The Golden Flower Tai Chi school teaches lineage Tai Chi Chuan and alongside this we practice and teach a highly effective Bagua system. We are not a lineage Bagua school.
Bagua is a Chinese martial art of the ‘internal school’ like Tai Chi and Hsing-I.
The main purpose of practicing of Bagua is to develop flexibility and build fitness, by combining fast movement with deep stances, jumps and extreme twists/turns. At the heart of the Linked Palm Bagua form is ‘walking the circle’ which facilitates development of a meditative state whilst moving briskly.
Bagua literally means 8 changes and is rooted in the ancient Chinese book of wisdom – I Ching, The Book of Changes. One interpretation of these 8 changes or states is:
State Practice Meaning
Heaven Intent Consciously creating what you do
Earth Non-action Achieving without doing – minimal effort
Fire Application Bring movement to function – defence
Water Sinking Internal softness and relaxation.
Thunder Movement Action and flow. Motivated energy.
Wind Breath Gentle opening, bring ‘airiness’ inside.
Mountain Structure Stability, alignment – upright posture
Lake Gathering Focus on centres (chakras). store energy