|尹家八卦掌 Yin Family Baguazhang|
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Oct & Nov Hawaii workshops
Wang Shangzhi has been practicing Yin Family Baguazhang for over 60 years. He learned the art from Yin Fu's family members and his father, who was a disciple of Yin Fu's son.
He is expert in the full Yin family system and is seeking to spread it to all who are interested in learning.
In 2011 the Chinese government named him the "Heritor" (custodian) of the "China Intangible Cultural Heritage" of Baguazhang. He feels this responsibility and is committed to transmitting the highest level of Yin style Baguazhang to his students.
Refer to these pages for various classes, seminars, and workshops that are available to you.
Why learn Baguazhang?
Get strong and flexible, calm and focus your mind, stay healthy, and with all of that -
learn a proven effective self defense system.
Weekly classes are held at
sponsored by the Hawaii Wushu Center
Beijing, summer 2016
Check this site later for information about special training with
Wang Shangzhi in Beijing, China, next summer.
instruction from Wang Shangzhi's disciple, Xiu Zhang,
click HERE for more information
Above: Wang Fu (left) and He Zhongqi (right)
|Yin Family Traditional Practice|
met Dong Hai Chaun, Yin Fu practiced Shaolin martial arts. In
keeping with this, the Yin family traditionally began to build their
foundation by practicing the Shaolin Pao Chui (Cannon Fist) form.
From there they went on to practice the Yin Family Curriculum.
First is Dai Ling Zhang (Leading Palm). This form is designed to stretch and loosen up the body as well as provide more conditioning of body and mind. This set introduces the student to many fundamental postures linked together. It is the first of a series of 8 fundamental sets, each with their own unique flavors.
Second comes Tui Tuo Zhang (Push and Lift Palm) which adds Fa Jing, or the expression of explosive internal power, to the movements. This develops the student's ability to issue energy.
Third comes practice with the Da Dao, the approximately 4 foot long 10 pound sabre that is unique to Baguazhang. Because of the saber's size and weight, the student learns correct balanced body posture and how to move around a center outside of their body. In addition the training develops much stronger hands, wrists, and upper body. Yin Fu was famous for his iron grasp that could break an opponent's wrist.
After all of the above was mastered, the student was considered ready to begin to walk the circle.
|Walking the Circle|
stage of walking the circle might be considered standing on the circle.
In Yin Yuzhang's book, Baguazhang Jian Lun (A Simple Book on Baguazhang),
Yin advises the student to start in a standing position, rotate the body
about 135 degrees, extend one hand and keep the other close, and hold that
position. (It's more complicated, but this a summary.) This is
form of Zhan Zhuang (standing practice). Yin calls this the Walking
Next comes movement around the circle. At this stage the student practices Yang Sheng Zhuan Zhang Ba Shi (8 Energy Circle Walking) in which each of 8 different postures are held while walking around the circle. This improves the student's energy circulation. Click here for a list of the names of the postures.
In the next stage the student walks the circle in the Walking Palm posture.
Then the student walks the circle performing the Ji Ben Zhuan Zhang Ba Shi (The Basic Circle Walk with 8 Changes) using different palms. For a list of the palms taught in Wang Shangzhi's workshops click here. To see a You Tube video of Wang Shangzhi performing the 8 changes click here.
In Yin Yuzhang's book various palm are presented as listed below:.
|#2||Joining Palm, Open Palm|
|#3||Pouncing Palm, Upholding Palm, Knocking Palm|
|#4||Flicking Palm, Shocking Palm, Thrusting in between Palm, Scooping Palm|
|#5||Shooting Palm,. Cutting Palm, Pushing Palm|
|#6||Intercepting Palm, Paring Palm, Pounding Palm, Throwing Palm, Slapping Palm, Embracing Palm|
|#7||Shutting Palm, Searching Palm, Leaning Palm|
|#8||Pressing Palm, Striking Palm|
|Then the student learns basic two person drills and applications followed by more advanced training in the 64 changes and the more advanced Tui Fa (Kicking Techniques).|