Traditional Kung Fu is the soul of BTKA. Sifu Wang believes very strongly that students require both breadth and depth of education for a student to truly grasp the underlying theories that make up Kung Fu. And no one style or form can achieve that goal. That is why the Traditional Empty Hand Certificate program is broken into eight sections; each one focuses on a style of Kung Fu that has unique properties, advantages and disadvantages. By studying each of the sections in depth, and then comparing and contrasting what they have learned, students will come to truly understand Kung Fu.
The Traditional Empty Hand Kung Fu Certificate Program teaches:
Section 4: Man Tao Pi Gua Quan
Originally Ba Ji and Pi Gua were the same art but split from each other hundreds of years ago. Master Li Shu Wen remarried the two systems in the late 18th Century/early 19th Century. Today these two styles are often taught together and are said to complement each other. (History and Definition courtesy of Wikipedia.)
The Man Tao Pi Gua Quan style has existed since the Ming Dynasty (400 years ago). The form was taught by Master Guo Chang Sheng and Master Ma Ying Tu in the Nan King Guo Shu Institute in 1928. Its four major characteristics are flexibility, quickness, variety and a long reach. The speed of punching is like a flying star, the sharpness of eyes is like lightning, the flexibility of the waist is like a creeping snake, and the stability of the feet is like tree roots. In fighting, Pi Gua Quan is a long distance offensive-oriented Kung Fu style. The arms are relaxed with swift, explosive power connected throughout of the body. Pi Gua Quan is a total body workout. By practicing Pi Gua Quan, a practitioner will improve his or her flexibility, speed, agility, and coordination.
Section 5: Chuo Jiao Quan
It is not only very practical in fighting but also very beautiful to watch. By practicing Chuo Jiao, a practitioner will improve his or her body strength, especially lower body strength, flexibility, speed, and arm-leg coordination.
Section 6: Big Frame Ba Ji Quan
Ba Ji Quan was originally called Ba Zi Quan, or “rake fist,” due to the fact that when not striking, the fist is held loosely and slightly open, resembling a rake. However, the name was considered to be rather crude sounding in its native tongue, and so it was changed to the more pleasing Ba Ji Quan.
The essence of Ba Ji Quan lies in “jin” (i.e. power or power methods). Unlike most western forms of martial arts which require swinging motion to create momentum, most of Ba Ji Quan’s moves utilize a one hit push-strike from a very close distance. The bulk of the damage is dealt through the momentary acceleration that travels up from the waist to the limb and is further magnified by the charging step.
A Ba Ji practitioner will improve his or her body stamina, body strength, and explosive power.