Baji Chuan a Deadly Kung Fu Martial Art
Baji Ch’uan, known as a cannon fist form, literally means “Eight Ultimate Fist”. It is a form that utilizes unique stomps, elbows, knees, pushes, angles, bindings, throws, breaks and a unusual “rake” fist (loose fist resembling a rake). The expert practitioners rely on explosive, short ranged powerful strikes. One ancient master boasted that no one ever withstood his single punch! Well, I assure you that is the reputation of the style even today.
Baji is a powerful martial art that utilizes an energy system often referred to as fa jin (sudden release of power). This is a power based on chi and vibration that is suddenly released in conjunction with the twisting and/or stomping of the body; and literally, holding nothing back. The greatest threat of the system comes from the momentary acceleration that travels up from the feet to the waist to the limb which is further enhanced by an aggressive, offensive, charging stomp.
This is a warrior of warrior’s systems and often referenced as the only system that even the “Gods feared”! (a well known quote in China regarding the style).
"A bodyguard style" became the baji reputation because no one could stand against its aggressive technique and force. Even such notables as Chiang Kai Shek had bodyguards that were trained specifically in this style.
This is a style that may have originated in Northern China and was used primarily in the military. While it remains uncertain if the form made it into the shaolin temples of the time, it is crystal clear it was a most feared and powerful art that left all enemies defeated without reservation. However, there are still some martial art historians that believe baji ch’uan was actually first developed at the shaolin temple and went out to the northern Chinese military from there. Still, others believe it is a mixed form with strong southern Chinese influence, wu tang technique, combined with Taoist and I Ching philosophies. This might answer why it uses the principles of fa jin and its theories of releasing sudden power which are very similar to those of Tai Chi Ch’uan, another powerful taoist fighting art (though mainly used for health and meditation today).
A subtle meaning within the physical character of this style is the thought of it as an extension of power to all directions, including everything… “even the universe”! It’s easy to begin to obtain a feel for this formidable art when you hear such comments as this. But, that clearly became the reputation of the univerally feared baji fighter.
It is said even today that Baji Ch’uan has the answers to defeat all other systems; that, if all things being equal, the fighter that knows baji will prevail.
In the end though, while martial art systems are a means to an end, it is the fighter himself/herself that actually has to bring it together and make it work.