Flying Tortoise Baguazhang Curriculum

Tier 1

Introduction to fundamentals of Bagua, with emphasis on stepping principles, use of the waist, and basic body conditioning.

Terminology

Ji Ben Gong

Solo Drill

Partner Drill

Form - Ding Shi Ba Zhang (Fixed 8 Palms)


Tier 2

Terminology

Ji Ben Gong

Solo Drill

Partner Drill

Form - Ding Shi Ba Zhang (Fixed 8) With Transitions

Teaching Prerequisites


Tier 3

Terminology

Ji Ben Gong

Partner Drill

Solo Drill

Form - Lao Ba Zhang (Old 8 Palms)

Teaching Prerequisites


Tier 4

Terminology

Ji Ben Gong

Partner Drill

Solo Drill

Form - Liu Shi Si Shou Zhang (64 Linear Palms)

Teaching Prerequisites


Tier 5

Terminology

Ji Ben Gong

Partner Drill

Solo Drill

Form - Lian Huan Zhang (Interlocking Rings)

Teaching Prerequisites


Tier 6

Terminology

Partner Drill

Solo Drill

Form - Long Xing Zhang (Dragon-Body Shape)

Details of Bagua Walking

  1. RELAX!!!!!!! (shoulders, forearms)
  2. Heels Touch
  3. Weight comes to inside of foot and rolls outwards.
  4. Grab ground with toes
  5. Pull weight forward
  6. Keep back foot flat
  7. Pull foot up from mud
  8. Active even life in fingers
  9. Hand shapes
  10. Filled lower back
  11. Ding
  12. Keep eyes on horizon
  13. Lift from Psoas
  14. Move from Kua
  15. Push at the end of each step
  16. Concave chest/spread scapula (yin in front, yang in back)
  17. Belly button pulling towards spine
  18. As you sink lower take longer steps
  19. Downward wrapping sensation through the ribs
  20.  Space in the pectoral minor should joint
  21. Turn towards the center
  22.  Don’t let your hands pass your centerline
  23. Bridge in the foot from toes to heel
  24. Press through heel
  25. Don’t Cross your feet
  26. Knees turned outward from hips moving and ankles rotating
  27. Knees track over first two toes
  28.  The ball always in front of you
  29.  Breath Evenly
  30.  Pung
  31. Tongue to roof of mouth/Soft jaw
  32. Foot positioning/tangents
  33. The Three Internal Harmonies
  34. The Three External Harmonies
  35.  The Six Harmonies
  36.  Equal pressure throughout the body

Bagua Partner Drills

  1. Impact training
  1. Shoulders/scapula
  2. Arms
  3. Ribs
  4. Butts
  5. Knee opening
  6. Lifting knee
  7. Wrist lift/grab
  8. San Chuang Zhou
  9. Tiao Da
  1. Applications from 64

Weapon Drills

  1. Sticky Stick with transitions (Gun)
  2. Straight arm staff swings (Gun)
  3. Striking Drills (Gun)
  4. Monkeys (Gun)
  5. Flower Strikes (Gun)
  6. Partner Drill: Wrapping Around the Staff (Gun)
  7. Multi-Directional Blade Slicing (Moon Knives)
  8. Capture and Stab (long fist and uppercut) (Moon Knives)
  9. Knife Backcoiling (Moon Knives)
  10. Wrist Spinning (Dao)
  11. 3 Step Sword Swing (Dao)
  12.  Three Stroke Motion (Spear)
  13.  Shaking (Spear)
  14. Jiang? Generally Need more.

Bagua Solo Drills (Chi Gun/Fa Li/Other Solo Drills)

  1. Slow Haigui
  2. Haigui Striking
  3. Dong opener
  4. Qua (?) opener
  5. I don’t really feel like populating this list either. I’m happy with my effort.