Learn Bagua Online. Why?

Learning a traditional martial art online sounds crazy, huh? Yeah, we know. We have heard it a thousand times... you cannot learn a martial art through the internet. We say: It depends! Below you will find some common ideas WHY people chose to learn Bagua Zhang online with us. Very good reasons, we feel. If you consider two or three of those points match your interests, you are very welcome to join our community. And we will be happy to support you!

  • Move more gracefully and powerful

  • Reduce mental and physical tension

  • Refine body awareness and overall wellbeing

  • Become more agile, adaptive and flexible

  • Develop a holistic and healthy form of self practice

  • Learn at your own pace at your own place

  • 100% Individual Support & Feedback. We are right at your side.

Bagua Basics #1

Fundamental Practice

  • Fundamental Movement Patterns

  • 8 Basic Hand Methods & Force Development

  • Internal Work - Body, Breath & Mind

  • Moving Meditation - Circle Walking & Palm Changes

  • Whole Body Power - Straight Line Practice

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Ready to try something new? See you on the other side, future air bender!

Course Curriculum

3 Months Program // 13 Weeks of Content // Lifetime Development

  • 1

    Using The Platform

    • Course Communications

    • How Feedback Works

  • 2

    Welcome to the course!

  • 3

    Week #1

  • 4

    Week #2

  • 5

    Week #3

    • Bagua Basics - Week #3

    • Shoulder Mobility - Circles

    • Bagua Zhang - Basic Hand Methods No.3

    • Bagua Zhang - Basic Hand Methods No.4

    • Single Palm Change Solo

  • 6

    Week #4

    • Bagua Basics - Week #4

    • Basic Hand Methods #1 - Details

    • Basic Hand Methods #2 - Details

    • Circle Walking Details - Hand Positioning

    • Circle Walking Details - Stepping Pattern

    • Circle Walking with Single Palm Change

  • 7

    Week #5

    • Bagua Basics - Week #5

    • Basic Hand Methods #3 - Details

    • Basic Hand Methods #4 - Details

    • Movement Preparation Snake - Raw Movement

  • 8

    Week #6

    • Bagua Basics - Week #6

    • Movement Preparation Snake - Details

    • Tian Gan No. 1 - Ban - Raw Movement

    • Hou Tian Bagua 1.1 - Kai Zhang

  • 9

    Week #7

    • Bagua Basics - Week #7

    • Basic Hand Methods #5

    • Basic Hand Methods #6

    • Tian Gan 1.1 - Details

    • Tian Gan 1.2 - Details

    • Single Palm Change Details #1

    • Single Palm Change Details #2 - Hand Positioning

    • Kai Zhang Applications Sample

    • Si Fang Da Drill

    • San Pa Shou Drill

  • 10

    Week #8

    • Bagua Basics - Week #8

    • 8 Mother Palms - Ba Mu Zhang #1 - Xia An Shi

    • Bagua Basics I - Workout Sheet Week #8

  • 11

    Week #9

    • Bagua Basics - Week #9

    • Snake Smooth Body Palm - Full Version

    • Bagua Basics I - Workout Sheet Week #9

  • 12

    Week #10

    • Bagua Basics - Week #10

    • Bagua Basics I - Workout Sheet Week #10

    • Bagua Zhang - Basic Hand Methods #7

    • Bagua Zhang - Basic Hand Methods #8

    • Snake Smooth Body Palm in Circle Walking

  • 13

    Week #11

    • Bagua Basics - Week #11

    • Bagua Basics I - Workout Sheet Week #11

    • Hou Tian Bagua 1.2 - Peng Zhang

  • 14

    Week #12

    • Bagua Basics - Week #12

    • Bagua Basics I - Workout Sheet Week #12

  • 15

    Week #13

    • Bagua Basics - Week #13 - Final Exam

    • Bagua Basics II - Preview Snake & Dragon In Circle Walking

Let's get started

Ready to try something new? See you on the other side, future air bender!

Social Proof: Reviews

5 star rating

Best Online Baguazhang Course

Chase Thornton

Carsten is a great online teacher. He has a way with language and expression that is especially suited for the modern mode of remote learning.

Carsten is a great online teacher. He has a way with language and expression that is especially suited for the modern mode of remote learning.

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5 star rating

Excellent content and coaching

Robert Broneak

I've been practicing traditional Chineese martial arts for a while. I've purchased several forms and such within the arts that I practice. They can work but,...

