Baguazhang is a system of martial arts which utilize centripetal and centrifugal force, to strike with precision accuracy while remaining in constant motion. The circle walk practice is the basis for Baguazhang's characteristic footwork and body mechanics. The feet remain in continuous motion as the practitioner revolves, simultaneously honing equilibrium and peripheral vision, while generating internal power. The ancient Taoists understood the circle as an intrinsic pattern within the human experience, capable of creating stillness of mind in motion, while developing the body externally and internally. As the potter's wheel when shaping clay, a properly trained circle walk becomes a sophisticated tool for human biomechanical alignment through energy and physics. The circle walk training develops a practitioner's Proprioception- The circle phenomenon is not unknown in studies of human movement. Over the past century, research scientists around the world have studied the walking patterns of human subjects when blindfolded. Subjects were instructed to walk a straight line across fields, for various lengths of time and locations, including desert and forest terrains. When blindfolded, humans always walk in circles, and the circles become tighter as time goes on. The circular pattern occurs even when the subjects think and perceive, they are walking in a straight line. With no external focal point, like the sun or moon, tree, the human proprioception guides us, and this intrinsic pattern within us is circular by nature. Baguazhang enhances proprioception pathways in spatial cognition, with in-depth focus on the circle itself.
The core posture and core palm methods of Yin Style Bagua, are foundationally one of the most crucial structures for a fluent understanding of the eight animal languages in the system. The muscle group rotations in between transitions of the core posture determines the rest of the methods within the system. The snake core posture resembles a coiling of two arms, forming a two-headed snake. The lower arm is capable of trapping while the upper arm is ready to strike, or the lower arm is ready to strike, while the upper arm is trapping or defending. Both arms constrict inward yet remain taut with outward force. Base training application methods of the Snake System utilize the rotations and extensions of the core posture or guard position. For example the lower guard arm thrust strikes at an opponent, upon bridging, the upper guard arm binds to the opponent's left arm, and then underhooks, the lower guard arm then grasps the opponent's neck and pulls diagonally inward, returning to the core posture, setting up the next strike or attack.