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Baji

Baji Quan (traditional Chinese: 八極拳; pinyin: Bājíquán; literally "eight extremes fist"; Japanese: 八極拳, Japanese: hakkyokuken; direct translation: Eight Extremes Fist.) is a much respected traditional Chinese boxing schools. Another name for this style is kaimen baji quan (開門八極拳; open-door eight extremes boxing), The word "kaimen" ("opening the door") is used because the sense of technique is six methods of opening ("liu da kai" - "six big openings"), intended for break down the defense ("the doors") of enemy. This style is also referred to as "Yueshan baji quan" ("Yueshan's Fist of Eight Limits"). The word "Yueshan" refers to Yueshan temple of Jiaozuo county of Henan province (a place of origin attributed to this style). I n the past, "bajiquan" was also known as "bazi quan" ("Fist of Targets"), "bazi quan" ("Fist of Hieroglyph `Eight'") and "bazi quan" (巴子拳 or 鈀子拳; "rake fist"). During the Qing dynasty, bajiquan was popular in Cang county of Hebei (Chinese: 河北; pinyin: Héběi; Wade-Giles: Ho-pei; Postal map spelling: Hopeh) province and in the neighboring counties of Yanshan (沧州市), Nanpi (沧州市) and Ningjin (邢台市).

 
 Contents
 1.  Training in Ottawa
 2.  Styles
 3.  Inspiration




Baji Training in Ottawa

At the Ottawa Chinese Martial Arts Association, we offer training in traditional Baji of Hebei province. This training is for intermediate to advanced students who have already achieved a solid foundation in traditional Chinese marital arts training.

Baji Quan is known for its forcefulness, simplicity and combative techniques. The eight extremes boxing is simple and plain, it consists of short and powerful techniques in both attack and defense. Elbows are often used in straightforward ways. The explosive powers generated are stimulated through breathing which is articulated by two sounds of "Heng" and "Ha". Powerful blows are delivered from elbows and shoulders in close combat against the opponent.

 

Styles

There is only one type of Baiji but there are several flavors depending on the lineage. Many practitioner follows the tradition and combines Baji training with Pigua training.

 

Inspiration

Here are images of Baji practice to provide the students with an idea of Baji training.