Bagua Zhang and the I Ching
Also known as the book of changes (oldest known book in existence).
Bagua Zhang is traced back to Dang Hai Chaun who is credited as the founder of the art in the Chin Dynasty 1797 1882.
Bagua is known for its evasive foot work and palm change patterns continuously moving, continously changing.
In Ba Gua, the practice of circle walking is the primary method for developing mobility, strengthening the body and cultivating the internal energy. Circle walking strengthens the legs and connects them to the waist so that legs and waist can link together to generate power and to turn and rotate the body. Circle walking is also the key internal exercise (nei gong) in Ba Gua. By walking smoothly and precisely, in conjunction with natural breathing, and with the mind still and calm as the body moves, the internal energy is gradually stored in the dantien (the area just below the navel). This not only promotes health and longevity, but also develops the "internal power" that is used in combat. The walking postures consolidate the different parts of the body so that it moves as a whole, in a unified fashion, while the circular walking produces a constant winding which allows power to be stored and released continuously.
Although Bagua is referred to as the eight diagram palm, it does not focus on the palm alone. In fact, every part of the body, fist, palm, elbow, shoulder, head, hip, knee and foot are trained to move and strike freely and continuously.
Ba Gua is said to be characterized be "ambushing hands and hidden kicks." Within the forms and movements are Sixty-four hands, seventy-two secret kicks, as well as na fa(seizing methods), and shuai fa (throwing methods).
Bagua in my friends garden
Circle walking in San Diego