We are currently learning the Bajiquan kung fu style.
Bajiquan is a Chinese martial art that features explosive, short-range power and is famous for its elbow and shoulder strikes.It originated in the Hebei Province in Northern China. The first recorded baji quan teacher was Wu Zhong (吳鍾) (1712–1802). It is said that Wu Zhong, the oldest traceable master in the baji lineage, taught both arts together as an integrated fighting system.
The strategy of Baji quan is to open the opponent’s arms forcibly and mount attacks at high, mid, and low levels of the body. It is most useful in close combat, as it focuses on elbow, knee, shoulder and hip strikes. When blocking an attack or nearing an opponent, baji quan techniques emphasize striking major points of vulnerability, namely the thorax (trunk of the body), legs and neck. The sideways-protruding elbow is often used for striking in this art.
The essence of baji quan lies in jin, or power-issuing methods, particularly fa jing (explosive power). The style contains six types of jin, eight different ways to hit and several principles of power usage. Most of baji quan’s moves utilize a one-hit push-strike method from very close range. The bulk of the damage is dealt through the momentary acceleration that travels up from the waist to the limb and further magnified by the charging step known as zhen jiao