Bajiquan is a martial art form which my mother demonstrated during a martial arts event in 1976. It is a martial arts form transmitted to her when she was a young revolutionary soldier during the Northern Expedition against the War Lords in China. She referred to her master as Taochan Shanren, 逃禪山人- the mountain man who was a recluse. It is customary for martial arts masters to not reveal their real name in the old tradition. My mother left me her hand written notes on Bajiquan. After she passed away in 1996, I began translating the Chinese text into English and consulted with my friend, Deng Ming Dao, a martial artist, writer/artist, to identify and codify the movements of this unique and ancient form.
In the last few years, we have slowly introduced this form to a selected group who shared an interest in traditional healing practices. For more information: www.taochanbaji.net