Bagua, Xingyi, & Taiji

The name neijia quan refers to the "internal school" of Chinese martial arts, which has as its primary members the arts of Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, and Taiji Quan. Each art is influenced profoundly by Taoist philosophy and is a complete practice in of itself, but many schools offer training in all three systems as they share common ideas and principles. I practice internal martial arts as taught in North American Yin Cheng Gong Fa.

Bagua Zhang (八卦掌) is known for its smooth and fluid nature, giving practitioners the ability to change spontaneously in response to an opponent's actions. Elements of its curriculum include the Mother Palms (Ba Mu Zhang) and Big Palms (Ba Da Zhang) of Cheng Ting Hua, Circular Bagua of Yin Fu, and Linear Bagua of Liu Dekuan.

Xing Yi Quan (形意拳) is known for its stability, giving practitioners an ability to express sudden and explosive power. Elements of its curriculum include San Ti Shi, 5 Elemental Fists, 12 Animal Forms, 10 Step Elemental Linking Form, and the Mixed Skills Form of Hebei Xingyi Quan.

Taiji Quan (太極拳) is known for its relaxed character, giving practitioners the ability to off-balance an opponent at first touch by borrowing their force. Wu Style Taiji Quan is known for its focus on combative effectiveness. Elements of its curriculum include the 37 posture Wu Taiji Quan form of Wang Peisheng, Fixed Step Push Hands, Free Step Push Hands (Tuai Shou), Da Lu, Neigong, Intercepting Hands (Jie Shou), and Dong Gong.


Tong Bei Dao

YCGF preserves an extensive weapons practice centered around the sabre (one and two-handed dao), straight sword (jian), and spear (qiang). This includes basic drills, solo forms, and partner practices drawn from Bagua, Xingyi, Taiji and Tongbei.

Mark Raugas is a formal lineage disciple of Shifu Zhung Yun, who trained extensively with the late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng.