Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Competition in Fu Zhou

I recently had an amazing experience in a martial arts competition in Fu Zhou, China on Dec 12, 2008. It was a competion between all of the masters or "participating masters" from Taiwan v.s. the masters of Fu Zhou and other regions of China. Even though I am not big on competition myself, but was honored to be a representitave of the Taiwanese team as well as traditional martial arts.
The tournament took two days and the members of the Taiwanese team travelled together for 5 days. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with many masters hands on and learn the differences between the many different styles. I believe that trying to compare so many arts and masters and to say who is better or more effective is impossible. So the trophies and medals I don't really pay attention to. But the best part of the experience was being accepted as a master of the traditional arts. It was incredible being able to talk to the other masters regarding history, culture and the future of the styles.
In the end of the tournament I recieved two golds and two bronzes. I want to thank everyone who was willing to teach me and guide me into destiny and especially my master Wu Guo Zheng who showed me far more than just kung fu. I will always have Taiwan in my heart and will do everything to preserve the arts in the future.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

My brother master Eddie doing a demo in Korea

This is my brother doin a little demo in Korea. This gives a little closer view to the application of Huek Choo Kwan

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Training is research. This is our responsiblity

I find that many people these days believe MMA to be the most effective form of fighting. Not that I have a problem MMA being a former believer in mixed styles myself, but I have found it to be lacking in comparison to traditional styles in terms of power and effectiveness.

Why does MMA and ultimate fighting tend to dominate in competition?

1. Mixed martial arts is one of the easiest and quickest fighting styles to learn. In every style learning the basics can be done in a couple of months and the later more advanced techniques take years to achieve. MMA is a combination of the most basic manuevers from boxing, grappling, kicking etc. In short a person training Bagua for a year or two vs. a person doing mma for a year or two will be beaten. Since we live in a microwave society the quicker route is most appealing in all countries.

2. The second reasoning is that in competition everyone is limited to the same sets of rules. Wearing gloves completely eliminates wristlocks, pressure points, flesh tears etc. A technique that is most effective in almost all styles is "defanging" or eliminating the attackers ablity to attack. Breaking limbs and fingers while your opponent is engaging is much easier than always trying to strike the head and body. Especially since a lot of tradtional styles rely on countering your opponent. Even using a mat restricts the use of stomping techniques which is the key element for many styles. In a real fight all the elements of the environment must be utilized from the surface to the weather. In a restricted world ultimite fighting will "seem" most effective.
3. Finally the last most critical point lies in poor training of traditional styles. Practicing the movements and forms and sets is crucial to developing power and balance. Doing a single technique thousands of times is the only way to have the understanding of the movement. Tradtional stylist do this, however they do not practice a lot of combat training. All too often do martial artist assume they are ready for a fight when they have not been in enough fight like situations to prepare them. All of the power in the world is useless if you are not able to apply it.

This is where MMA exceeds the traditional arts which I believe is just a mere oversight made by many martial artist.

How to train for combat?

Sparring is what a lot of people believe will prepare them for a fight but it is actually is a good way to learn timing.Also sparring before you learn how to stay in your style will only result in sloppy kickboxing or worse slapboxing. FIRST practice a single move against your partner and learn to counter it. Practice to the left side, to the right side, while he is rushing you, while he is trying to grab you etc. Then as you begin to understand the true concept of the technique throughout varying circumstances, that technique is ready to be used in sparring......and possible fighting.

The key is to train the technique so that it becomes a natural reaction. Just as flinch is a natural reaction. Change your flinching to technique by repition,repition,repition,repition......
When you have done this with a dozen or so techniques then fighting, sparring or any situation becomes automatic.

Another part to the understanding of your style is understanding this simple concept. Martial arts is thousands of years old. Every movement, strike and stance was designed to maximize power and minumize weakness. So it is CERTAIN that all styles that have survived this long have stood the test of fire. Whether through war, slavery or protection all styles known have proven to be effective. But the sad thing is that many things have been lost through the years. Due to time, bad teachers, selfish teachers or whatever. It is up to you as an indvidual to train your technique and research it until it makes sense. All the movements have more than just one use....find it, explore it and share it. It is our responsibility as martial artist to preserve the culture that many do not care for or understand.

