Eight Extremities Boxing (Bajiquan 八極拳 – also known in Japan as Hakkyokuken) is a traditional fighting style known for its direct and powerful striking. Unlike other fighting sports such as Kick boxing, Sanda or MMA, it doesn’t require strong physical preparation even though it can become a very deadly style if practiced at its highest levels. Its name comes from the eight strongest extremities the human body naturally offers in the case of an attack. Everyone would acknowledge that throwing a punch hurts on impact, although conditioning such as BMC can make that punch became less sensitive to pain. Baji quan works on the principle that human body yet hides specific parts that can be used during a fight, and as a consequence, also non-conditioned part of the body, such as elbow strikes, can inflict even more damage and results in less pain for the striker. Baji quan focuses on these eight naturally-protective extremities to guarantee quick defense and maximum efficiency. It is also beneficial for martial artists who do not want to focus overly on Bone and Muscle Conditioning (see BMC).
Heart of The Orient proudly brings Bajiquan to Australia in all its authenticity, as it is actually considered one of the most effective and powerful fighting style in Chinese Martial Arts, and has been chosen amongst 200 Kung Fu styles for self defense purposes in China and Taiwan. In fact, it has been used for centuries from the bodyguards of the Emperor.Without application, its sequences become a perfect routine to keep fit and healthy.
Bajiquan is part of the Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy five-year program, but can be studied as a separate style by students which goal is purely self defense. Baji quan can be studied in a three-year program, and includes the following Units of Competency:
八极拳小架 Baji Xiao Jia – Small frame (also known as short pattern). In its shortness, the essence of the style. Baji xiao jia is the first pattern (dao lu) a Student will learn.
八极拳大架 Baji Da Jia – Big frame (also known as long pattern). After mastering Baji xiao jia, this pattern takes the Student to a new, more advanced and demanding set of techniques. This dao lu is based on the Baji principle “advance, advance, advance” and is more demanding than the previous one.
八极拳母子拳 Baji Muzi quan – Mother and Son frame. Muzi quan is essential for a Baji fighter, because of the importance of alternating attacking and pulling back. Following the principle of Yin and Yang, it’s something a a Students should always keep in mind: there is a moment to attack, and a moment to protect. This alternation of states aims at tuning the Baji Student to a confident, powerful combatant.
八极拳对练 Baji Dui Lian – Parts of the studied forms are used between two opponents in a synchronized routine, aiming at educating the brain to properly react to a sequence of pre-defined attacks.
八极拳擒拿 Baji Qin na – Joint lock techniques based on Baji quan. Please note that Qin na is a generic term used in Martial Arts to define “locks”that aim at neutralizing the opponent’s fighting ability without necessarly harm the opponent. Each style has its own set of “Qin na techniques”, and this Unit of Competency aims at studying only the ones related to this specific style.
The Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy allows its Students to learn any style with no limitation. However, we strongly suggest to follow a gradual, 3+2 years program where you will start from the basics to the toughest Shaolin Kungfu styles. Furthermore, this is the only way the Academy recognizes your achievements.