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The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang

by Gao Ji Wu and Tom Bisio  |  photos by Valerie Ghent

The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua ZhangIn this ground-breaking book, Gao Ji Wu reveals some of Ba Gua Zhang’s formerly “secret” techniques. The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang gives the reader an in-depth look at Ba Gua’s Seventy-Two Techniques (Qi Shi Er Zhao) and the Sixty-Four Hands (Liu Shi Si Shu) as they were passed down from the great boxer Liu De Kuan, himself a student of the art’s founder Dong Hai Chuan.

Never before presented in their entirety, the Seventy-Two Techniques are key self-defense applications, that make Ba Gua an effective fighting art. Both the Seventy-Two Techniques and the Sixty-Four linear forms or “Sixty-Four Hands” are direct, practical applications of Ba Gua’s characteristic circular palm changes.

This Chinese-English dual-language edition of The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang contains hundreds of photos that clearly illustrate the movements and their self-defense applications. Included are rare photos of the renowned Ba Gua master Gao Zi Ying (Gao Ji Wu’s father) performing the Seventy-Two Techniques. A valuable companion volume that builds on Gao Ji Wu’s previous book, The Essentials of Ba Gua Zhang.

The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang ($29.95)

384 Pages  |  More than 670 photos

Available on and from Plum Publications:



What readers say about the Essentials of Ba Gua Zhang:

Plum PublicationsThis new book is nicely formatted with big clear pictures and direct translations of many of Ba Gua’s key points from the “songs.” A very good effort for anyone interested in any branch of the Ba Gua Tree

The photos in this book are among the very best in clarity and capturing logical moments in the ba gua movements.

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