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Baguazhang (八卦掌 Bàguà Zhǎng; literally meaning "eight trigram palm"), also known in Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament as the direct Japanese translation Hakke Sho, is a real-life Chinese martial art. It is practiced by Ling Xiaoyu and Miharu Hirano alongside Piguaquan.

Description

Baguazhang contains an extremely wide variety of techniques, including various strikes (with palm, fist, elbow, fingers, etc.), kicks, joint locks, throws, and distinctively evasive circular footwork. As such, Baguazhang is considered neither a purely striking nor a purely grappling martial art.

Baguazhang practitioners are known for their ability to "flow" in and out of the way of objects. Baguazhang's evasive nature is also shown by the practice of moving behind an attacker, so that the opponent cannot harm the practitioner.

The practice of circle walking, or "turning the circle", as it is sometimes called, is Baguazhang's characteristic method of stance and movement training.

Practitioners

  • Combot - Tekken 4 only; through mimicry.
  • Unknown - Tekken Tag Tournament only; through mimicry.

Non-playable

Trivia

  • The Hyūga clan, from the Naruto manga series, use the Gentle Fist style, which is based on Baguazhang. For example, the technique called Eight Trigrams: Sixty Four Palm Strike is derived from Bagua terminology.
  • Airbending in the Avatar: The Last Airbender animation series is modeled on Baguazhang.
  • In the 2001 action movie The One, Jet Li performed Baguazhang while portraying the protagonist, as to represent his calm personality in opposition to his evil counterpart.

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