Soldiers and Warriors


Friday, November 21, 2008


These are my two students from before who later became the masters students. This is a set from the Bagua sword practice techniques. Look at em go

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My brothers Hapkido Demonstration in Seattle

This is my oldest brother Master Eddie in the beginning and the rest are who students who are also diligent. When I go back to the states we will open a school together along with my other brother Aaron who teaches wing chun. If your intrested in Bagua, Hapkido or Wing Chun this will be the place to be in the Seattle area. We will also have many other specialized instructors that focus on grappling, boxing, capoeira, and everything. Students will be able to design their own class according to their personal goals. This is the meaning of Tian Wu Dao. All are welcome. Oh yeah and Go bro!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tian Wu Dao 天武道

In 1997 a group of martial artist from different styles came together to learn and develop. Stylist from all ages cultures and backgrounds shared the common goal of becoming better martial artists. The idea was not to necessarily mix your style with other movements but also to purify and refine your style by pitting it against others. The weakness of many styles is that they all only have a chance to practice against like minded fighters. We found that the best way to find the weakness in our style was to be attacked by movements from completely different philosophy. At the same time because our backgrounds were so different we also had to come to terms in understanding eachother's cultural backgrounds and languages. Black, White, Chinese, Japanese, French etc. Through martial arts we were able to find something that we hadn't expected.....family. A collection of heroes and heroines who share a simple goal to find peace and strength through unity. Thank you Tianwudao for your belief in me.

Tian wu dao means "all martial artist under heaven"
All are welcome:


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Backward stepping practice

In every movement in Bagua it is just as important to be able to do the technique backwards as forwards. If you can only attack while moving forward then you wont be able to get out of a number of circumstances i.e. grappling. This is my master showing how to engage while moving backward.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

News article in Taipei Times

This was a nice article that they did about my life in Taiwan. Step by step Im getting closer to my goal. Keep training my fellow martial artist. Were about to have our own dynasty.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Staying Excited About Your Style

It is never easy to get up early before work or waiting till after work to squeeze in a few hours of training time. Especially if your working on movements or techniques that are not "the fun part" of kung fu i.e. stances or whatever. Knowing that the key to perfecting a technique only comes from doing the same thing over and over and over and over.....(I get tired sometimes just thinking about some exercises) This is usually a point where martial arts practitioners can have a "mid life crisis in their style" and seek new intrests outside of what they are studying.

There is nothing wrong with dabbling in other styles but the unfortunate truth is learning a little bit of everything will hinder you from ever mastering a style. Or another way to say it is not being rooted in any style asures that you are easier to knock down.

Dont worry there is no such thing as an ultimate style. Every martial arts that has survived till now has endured the test of time which means it has been proven effective. The only catch is that you have to train all of the flaws out of your system and practice against all possible scenerios with your style.

So how do you stay excited about the same movements? The answer is change your training. There are an endless amount of ways to train that will not only prepare you for more situations but at the same time add luster to your own style. For example for kick training I used to design my own regiment to make sure I could kick fast and accurately by testing the limits in different terrains, in the ocean for balance, on gravel to learn to use rocks to my advantage, wet grass or in the forest. Then practice kicking against other styles, grapplers, capoeria stylist, wing chuners, etc. Aside from sparring you can use tools to keep you motivated such as candle training, underwater training, extreme weather training etc. Your training techniques are only limited to your imagination. Try new ideas to stimulate both your technique and motivation.

The point is Martial Arts is a HARD LONG road.....you gotta find a way to keep it new. Or eventually you will become one of those guys who says, I used to do a little karate."

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bagua Class Schedule

Wu Guo Zheng's Classes 吳國正的課
Taipei City
Xin Dian Highschool 新店高中
Sunday at 3:30 禮拜日 15:30

Warren Fox's Classes 孔太龍的課
Taipei City
Zhongxiao Fuxing Mrt near exit 14 忠孝復興捷運地下街 靠近14號出口
8pm to 9:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday 禮拜二四 晚上 8點

Gao Bagua two person application practice 八卦掌 本手第二段

Section two of the post heaven movements or applications. This is not like sparring but a very effective method that teaches the timing of the movements and has an endless amount of variations that can be practiced. This is consideed one of the most complex parts of Gao bagua and should only be practiced after the post heaven movements are done smoothly

Friday, August 15, 2008

全世界華人武術大賽 Asian World Matrial Arts Competition

This was a wonderful experience in Taiwan to be able to be surrounded by so many masters. I saw masters of every internal style along with up and coming masters in the external styles. Truly a blessing to be in Taiwan for me now.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Guan's Blade 春秋刀

