2018 Ba Gua Zhang Lao Ba Zhang Seminar Series in NYC

Learn Lao Ba Zhang (Old Eight Palms)
Senior Instructors Thad Wong and Valerie Ghent

Lao Ba Zhang, the Eight Palm Changes of Ba Gua Zhang, is the key that unlocks all of Ba Gua’s many movements, applications, forms and  weapon skills.

The 2018 Lao Ba Zhang seminar series is perfect for anyone who has completed – or is the process of completing – Foundational Ba Gua Training, as well as students in the Intermediate and Advanced levels. Even if you have already learned Lao Ba Zhang, these 4 all-day seminars will take your understanding and training to another level. Learning Lao Ba Zhang is infinite in it’s many levels and details. We welcome practitioners from other styles of Ba Gua interested to learn Lao Ba Zhang as taught by Master Wang Shi Tong.

Lao Ba Zhang (literally “Old Eight Palms”) is one of the classic forms of the internal martial art, Ba Gua Zhang. Lao Ba Zhang combines Ba Gua’s signature circular walking with constant changes of posture and position while striking, throwing and locking.

Each of the Eight Palms in Lao Ba Zhang introduces a different energetic signature, a different footwork pattern and a different set of tactics. In practicing all Eight Changes, one learns to rotate and change to the Eight Directions.

2018 Dates:

Feb 3    – Ba Gua Zhang 1
April 7   – Ba Gua Zhang 2
June 9   – Ba Gua Zhang 3
Sept 29  – Ba Gua Zhang 4

Time: 10am-5pm

Instructors: Thad Wong and Valerie Ghent

Location: Chinatown, NYC

Cost: $650 for 4 class series

TO REGISTER: email Thad Wong at moc.liamgnull@niloahskroywen


Valerie Ghent has trained in Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong since 1995. She has traveled to China numerous times to train with select masters of the internal arts and is a direct disciple of Song Zhi Song (Xing Yi Quan). Valerie is a senior instructor of Ba Gua, Xing Yi and Qi Gong with New York Internal Arts, and currently teaches in New York and France with her husband, Tom Bisio.

Thad Wong began his Chinese martial arts training in 1993 studying Jeet Kune Do, then Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, an art he taught in NYC for six years. He holds the rank of 5th degree black belt Associate Master in Shaolin Kung Fu.  Thad is a a senior instructor in Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong with New York Internal Arts and is currently completing instructor training in Xing Yi Quan. Thad has traveled and studied extensively in China, and has a passion for teaching both in NYC and abroad.