In a rare opportunity, MaGui Baguazhang Master Li Baohua will be in St. Louis, MO in April to teach Baguazhang in its authentic form for two weeks.
Baguazhang or Eight Trigram Palm is an internal Chinese martial and healing art. Renowned Grandmaster Dong Haichuan (1797-1882 according to BaiDu Encyclopedia) created it. Baguazhang has a unique footwork, which fascinates people. The general understanding is that Baguazhang does not have any routine or a set of movements in sequence. But actually , there are 88 form and 128 form created by Grandmaster Dong. Grandmaster Dong had a special teaching philosophy. He taught students based on their individual body physics and talent. Therefore, different students learned different features. Grandmaster Dong directly and indirectly taught thousands of people with 56 disciples noted in his Tombstone. There are five major styles of Baguazhang, which are Yin, Cheng, Liang, Shi, and Zhang. Ma Gui (1847-1941) was an accomplished martial artist. He first studied the Yin Style but later got Grandmaster Dong’s personal tutelage. It was said that Ma Gui was extremely fortunate and was bestowed with the complete knowledge of Baguazhang and learned the entire spectrum of techniques and skills. In other word, MaGui Baguazhang is a true representation of the authentic Baguazhang.
Master Li Baohua, the 4th generation MaGui Baguazhang lineage holder, stated that through the basic circle-walking, we cultivate the Qi and blood, strengthen the tendons and bones, and eventually fully improve our entire body’s health and build up the Dantian Master Li also teaches the rarely known 88 form and 128 form.
In the April workshops in St. Louis, Master Li will teach various walking types: circle-walking, bear walking, dragon walking, single hook walking, and lion walking. He will explain the main requirements of the movements of ‘stepping on the head and tail of the snake’, ‘kicking the doorstop’, and ‘settling the qi to the Dantian’, and others. He will demonstrate how to coordinate the hands, eyes, bodywork, and footwork.
Master Li will also teach basic palm techniques of the dragon form, bear form, single hook form, and the lion form. Each form has several variations. Dragon form includes single palm change, double palm change, Tanzhang, Gaizhang, Fanbei Chui, following palm, triple Tanzhang palm change, and Daishou. Bear form includes bear roll-over, bear swim, and bear return. Single hook form has single hook change, double hook change, and continuous single hook. Lion form includes holding the ball, rubbing the ball, and rolling the ball. Master Li will share the rich details and techniques in each variation.
The event organizer Sifu Butch Wilcox announced that the workshops will be on two weekends April 9-10 and April 16-17. You have the options to take both weekends or just one of them. The event venue is Creve Coeur Park, Maryland Heights, MO. For more information, you can visit the event Facebook page or contact Butch at firstname.lastname@example.org.