一、持刀式 Holding Blade Technique
二、獻刀 三、 Offering Blade
舞花左砍(左) Dancing Flower Slash
四、別刀右砍(左) Right Dividing Slash
五、背刀式(左) Back Blade Style
六、獻刀式(左) Offering Blade Technique
七、大舞花(挨右) Big Dancing Flower
八、獨立後搗 Single Back Thrust
九、獨立前摩 Single Forward Grind
十、撲刀式 Pounding Blade Style
十一、轉身觀風 Turn and Face the Wind
十二、古樹盤根 Roots of the Old Tree
十三、透步別刀 Through Step Dividing Cut
十四、蹋步下砍 Deep Step Downward Slash
十五、蹲步挑抱 Crouching Plunge
十六、回身掃膛 Turning Sweep
十七、推窗望月 Push the Window and Gaze at the Moon
十八、、輪花撲刀 Rolling Pound
十九、背刀式 Back Blade Style
二十、騎馬下撩 Riding Horse Rising Blade
二一、騎馬蓋頂 Riding Horse Covering Blade
二二、轉身舉刀 Turning Raising Blade
二三、後出把 Extend the Back Handle
二四、上步剁刀 Stepping Chop
二五、後出把 Extend the Back Handle
二六、上步剁刀 Stepping Chop
二七、透步插刀 Stepping Through Piercing Blade
二八、回身後仰 Turning Praise
二九、蹋步撇刀 Deep Step Cast Away
三十、透步錯刀 Step through Alternate Blade
三一、上步到刀 Stepping Arriving Blade
三二、翻身剁刀 Rotating Chopping Blade
三三、就地盤根 Root with the Earth
三四、上步撩刀 Stepping Rising Blade
三五、回身剁刀 Turning Chopping Blade
三六、上步撩刀 Stepping Rising Blade
三七、回身剁刀 Turning Chopping Blade
三八、墊步撩刀 Stomping Step Raising Blade
三九、墊步壓刀 Stomping Step Pressing Blade
四十、五花藏刀 Five Flower Hidden Blade

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rotating low step 翻身蹋步一步而走

My master demonstrates the movements of engagement. The rest can be found on youtube. Sorry there all in Chinese

25 steps of engagng

In gao style bagua there are 25 different variations of footworked designed to close the gap and apply the technique

The Twentyfive steps for engaging 走式變換名詞

1 Stationary Step 不動而走
2 Stationary Leaping Step 不動跳步而走
3 Forward Left to Right Step 向前左右一步一走
4 Forward Left to Right Multi sStep 向前左右多步而走
5 Forward Left to Right Low Step 向前左右蹋步一步一走
6 Forward Left to Right Low Multi Step 向前蹋步多步而走
7 Spinning Step Left to Right 轉身左右一步一走
8 Spinning Multi Step From Left to Right多步轉身左右而走
9 Rotating Low Step 翻身蹋步一步而走
10 Leaping Rotating Low Multi Step 多步跳躍翻身而走
11 Backward Step From Left to Right 倒步左右一步一走
12 Backward Multi Step From Left to Right 倒步左右多步而走
13 Backward Low Step 倒步蹋步而走
14 Leaping Step From Left to Right 跳步左右一步一走
15 Leaping Low Step 跳步蹋步而走
16 Straight Forward Step 向前直步一步而走
17 Backward Leaping Step From Left to Right 後退左右跳步而走
18 Straight Backward Leaping Step 後退直跳一步而走
19 Backward Leaping Multi Step 後退多步跳步而走
20 Straight Forward Multi Step 向前直步多步而走
21 Straight Backward Multi Step 倒步直步多步而走
22 Scurrying Forward Leaping Back Step 前竄後跳一步而走
23 Scurrying Forward Leaping Back Multi step 前竄後跳多步而走
24 Zhuan Zhang 轉圈繞身而走
25 Changing steps 換式而走

All of these forms of footwork are to be applied with every technique from the post heaven or applications. The techniques themselves with out these stepping methods can be less effective against an experienced fighter. It is crucial to be able to move fowards, backwards, up and down while being able to smoothly deliver your technique. Moving forward usually implies engaging while moving back is disengaging or escaping.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bagua Staff

