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||Park Bok-Nam studied the art of
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
Born in 1894, Lu Shui-Tian was from the city of Ching Tao in Shantung
China, and was well-known for his high level of martial arts ability.
still very strong and healthy, Lu died tragically and accidentally in
at the age of 83, when he was overcome in his sleep by a malfunctioning
|Park Bok-Nam excelled under the rigorous training regimen
his teacher, and was ultimately chosen by Lu Shui-Tian to be his
Through his experiences as a student under Lu's watchful eye, Park
a very sound and thorough Pa Kua Chang training program. Park began
Pa Kua in Korea in 1970. He continued in the tradition of Lu
and became widely-acknowledged for his high level of skill as a Pa Kua
practitioner and instructor.
|As a testament to his authenticity, Park
appears on a stele that was erected at the burial site of Dong
in China (see picture at right), formally documenting him as a true
generation lineage disciple. The stele was sponsored by the
Kung Fu Association in 1991 to officially record the lineage history of
Pa Kua Chang in Korea.
- Lu Shui-Tian
- Park Bok-Nam
|In the years from 1979 to 1986, Park took many students to
tournaments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. His teams always performed very
in these full contact events and were always very much anticipated by
crowds in attendance. In 1987, Park moved to the United States
opened a school in Richmond, VA -- where he has established his
|Park Bok-Nam has developed one of the most comprehensive
in existence today for learning Pa Kua Chang (Ba Gua Zhang). He is a
specialist in the art of Pa Kua (Ba Gua) and has written numerous
for various martial arts publications. He has also authored a two
set of manuals and videos entitled The
of Pa Kua Chang (see Reference
Information). Two Italian editions are now on sale
|The May 1999 issue of Martial Arts Legends Presents - CHI
featured a rare interview by Master Park, entitled "Lu
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
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
Pa Kua (Ba Gua) practitioners and instructors alive today. He
regular classes, seminars, and training camps throughout America and
||Dong Hai-Chuan (1813 - 1882) is recognized by
not all, Pa Kua practitioners and historians as
originator of Pa Kua. At a minimum, Dong was the first
to openly promote Pa Kua.
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