutes to cool down and center.
- If at all possible, try to practice at least every
Stress relief, increased muscle strength,
improved coordination, improved flexibility, lowering of
blood pressure, improve arthritis, increase bone density,
Improve your cardio vascular system, etc...
Gain the self confidence to defend yourself,
your family, and your friends if necessary.
Bring the Mind, Body, & Spirit together
through the meditative or focus training.
Ba Gua Quan is one of the three major internal Chinese
Martial Arts. Ba Gua has also been know to go by other
names such as: Youshen Bagua (Roving Eight-Trigram),
Longxing Bagua (Dragon-Shaped Eight-Trigram), Xinyi Ba Gua
(Xinyi Eight-Trigram Boxing), Yinyang Bapan Zhang
(Positive-Negative Eight-Plate Palm), etc...
Though there are many stories and versions of how Ba Gua
was founded, the most widely accepted version is the one we
subscribe too. Dong Hai Chuan, a native of Zhujiawu,
south of Wenan County in Hebei Province was the founder of
Ba Gua. Certainly, it was his teaching of many
students which lead to the ultimate popularity in the growth
of Ba Gua. Dong Hai Chuan's most famous students are:
Cheng Ting Hua
As in other Chinese Martial Arts, many of the students
who taught Ba Gua have used their name to distinguish the
styles of Ba Gua being taught. Other examples of Ba
Gua Styles would be:
Ba Gua is based on the Chinese philosophy of I Ching.
The Traditional Style Ba Gua taught by China Hand Kung Fu
Academy comes from the lineage of Cheng Tin Hua and the
Cheng Style. Also, our system has no weapons or two
man sets. However, this is the characteristic of the
Traditional Style. Other styles of Ba Gua do teach two
man sets and weapons, most commonly seen, the staff, double
edge sword, broadsword, and deer horn knives.
Ba Gua is characterized by its' dexterity, agility,
changing footwork, and constant twisting and turning while
walking in a circle.
Dong Hai Chuan was known to teach Ba Gua to students
differently. That is to say, if your strength was in
wrestling, then your Ba Gua had more wrestling, throwing,
joint locking types of movements. If you were a
Shaolin student, perhaps your training would take on the
movements of more kicking, punching, and striking.