First set

High Block 上截
Low Parry 下欄
Horizontal Waist strike 欄腰橫棒
Right Attack 右擊
Left Attack 左擊
Ear Strike 耳棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle piercing staff 中平刺棍

Second set

Low Block 下截
High Block 上截
Through Step Heart Pierce 透步刺心
Turning Sweep 轉身掃蹚
High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 欄腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle pierce 中平

Third Set

High Block 上截
Hold the moon 托月
Low Block 下截
Brow Strike 挑眉
Ear Strike 耳棒
Horizontal Waist Strike 欄腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Pierce 中平

Fourth Set

High Block 上截
Hold the moon 托月
Low Block 下截
Brow Stike 挑眉
Shoulder Pierce 刺肩
Back Slam 背鐗
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Strike 中平

Fifth Set

High Block 上截
Brow Strike 挑眉
Crossing Strike 外跨
Turning Brow Strike 挑眉
High Parry 上攔
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Stike 中平

Sixth Set

High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Covering Block 蓋頂
High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Ear Strike 耳棒
Middle Strike 中平

Seventh Set

Low Parry 下攔
Turning Overhead strike 轉身劈頭
Outward parry 外攔
Inward Parry 內攔
High Horizontal Strike 打手
Reverse Horizontal Strike 橫別
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Strike 中平

Eigth Set

Outward Parry 外攔
Inward Parry 內攔
Staff Hold 托棍
Sweep 掃蹚
High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Turning Follow Through Heart Pierce 轉身透步刺心

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Training for Combat

Self defense will always be a key reason for training martial arts regardless of the many other benefits that are gained from training. The real question most people ask themselves is, "How will I handle myself in a real fight?" The answer comes down to how you train. I have found that it is true that there is no such thing as an ineffective technique, their are only techniques trained ineffectively. However in order to apply certain techniques in a real combat scenary will take a great deal more of effort to perfect. My teacher told me that once you have done a technique a thousand times you have learned it, after ten thousand times it is effective, 100,000 it becomes powerful and one million times it is flawless. How many techniques have you practiced a million times? It is the reason hand techniques seem more effective at first. I can fnish a million hand techniques in a year if I work at it consistantly. A technique like a spin kick however will take a great deal more time to perfect. This is the only route however of having a technique effective enough to use during a real altercation.

After the technique is learned you have to train it against every possible technique. Against a grab, a kick, counter or anything that could happen. Also on different surfaces, smooth, wet, gravel and sand just to find the different balances of the techniques. Sparring is great to teach timing and focus but if you spar more then you train your indvidual techniques properly you will end up with a bunch of unclean techniques. Finally you need a partner who is willing to punish you with attacks when your not doing it right. A reminder that it is better take losses from your friends at home then to get beat in the street.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Martial Arts Revolutionary

If you couldn't tell by some of the articles that I have already written I am not a big fan of the pop era. Where to most people it me seem like a harmless fashion it has also indirectly affected all histories and cultures. Everything real is getting eaten away by imagery. Martial arts instructors are often more concerned about the business than the art which is the cause of incomplete or incorrect styles being taught. Thus creating an idea that some styles are ineffective, when in actuality the teacher or students are practicing the movements ineffectively. In the pass it was necessary to hide the techniques of a style and for martial artist to remain low-key in order to survive. Now even at the point of origin for many martial arts the youth is completely uninterested in learning martial arts. Causing a dilution of the styles potency as well as getting mixed together with "demonstration" and "sport" styles losing the truth in the style itself. The only way I see to prevent the decay of these arts is to search the globe looking for all the authentic masters, students and data then present it to the world the way it actually is. Utilizing TV, Internet and technology as tools to save and preserve these priceless treasures. I am currently working on plans to gather all of the arts to make a database of information and martial arts media so that in a future obsessed with technology warriors will still have a place. If you have any info concerning your master and self about the history and whereabouts of your system please send it to taiwankungfu@gmail.com (Systems of all origins are welcome, this is not limited to Kung fu)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Master Wu Guo Zheng  吳國正師父

  Master Wu Guo Zheng officially started his training in Bagua in 1979. At that time his father Wu Jin Yuan was already teaching Gao style Bagua and as a youth Wu Guo Zheng was surrounded by an enriched martial arts environment. For the next 30 years he trained under his father without break in order to take on the responsibility of carrying on his fathers complete teachings. Now Wu Guo Zheng is the head of the Jin Yuan Bagua Association as well as teacher of the arts. He has been teaching for over ten years to his students in both Xin Zhu as well as Xin Dian Taipei. With the responsibility of having to complete his fathers teaching on his shoulders he has taught diligently in order to spread the style of Soft Body Repeating hands Bagua. (Known in mainland China as Gao style Bagua.) When he teaches he explains the purpose of every movement in great detail and often writes articles on how to better your training. He has unselfishly taught to many students the complete system of Pre Heaven, Post Heaven, Weapons along with 12 steps of power that he developed to better the students learning.

