Dong Hai Chuan of Wen'An County in Hebei Province came
to Beijing in 1852 and began to teach his Ba Gua Zhang,
which soon became very popular in Beijing, and the surrounding outskirts,
and he was regarded as the respected founder of Ba Gua Zhang.
Utilizing 'aggression' through mobility of position and agility of body, Ba Gua Chang proves itself to be a formidable style for many practitioners. Instead of directly attacking an oncoming force, Ba Gua Chang 'melts' around the attack; either simultaneously redirecting the attack while closing the position, or by 'ignoring' it and repositioning one's self to an advantageous 'doorway', for finishing the opponent instantly. This strategy allows the smaller and weaker fighter to apply maximum force from an angle at which the larger and stronger opponent cannot resist, effectively making the weaker fighter more powerful at that moment. Finally, the relaxed physical and mental state of the Ba Gua Chang fighter makes it possible for him to change and adapt as the situation demands. His movements are spontaneous and difficult to predict. Fighters of all disciplines agree that the unpredictable fighter is the hardest to beat.
The Chang (means Palm) is the usual terminology for
a martial art. The open hand or palm is preferred by Ba Gua Chang because
it creates a better energy flow within the body, an energy flow which
can be directed for spiritual, martial, or healing purposes.
Some of the major branches of Ba Gua Chang are
Liu Jing Ru is famous Chinese Ba Gua Chang inheritor and was born in Gao Yang County, Hebei Province. Now, serving as vice chairman and honored commissioner with Beijing Ba Gua Chang Research Association, he began his study of Cheng style Ba Gua Chang and Xingyi Chuan as early as the time when he was 10 years old and became an apprentice with Luo Xing Wu. Later he studied with He Zong Qi, the grandson of Mr. Yi Fu who created Yi Style Ba Gua Chang. During his long time Ba Gua Chang study, Liu Jing Ru also got hard-won directions from other Ba Gua Chang masters as Cheng You Xin, Liu Tang Feng, Wang wen Kui, etc.
Such VCD is of English version and both the English
subtitle and explanation can help practitioners well understand the essentials
of such Kung Fu style.
Such VCD is divided into many phases, in order to teach practitioners in a very quick way. Generally, the first is full demonstration of whole phase, then individual movements presentation, then movements application, then disciple gives a demonstration. It is English version.
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