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I've been practicing traditional Chineese martial arts for a while. I've purchased several forms and such within the arts that I practice. They can work but, I found the ones that worked were the ones I already have a solid base in. Bagua is and undercurrent to so much of what I am being taught but I am not being taught Bagua directly. So when I saw Carsten's courses I did some research and found what he was teaching was from a legit lineage and organized very very well. Even after speaking with Carsten I was skeptical. However, after completing the BB#1 I can honestly say I've received nothing but excellent authentic content that was organized and taught very well. I was surprised at how engaged Carsten was in the critique. Both with his words, follow up videos, and punctuality. In short the content is authentic and organized and paced very well. The coaching is punctual and from a subject matter expert. Finally I have seen and felt gains in the other styles I practice and have really loved training Bagua, so I will be continuing this with out a doubt.

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Great start, to my practice

Eric Brown

I'm very pleased with the material, thus far. The approach is clear and light-hearted. And offered in a style that's suitable to my way of learning.

I'm very pleased with the material, thus far. The approach is clear and light-hearted. And offered in a style that's suitable to my way of learning.

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Excellent Platform. Excellent process.

Peter Lundeen

Studying Bagua on this platform has been brought the most consistent development of skills I've experienced. From the details to the ever emerging bigger pic...

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Studying Bagua on this platform has been brought the most consistent development of skills I've experienced. From the details to the ever emerging bigger picture, its all here!

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Great!

Lai-Song Man

Excellent explanation of posture with head, exercises feel good

Excellent explanation of posture with head, exercises feel good

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Bagua Basics # 1

Michael Askew

Structured, clear and detailed review of: 1) the underlying physical and energy principles (breath, mind focus, body alignment and posture); 2) foundation ex...

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Structured, clear and detailed review of: 1) the underlying physical and energy principles (breath, mind focus, body alignment and posture); 2) foundation exercises (Ji Ben Shou Fa, Shi Da Tian Gan); 3) circle walking for beginners (Xian Tian); 4) straight line tactical forms for beginners (Hou Tian). The videos are of good quality with movements filmed from the side and head on. The explanations are to the point (not too much/not too little) and help place the material in the larger context of Bagua Zhang.

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Great place to start

Tyson Roten

Clear and concise. Great job Carsten!

Clear and concise. Great job Carsten!

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Bagua Week #1

Marcus Marquardt

Thank you Carsten for this amazing work!

Thank you Carsten for this amazing work!

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What People Say

Real People // Real Talk

Distance Learning with Carsten

Jarlo Ilano

I started my distance learning training from Carsten in September 2019, I've always wanted to learn Bagua Zhang.

I had always been impressed with this movement and obvious dedication to his arts and I saw that he was offering private online instructions.

So I committed to three months to see how I would like it. Carsten offered a blend of precise instruction along with understanding the need for letting a students make their own mistakes and learn from them.

It's a difficult thing to teach/learn over distance, but his very detailed videos and written feedback helped immensely.

After a few months he suggested I transfer over to his online learning platform, and it was a seamless process.

He was still able to offer his personalized instruction in the new format.

I had been looking for a quality internal martial arts teacher for quite some time, and I am happy to have found one in Carsten.

Along with his instruction, he is also a person of high quality of character, and I look forward to many years of continued learning!

"It is quite rare to find a teacher who not only has in-depth expertise in an authentic and complete system of Chinese martial arts, but who is also able to transmit his skills and knowledge in an accessible, clear and engaging manner"

Marc Kiwitt

"After having trained in different Chinese martial arts during my teenage and university years, I stopped training about fifteen years ago, because work, family and frequent moves from one city to another got in the way of regular practice. Now in my mid-forties, I wanted to take up a Chinese martial art again, but wasn't able to find a good-quality class close to where I live.

While I was initially quite sceptical about the possibility to successfully study a martial art by distance-learning, I decided to give Carsten's online coaching programme a try, as I had heard good things about the Yizong school of martial arts and was intrigued in particular by Bagua Zhang and Xingyi Quan.

I have now been training Bagua Zhang online with Carsten for a year and a half, starting from scratch with his "Bagua Basics I" programme and then progressing further via small-group coaching together with a friend.

I found Carsten to be an exceptional coach, who structures his training programmes very well and is able to tailor them to individual needs, and who explains and demonstrates movements, exercises and principles very clearly. His teaching covers the entire breadth of the Bagua Zhang curriculum, including e.g. basic techniques, footwork, circle walking, palm changes, linear forms, fighting applications, as well as mobility and strength exercises.

