BA GUA ( wu dang cave ba gua )
This wu dang ba gua style which is from Zhang San Feng north linage, was called cave ba gua as well among the martail art circle at that time. Because it was practiced secretly, kept secret and it was thought to only selected internal disciples at that time.
In general ba gua is one of the unique kun g fu system among all other martial art styles. One of the reason is that the performance is around circle. This is yin - yang circle, but this circle performance is non directional and multi directional.
ba gua theory - principles are based on ancient Chinese philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine along side other Chinese cultural elements.
In contrast to others, the fluidity and interconnectedness among attacks, defence movements, strikes, locks and throws indicates its characteristics.
The complicated and directional changes of kicks, arm strikes, defences and counter attacks can be from different angles, while using circular and spiralling actions.
Actions around circle or spiralling actions are at various low stances, facing mostly the centre and sometimes outside of circle, which implies change of directions.
The form which contains the complex movements and stances, internal power, physical body mechanics, is based on the body rotation and mental state sharpness.
All elements of actions are expected to be in coordination with the energy and the physical body mechanics. Its movements are sometimes slow and fast, changeable quickly and fluidly, moreover movements could be both hard – soft, gentle.
Its imitated actions had been derived from hunting and also from the fighting skills of different animals such as ; dragon, tiger, snake, monkey, so on.
BA GUA EDUCATION
The progress that practitioner experiences to achieve and so the length of ba gua course depends on student
ba gua course content
breathing , meditation
basic kung fu footwork, stances
basic attacks – defences ,
basic counter attacks,
circle foot work - balance,
dragon palm form
complicated defences - counter attacks,
two person form applications
combined kicks , punches
complex attacks - defences
flying dragon form
empty hand sparing
This is more than 400 years old first part of ba gua form called dragon palm, and the second part is called flying dragon. This very simple video performance is to be reference for students.
Both form of wu dang ba gua and its traditional teaching had been kept secret from outside students for generations, which had been thought to internal students only in details. and finally it was made public by master san gui wen, 26 master on the lineage.
wu dang san feng natural kung fu :
wu dang flying dragon - form part 2