What is Yin Style Bagua?
Yin Style Baguazhang is a combative “art of striking while moving” with precise theoretical and technical qualities. The fighting theory and usage, technique, and internal development methods all originate from and accord with an ancient Chinese classic of philosophy known as the Book of Changes. It is this philosophy which gives us the rules of the circle and square. Drawn from the symbolism and meaning of the Eight Trigrams in the Book of Changes, Yin Style Bagua has eight distinct systems within the art. Each of these systems, represented by a trigram and particular animal, stands on its own as a complete martial art with unique developmental methods and fighting strategy.
These animal systems each use a distinct type of strike force developed by power training different parts of the body: Lion uses full body power generated from the waist; Snake uses a binding, constricting force; Bear uses a short force from the upper back; Dragon uses a long force generated from the legs; Phoenix uses the shoulders to swing strikes with a circular force; Rooster uses the elbows to deliver short, crashing strikes; Unicorn uses the waist to remove an opponent’s attack force; and Monkey uses the legs to kick and attack.
What is Combatives?
Modern Combatives were born at the outbreak of WW2 when William Fairbairn and Captain Sykes began instructing British Commandos in the use of weapons and hand to hand combat. The philosophy underpinning this development was born out of real experiences and purely designed to counter violence. The mindset and well defined goal of the Combative trainee is to be single minded in your objective to defeat the enemy.
How do I start?
Simply come and join a class. Classes are held on Tuesdays (6:15 - 7:30pm) and Thursdays (5:00pm - 6:30pm) and are suitable for males and females. The minimum age of entry is 13.
Is there a grading system?
There is no grading system. That being said, there is a very clear order of progression from the basics to the more advanced techniques. Typically, we start with the Lion system before moving onto the Animal systems.
Is there a uniform?
There is no uniform. Students need to simply wear comfortable, loose clothing that allows for free range of movement.
Can I use this for MMA?
One could use the methods of this system but they would have to be tempered by the rules of the ring. For instance, one of the primary strategies of the Bear system is to attack the groin. This would result in an automatic disqualification in a rule bound context. Essentially, this system has developed from a body guard background and consequently aims to attack the weakest parts of the body which include the groin, eyes, throat and joints.