OUTLINE OF PRACTICAL METHODS



Fan Family Baguazhang contains the following material:


Ba Da Zhang Fa (Eight Big Palms Method):

1. Ta Zhang ( Collapsing Palm )

2. Zhuang Zhang ( Knocking Palm )

3. Pi Zhang ( Chopping Palm )

4. Chuan Zhang ( Piercing Palm )

5. Zhuan Zhang ( Rotating Palm )

6. Huang Zhang ( Swaying Palm )

7. Rao Shen Zhang ( Body Coiling Palm )

8. Lian Huan Zhang ( Linked Palm )

Each of these Palms has eight Techniques, and each of the Techniques can change into eight Hands. Only the fifth Palm, Rotating Palm, is performed on the circle, the others use mainly San Jiao Bu (Triangle Step), Da Si Mian (Striking Four Sides), Cai Ba Fang (Stepping in Eight Directions) and Chuan Jiu Gong (Piercing Nine Palaces), while walking in the circle is a supplementary method. However the hand techniques, footwork, body movements, although free and full of changes, in the final analysis, are performed either along half a circle or full circle.

The fist routines include: Ben Zi Quan (Form on the pattern of character "Ben" - Root), Wu Xing Baguaquan (Five Elements Eight Trigram Fist), Ba Fa Lianhuan Zhang (Eight Methods Linked Palms), etc.

Weapons routines include: Xuan Huan Dao (Revolving Broadsword), Chuan Yun Jian (Cloud Piercing Sword), Bagua Dao (Bagua Broadsword) ,Zhong Zi Qiang (Spear on the pattern of character "Zhong" - Middle), Duan Hun Qiang (Soul Breaking Spear), Chun Qiu Dao (Spring and Autumn Hallebard), Zhuang Yuan Bi (First Scholar's Pen), Bagua Chui (Bagua Hammer), Ba Fa Xiaozigun (Eight Methods Flail), Lian Huan Shuang Dao (Linked Double Broadswords), Wu Ji Shuang Jian (Wu Ji Double Sword), etc.

Practice Methods (Gong Fa) include: Wu Ji Zhuang (Wu Ji Standing Pole), Jin Gang Da Li Fa (Vajra Great Strength Method), Kao Zi (Shoulder Striking), Chuan Shou (Piercing Hands), etc.

Supplementary exercises include: Dou Daqiang (Long Spear Shaking), Ning Bangzi (Cudgel Twisting), Da Shadai (Sandbag Striking), etc




Original article link J. Szymanski 1999



Philip Morrell 2016