Curriculum of Gao style Baguazhang as taught in Zong Wu Men
Please note that this is an overview of the curriculum, a reference for students. It is meant to be neither complete nor to be in any sort of order.
Yangshengong - qigong - jibengong
Kai san men - basic qigong for opening the joints and spine
Ba duan jin
Basic training methods
Miscellaneous Basic Training
Basic hand methods - 10 basic hand techniques for training the movement of the body in coordination with the arms. Drills basic motions later found in the Xiantian and Houtian.
Five Elements - Study of the five elements of Xingyiquan fame.
10 pairs of exercises that strengthen, stretch, open and reinforce one's structure in movement, mind/body connection and power. They are a type of Gao style Baguazhang-specific neigong training.
Xiantianzhang means pre-heaven palms and refers to the circle walking training characteristic of Baguazhang. The circle walking training is the core method of practice for Bagua practitioners and will train the body method central to good Bagua practice.
Each palm also teaches certain principles, applications, throwing and opening techniques. There are also preliminary training exercises that concentrate on the core movement principle of each palm.
Houtianzhang means post-heaven palms and refers to the straight line short form practice made famous by Gao style Baguazhang. These primarily train whole-body power, extension of power, opening of the body, and the core application practice of the style.
These are for training the range of fighting applications that are somewhat less obvious in the circling forms. They will also train to reinforce and strengthen one's structure and mind/body connection while reinforcing good movement principles, etc.
Paired training exercises such as fanzhang, siping tuishou, danshou tuishou, sanchuan, sifangda, sanshou, two person forms, etc.
Various other exercises for training power, footwork, weapons, basic attributes, body movement, etc.
Ding shi ba zhang
Circle walking exercises done while holding static upper body postures.
Rou shen fa
Sun Xikun's Baguazhang