About Pa-Kua Orange

The Pa-Kua Orange school was established in January, 2002. The first classes for the school were taught at the YWCA and then at Hart Park in Orange.
The first rented space for the school was located on Chapman Avenue, right next to a neighborhood gas station. Martial arts and yoga were the classes taught there.
Quickly outgrowing that space, the school was moved to a larger Chapman Avenue location on July 2, 2002 and remained there for 3 years. On July 25, 2005, the Pa-Kua Orange school added another location on the corner of Chapman Avenue and Olive. The two locations were later consolidated and moved to the school’s present location, 55 Plaza Square, on February 2, 2009.
For the 10-year anniversary of Pa-Kua Orange, a huge renovation of the Old Town Orange Plaza location took place. The project involved students, instructors, masters, family and community members working together. The school, the way it is today, is the finished product of that renovation.
The Pa-Kua Orange school provides classes for all ages. Training in any aspect of the art encourages physical, mental and spiritual growth and incorporates the ancient Chinese traditions of Pa-Kua.
Pa-Kua Orange is a committed member of the Pa-Kua International League. The International League of Pa-Kua was founded by Master Giordano Magliacano
(see Pa-Kua History). We have the honor of learning from Itinerant Masters who visit from all over the world to teach Pa-Kua. This makes it possible for the highest ranking Black Belts in a particular geographic area to continue taking classes and courses. It also provides the opportunity to have internationally certified belt evaluations for the students.

There are Pa-Kua schools in Oregon, Idaho, Florida, Nevada and Colorado. In New York there are schools located in Manhattan, Long Island and Brooklyn. The International League also has schools in many parts of Europe, Argentina, Brazil and one in New Zealand.

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PaKua Sword Class

As an integral part of Pa-Kua, the study of Chinese Ancient Weapons is critical to the Martial Art development. Strength, focus, and confidence are a few of the numerous benefits of studying the art of combat with ancient weapons.  Along with the study of the history of the sword and other edged weapons, you will learn their reason for being and the honor surrounding them. The study of ancient weapons stresses awareness, coordination, and self-discipline.

In ancient times the traditional weapons were used for self defense. The art of combat with one of these weapons was often developed out of necessity, using common contemporary items. The stick that accompanied a traveler on his journey can be turned into a weapon, and its use eventually evolved into an art. The common household item used to carry water back from the well, was used as a weapon in case of emergency.

Other common items were used as tools of war. Studying the warrior's discipline from ancient times helps us today in our daily battles of life. The discipline of mind and body acquired during the study of any of these weapons from the past is an invaluable tool for us today.

Brief Class Overview:

Run with training exercises
Meditation for the Sword
24 Movements to improve Energy, Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination
Improvement and practice of Attacks, Defense, and Combinations
Sword Drawing Techniques
Partner Training (one-and-one, etc.)
Technical training such as defense from attacks and offensive techniques
Strength and Core training

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