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NOTE: Please be aware that we only have one or two copies of some of these. Many aren't even in print any more. Even if it is listed here it may already be out of stock (we'll try to keep it updated but they may go fast).

Complete BaJi Quan Introduction - A 226
by Chin Li Yen
$51.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
530 Pages, DVD of Xiao Baji, photos & illos, softbound, oversized, large color section in the front.

This 530 page book offers training in Bajiquan and PiGua Zhang, passed down from Liu Yun Chiao, the great Baji master of Taiwan. The incomparable Grandmaster Liu was, among other things, a direct student himself of Li Shu Wen, the “God of the Spear,” and one of the greatest of Baji masters.

Jin Li Yen, the author of this book, was one of Liu’s students (who also number well-known martial artists such as Adam Hsu, Su Yu Chang, Tony Yang and Jason Tsou.) This huge volume starts with 22 pages of color pictures of Liu and his students; then proceeds with over 1000 photos of GM Liu training, as well as Jin demonstrating a breakdown of a wide selection, not only of Baji Quan forms, but also of its “sister” style PiGua Zhang.

Baji Quan Shao Baji
Baji Quan Da Baji
Baji Quan Liu Da Kai
Baji Quan Lien Huan Boxing

Four former editions from Lion—now out of print for a long while, and which retailed for a total of 45.00—are ALL included in this new volume, in addition to NEW information. The forms demonstrated in this book include:

  • Small BaJi Quan: pictorial sequence of GM Liu, breakdown and applications by Jin
  • Large BaJi Quan: pictorial sequence of GM Liu, breakdown and applications by Jin
  • Six Big Openings: pictorial sequence of GM Liu, breakdown and applications by Jin
  • Major Piqua moves: sequence of GM Liu, applications by Jin
  • Linked Set: Liu photo sequence, breakdown and applications by Jin

Read more detailed descriptions of these forms.

As if that weren’t enough, the package comes with a DVD containing performances and applications from the first three forms listed above PLUS footage of GM Liu and his students performing. A big introduction to the art of BaJi Quan and PiGua Zhang.

Read some translations from this book.

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Baji Quan  with Liu Yun ChiaoBaji Quan Heritage - TC 132  
By Wang Shi Quan who worked under Wu Bin
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
412 pages, hundreds of photographs, softbound

This is a big book on Baji containing Da Jia, Xiao Baji, Da Baji, Pi Gua, Dui Lian, Ba Da Zhao, Liu Da Kai and more such as 6 Harmony Big Spear, Shake the Mountain Staff, Big Six Unions Saber, QingPing sword, and more also combined Baji/Pigua and some Fa Jin training exercises. Decent photographs and a lot of information. As far as selection of information this is the largest single volume presentation we have seen so far. Almost a survey of at least one branch of the Baji style.

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Baji Quan  with Liu Yun ChiaoBaji Quan Illustrated - TC 601
by Liu Yun Chiao
$15.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
87 Pages, photographs, softbound

Here is a collector's prize. Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao -the top student of one of BaJi's greatest fighters, Li Shu Wen - demonstrating his art with the aid of a very young Jason Tsou . The BaJi Structure or Small BaJi as it is called, is first demonstrated by Liang Ji Tzu, one of Liu's oldest students and the man, as we recall, responsible for teaching Chiang Kai Shek's bodyguards in that period. Another set, Linked BaJi is shown by Zhou Ming Yong. Then GM Liu demonstrates usage on Jason Tsou. The photos are not great (click picture to see an example) but more than adequate. The book is a must, non negotiable, for BaJi collectors.

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Baji Quan Grappling and Shao Baji

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A211X   Grappling BAJI Boxing "Small BaJi"
by Zheng Chao Xuan
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
oversized (7 1/8 X 10 1/4), photos.

This complete text is divided into a number of sections. First is the complete Xiao BaJi (Small BaJi) set. This is followed by a breakdown of the moves with applications. There's also a section devoted to Woman's self protection. Then a Yuan Ming Life Enhancing Chi Kung. This is followed by a section with tiny photos showing the set performed by Hua Xu Yun. Next is a Question and Answer section that is illustrated with photo examples of applications. Finally the appendix deals with general principles.
Over all an interesting book with a pretty through emphasis on the grappling aspects of this art.

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Baji Quan Grappling and Da Kai

A212X Grappling BAJI Boxing "Da Kai"
by Zheng Chao Xuan
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
125 pages, Softbound, oversized (7 1/8 X 10 1/4), photos.


This complete text is divided into a number of sections. First is the complete Big Openings series: not a set per se but rather a a series of exercises which, in the BaJi world, are considered major movements. Then the entire series is shown in application. After this is a section of notes on BaJi generally and Da Kai specifically from a seminar by Zheng Chao Xuan.

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Baji Quan Lian Huan Applied

A213X Applied BAJI Boxing "Lian Huan"
by Zheng Chao Xuan
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
125 pages, Softbound, oversized (7 1/8 X 10 1/4), photos.

