The Art of Pa-Kua Chang

Pa-Kua is about embracing  change, through movement, and
changing with life's changes.  Change in this context refers to the
change of yin and yang.  Physically, all change, in Pa-Kua, is said to
come from and return to walking in a circle.  Psychologically it is a
rich expression of 'the hero's journey."

Pa-Kua could be said to include 8  foundational changes (forms --
energy bodies, archetypal states, chords) each reflecting a trigram
from the I-Ching.  The 8 main changes  are the foundation of
Pa-Kua.  Each Pa-Kua archetype  focuses on a different way to
practice and integrate the inner energies of Shen, Chi and Jing, and
coordinate them with the external forms.  Each resource state/form
follows the law of change of yin and yang.  In Pa-Kua we walk, and
change -- combining, refining the qualities of soft and hard, internal
and external, form and shadow, quick and slow, crisis/opportunity,
being and doing, personal and impersonal.
Bagua training can be divided into three stages:  the first step,
personal cultivation, is designed to discover, explore, and open
to/possibly transform, the 8 body-minds, internal and external
qualities, so they become coordinated and integrated, chi flow
becomes smoother, power increases, as well as the ability to
maintain relaxation.  Mind, feelings, and movement become more
stable and integrated. Laughter comes easier.  Practitioners report
an improved connection to their intuition, relaxation  as well as
developing the "observer" state of consciousness.   

The second learning stage focuses on developing mind and body
flexibility/changing ability (this is known as the post-birth Pa-Kua),
promoting refinement of the integration of the mind and body's
ability to experience and change the 8 resource states, deepen
intuition, and to unify the 8 into the one chi --  Self Spirit

The goal of the third stage of traditional Pa-Kua is to build up the
students' martial arts skill.  At our Fine Arts center, we only practice
the first two stages of Pa-Kua, and do not practice Pa-Kua as a
martial art.