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Lu Shui-Tian and Park Bok-Nam Park Bok-Nam studied the art of Pa Kua Chang (Baguazhang) 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 / Bagua. 

Park trained with Lu Shui-Tian in Incheon, Korea. Lu had brought Pa Kua / Bagua 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 and Final Disciple, and was recognized as such by Lu Shui-Tian's son, Lu Shu-De, and daughter, Lu Shu-Qin.  Through his experiences as a student under Lu's watchful eye, Park developed a very sound and thorough Pa Kua Chang / Baguazhang training program. Park began teaching Pa Kua / Bagua 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 / Bagua 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 / Baguazhang 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 (Bagua, Ba Gua), how he came to study Pa Kua (Bagua, Ba Gua), his approach to teaching Pa Kua (Bagua, 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 55 years of experience, Park Bok-Nam is one of the most skilled Pa Kua (Bagua, Ba Gua) practitioners and instructors alive today.  He offers regular classes, seminars, and training camps throughout America and Europe.

People have inquired about the background of Lu Shui-Tian.  Park Bok-Nam asked Lu Shui-Tian about his Pakua / Bagua lineage, and Lu Shui-Tian told him that Baguazhang existed before Dong Hai-Chuan.   Lu Shui-Tian said that he learned Pakua / Bagua primarily from Li Qing-Wu, who was from a secret Baguazhang lineage separate from Dong Hai-Chuan.  After Li Qing-Wu passed away, Lu Shui-Tian met Yin Fu and Wang Dou lineage practitioners, and learned some of Dong Hai-Chuan's method from them.  However, because he learned primarily from Li Qing-Wu, Lu Shui-Tian chose to trace his lineage from Li Qing-Wu and not Dong Hai-Chuan.  The origin history that he described to Park Bok-Nam is provided below.  Lu Shui-Tian passed away before he had the chance to provide Park Bok-Nam with anymore detail than this.

Lu Shui-Tian's Bagua Origin

Over his many years of teaching Pa Kua / Bagua, Park Bok-Nam has formally accepted a number of individuals from the U.S, Europe, and Korea into his Pa Kua / Bagua lineage, the lineage of Lu Shui-Tian.  These 7th and 8th Generation Lineage Disciples are shown in the official Lu Shui-Tian lineage chart, established by Park Bok-Nam, which is provided below.

Lu Shui-Tian Lineage Chart Final

A number of individuals in Korea are shown on this chart.  Lu Shu-De was the son of Lu Shui-Tian.   Shin Dae-Woung studied a few years with Lu Shu-De.  Liu Shin-Hua taught 1 student, Pu Shu-Hsin,  Pu Shu-Hsin has established a museum in Incheon on the life and history of Lu Shui-Tian and his Pa Kua Chang (Baguazhang, Ba Gua Zhang).  Jeon Dae-Sung left Lu Shui-Tian and taught for only a short time (less than 3 years).  During this brief period, he taught Kim Sang-Ho.  Kim Sang-Ho subsequently taught Jang Jung-Geun, and Jang Jung-Geun subsequently taught Noh Sae-Joon.

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

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