Lu shuai Tien’s Pakua Chang

Pakuachang- 8 diagram palm kung fu

Martial virtue: wisdom, benevolence, sincerity, bravery.

Martial Art: Based on graduate level of martial arts and Taoist Philosophy: I-Ching- Wu Chi (Void) Tai Chi (great poles), Yin Yang, Su ching (4 greater/lesser), 5 Element phases, 9 palace astrology, Pakua trigrams, pre and post heaven configurations, 64 combinations.
Pakuachang Combines- Chi kung, Nei kung, and Wai kung

3 powers cultivated-
1. ming ching- obvious power
2. An ching- hidden power
3. Hua ching- refined power

Training Stages and Kung fu body
1. Slow and exact
2. Power
3. Power and speed
4. Hand+body+step
5. Refinement
6. Continuity

Kung Fu body is a reflexive body response using Wu wei or non-action. It is developed by repetition of basics and drills to respond naturally without much thinking because the body is conditioned to respond quickly and efficiently. Pakuachang response and movement is described in several names:
1. She hsing- snake like movement
2. Lung hsing- Dragon body movement
3. Yu shen- Swimming body movement
4. Lien Huan- Continuously circling movement
5. I’chi- one body or whole body movement

Basics Training steps: Wai Kung
14 warm-ups
Bar stretches and floor stretches
Ti tae and ya ti tae- 1. pakua shuaijiao throw and 2. with kick
8 stances
8 kicks moving
Moving stance form
Form Phase 1
1 Hook sweep
2 Mt. Stance drill block/punch, horse stance block/punch
3 grab- elbow smash- back hammer
4 beautiful kick/punch forward
5 upper block/grab/palmstrike
6 hook/sweep/mt stance
7 smash block knuckle punch right away
8 wrist circle into double palm strike mt. Stance

Form Phase II
a. add stepping – back, forward, y step, jump step, pivot step, full jump step
b. from dragon stance
1 Slip rear hand up, palm strike with jump step
2 Unicorn angle block, strike with upper block
3 Grab ,pull to behind, palm strike
4 jump step into grab pull up and palm strike
5 slap block down go forward doulbe palm strike
6 hook kick and slide window, unicorn palms into strike
7 Piercing palms into moon at chest
8 upper strike into back palm strike form
Form Phase III
1 Grab across body, step forward , monkey lotus strike
2 Fang chang into tiger strike
3 fan chang into drop stance
4 Swallow sweeping circle into strike
5 heng, beng, pao pakua drill, but open hand
6 Drill, upper slapping strike, step into mt stance while pressing down
7 Larger #1 but with kou bu psi bu
8. Grab, chop , step behind, throw and push
Ba gi form

Chi Kung- concentration, meditation, chi feeling.
1. Concentration drill- counting backwards from 200 to 0
2. Meditation- beach/boat and favorite person, field and flower slowly opening.
3. Cleansing breath
4. Filling breath
5. Holding breath
6. Tan tien breathing
7. Chi exercise- movement 1 minute 3 to 9 times.
8. Closing form.

Pakua Body Training
1. Straight fan chang- front/centerline
2. Circle fan chang- twisting behind
3. Tien fan chang- back bending
4. Scoop moon from bottom of sea- high and low.
5. Flower under leaf- standing (feet together, feet open), straight line, circle.
6. Eight Animal Chi Kung – Lion, Unicorn, snake, swallow, dragon, bear, falcon, monkey.

Basic Internal form
5 element Xingyiquan

Palm Training:
1. Internal power= internal striking mechanics + chi movement
2. Chi movement= mind (intention) + fluid/relaxed movement + breathing

48 month palms- practice both slow then fast. Close at end of each palm drill.
1. Shaking palm- Tou Chang- warm-up, single hold, fast, left and right, right and left
2. Dragon back- warm up, big, small
3. Single palm- tan huan chang
4. Double palm- shuang huan chang
5. Throwing palm- shuai chang
6. Slapping palm- p’u ching
7. Lifting palm- t’o ching
8. Chopping palm- k’an chang
9. White cloud chases stars- pai yun chui hsing
10. Slide window to view moon- Tui ch’ung wang yue
Supplementary Palms:
1. Piercing palm- ch’uan chang
2. 3 basin settle to the ground- san pan luo ti
3. Swallow penetrates the forest- yen tzu chuan lin
4. Scoop moon to view the sea- hai ti lao yue
5. Embrace moon at chest- press palms fa jing
6. Downward chop

Stance and footwork
Dragon stance 40/60 guarding chung men (centerline) and dan tien
1. Jump step
2. Full jump step
3. Back step
4. Full back step
5. 45 degree step
6. 90 degree step
7. 90 degree pivot
8. 180 degree pivot
9. 270 degree pivot
10. Full step with 90 degree step
11. Full step with 45 degree step
12. Stepping four directions with 90 degree step
13. Y step
14. V step

Footwork drills-
1. Kou pu- hook step
2. Pai pu- swing step
3. Pa Fang Ken Pu- 8 direction rooted stepping
4. Pivot stepping
5. 180 degree pai pu
6. Kou pu bai pu- line and circle drill
7. Partner kou pu pai pu drilling
8. Kou pu pai pu- with hand line and circle

