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Accepting New Students — Bagua Iron Palm Starting in June

Iron Palm Training Equipment

Bagua Zhang Iron Palm & Iron Body Training

Starting in June, we will return to Bagua Zhang Iron Palm and Iron Body training.
This practice is integral to Bagua Zhang practice, and we will be covering Bagua Zhang’s approach to these training methods.
If you have trained Bagua Zhang with us previously and want a refresher or introduction to these training methods, please respond to this post/message to confirm and register.
Here’s the list for the equipment you’ll need for your Iron Palm training.
In all, the equipment is relatively inexpensive and easy to acquire.
Iron Palm Training Equipment
Equipment needed:
  • canvas sand bags, 3: approximately 1’ x 1’,   DIY made from denim (used jeans), mail bags or bank money bags, or canvas tool bags from a hardware store; double-stitched to avoid tearing/spilling; 1 filled with grain, another filled with sand, another filled with either polished gravel or steel shot/bb’s
  • Barrel, large vase, or Tall kitchen trash can: 10-13 gallon, round is best but rectangular or square  is fine;
  • Cheap grain, 50 pounds: either rice or feed-corn, to put in trash can and canvas bags
  • Mung Beans: approximately 3-5 pounds to mix with grain in trash can (good for skin)
  • Cedar balls: pack of 100, to mix with grain in grain barrel/can (to keep away insects)
  • Concrete Cinder blocks, 2-4: for base, platform and weight training
  • Concrete patio stones, rectangular, 2-4: 16” x 8”, for base, platform, cover for barrel/can, and weight training
  • 2 staffs and/or 2 escrima sticks
  • Iron Hitting Ointment (Dit Da Jow, 跌打酒 – Dié Dǎ Jiǔ “Fall- Hitting Liniment/Wine”) from an apothecary in Chinatown, or Wing Lam Enterprises  https://wle.com/collections/training , or Black Belt Herbs http://www.blackbeltherbs.com/ , or Dr. Dale Dugas https://www.daledugas.com/
Iron Palm Training Equipment
We will be focusing primarily on Iron Palm Training methods during classes for the month of June. We will be discussing this topic in more detail and how it integrates with other aspects of Bagua Zhang training!


Accepting New Bagua Zhang Students at the Mace Martial Arts WuGuan! 🐉


Bagua Zhang Demo video from June 2022


We have space for a couple more in-person students for group classes at our new WuGuan, message us if you’re interested in learning Bagua Zhang Kung Fu!


◊ Saturdays 11am-12:30pm
◊ Sundays 11am-12:30pm
◊ Thursdays 7pm-8pm


Towns at Riverfront
Everett, WA
United States


Please RSVP to all classes you plan to attend, to confirm location and schedule.


Space limited to 5 students per class for in-person training — please message ahead to confirm your spot!


We also have times available for private lessons if the group classes do not work for your schedule.


For students joining remotely via Zoom, we can host classes for up to 100 participants on our Zoom account.

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Referral Discounts: $20 Discount off 1 Month’s Membership Tuition fees for referring a new student to enroll in classes, and a $20 Discount to the new Student that you refer for their first month! 

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At Mace Martial Arts, we value the sanctity of all life, celebrate diversity, cultivate peace and justice, and accept students who are interested in learning how to improve and protect themselves. We have a zero-tolerance policy for bigotry and will reject any potential or current student who bullies or discriminates against others based on ethnicity, religious beliefs, or gender/orientation. 

Training during the Pandemic — Forms & Tempering the Body & Mind

Bagua Zhang training at the Mace Martial Arts Guan

Over the last 9 months, I’ve been grateful to continue teaching all our group Bagua Zhang Kung Fu classes remotely on Zoom, thanks to modern technology. 

Though I miss teaching my students in person, and look forward to training with everyone again with in person classes, we’ve found some creative approaches to traditional training methods to be very constructive and practical in these challenging times. 

Time honored practices for developing self-defense-specific fitness, attributes, capacity and skills — which are especially valuable now, while person to person contact is limited due to social distancing measures help to keep us safe from the highly communicable COVID-19 virus. 

The various practice methods we have been focusing on include Forms, Basics, Supplemental Exercises, Qigong/meditation, Iron Palm/Iron Body, Weapons, and Strategy Training. 

Forms practice — in traditional martial arts, forms are similar to shadow-boxing; forms are prearranged sequences of self-defense techniques, strung together to teach various combinations, principles and strategies. The self defense techniques are “coded” into the forms, like parables with layers of meaning and interpretation based on distance, timing and situations. Learning to decipher the techniques coded into traditional forms is both a skill and a riddle to solve. 

Bagua Zhang forms practice has a slightly different goal than in many other martial arts. Where the solo forms of all traditional martial arts styles are catalogs of prearranged self defense techniques, Bagua Zhang has an emphasis on progressively developing principles and attributes that alter the efficacy of techniques as well as gradually transforming the health, ability, efficiency  and vitality of the Bagua Zhang practitioner. 
Forms — Benefits and goals for Forms practice: 

  • balance and structural alignment 
  • Coordination, timing and dexterity 
  • Mental focus and body awareness 
  • Stamina, range of motion, strength and flexibility 
  • Refinement of techniques and  efficiency of movement 
  • discovery of layers of self-defense techniques, dissecting movement by range and underlying principles, deciphering the parable of techniques 

Basic techniques — drilling to refine and streamline the efficiency of techniques, as well as attributes of timing, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. 

Supplemental Calisthenic exercises — to develop principles and attributes to enhance self defense capability. 

Qi Gong, Tao Yin, Yoga, meditation  — clear and focus your mind, balance your emotions, cultivate your vitality and circulation to stimulate your strength and immune system. 

Iron Palm, Iron Body — tempering your body safely and gradually to build your striking power and grappling effectiveness, as well as your resilience to pain and injury. Develops the capacity to realize Bagua Zhang’s full potential as an effective martial art. 

Weapons Training — develops focus, strength, stamina, balance and coordination that enhance your ability to defend yourself with weapons, every day objects, and enhances bare-handed efficacy. 

Strategy Work — in lieu of training partners, using hanging heavy bags and grappling dummies, by swinging them to develop footwork, distance and timing. 

Beginners Bagua Zhang Kung Fu classes

We have a few spots available if you would like to start training Remote online with our Beginners Bagua Zhang Kung Fu class, held Saturdays at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm PST! 

With all the uncertainty of the tumultuous times we are all living in, Bagua Zhang is an excellent practice to help you improve your health, increase your vitality and awareness, and develop self defense skills to meet the challenges we are facing with focus and confidence. 

Once you get some of the basics down, you are welcome to join in our other regular group classes on Thursdays 7-8pm PST, and Sundays 11am-12:30pm PST.

The Remote Membership will give you the ability to continue training by following along with our regular group classes, and see us go through exercises, forms, applications and partner drills live. Since we are training Remotely via Zoom, you can join us from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a good internet connection. I will be available to answer questions after class from students via the discussion board on our members-only Mace Martial Arts private chat group

The Remote Membership is only $50 per month, half the price of the in-person monthly Membership, but will still give you the ability to keep training with us live via Zoom and access to student resources at Mace Martial Arts. Also, we are in the process of creating instructional videos and workbooks to help you learn and grow with your practice! 

If you are interested in joining for the first time, or it’s been awhile since you’ve attended our classes, please respond to this message so we can get you started with our Bagua Zhang Martial Arts classes

At Mace Martial Arts, we value the sanctity of all life, celebrate diversity, cultivate peace and justice, and accept students who are interested in learning how to improve and protect themselves. We have a zero-tolerance policy for bigotry and will reject any potential or current student who bullies or discriminates against others based on ethnicity, religious beliefs, or gender/orientation. 

Please share with anyone you know that might be interested in joining our classes!