Grandmaster Zhao Ziqiu: Dragon Style Eight-Diagram Palm (bagua longxing zhang 八卦龙形掌)
Eight-Diagram Palm is known as Baguazhang in Chinese. Like Tai Chi, Baguazhang is an internal practice that emphasizes soft, circular movements. Created by Grandmaster Dong Haichuan during the Qing Dynasty, Bagua is based upon the Book of Changes. Dragon Style Eight-Diagram Palm emulates the spirit and movements of the China’s legendary dragon.
Grandmaster Zhao Ziqui was born in 1904 in the Chinese district of Chongqing in Sichuan Province. He studied martial arts from childhood and rose to become one of China’s greatest masters.
The Legendary Grandmasters of China series showcases many of the leading elder grandmasters of China. The footage was collected from 1983 to 1986 during China’s National Martial Arts Survey. When the department in charge of this survey was shut down by the government, much of the data was lost. Fortunately, some footage was recovered and has been re-mastered to include new lesson material. Each form demonstrated by the Grandmasters is broken down for instructional purposes by leading contemporary practitioners of these styles. TC Media is proud to present these historic videos in order to preserve the legacy of these extraordinary Grandmasters.