Learn the distinctive art of Baguazhang (or Bagwa Chung) at Oom Yung Doe.

Origins or Baguazhang

Bagwa Chung (Baguazhang) is one of the main Chinese martial arts of the Wudang school. The creation of Bagwa Chung is believed to be derived from Taoist and Buddhist masters in the mountains of rural China during the early 19th century. It is likely a synthesis of several pre-existing martial arts, combined with Taoist circle walking.

Bāguàzhǎng literally means “eight trigram palm,” referring to the trigrams of the I Ching (Yijing), one of the canons of Taoism.

Characteristics of Baguazhang

Like its cousin, Tai Chi Chuan, Bagwa Chung is considered an internal martial art. It employs a wide variety of techniques, including various strikes (with palm, fist, elbow, fingers, etc.), kicks, joint locks, throws, coiling and release, and distinctively evasive circular footwork. Practitioners are known for their ability to “flow” in and out of the way of objects.

Bagwa Chung’s movements use the whole body with smooth coiling and uncoiling actions, utilizing hand techniques, dynamic footwork, and throws. Rapid-fire movements draw energy from the center of the abdomen. The circular stepping pattern also builds up centripetal force, allowing the practitioner to maneuver quickly around an opponent. Bagwa Chung’s evasive nature is also shown by the practice of moving behind an attacker, so that the opponent cannot harm the practitioner.

Practice of Baguazhang

Bagwa Chung is often called a walking meditation. The style of baguazhang is based on the observation of flowing and crashing waters coursing around deep whirlpools. Baguazhang is one of the internal forms of Traditional Martial Arts that sharpens reflexes and cultivates the understanding of the mind and body. Just as Feng Shui is used as a tool to enhance positive energy throughout the home, Bagwa Chung focuses on increasing the circulation of positive energy throughout the body. The goal is to reach harmony between mind and body. Bagwa movements, when done correctly, balance and center one’s Chi, giving the practitioner a healthy and youthful inward and outward appearance.

Like the ancient monks that developed baguazhang, people today practice Circle Walking to achieve four intertwined goals:

  • Open up the possibilities of the mind to achieve calmness, stillness and clarity.
  • Generate a strong, healthy, disease-free body with relaxed nerves and great stamina, which you need for normal daily work and or to help you meditate for prolonged periods of time.
  • Develop internal balance and, perhaps more importantly, the ability to maintain it when either your inner world or the events of the external world change.
  • Cultivate and circulate Chi.

Baguazhang at Oom Yung Doe

Oom Yung Doe teaches 8 complete martial arts as a single curriculum.

One of the main practices in Bagwa is the Bagwa Walk. Bagwa Walk a unique, circular walking position derived from the movements of various animals. The Oom Yung line of Bagwa consists of 360 techniques that encompass many different offensive and defensive positions. Bagwa training enables the student to move their body like a coiled spring, smoothly and lightly, but with tremendous speed and power. Practitioners will notice a surge in strength and condition coupled with a feeling of being connected to an infinitely replenishable source of energy (Nae Gong). Those who study Bagwa are able to move swiftly, lightly and cautiously but retain the ability to become an immovable stone or a crashing wave when needed. The Bagwa student learns to master the art of remaining inwardly calm while their fists and feet strike multiple times in the span of a second.

Bagwa Chung is integral to our adult martial arts program and our teen martial arts program.

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