Park Bok Nam

Photo of Pa Kua Chang Kung Fu Instructor 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, 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.

Jason Reardon

Photo of Pa Kua Chang Kung Fu Instructor Jason Reardon

Jason leads the UK student group, he is a 7th generation lineage holder, has been a student of Park Bok Nam for 15 years, and has over 25 years experience in the internal arts.

Many people learn Ba Gua forms and techniques but don’t know how to apply it in a real fight. This leads some people to question how effective the art is rather than the practitioner.

Jason has practical experience of various fighting arts, and is always keen to give a friendly demonstration of just how brutally effective Ba Gua is for self defence.