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Lu Shui-Tian and Park Bok-Nam Park Bok-Nam studied the art of Pa Kua Chang for 15 years under his mentor Lu Shui-Tian. Park started training with Lu in 1963, when he was 21 years old.  From 1963 to 1978, the only thing that Park did was study and practice Pa Kua. 

Park trained with Lu Shui-Tian in Inchon, Korea. Lu had brought Pa Kua to Korea when he moved his family there during the Sino-Japanese War.  Born in 1894, Lu Shui-Tian was from the city of Ching Tao in Shantung Province, China, and was well-known for his high level of martial arts ability. Though still very strong and healthy, Lu died tragically and accidentally in 1978, at the age of 83, when he was overcome in his sleep by a malfunctioning gas heater.

Park Bok-Nam excelled under the rigorous training regimen imposed by his teacher, and was ultimately chosen by Lu Shui-Tian to be his successor. Through his experiences as a student under Lu's watchful eye, Park developed a very sound and thorough Pa Kua Chang training program. Park began teaching Pa Kua in Korea in 1970.  He continued in the tradition of Lu Shui-Tian and became widely-acknowledged for his high level of skill as a Pa Kua practitioner and instructor.
As a testament to his authenticity, Park Bok-Nam's name appears on a stele that was erected at the burial site of Dong Hai-Chuan*  in China (see picture at right), formally documenting him as a true sixth generation lineage disciple.  The stele was sponsored by the Korean Kung Fu Association in 1991 to officially record the lineage history of Pa Kua Chang in Korea.
Stele at Tung Hai-Ch'uan's Tomb

 

- Lu Shui-Tian 
 
 

- Park Bok-Nam

In the years from 1979 to 1986, Park took many students to fighting tournaments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. His teams always performed very well in these full contact events and were always very much anticipated by the crowds in attendance.  In 1987, Park moved to the United States and opened a school in Richmond, VA -- where he has established his headquarters. 
Park Bok-Nam has developed one of the most comprehensive training programs in existence today for learning Pa Kua Chang (Ba Gua Zhang). He is a true specialist in the art of Pa Kua (Ba Gua) and has written numerous articles for various martial arts publications. He has also authored a two volume set of manuals and videos entitled The Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang  (see Reference Information).  Two Italian editions are now on sale throughout Europe. 
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The May 1999 issue of Martial Arts Legends Presents - CHI POWER featured a rare interview by Master Park, entitled "Lu Shui-Tian's Ba Gua Zhang - An Interview with Master Park Bok-Nam," in which he discussed what is important in studying Pa Kua (Ba Gua), how he came to study Pa Kua (Ba Gua), his approach to teaching Pa Kua (Ba Gua) as a martial art, and his hopes for the future of his art.  An excerpt from this article was provided in the December 2000, Edition #13 back issue of the FYIPage.  It is archived on the  Reference Information page of this website.
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He is one of a select number of recognized martial artists in
the world to be listed in the Who is Who in Martial Arts
that was established and is maintained by the 
World Martial Arts Information Center.

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With over 42 years of experience, Park Bok-Nam is one of the most skilled Pa Kua (Ba Gua) practitioners and instructors alive today.  He offers regular classes, seminars, and training camps throughout America and Europe. 

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* NOTE:  Dong Hai-Chuan (1813 - 1882) is recognized by many, but not all, Pa Kua practitioners and historians as the originator of Pa Kua.   At a minimum, Dong was the first practitioner to openly promote Pa Kua.

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