游身八卦連環掌的內容/Yóu Shēn Bāguà Liánhuán Zhǎng De Neirong – The Contents of Swimming Body Bagua Interlocking Palm

Baguazhang is one of the most complex & advanced Northern Chinese Martial Arts, & generally considered the last major development of Classical Styles during the Qing Dynasty. One of the most striking features of Baguazhang is the large number of Sub-Styles that exist, said to be as many variations as there are years of history. While the choreography of the routines varies greatly, the technical aspects of the training share a common foundation in Turning Palm. Despite its huge variety of expressions, the core of Baguazhang remains the same across the Sub-Styles.

In this piece, I will outline the standard elements that make up Baguazhang, as I practice & teach it. This does not include the various Sub-Styles I’ve learned, such as Yin Style or Sun Style, or the Variant Curricula such as the Eight Animal Palms Method or the Hidden Legs Method. Additionally, the Partner Training, Application Method, & Weapons Training are also absent.

Now, let’s take a look at “Uncle’s Style” of Baguazhang.

The Pre-Heaven & Post-Heaven arrangements of the Eight Signs

•老八掌/Lao Ba Zhang – Old Eight Palms

雙下沉掌/Shuang Xia Chen Zhang – Double Lower Sinking Palm

雙托天掌/Shuang Tuo Tian Zhang – Double Supporting Heaven Palm

獅子滾球掌/Shizi Gun Qiu Zhang – Lion Rolls the Ball Palm

雙前撞掌/Shuang Qian Zhuang Zhang – Double Forward Crashing Palm

指天劃地掌/Zhi Tian Hua Di Zhang – Point to Heaven Scratch the Earth Palm

前後雙撞掌/Qian Hou Shuang Zhuang Zhang – Front & Back Double Crashing Palm

抱掌/Bao Zhang – Embracing Palm

推磨掌/Tui Mo Zhang – Millstone Pushing Palm

•八母掌/Ba Mu Zhang – Eight Mother Palms

推/Tui – Push

托/Tuo – Lift

帶/Dai – Carry

領/Ling – Lead

搬/Ban – Move

扣/Kou – Capture

劈/Pi – Chop

進/Jin – Enter

•八勢掌/Ba Shi Zhang – Eight Patterns Palms

穿/Chuan – Penetrate

按/An – Depress

挑/Tiao – Raise

掖/Ye – Fold

削/Xiao – Pare

探/Tan – Probe

撞/Zhuang – Crash

撩/Liao – Scoop

•八大掌/Ba Da Zhang – Eight Main Palms

單換掌/Dan Huan Zhang – Single Changing Palm

雙換掌/Shuang Huan Zhang – Double Changing Palm

順勢掌/Shunshi Zhang – Taking Advantage Palm

背身掌/Bei Shen Zhang – Behind the Back Palm

轉身掌Zhuan Shen Zhang – Turning Body Palm

雙抱掌/Shuang Bao Zhang – Double Embracing Palm

磨身掌/Mo Shen Zhang – Grinding Body Palm

翻身掌/Fan Shen Zhang – Overturning Body Palm

•游身掌/You Shen Zhang – Swimming Body Palm

游身掌/You Shen Zhang -Swimming Body Palm

旋身掌/Xuan Shen Zhang -Whirling Body Palm

搖身掌/Yao Shen Zhang – Shaking Body Palm

閃身掌/Shan Shen Zhang – Dodging Body Palm

穿劈掌/Chuan Pi Zhang – Penetrating Chopping Palm

轉身掌/Zhuan Shen Zhang – Turning Body Palm

牽帶掌/Qian Dai Zhang – Leading Carrying Palm

龍行掌/Long Xing Zhang – Dragon Moving Palm

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