Bagua Martial Arts Classes
Weekly Classes in London
Classes are held all day Saturday every week at locations close to central London.
We periodically run induction/trial classes, when prospective students can come and try Yin Style Bagua by training with us for a day. These trial classes will focus on the martial arts syllabus of the system and students of all experience levels are welcome, including complete beginners. The classes are open to adults (18+ year olds) only and will teach the following:
- Standing strengthening postures (isometric)
- Body mechanics to generate power from the whole body and not rely on muscular strength
- Circle Walking to improve coordination, suppleness, endurance, qi (chi) circulation and develop nimble footwork
- Applications of the techniques learnt, with a focus on gaining advantage by use of body mechanics and effective footwork
Next Free Trial Class
Please note: The regular classes will NOT run on 11th, 18th & 25th July due to the seminar with He Jinbao
That seminar runs 11th - 15th, 18th to 22nd & 25th to 29th July and is open to beginners. For more details, please see the events page. Regular classes will resume on Saturday 1st August.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to book/reserve a place?
There is no need to book places, just turn up on the above date. Do contact us if you are unable to attend on a pre-set induction day as it is often possible to accommodate beginners on non-induction days.
Does the class really run all day?
Yes, it really is an "all day" class starting at 10:30am and going on until 5:30pm, with a lunch break from 1pm to 2pm.
What is the nearest Tube station?
Regent's Park on Bakerloo line or Great Portland Street on Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
Check the Travel News page on the Transport for London website for latest details of line or station closures.
How do I find you in Regent's Park?
From Regent's Park Tube Station
If you are standing at the entrance to Regent’s Park Tube Station with the road in front of you, turn left and then turn right at first set of traffic lights to cross Marylebone Road. Immediately in front of you is a short road called Park Square West at end of which is an entrance to the Park. Go through that entrance and continue along the straight path in front of you until just before you reach the far side of the Park, turn left before the gate and walk along the inside of the boundary hedge. We practise in the far corner of that section of the park under the large pine trees.
From Great Portland Street Tube Station
On exiting the station, with the dual carriageway in front of you, turn left and walk along Marylebone Road until you reach Regent's Park Tube Station and then follow directions as above.
How much do the classes cost?
Yin Style Bagua London a not-for-profit organisation, in that it is run specifically to preserve and disseminate this rare martial art, and as a result the regular open classes are free of charge for members. Membership of the group costs £50 per year, and this entitles you to attend all open classes for free** - some special classes may be separately priced.
** Please note that charges are likely to be introduced in winter 2015-16, at which point the classes will no longer be free.
Are the classes free because you are a new school?
We have been teaching bagua classes since 1992 and they have always been free as we chose to share this martial art in the tradition of the Yin Style system rather than make a supplemental income. If you believe that a good martial arts class has to cost a lot of money to learn then by all means feel free to pay lots of money. See point above about upcoming changes to charges.
Is there car parking nearby?
Free parking is available on Albany Street (after pedestrian crossing) and on Robert Street (and streets adjoining Robert Street). These streets are to the east of the park and within a few minutes walk from the training location. Parking on the streets along the perimeter of the park is not free.
What should I wear?
Wear clothing and shoes that you would be comfortable training in. We train outdoors, so plan for the weather as it is easier to take a layer off than wishing you had brought one along. In winter months, gloves are highly advisable.
What do you do for lunch?
Most people tend to bring a packed lunch, while some go to the nearby cafes or buy something at the supermarket and bring it back to the park.