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Bagua Zhang

Zhang style Ba Gua Zhang is the evolution of a master of Xing Yi Quan to a master of Ba Gua Zhang.

 

Zhang Zhao Dong was already an expert in Hebei Xing Yi and it is said that he combined the Fa-Jins of Xing Yi and Ba Gua. But he actually adapted the Xing Yi Fa-Jins to the Ba Gua moves.

 

What made Master Zhang so great was this ability to blend these skillfully with a practical aspect.

 

In his Tianjin school, the master’s teaching had two complementary aspects:

The "strength exercises" (Li Gong") and Fa-Jin exercises and the walking and footwork exercises.

 

The "strength exercises" were composed of two sets of practices for physical strength, linking the body and conditioning and coordination.

 

Nei Gong, to develop energy circulation, Li Gong for strength and to link the whole body with the hand and Fa-Jin to amplify striking impact.

 

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