Ba Gua (Baguazhang or “Eight Trigram Palm”) is a Chinese internal martial art with health, meditation and fighting applications, which was developed in the 1800’s by Dong Haichuan.
“Internal martial art” means that the movements are empowered by gravity and a sense of effortless power. The practitioners are relaxed, mindful and aligned in such a way that they are able to generate immense power, while causing great potential harm to the opponent.
Ba Gua is notable for its circular movement, continuous posture changes, and its capacity to respond to multiple forms of conflict, including defence against multiple attackers.
While Ba Gua builds strength and self-defence skills, its emphasis on solo practice and mindfulness makes it a well-suited martial art for people living with disability, chronic pain, injuries, and other health concerns.