You can read his many articles on http://eaglewu7.myweb.hinet.net/.

Unfortunately they are not in English yet but don't worry that is what I am here for. Bringing the East to the Western world.

Wu Guo Zheng and Warren Fox two person set

Me and my master demonstrating the first Gua or Heaven sections applications form. These are the most basic movements of Gao that teach attacking and countering. It's especially good for footwork training and ranging.

Wu Jin Yuan 吳錦園(My masters Father)

Wu Jin Yuan was born in 1897 in Shan Dong China and died in 1993. The country of Shan Dong was saturated with martial arts in order to combat the many bandits that were often prevalent in the area. Because of this there were many authorities or protectors of the area that were knowledged in different styles of martial arts. These created a general feel that all of the families in the area should study martial arts of some kind. The most popular at the time was Shao Lin, Bagua was not as widely known.
Wu Hui Shan an elder who was familiar with the martial arts world for a long time. It is also said that he had practiced some of the martial arts in his own leisure time. Cause of this he wanted to implement this into his own children's development. He had 5 boys and 1 girl who were all involved in martial arts from a very young age. He then organized the prosperous five which was his attempt to involve his children in something different than Shao Lin and other basic martial arts movements. So he tried to find a way to get his life long friend who had currently developed a reputation in Bagua to come home from Tian Jin and teach his children professionally. His friend was Gao Yi Sheng.

Gao was originally from the Shan Dong Province, he had grown up there since he was young. Because Shan Dong was a country area and it was hard to make a living aside from only farming. Many people like Gao fled the poor area with hopes of something more. Gao from a child was already big into the martial arts but after he left he had reached a new level. This is when Wu Hui Shan was able to use his long term relationship with Gao and hire him to be the family's personal instructor. At the time Wu Jin Yuan was about a seven year old boy. Many writers later described the scene of both Wu Jin Yuan and his sister's training as a sight to see. One minute they were training the Bagua spear, then it was the sticks and the staff, and redirecting energy, two person forms etc. It was this way for the next 8 years for Wu jin Yuan. Because his training was daily with out interruptions or other students he was able to absorb the complete system of Gao. When he was 16 he left the village and was to have reached a level of "perfection."

He left to Tian Jin for both reasons of spreading and enriching our system of Bagua. Where he met with masters who taught him Qing Ping Sword. It has four sets and is said to be called Yang Style Qing Ping sword in China today. In 1949 he travelled with the military from Qing Dao to Ji Long. After a couple months the government sent him to Xin Zhu County, Er Zhong where he was stationed until retirement. There were 52 students that were stationed with him in the vicinity and were also into the martial arts. They asked him to teach them the ways of Bagua. You could say this was his first group of students. Later he had a large number of students the continued to come to Xin Zhu for training. He continued to teach them for over forty years. To show their gratitude of his teachings they honored him by calling the system The XIn Zhu Jin Yuan Bagua Association.

Master Wu Guo Zheng and Warren Fox

吳國正師父 和孔太龍

I have had many different teachers in my years of training. Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Americans have helped to guide my understanding of the martial arts. However their is only one person that I will call master and that is Wu Guo Zheng.He has been training Bagua since before I was born and when I came to Taiwan searching for the masters he showed me the door to knowledge. I hadn't heard of him before my arrival to Taiwan, in fact I heard of other masters that I found to be "less than inspiring". The very instant that I felt him grab my arm I was willing to completely let go of everything I learned just to be able to study under him.He is not the kind of master that drags your time along because he is afraid you will surpass him, which is a common trait with many Asian teachers. He says, "I will teach you as much as you can learn." I have been very fortunate to train with him one on one for the past years here in Taiwan. I have learned things that I have always believed to be myth or rumors. I will continue to do everything in my power to honor and share his teachings with the world. Thank you Master Wu.
Posted by Warren

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Kung Fu Family

Luckily for me I was able to see the effectiveness of martial arts from the very beginning. At four years old my fathers rule was that anyone under his roof was to begin training martial arts. (This included my mom...for a short while) Me and my two brothers had to undergoe training that most would say was unsuitable for children. Some days after school we would have to practice a thousand kicks before starting our homework. When I was put against my two older brothers I always felt that I was the weakest. I was slower, less flexable, etc. Though it was mostly due to being younger I tried to find ways to catch up to their level.

