Bagua & Xing Yi
Bagua Zhang or Eight Trigrams Palm is a kind of walking meditation drawing on Taoist philosophy to produce a circular boxing style of great agility involving quick changes and unexpected applications. Whether it is practiced as a martial art or as a health, healing or spiritual art, Bagua Zhang study focuses on the nature of change.
This Bagua Zhang class follows the teaching course learned by Orlando Garcia M. in Beijing China from Master/Professor Kang Ge Wu. This course includes Bagua-Qi gong, footwork, lineal and circlular techniques, Stationary Palms, Mother/Old Palms, Turning Palms and New Palms. All of these different sets of palms are taught with applications. Pushing hands Bagua Zhang and other sets for pairwork are introduced along with the progression of the individual.
Well attended for a good and selected group of martial art practitioners from different styles received a simple, clear, accurate introduction to the Martial Art as well as the Philosophy, and Qi Gong of this complex internal school of Chinese martial art.
The main facts of our study in the seminar were:
- Bagua as philosophical concept
- The three Chinese philosophical concepts are Taiji, Bagua and Wu Xing
- Taiji (Yin-Yang). Creation and transformation of the Universe, and the states of Wuji and Taiji (Emptiness and complementary-polarization)
- Bagua (Eight Changes): Sixiang, Bagua, I-ching (the study of change)
- Wuxing (Five Elements): Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal.
Xing Yi Quan
This boxing style takes the theory of Wu Xing (Five elements) to regulate its system. Additionally taking the Chinese medical theory of five elements as reference, it puts emphasis on training the external elements in order to better the internal elements and thus achieve inner and outer harmony.
The origin of this style has different theories, but most people agree that the founder of the style was the General, Yue Fei in the period of the Song Dynasty.
Xing means “shape” or “form”, Yi means “mind” or “intention” and Quan means “fist” and refers to the style. There are different schools of Xing Yi Quan – Xing Yi Quan refers to the style from Hebei province while Xin Yi Quan comes from Henan Province further south. This style is very popular in Shanxi province as well making these three provinces of China the most representative places for the development of this powerful art.
Based on the theory of the five elements, every element is represented by one particular way of punching and this forms the ground for this powerful wushu school. The 12 animals complement the techniques of Xing Yi Quan and if you move deeper into the style it can become very complex.
Five Elements and Five Punches:
- Water – Drilling Punch
- Wood – Pounding Punch
- Fire – Cannon Punch
- Earth – Crossing Punch
- Metal – Chopping Punch
- Water Lizard
- Tai (Mythical Bird)
When & Where:
- Royal Oak Primary School / Chandler Avenue, Royal Oak 1023
- Monday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm