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New Ba Gua Class in NYC – Fall 2014

Ba Gua Zhang Fundamentals Weekly Intensive

Wednesday nights 7-9pm, September 24th – December 17th, 2014

Ba Gua Zhang (Eight Diagram Palm) is a sophisticated martial art that not only teaches effective self-defense skills but also activates limitless potential for self-discovery and self-expression. Its intricately interwoven and organically complete methodology creates profound changes in the body, mind and spirit. In China, many people say that because Ba Gua Zhang developed after Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Ji Quan and Xing Yi Quan, it contains the best of these arts combined with Daoist circle walking meditation, internal alchemy and other life nourishing practices.

This 13 week intensive, taught by NYIA Instructor Thad Wong, is an opportunity for new students to build a personal practice that will grant them access to the full range of Ba Gua’s benefits. Weekly feedback, corrections and review will accelerate the development of integrated body mechanics, alignments and martial skills. This intensive is also well suited to more advanced students looking to polish their fundamentals and dive more deeply into the root practices of Ba Gua Zhang.


  • Ba Gua Yin Yang Patting Nei Gong: Opens the meridians and removes energetic blockages.
  • Basic Standing Meditation or “Standing Post” (Zhan Zhuang): Develops rooting, body alignment and internal connection. The basis for moving exercises and power training.
  • Ba Gua Twelve Standing Posture Nei Gong: This challenging and powerful set of exercises strengthens the entire body while simultaneously forging energetic connections specific to the body patterns employed in Ba Gua Zhang.
  • Linear Mud Stepping: Ba Gua’s foundational stepping method.
  • Kou Bu and Bai Bu Stepping: Introduction toBa Gua’s circular steps.
  • Crane Stepping: Crane stepping is a powerful Nei Gong exercise that opens and pumps energy through the meridians which comprise the Central Channel. Crane Stepping also develops a light agile step and enhances leg skills, such as kicking, trapping and evading.
  • Foundational Training (Ji Ben Gong): This set of 28 exercises are key developmental exercises that form the foundation of one’s skill in Ba Gua. They develop and internalize basic movements and principles that are used in every facet of Ba Gua training. Ji Ben Gong improves joint mobility, strengthens the tendons and bones and balances the musculature of the body, while actively engaging with the body’s natural spiral-like movements.
  • Fixed Posture (Ding Shi) Circle Walking Nei Gong: The basis of Ba Gua’s sophisticated fighting method and an incredible system for strengthening the body, promoting health and nourishing life. Each posture opens and activates specific meridians or groups of meridians while simultaneously imparting critical body attributes and strategies for self-defense.

Location: Balance Arts Center, 34 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor (between Broadway and 6th Ave)

Fee: $350

To register for this class:  contact Thad Wong at moc.liamgnull@niloahskroywen

Class size is limited to 18 participants so register soon!




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