I would often say I was sick so that I didn't have to go to school and then stay home to train in secret. It wasn't until a number of confrontations I had at school that made me realize that I wasn't a bad martial artist, I just wasn't as good as my brothers. Who were and still are amazing.
They have also continued their training and development in other styles. My brother Eddie teaches a rare Korean style that is a more completed version of Hapkido that foreigners have been closed off from. He's a model and ex thug that now teaches in Seattle Washington. My brother Aaron is a Wing Chun specialist that has too much natural talent for any of instructors to comprehend. He is the one who introduced me to Bagua which sent me to China and then Taiwan.

My father used to be golden gloves and a Taekwondo fanatic. He made sure that his sons would not grow up to be punks. It was hard when we were young but I am so glad he rasied us this way. I will also pass the blessing or burden of martial arts to my kids. Thanx Pops

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Soft Body Repeating Hands Bagua Movements

Pre Heaven (For Strengthening & Conditioning)

八大綱 8 Structures (Outline of Power)
單換掌 Single Changing Palm
雙換掌 Double Changing Palm
順式掌 Flowing Palm
背身掌 Backside Palm
翻身掌 Body Reversing Palm (Flipping Palm)
磨身掌 Grinding Body Palm
三穿掌 Triple Piercing Palm
回身掌 Turning Palm (Rotating Palm)

天干八卦 Heaven Movement Forms
蛇形順式掌 Snake's Flowing Palm
龍形穿手掌 Dragon's Piercing Palm
回身打虎掌 Tiger's Turning Palm
燕翻蓋手掌 Swallow's Reversing Covering Palm
轉身翻背掌 Spinning Backward Palm
擰身探馬掌 The Searching Horse's Twisting Palm
翻身背插掌 Reversing Body Backward Stabbing Palm
停身搬扣掌 In Place Hooking Palm (Still Hooking Palm)

Post Heaven Movements (For Application)

地支八卦 Earth Movement Forms

Section 1: 打法 The Way of striking
開掌 Opening Palm
捧掌 Carrying Palm (offering palm)
扽掌 Yanking Palm
探掌 Searching Palm
捩掌 Twisting Palm
挑掌 Choosing Palm (Selecting Palm)
蓋掌 Covering Palm
纏掌 Wrapping Palm

Section 2: 手法 The Way of the hands
截掌 Intercepting Palm
藏掌 Hidden Palm
砍掌 Chopping Palm
削掌 Peeling Palm
二掌 Two Palms
虎掌 Tiger Palm
奪掌 Snatching Palm (Robbing Palm)
環掌 Surrounding Palm (Looping Palm)

Section 3: 卸法 The Way of Diverting
穿掌 Piercing Palm
搬掌 Moving Palm
接掌 Catching Palm
攔掌 Hindering Palm
停掌 Stopping Palm
翻掌 Flipping Palm
走 Stepping Palm
轉 Spinning Palm

Section 4: 身法 Way of the Body
推掌 Pushing Palm (forcing palm)
托掌 Supporting Palm
帶掌 Taking Palm
領掌 Leading Palm (Guiding Palm)
沾掌 Staining Palm
連掌 Repeating Palm
隨掌 Allowing Palm (Following Palm)
黏掌 Sticky Palm

Section 5: 肘法 The Way of the Elbow
蹲 Crouching Elbow
盤 Capturing Elbow
墜 Falling Elbow
頂 Peaking Elbow
衡 Measuring Palm (Weighing Palm)
挫 Obstructing Palm
疊 Stacking Palm
鑽 Drilling Elbow

Section 6: 腿法 The Way of the Legs
趨 Quick Stepping kick
踹 Sweeping Kick (Trample)
擺 Outward Kick
掛 Hanging kick
踢 Lifting Kick (Raising Kick)
截 Intercepting Kick
蹚 Drifting Sweep (Wading Sweep)
撞 Crashing Kick

