What is Bajiquan?

Bajiquan ('Eight Extremes Fist') is a Chinese martial art which is nicknamed “the bodyguard’s fist", as it’s practitioners have been part of the personal guards of major figures, from generals to emperors in Chinese history. The Special Forces of Taiwan still use Bajiquan as their hand-to-hand combat training. It is characterised by using agile footwork to get within close range of the attacker and strike or throw them with explosive force in all eight directions.