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No single word epitomizes the effect that Master Park Bok-Nam has on the martial arts better than "enlightenment." It does not matter what system or style of martial art a person may practice. Any exposure to Master Park will strip away many confusing issues, questions, myths, or flat-out misinformation a practitioner might have about the enigmatic and continuously advancing art of Ba Gua Zhang.
Master Park and Glen Moore
"Take the fangs away from the snake and it can not bite you," explained my teacher, Master Bok-Nam Park. Although it was many years ago, I can still remember that phrase vividly. I had just finished one of the hardest fights of my life and felt like everything in my body was broken or at least bruised.
Ilya Tolchinsky doing seated breathing
There is a breathing exercise that I use to keep my lungs clean. This exercise is called “Cleansing Breath” and it is designed to eliminate foreign particles from the surface of the lungs.
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The law is: “Softness (non-resistance), acceptance and non-contention.” “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” A physical law, which most people know and understand on a physical plane, but not its psychophysical importance. Most of the actions of today’s “modern” person are attempts to resist the flow in the river of life, rather than flow with things as they are.
Jacopo Silicani At Italy Camp
My name is Jacopo Silicani. I teach Pa Kua Chang and serve as one of Master Park's representatives in Europe. My school is located in Padova, a town in Veneto, which is near Venice in the northeastern region of Italy.
Master Park performing Monkey Pose
I was fortunate to study with my teacher, Lu Shui-Tian, for 17 years. Over that time, he taught me many important lessons concerning Ba Gua Zhang. However, one of the most important things he did was to develop within me the wisdom to understand what is really valuable in the study of martial arts.
I am always getting questions from people asking me how they can learn faster. Usually, I am saddened by these kinds of questions because they reflect the current lack of patience in our society and culture, the schedule oriented nature of our educational system, and, the general lack of knowledge that exists on Taoism and Chinese Philosophy.

The Ba Gua Spear

Master Park With Spear
Bok-Nam Park and Ken Fish[Adapted and re-edited by F. Hriadil] Block, press, thrust, and pierce.  Block, press, thrust, and pierce.  Block, press, …  This endless sequence is the core of spear (qiang) training, regardless of the system.  Nonetheless, it would be a mistake to assume that all spear systems are cut from the same cloth.  While spear […]

Beyond Forms Practice

Master Park With Jian
By Bok-Nam ParkAdapted and re-edited by F. Hriadil Forms should not be taught to students until the fundamental skills are first developed. “I have water to give to thirsty students.  But, unless they have a cup for me to pour it into, they cannot hold the water.” The “cup” is symbolic of the fundamental skills […]
Master Park performing Monkey Pose
Master Park Bok-Nam is the Senior Lineage Disciple of Lu Shui-Tian of Shantung Province, China. He is an internationally renowned authority on Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang) and has developed one of the most comprehensive training programs available for learning Ba Gua.

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