The Lion – An Imperial Icon

Ever since prehistoric times, the Lion has never inhabited China naturally… yet the King of Beasts remains an Imperial icon.  To this day, the images of lions are everywhere in the east, such as lion dance, stone lion, and Yin Style Bagua Lion System. The

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Baguazhang Footwork Origins – T Square Step

Dong Haichuan’s Baguazhang footwork shares ancestry with Ming-era systems in Hebei Province, including Bajiquan. The T-step (also called T Square) is well documented in Ming General Yu Dayou’s ‘Sword Classics’, with emphasis on polearms in origin.  The reversing T step describes escaping backward, then taking advantage

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Bajiquan – An Internal Martial Art?

Bajiquan is not included in the three major Internal Martial Arts categories- which was standardized in 1928 by the Chinese government for fitness and cultural-sports promotions. This exclusion of Bajiquan really makes no sense if Chen Taijiquan is considered an Internal style. Beijing Chen Taijiquan of

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Renaissance Man – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee sought to develop abilities in all areas of accomplishment: intellectual, artistic, and physical. Bruce has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man in modern kungfu culture. Bruce is also known by feudal historians to have a profound interest in Qing

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Shaolin Stick – Ancestor of the Hundred Soldiers

The Shaolin Stick Method is the foundation for Cheng Style Baguazhang and certain categories in Yin Style [Silky Pudao or Dragon Capturing, which is cudgel methods- it’s not empty-hand as commonly presented].  The Shaolin Stick descends from the Ming Dynasty- the stick is interchangeable with polearms

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Wutan Bajiquan – Feudal Shaolin

The fight between MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong and Tai Chi master Wei Lei sent shockwaves through China.  A competition which only lasted 10 seconds- forever changed Chinese Kungfu history in contemporary times.  The punch that Xu utilized is the feudal Shaolin fist- iconic in Bajiquan. 

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Cheng Ting Hua – Interlinking Body Baguazhang

The graceful Pudao appeared in the Song Dynasty and which at the time, was the only legal folk weapon of this caliber.  However, the legendary Airbending weapon was not widely used until the late Qing Dynasty. The Pudao is underappreciated in modern Baguazhang culture, as historical

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