In the same way when you learn and train things above, you can also start to enjoy the Routine, start to enjoy great performance!
In fact, all Bagua Palms could be practiced in many different ways and in eight direction and linked together to form a great and beautiful routine!
In order to ensure that Bagua became widely spread and practiced, our Baguazhang Ancestor Dong Hai Chuan in his old age created different Baguazhang forms to satisfy those who love beautiful postures and movements.
Also in order to simply teaching and make it easier for group training，he also created four routines, and named them “Bagua Zhang.” What we now call Baguazhang at his time was called “Bagua Zhuan Zhang”, which means the endlessly turning Bagua palms and was all practiced with the circle-walking.
The four routines are unique in this world.
It is a great pity that Master Liu WanChuan only passed on the first two routines, the 88 form and the 128 form. The other two have been lost.
The 88 Routine brings forward the principle and philosophy from The Tendon Changing Classic, and in the beginning for all new beginners start to understand the most important principle and philosophy, that is everything has to base on the structure and has to be centred and balanced.
The 88 movements mostly are from the way of dragon circle walking and plams , with many reaching palm (tanzhang), piercing palm (chuanzhang), and following palms (shunshi zhang). The body turns continuously, the movements are clear and crisp, the stepping almost exclusively koubu and baibu, and the directions taken clearly. It must be done with good stability, firmness, and an upright body, taking its place naturally between heaven and earth.
The 128 routine is based on the way of lion and single hook, and its plams. It advances and retreats in an orderly fashion, all moves linking together like a chain. It is like a
dragon soaring and a tiger leaping, like a myriad of birds on the morning
breeze. It contains feelings and beauty, and is aesthetically pleasing to
Base on my understanding and my insight, the other two routins should one routine shaped out from the way of yin-yang fish diagram and way of the eagle, and palms from them, the other one from the Crab and Point to sky and plunge into the earth. Any way it has lost!
For real martial artists, practicing the forms is a waste of time and energy, but the four routins that Dong HaiChuan passed down contain within them an artistic element and some important philosophical principles, also it is a way of social communication and connection.
These are aspects of Bagua that go far beyond mere martial art, it is truly a priceless piece of great cultural heritage.
Liu WanChuan also passed down the Paochui (cannon-fist) routine, which he taught to his son-in-law Li Tao, who in turn taught it to me. Just in this couple years through my traveling to Liu Wan Chuan/s hometown, Hai Yang County, Shan Dong province and interviewing with many old Bagua people, I can insure that the Pao Chui was from Liu Qing Fu, which surely was from his teacher Yin Fu, Liu Wan Chuan in his young age learned this from his father Liu Qing Lu and uncle Liu Qing Fu. So this Pao Chui routine is an option for Magui Bagua system.
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