Kou pu Pai pu kicks

1. Kou pu Kick opponet’s: Outside lead foot
2. Kou pu Kick opponet’s:inside lead foot
3. Shin press opponents calf
4. Kick lead foot then standing knee
5. Toe in kick to knee
6. Toe out kick to outer knee
7. Toe out kick to inner knee

Circle Walking
Natural and comfortable, body is light and nimble, using dragon stance.
Stepping variations and patterns
1. Snake step
2. Lion step
3. Crane step
4. Mud step
5. 8 diagonal step
6. Pole/tree walking
7. 3 pole walking
8. 9 palace walking
9. 4 pole t-pee
10. Yin yang pattern
11. Spiral pattern
12. Multiple circle patterns
13. Two circles- big/small
Circle Walking form
1. Opening
2. Giraffe
3. Flower under leaf
4. Twisted Dragon stance
5. Kou pu
6. Panther change
7. Lion-single palm change
8. Unicorn- single palm change
9. Snake- single palm change
10. Swallow- single palm change
11. Dragon- double palm change
12. Bear- double palm change
13. Phoenix- double palm change
14. Monkey- double palm change

Single palm changes-
1. Kou pu change with fan chang
2. Standard change with flower under leaf (f.u.l.)
3. Standard change without F.U.L.
4. White snake change
5. High scoop moon change
6. Low scoop moon change
7. White snake with F.U.L change
8. Circle reverse palm change
9. Fakie change
10. Tien fang chang change

Core Circle training circle principle= circular stepping+ body circle + hand circle

1. Yin yang palm drill- two person fan chang
2. Jump step with overturning palm
3. Full jump step with overturning palm
4. Back jump step with overturning palm
5. Full back jump step with over turning palm
6. Pivot step with over turning palm- using principle: a+d+a, d+a+d, d+d+a, a+a+d, ect.
7. Circle walk and fan chang change
8. Kuo pu/snake pai bu – giraffe on line and circle
9. Flower under leaf drill
10. White snake coils body change

Pakua Fighting strategy-
1. Circular rotation from around a circle
2. Angular rotation toward center of circle
3. Eight direction from center of circle outward

Building and stacking techniques using I-Ching theory
Adding power to hand+step+body
A= attack
D= defense


S= short
L= Long
SA+ D + SA
Sa + D + LA
LA + D + SA
LA + D + LA
D + SA + D
LA + SA + SA

Fighting Principles
1. Distance vs degree
2. Root as a function of angle
3. Angle vs strength
4. Allow no time or space
5. Jab, bridge, finish
6. Continuously linked
7. Opponent attack first- counter
8. Attack first

Fighting formulas:
1. Fighting skill= hand +body+step+internal power+speed
2. Hand skill= fan chang+ circle principle+ 48 month palm + supplement palms
3. Body skill= flexibility+ stability+ Coordination + integration + relaxation + connection + circle principle
4. Stepping skill= pa fa keng bu + circle walking + pivot stepping + kou pu pai pu.
5. Internal power= striking mechanics + chi movement
6. Chi development= breathing + body movement +mind (intention)
7. circle principle= circular stepping+ body circle + hand circle

Elbow attack forms-
3 block movements:
1. forearm block in/out rotation
2. forearm block across center
3. inner twisted elbow/forearm
Elbow Attack combinations:
1. shake palm and block
2. block and shake palm
3. up elbow + across elbow
4. up elbow + across elbow + down elbow
5. across elbow + down elbow + lift palm
6. up elbow + across elbow + backfist
7. across elbow + rear elbow + shake palm
8. diagonal down elbow + outward side elbow + white cloud chase star
9. shake palm + forearm block + up angle elbow + down chop
10. shake palm + forearm block + rear elbow + across elbow

Pakua Chi Kung- Martial
1. Fan chang, circle fan chang, tien fan chang
2. Du chang slow
3. Slide shutter view moon slow
4. Double palm- front, left, right
5. Unicorn turns body
6. Serving tea cups
7. Serving tea cups with throwing palm
8. Yin and Yang opposing palms
9. Pick up and embrace the moon
10. Long closing at tan tien.

About Administrator

Coach Matt Stampe is a Database Administrator and I.T. professional. In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Certified Massage Therapist (CNT) licensed with the Virginia Board of Nursing, and has a “Master of Science in Acupuncture” (MSA) at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine ( He is a candidate with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Yang Tai Chi Kung Fu for over 25 years. He was President of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Martial arts club, Secretary and Treasurer of USA chapter of Yongnian Association under Sifu He Weiqi. Experience includes: Kung fu schools: Omei Shaolin (Sifu Lu Xiaoling) 3rd degree Black Sash, Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Sifu Clarence Burris), United States Wushu Academy (Coach Christopher Pei), and Qi Elements (Sifu Nancy Bloomfield), Former Head Coach: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation centers(Adults Tai Chi), Hope Chinese school (kids classes), NOVA MMA gym in Arlington (kids classes), and VUOM Martial Arts Tai Chi club (Fairfax). He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, combat, and spirit. As a true combat athlete, he teaches methods so people can be confident to defend themselves.
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