Section 7: 進法 The Way of Entry
掖 Tucking Palm
擠 Pressing Palm
雕 Statue Palm
攞 Splitting Palm
崩 Collapsing Fist
闖 Breaking Palm
扣 Hooking Palm
攀 Climbing Palm (Pulling Palm)

Section 8: 走法 The Way of Stepping
搗 Pounding Palm (Stirring Fist)
狸 Fox Palm
吸 Attracting Palm
跨 Cross step Palm
搖 Trembling Palm (Shaking Palm)
閃,三 Lightning Palm (Triple Palm)
橫 Horizontal Palm (Crossing Palm)
竄 Scurrying Palm

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In Short

I study Gao-Style Bagua (), or more specificaly, Soft Body, Repeating Hands Bagua (柔身連環八卦掌). The lineage started with Dong Hai Chuan, then passed to Cheng Ting Hua, then Gao Yi Sheng, then to Wu Jin Yuan (my master's father), and then to Wu Guo Zheng (my master). Until recently, it was taught almost exclusively to the military. I have now been given permission to open it to the public.

More Details

Dong Hai Chuan (董海川) founded the first lineage of Ba Gua 200 hundred years ago in Mainland China. Like Tai Ji, it expanded over time to include a wide variety of styles and lineages. Dong Hai Chuan taught the style to over a dozen apprentices, but his main successors were Cheng Ting Hua (程廷華) and Yi Fu. Every instructor of the system has added their own unique flavor to the style, which each develped into different lineage names. This system was developed by Cheng Ting Hua and Gao Yi Sheng, hence the name Cheng Gao Ba Gua.

Gao Yi Sheng was stationed as a body guard in the Dong Shan Province of Mainland China. Gao's successor, Wu Jin Yuan, began studying the art at the age of 8. Wu then fled China in the years leading up to the Cultural Revolution, bringing the style with him to Xinzhu, Taiwan. Wu went on to teach for over 40 years, passing down the art to a number a people, including his son, Wú GuóZhèng (吳國正師父) who now carries on the lineage in Xindian, Taipei.

My Promise to the Association

Due to the current and rapid changes in the culture of Taiwan there has been a new spread fear of "loss" of the many traditions and arts of old. I have promised to dedicate my life before the Jin Yuan Bagua Association to ensure not only its preservation but also its expansion through out the entire world. I am honored to have been chosen for an event that I can only describe as my greatest dream. I will never slack off from training, teaching and promoting the Gao style Bagua without every sacrificing the roots for a means of personal gain.

How I Got Started

Me and my two brothers were forced to start martial arts when we were four years old under the instruction of our father. I started with Taekwondo and as I grew up, branched into other styles: Hapkido, Aikido, Ninjitsu, Jeet kun do, Capoeria, etc. When I was about 19, I began studying Chinese to further enhance my knowledge of the arts. I then came to Taiwan to study the "roots" and fell in love with Bagua.

The complete Gao-style Bagua system is said to have 8,864 combat related movements, not including Pre-heaven techniques or weapons. Each of the 8 Gua parts have 8 movements. Each of these 8 movements have 6 applications. There are 23 basic steps of entry which, when incorporated with the above, add up 8,832 unique combinations. There remain 8 hidden moves with six applications each.

My quest is to find these movements through heavy training and research. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, hit me up.

Bagua 101

Bā Guà Zhǎng (八卦掌), often translated as "Eight Trigram Palm" (but more aptly termed "Eight Sectional Palm") is one of the 3 "Internal Styles" (內家功夫 Nèi Jiā Gōngfú) identified by Sūn Lùtáng (孫祿堂, 1861-1932), the other two being Xíng Yì Quán (形意拳) and Tài Jí Quán (太極拳).

"Internal" means that power is developed not though one's muscles, but through proper technique and body structure. The term "internal" is often used interchangeably with "soft" because forces are redirected instead of being met with equal or opposite force. But make no mistake; soft does not equal weak.

The trademark of Bā Guà is the "circle" (or more accurately, the "octagon"), a training tool and strategy used to develop the dexterity, balance and fluidity needed to apply Bā Guà techniques in combat.

Like other internal styles, proper Bā Guà practice does not damage the body the way western boxing, Muay Thai, and Tae Kwon Do often do, and can therefore be practiced for a life time. For young and old practitioners alike, it can offer a host of health benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, endurance, V02 max, awareness of ones surroundings, and overall body control.