Baji Zhandao Kung Fu in London
Baji Zhandao AKA Kung Fu
The Baji Zhandao system consists of 12 schools of Chinese Kung Fu. Six of these schools are the main foundation of the system and can also be learnt in full from a classical prospective, whilst six other schools contribute to the system with their essence and specific principles. Collectively, and in a modernized fashion, they create Baji Zhandao Kung Fu.
The Zhandao syllabus focuses primarily on the eight pillars of Zhandao practice: Nei gong (standing meditation), Iron Shirt Conditioning for taking impact, Iron Palm Conditioning for delivering impact, Applications for defence and counter-attacks, Ji Ben Gong (Basic movements and drills), Duida (2 person forms for training sensitivity), Taolu (single person forms for training dynamic movement & co-ordination), Modern Weapons training (both for use and defence against, i.e. blades and firearms, plus improvised weaponry).
This is designed to create a complete system of internal and external benefits, for both health and survival, for creating inner calm and defeating outer conflict.
There are 8 ranks in the system before reaching instructor level. This is considered a completion of the basic training. It is at black sash that the real training begins!!! Before that, the student should know a number of adaptable variations to defend themselves, or others, from all types of attack in all realistic environments.
However, since Baji Zhandao Kung Fu consists of many aspects of other older styles, in order to fully comprehend the essenses of Zhandao, there is the opportunity to learn the classical martial arts that make up the system as well, including forms, applications and weapons.
The schools that make up the Baji Zhandao are as follows:
Baji Zhandao schools
The schools were inherited by the Grandmaster and creator of the Baji Zhandao: Chen, Fu Sheng, from his 5 teachers. Each one is a complete martial art on its own, and all are unique from one another, and yet all are interchangeable and the same in many ways. This gives the student of the Baji Zhandao a large quantity of source material to draw from when learning Kung Fu & Qi Gong (Chinese martial arts and Meditation).
Our instructors would regularly travel to China to train with Grandmaster Chen Fu Sheng and other top kung fu masters. Sadly Master Chen passed away in March 2022. His Senior disciples around the world continue to teach, train and pass on his legacy of Baji Zhandao