Ba Gua Zhan arose out of the ancient Chinese concept of the eight trigrams (from the I Ching) together with hsing-I and tai chi, it completes the trinity of internal martial arts. Ba gua is practised by the unique technique of "walking the circle" but its contents is only shown to those who are at high level of internal kung fu experience in this system of martial arts. Advanced students must display good moral character and a dedication to preserving the Zhong-Nan lineage and the teaching of Great Grand Master Wang Shu Jin.
The descriptions of Ba gua Zhan include spiraling and twisting of the body. Due to the constant body twisting, coiling and de-coiling, the meridians which results in increased chi flow that is faster and stronger than tai chi or hising-I. Consequently, the training that is involved for Ba gua and the way it effects chi flow, means it is not good for students with a low level foundation of training in the Cheng Ming system. This is why our system trains both tai chi and hsing-i prior before allowing students to begin Ba gau zhan.
The jing of Ba gua zhan is hard and soft, obvious and hidden, sideways and crossing like a cyclone. This is in contrast to to the straight and frontal jing of hsing-I. Ba gua trains students to be evasive, indirect, tricky, thoughtful, detail oriented and multidimensional, both in mind and in body. Ba gua means "eight diagrams/trigrams."