Intersection of Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Intersection of
Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Japanese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Okinawan Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts

Dragon Shape Ba Gua Chang

Dragon Posture    Ba Gua Chang is an internal Chinese martial art based off the Ba Gua, which is a collection of eight diagrams (or symbols) consisting of solid and broken lines. Ba Gua Chang translates to 8 Trigram Boxing. It is the youngest of the internal arts and its introduction is credited to Dong Hai Chuan in the early 19th century. Ba Gua is characterized by its elusive, soft, flowing and continuous circular movements.

    Ba Gua Chang training consists of two mutually related ideas: First, the study of its Pre-Birth "pure" forms, each of which are a collection of eight movements performed while walking a circle around a centerpoint. Each Pre-Birth form represents one of the eight diagrams. Secondly, the study of its Post Birth Tactical Ba Gua forms, which are a collection of sixty-four tactical movements performed in a straight line that are derived from the combinations of the Pre-Birth Forms (8 x 8 =64).

    Ba Gua Chang is often taught in conjunction with Hsing I Chuan, or as a companion to Tai Chi Chuan.

    For more information, please contact Sifu Douglas Lawrence at, or visit his website, The Internal Arts Association of Michigan.

Classes Held at the

Hannah Community Center
East Lansing, MI
Friday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Sunday 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Sifu Douglas Lawrence may also be contacted at for Private Lessons in the East Lansing, Michigan area.