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Pa Chi & Pi Kua

For advanced students

Pa Chi (Baji or Pa Ze) can be reliably traced to the mid-18th century to Wu Chong (1712-1797). The arts were passed through a succession of generations to Li Su Wen who learnt Pi Kua from Huang Se Hai and onto our Grandmaster, Liu Yun Chiao.

Grandmaster Liu was appointed as head trainer of the bodyguards of the president, Chiang Kai Shek. Another of Li Su Wen’s students, Huo Tien Ko, was bodyguard to the last Emperor of China, Pu Yi, and yet another disciple, Li Chian Wu, was appointed as the head martial arts trainer for Mao Tse Tung, the first Chairman of the People’s Republic of China. Out of thousands of competent martial artists in China, all three leaders, sworn enemies of each other, felt there was no one better to protect their lives than the students of one man, Li Su Wen.

These are merely a few examples, not only of the highly effective nature of Pa Chi Chuan, but also the high esteem to which this style is held in China, the birthplace of most of the martial arts we see today.

Training in Pa Chi involves lowering the torso and sinking the stance with characteristic stomping to develop internal body dynamics and power. Attention to detail is crucial and the need for basic training is emphasised, as it is physically very demanding. Clearly, this is a more advanced form of training and together with other forms of martial arts of Grandmaster Liu, is introduced at the higher grades in our curriculum by our founding teachers.

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