Bagua Zhang - Basic Eight Palm Sequence

Basic eight palm sequence consisting of eight palms each with fundamental movements for sixty-four moving patterns. This set can serve as the entry point for students to learn the root or foundation of Emei Bagua. This sequence is also referred to as Dragon Shape Bagua and originated at Emei Mountain, China.1

Neck should be natural and upright.
Hold up the head as if suspended.
Tuck your tailbone to expand the lower back.
Maintain a light feeling of lifting in the anus.

Basic Eight Palm Sequence
Palm Description Steps
I Single Palm Change
  1. Dragon turns its head
  2. Dragon turns its body
II Double Palm Change
  1. Dragon turns its head
  2. Hawk flies to heaven
  3. White snake hiding in the grass
  4. Dragon turns its body
III Follow Through Palm
  1. Turn and spit poison
  2. Dragon tugs its tail
  3. White snake hiding in the grass
  4. Dragon turns its body
IV Reverse Body Palm
  1. Dragon turns its head
  2. Swallow enters forest
  3. Dragon stretches its claws
  4. Monkey bends tree branches
  5. Dragon turns its body
V Turning Body Palm
  1. Dragon turns its head
  2. Swallow enterfs forest
  3. Running horse turns its head
  4. White ape offers fruit
VI Double Embracing Palm
  1. Lion rolls the ball
  2. White ape offers fruit
  3. Dragon rolls the ball
  4. Dragon turns its body
VII Grinding Body Palm
  1. Dragon turns its head
  2. Wave fan in front of the gate
  3. Phoenix spreads its wings
  4. Swallow touches the water
  5. Reverse windmill
VIII Rotating Body Palm
  1. Dragon flies into the sky
  2. Fling your sleeves in the wind
  3. Monkey kicks the branches
  4. Swallow touches the water
  5. Swallow enters the forest
  6. Large python rolls over
  7. Monkey bends tree branches - fierce tiger catches its prey
  8. Dragon turns its body
1. Shou-Yu Liang, Jwing-Ming Yang. Emei Baguazhang. Jamaica Plain, MA; 1996