Gao-Style Bagua

When & Where: Oakland--Monday/Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
                           Menlo Park--Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Baguazhang, or Eight-Diagram Palm, is based on the theory of the Book of
Changes (Yijing), striving to achieve continuous change in practice. Emphasizing evasive circular footwork, open palm strikes, and bi-lateral training, Bagua is excellent for opening the shoulder and hip joints, strengthening the legs, and developing whole-body power. Instruction includes basic warm-up exercises and moving posts, gradually advancing to the Eight Big Palms, linear forms, two-person excercises, and weapons.

Lineage of Liu Fengcai (劉鳳彩)

Image of Liu Fengcai performing Pre-Heaven Palm # 8

Liu Fengcai performing
pre-heaven palm #8

The youngest of the major Bagua lineages, Gao-style Bagua reached its final stages of cohesion and systematization only in the 1920's. Yet this art's youth belies both its practical refinement and theoretical sophistication. The Gao system evidences the influence of Taiji, Hebei-style Xingyi, and Shuai Jiao in its pre- and post-heaven forms, incorporating traditional Ba Gua weapons, pre-heaven palms, and animal forms, with sixty-four individual post-heaven palms and their accompanying two-person forms. Each component of the system is organized to accord fully with the theory of the Book of Changes, while still retaining its own specific developmental and practical function. A unique synthesis of health-building techniques and practical fighting applications with traditional Daoist theory, Gao-style Bagua is an example of the finest internal-arts traditions.