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Bagua zhang [Eight-Diagram Palm] is unique in terms of its combat strategies and using internal energy. Based on the ancient Chinese philosophies of the I Ching [Book of Changes] and the eight combinations of three whole and broken lines, a practitioner moves according to the eight diagrams. From the eight basic palms play a total of 64 palm techniques are derived.

The principle of Bagua zhang is to use the whole body as a single integrated "palm", and in it the use of silk-reeling strength is quite delicate and ever present. Training routines includes Bagua liangyizhang [the eight-trigram two-pole palm form], sixing bazhang [four-animal and eight-palm form], yin zhang [hard palm form], Baguaquan [eight-diagram fist form], baguatui [eight-diagram leg form], and many others.

Apart from solo hand forms, there is Sanshou [free sparring] and weapons training which include the Bagua straight swords, saber, staff etc. Smaller sized and hidden weapons are unique in this system and include dianxui zhen [pressure point striking needles], intersecting crescent moon Deer horn knives and shou chengzi [similar to iron-knuckles but with more function]. Combat strength training includes post standing, post walking, and weight training.

The stories in regards to the origin of Bagua are many. Some say it was created by anti Qing groups while others believe that it was created by two Taoist priests from Mount Emei in Sichuan Province during the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties. However there is historical data that credits Tung Hai Chuan as being the founder. A native of Wenan County in Hebei Province, he was a eunuch in the palace of the 19th Century Qing emperor. No one knows where he had actually learned Bagua but records show that he his first style was the Eighteen Lohan Shaolin Chuan.

Tung Hai Chuan played an important part in promoting Bagua zhang. He had 72 top students, most of them living in the Beijing area where he resided. His most famous disciples include Yin Fu, Cheng Tinghua, Liu Fengchun and Li Cunyi. They all injected their own distinct flavors into Bagua and contributed to the development of different forms of the style, which are now named after them. There now exists the Yin, Cheng, Liang, Sun and many other styles of Bagua zhang.

One of his disciples Yin Fu took in an excellent student named Gong Bao Tien who later on taught Bagua to our Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao.