The San Diego Ba Gua Kung Fu Academy offers comprehensive instruction in traditional Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong. Ba Gua Zhang is a relatively young martial art based on principles that originate directly from naturalist Chinese philosophy. As an internal martial art, Ba Gua Zhang is a complete self-defense system of kung fu that incorporates a comprehensive qi gong system in conjunction with the martial art aspects. Both facets are considered essential for promoting the development of the Ba Gua practitioner.
The San Diego Ba Gua Kung Fu Academy provides training in such basics as: stance work, body flexibility, coordination drills, and standard form sets. Additional Ba Gua instruction includes footwork, palm striking drills, research sparring, combat sets, weapons, Ba Gua theory, and Ba Gua qi gong.
Sifu Rogelio Lopez
The Chief Instructor of the Academy is Sifu Rogelio Lopez. Sifu Lopez follows the curriculum as taught by Master Park Bok-Nam and continues a constant training program. Mr. Lopez began studying with Master Park in 1992 after 17 years of serious training in yang and chen style tai chi chuan. He is currently retired after working many years in various aspects of government relations, health services administration and public health programs. He graduated from the University of California San Diego with a BA in Political Science in 1986.
Master Park Bok-Nam
Master Park is the senior lineage disciple of Lu Shui-Tan of Shangtung Province, China. Master Park studied full-time with Lu Shui-Tan for 17 years. Master Park has developed one of the most comprehensive training programs for learning Ba Gua Zhang. With over 60 years of experience in Ba Gua Zhang, Master Park is one of the most skilled practitioners and instructors alive today.