What is the course about?
The course is an Introduction to BaGuaZhang (BGZ) focused on Dragon Palm form and practice. BaGuaZhang
normally translated as 'eight trigram palm’,( trigram being the symbols paired into the hexagrams that compose the
Book of Changes, I Ching / Yi Jing.) BaGuaZhang is a powerful effective Chinese marital art often linked with other
Chinese Internal marital arts like Hsing I and Tai Chi Chuan. BaGuaZhang is very distinctive, often recognised by
characteristic circling movement and form practice. These vary somewhat with lineage and style, the most
commonly practiced styles of BaGuaZhang are derived from Dragon Palm. Though most styles including this one
incorporate eight animal elements in their skills, movements and form practice.
What will we cover?
The course focuses on the four 'pillars' of practice - 'standing', 'turning', 'moving' and 'changing'.
'Standing' - static stationary postures that develop the skills, power and bodymind, of the animal and style
practiced, somewhat Qi kung like.
'Turning' - is the most distinctive aspect of BGZ practice, learning to 'walk the circle' holding various postures,
changing direction, developing skill, power, balance and health, arguably this is also a kind of moving Qi kung and
meditation as well as much more.
'Moving' - BGZ can be a very modular practice, key to developing skill and power by thoroughly practising
constituent skills in shorter drills, which both develop skill and power but importantly also train adaptive change, the
skill, power and awareness to adapt, change and find advantage is refined further in...
'Changing' - linking the constituent skills in often extremely practical movement chains / forms, these develop very
fluid flowing well integrated skills, extremely effective for health and well being as well as application.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
In a personally appropriate way practice, apply and develop the health and wellbeing potential inherent in the four
basic ‘pillars’ of Dragon Palm BaGuaZhang, to at least a basic foundation level.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Though BaGuaZhang is demanding and exacting It is possible to benefit and usefully practice the art at a wide range
of levels and abilities. The approach and emphasis can be adapted to suit a wide range of student abilities and
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstration and Practice
You are expected to practise outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercising with soft soled shoes.
Please bring pen and paper to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Different Tai Chi courses.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details