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Lao Ba Zhang 老八掌: Old Eight Palms

The names of the movements for the Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang) of Ba Gua Zhang as taught by Master Wang Shi Tong.

Opening

  • Old Monk Holds Out The Alms Bowl
  • Hide The Flower Under The Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves (Separates From) The Flock

1. Single Palm Change

  • Shepard Boy Points The Way
  • Hawk Penetrates (Darts Through) The Forest
  • Hiding Flower Under Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves The Flock

2. Double Palm Change (Hand Covering Palm)

  • Shepard Boy Points The Way
  • Removing The Helmet From The Head
  • Horse Shakes The Bell
  • Hawk Penetrates the Forest
  • Hiding Flower Under Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves The Flock

3. Body Turning Palm (Hidden Hand Palm)

  • Sweep of One Thousand Armies
  • Hiding Flower Under Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves The Flock

4. Chopping Palm

  • Tai Shan Presses Down The Head
  • Hawk Penetrates The Forest
  • Tai Shan Presses Down the Head
  • Hawk Penetrates Through The Forest
  • Hiding Flower Under Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves The Flock

5. Opportunity Seizing Palm

  • White Snake Coils Its Body
  • Hang The Golden Bell Upside Down
  • Step Low & Pierce The Palm
  • Double Spreading Arms
  • White Tiger Shakes Its Tail
  • Iron Plated Boot Kicks To The Chest

6. Step Following Palm

  • Shepard Boy Points The Way
  • Hawk Penetrates The Forest
  • Ten Ton Weight Falls To The Ground
  • Rhinoceros Gazing At The Moon
  • Hiding Flower Under Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves The Flock

7. Soft Body Palm (Slicing Palm)

  • White Snake Coils Its Body
  • Pierce The Palm Downwards
  • Slice (chop) Left & Right
  • Hiding Flower Under Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves The Flock

8. Flat Penetrating Palm (Testing Palm)

  • Four Dragons Drawing Water
  • Flat Penetrating Palm
  • Horizontal Chop To The Rear
  • Hawk Penetrates The Forest
  • Hiding Flower Under Leaf
  • Lone Goose Leaves The Flock

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