Sun style Ba Gua Quan

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In most other forms of Cheng style Ba Gua there are three forms. The first one contains fixed postures. The other one focuses on body changes and the third one on eight animals. In Sun style Ba Gua these are all contained in a single form as follows:

There are three ways to practice the form:

    1. Ding shi – each movement is clearly separated and distinguished from each other.
    2. Lian Huan or Huo Bu – one is constantly walking and changes flows smoothly from one to the other
  1. You Shen or Bian Zhang – constantly flowing, changing and improvizing without any particular order or set way of practising (except for adhering to the fundamental principles).

Some branches of Sun style created formalized sets of longer forms such as 64 palms and a separate static postures set etc. Even though most (if not all) of these movements where taught by Sun Jian Yun when she was teaching You Shen Zhang, she did not teach any other formal set of movements except the one listed above.

Sun Lu Tangs book on Ba Gua Quan

Paul Brennans translation of the same book