So, you want to learn, or perhaps learn more about,
Ba Gua Zhang
This page is designed to answer some of your questions and guide you along the path. Whether you are a beginner or advanced practitioner, we hope this section will help you along your journey.
Ba Gua Zhang, hereafter most often abbreviated as ba gua, is a very complex art. Many aficionados of the style regard it as the most difficult and advanced of the martial arts. This is largely due to its design and nature. Two aspects of the art make it both extremely challenging and enjoyable.
First, ba gua has no straight lines. Its entire foundation is based on curved lines and semi-circles. When mastered, incorporating the martial skills of the art with those curves and semi-circles allows the practitioner to effectively engage multiple opponents.
Second, because of those curved lines and semi-circles, the process of learning the art requires practitioners to get "straight-line" thinking out of their head. Thus, training in the art requires the student to master movements performed while walking a circle. At this juncture, it is useful to watch a training video about those lines and circles.