This complete Linked Boxing is divided into a number of sections. First is the complete set. This is followed by a breakdown of the moves with applications. Then there are many examples of postures represented by a number of other practitioners including Su Yu Chang and Liu Yun Chiao. This is meant to be almost a scientific text with Grandmaster's famous BaJi drawings, photographs divided by planes to show equilibrium, explanations of the function of the moves. A workbook.

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Grappling BaJi Quan Big Frame - A 214X
by Zheng Chao Xuan
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
136 Pages, photos & illos, softbound, oversized,
photographs of many famous instructors as well as writer demonstrations.

This is the fourth book in the Baji series from Zheng. This entire series should catch the attention of all those people interested in Baji Quan technique and/or comparative martial studies. The core idea of this series is at least one instructor’s examination of how Baji is applied in fighting. This volume starts with the famous Da Baji form, one of the core sets. After demonstrating this it goes on, as each book in this series, to break down many variations most of which show throwing and grappling techniques. What is intriguing about the series is that it has so many examples of OTHER INSTRUCTORS, shown in film stripe sections, to give a comparison of different interpretations of Baji. References all gathered in one book include: Huo Wen Xue, Tan Ji Tang, Li Yuan Zhi, the ShanDong GuoShu Guan, Zhang Long, Wu Lian Zhi, Li Jun Yi, Liu Yun Chiao, Gao Pu Mao and others.

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BaJi Quan Form Descriptions

Xiao BaJi is an absolutely essential set for grasping BaJi's "structure" and is sometimes called BaJi Jia (BaJi Structure) for that reason. While a short set every move and nuance shows the fundamentals in keeping with BaJi's particular manifestation of the Bear and Tiger energies. Stomping is introduced along with the powerful but elegant moves that make BaJi one of the most respected of all Kung Fu styles. Basic form is shown along with BaJi.

"Big" BaJi is the core set of the entire BaJi system and is therefore duly famous. It combines a wider range of movements including sweeps, spin and drops. But like Small BaJi it is completely consistent with the famous loose yet explosive power of the BaJi style. This set show why BaJi is so respected throughout the world and known as the "Bodyguard" style. Basic form is shown along with BaJi applications.

Here is a beautiful and fundamental set of the famous PiQua style. PiQua is an important form of Kung Fu in its own right but is also a perfect compliment to BaJi training. Known for its open, wide, loose movements and unusual "whipping" power, PiQua is truly beautiful to watch and a joy to practice. Applications as well as form are shown.

This intermediate form of BaJi (8 Ultimates) Fist is about 34 moves and lies between Shao and Da BaJi. Lien Huan concentrates on linking BaJi movements together to achieve fluidity along with BaJi's famous explosive power. Demonstrations of BaJi applications is shown. This is a relatively rarer fist of the BaJi system.

 

 

 

 

 

 











BaJi Quan Form Descriptions

From Xiao BaJi Quan

Baji Xiao Jia, Small Frame, has the most fixed mode of performing. It is also Baji's fundamental form.

A Baji songs states-, "The 10 toes grab the earth, the head firmly supports heaven: arms like holding a baby, elbows like a mountain peak."

It is suggested that both shoulders sink, the Qi is carried in the Dan Tian, the chest is "swallowed" but the back is raised, the knees and crotch form a circle, the coccyx is straight. Don't slant or lean, both eyes look straight ahead, breathing is natural.
During practice of fa jing pay attention to the Liu He (Six Harmonies), namely: hand and foot unified; elbow and knee unified; shoulder and hip unified; these act as the Three External Unities. Eyes unify with heart; heart unifies with intent; intent unifies with qi; qi unifies with strength: forming the Three Internal Unities.
You want to use intent to move qi, qi promotes power, raising and lowering are in mutual interplay, internal and external act together, body and mind witness one another. There is "swallow and spit", there is relax and release.

From Da BaJi Quan

During those years Grand teacher, "Weapons God Li", was appointed the Imperial Palace martial arts Chief Military Instructor, drilling the community of Manchu Imperial attendants and eunuchs. For the next number of years, [Li's student] my instructor Liu Yun Qiao, also accepted a security job in the Royal Palace, passing his skills of Baji Quan Kung Fu on to the security staff. Thereafter, Liu Yun Qiao taught the personal staff together with the Imperial Treasury personnel, all of whom concentrated on learning Baji Quan. This form of Baji became known as "Ta Nei: Imperial Baji Quan" entering the category of personal protection: "making oneself a weapon", "shielding with the body"; all of which offered the tribute of dying a martyr's death with a clear spirit. To this extent the author's inheritance of Baji Quan was transformed from the art of "self-defense" to "sacrificing oneself". This distinction is not clear to the outside world

From Da BaJi Linking

     The human body contains five Zang organs and six Fu organs. The external is composed of four limbs and a skeleton. The internal organs are built of essence, qi, and shen spirit; the outside is constructed of , bone and flesh: all this together constituting the entire body.
      The five Zang organs are the masters of the tendons and bones; the tendons and bones are masters of the muscles; the muscles additionally move the blood.
     The entire range of body movement: up and down, side to side all support life through the movement of qi. This is therefore the aim of Kung Fu practice: the internal work trains qi and blood, the external part trains muscles and bones.
      This is known as, "inner unifies breath with qi, outer trains muscles, bones and skin."