Thanks to a good combination of high-quality instructional videos and individual feedback and corrections (based on regularly sharing videos documenting your own progress), his coaching programme makes it possible to advance in the art of Bagua Zhang even without the physical presence of a teacher. One aspect of Carsten's approach that I found to work particularly well for me consists in learning movements and forms in two steps: first in their rough shape, and then going more into the details, which makes the learning experience both more progressive (focusing on the overall movement first and on the finer points later) and more active (as it allows you to figure out the movement by yourself first, before receiving more detailed instructions and explanations). The only obvious area where online coaching has its limitations concerns partner practice (unless you have a training partner locally), and for this aspect it can be very helpful to attend seminars and workshops in Carsten's school in Cologne at least occasionally.

I have made good progress in Bagua since I started training with Carsten, and I am enjoying the training very much. This also makes it easier for me to stay motivated and find the time for my practice sessions, as I am usually looking forward to receiving the next training schedule and to learning new forms and exercises (or further refining movements I already learned). Last but not least, training in Bagua Zhang has also brought me two additional benefits: First, before starting the online coaching, I regularly suffered from knee and back pain for days and sometimes for more than a week at a time. Thanks to the mobility and other exercises I learned from Carsten, these problems have now all but disappeared, and I haven't experienced any lasting knee or back pain in over a year.

Second, even though I am training Bagua Zhang at a relatively moderate intensity as my only regular physical practice, my overall physical fitness level has improved considerably since I started the coaching. I really notice this when engaging in other physical activities, in which I am now able to perform better thanks to better coordination, mobility, balance and leg strength.

In short, I can recommend Carsten as a teacher without any hesitation both online and in his regular classes, seminars and workshops. It is quite rare to find a teacher who not only has in-depth expertise in an authentic and complete system of Chinese martial arts, but who is also able to transmit his skills and knowledge in an accessible, clear and engaging manner that is adapted to the abilities, interests and learning style of the student."

"A lot of fun and I would not have thought that you can teach a movement art so well in a video course"

Nicola

"Bagua Basics online course is an absolutely helpful structured course, which divides movement sequences into helpful intermediate steps, with concrete training sequences, very extensive video material, personal video feedback and in my case a really nice learning group, which I hope will last for the following courses together.

And although it is a lot of input to "digest", it is really a lot of fun and I would not have thought that you can teach a movement art so well in a video course. Must be due to the teacher ;-) Thank you very much, I am happy to be here."

"This online course was structured in a very good way, well-supported with video clips providing both clearly demonstrated general and more detailed movement pointers"

Ron Peek

"I have now nearly gone through the excellent Bagua Basics #1 Online Course. A great introduction tutorial to the Yizong Gao Bagua Zhang Basics, covering basic circle walking, single and smooth snake palm changes, eight hand training methods and two body movement exercises.

Also included were a warm-up with mobility drills. This online course was structured in a very good way, well-supported with video clips providing both clearly demonstrated general and more detailed movement pointers.

Each week included further progressions, information and personal feedback on submitted homework - yes, you are expected to practise at home and send in video clips! The supportive online group worked really well too.

Overall, I am very impressed by Carsten's experience, teaching approach and patient delivery. A great introduction to Gaostyle Bagua Zhang Basics, highly recommended."

"Carsten’s videos are incredibly clear. His training plans and other supporting materials are very helpful. And his direct, personal feedback is always on-point"

Jim Etkin

Working with Carsten as an online coach was fantastic and I recommend it highly.

I first trained in Bagua Zhang decades ago when I lived in Asia, but returning home to the US, without connection to my teachers, over the years I had stopped. Carsten’s YouTube videos inspired me to start again.

In his movement I saw a faithful representation of the style I loved: the Gao lineage that survives in the teaching of great Taiwanese masters like Luo De Xiu and Su Dong Chen.

Carsten’s videos are incredibly clear. His training plans and other supporting materials are very helpful. And his direct, personal feedback is always on-point. This course has gotten me right back into it, rebuilding my skills from fundamentals.

"It feels like I’ve come a long way... Thank you Carsten! I’m grateful to have returned to beginner mode under your guidance!"

Yuval Ayalon

During the last couple of months I have taken a dive into the fascinating world of Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Since I’m a specialist in the art of inversions, I find it important to consistently add some other layers to my practice as well as develop some new areas that are not addressed while balancing on my hands or my head. I find it also important to develop myself as a teacher.

I find that in a way handstand as a practice resembles many aspects of internal martial arts, and making these small discoveries along the way through practice is I tweeking and beneficial.

When the Online Bagua Basics course opened a few months back I decided to jump into the water and start bending air and walk like a dragon, or at least try... It feels like I’ve come a long way, and at the same time I’ve not scratched the surface of this fascinating martial art… Thank you Carsten! I’m grateful to have returned to beginner mode under your guidance!

Let's get started

Ready to try something new? See you on the other side, future air bender!