Jiang Rong Qiao‘s Baguazhang is arguably the most popular and public facing style of this art. There are many different branches that have varied influences. Dragon and Garuda Yoga teaches Jiang Rong Qiao’s Old 8 Palms set with influences from Kenny Gong’s Xingyi Bagua Quan and other branches as well including Ching Yi Kung Fu and Dragongate Sanctuary’s Water Dragon Baguazhang. The world is wide open as far as information goes and the best resource we are aware of for this style of kung fu is Gerald Sharp’s ChiFlow.com.
Jiang Rong Qiao
Jiang was a master of Mizongyi Luohan Quan before he learned Hebei Xingyiquan from Zhang Zhaodong and Li Cunyi. He also learned Baguazhang from both of those men as well as exchanged knowledge with other kung fu legends. Jiang and his Taijiquan brother Yao Fuchun helped systematize their teacher’s blend of Chen Yanxi and Yang Banhou Taijiquan with Wudang Sword called Taiji Chang Quan. Later, he studied with Wang Xiangzhai for Yiquan and became martial arts brothers with some of the brightest lights in Chinese kung fu. Both Wu Yihui and Chen Yiren both taught him Liuhebafa Quan and the influence of that art is recognizable in his Baguazhang.
The Art of Change and Its Variations
This style of Baguazhang is represented in so many differing ways it’s hard to say who is more right, we can say who is closer to the family system, who uses Bajiquan as their shenfa base, those who cross over with Ma Gui school, the Baguazhang as taught in the Central Guo Shu Academy military school years, or the “new Bagua” of the Shanghai group. What we do is a mixture of many influences and we hope to provide you with a foundation of building skill in Jiang Rong Qiao’s Baguazhang.
Water Dragon Baguazhang Lineage
Any errors on the chart below are mine alone and this is made to the best of my knowledge and will be updated as I learn more.