The Gompa Internal Arts Training Center

The Programs

These programs are designed to give the serious student a strong background in the martial art of Jiulong Baguazhang and Li family Bagua Qigong. We have made every effort to present each training program in clear easy to understand lessons and exercises. Many of the courses are accompanied by a course manual with other supplemental instruction to be found on our You Tube Channel and our Internal Arts University on the internet. 

Each program is held over a weekend and is a complete section of the whole method. Some programs like the basics of Baguazhang, Dragon Rolling The Pearl have four separate courses or levels each level offered once throughout the year. Each of the eight palms of Jiulong Baguazhang can stand alone as a martial art, these require a minimum of two course. Other courses have two or three levels while the Qigong programs normally have only one level. At the completion of a complete course certification examination may be requested or reserved for a later time.

Yixingong (2 levels)

This is the Li families version of Yiquan (intention fist) taken to a whole new mental and physical level. This course trains mind and body beginning with developing increase ability to use intention (Yi) through Quiet Sitting then Standing Post (Zhan Zhuang) and later moving exercises to produce issuing power (Fa-jin). You will be shown how to use the Yi to influence the nervous system and muscular system to produce greater speed and power. Any martial artist from any system can benefit from this training to improve overall power and speed. Other benefits include enhanced sensitivity of both mind, hearing, sight and touch. With this course you can develop internal power as well as mind body healing potential. This course is a must for anyone studying the Li family Baguazhang palms.

Dragon Rolling The Pearl Baguazhang (4 levels)

With this course all of the mental and physical aspects of Li family Baguazhang will be fully explained. This knowledge is the key to all of the eight palms that follow. Course covers Li family Baguazhang basic training starting with Quiet Sitting and Yixingong Standing, Shifting, Linear Walking, Circle Walking, training games solo and two person, Baguazhang push-hands and realistic Applications. This course is a prerequisite for all students on the instructor training program and should be taken before undertaking the palm studies.

The Eight Palms

Although it is recommended that everyone begin with Dragon Rolling The Pearl students or teachers of other Baguazhang styles outside of the Li family arts are welcome to train any of the Li family palm programs without this pre-requisite. The palms are listed here in a preferred order of study, however there is no fixed rule so one can begin with any of the eight. Level one of each will include Quiet Sitting and Standing methods utilizing the specific nature of each palm as associated with the Yijing Gua assigned to that palm method. Also included will be shifting, linear walking and circle walking methods. Level two will use the skills of level one for exploration of practical applications and power development and possible certification.

Heaven Palm (2 levels)

Lake Palm (2 levels)

Fire Palm  (2 levels)

Thunder Palm  (2 levels)

Wind Palm (2 levels)

Water Palm (2 levels)

Mountain Palm (2 levels)

Earth Palm (2 levels)

Advanced Baguazhang Martial Training.

Scheduled by private arrangement  (3 levels)

In this program Shigong Painter presents how to use Jiulong Baguazhang palms in realistic, practical self-defense concepts based on his 30 years on the job experience as a bodyguard, law enforcement and corrections officer training. This is not ring sparring for tournament use.

Level One includes developing realistic speed and power through the use of specialized training equipment including the famous Nine Palaces Exercises and Ten Pole Dragon Hall.

Level Two includes how to neutralize any attack with “soft power” and striking with all eight palms using whole body power and vulnerable points. Also how to develop two and multiple opponent training games to enhance awareness.

Level Three includes methods of locking, breaking joints, projecting and throwing with the eight palms. Also how to fall on hard surfaces without injury.

Baguazhang Weapons Training

(Scheduled by private arrangement unless listed in calendar)

There are no fancy tournament forms here. Each weapon is taught as realistic self-defense just as they were used by the Li family in their work as famous Baobiao (bodyguards) in Sichuan province and later in service to the army of General Chiang Kai-shek. No palm prerequisite is required, however the more skills one has in the Baguazhang palms the more deeply we can delve into the practical methods of each weapon.

Baguazhang Saber

Baguazhang Twin Saber

Baguazhang Jian (sword)

Baguazhang Twin Jian

Baguazhang Twin Spear

Baguazhang Thunder Staff

Baguazhang Elbow Knives

Baguazhang Three Section Staff

Baguazhang Iron Fan

Qigong Bagua Courses

Here are the Li family healing versions of Baguazhang for health. Each of these courses contains a specific method of practice to enhance health, vitality and longevity. Each of the programs is a stand alone method. These will be rotated throughout the year or can be reserved for private or group training during our open times.

Spring Rain Bagua Qigong

A perfect method for beginners or advanced students. This art teaches how movement such as walking and moving the arms stimulates, lymphatic and blood flow for healing and enhancing immunity to infections and diseases. Li family concepts of Qi for health are clearly explained in clear easy to understand concepts. Highly recommended.

Nine Healing Circles Bagua Qigong

Each of the eight palm formations has an association with the meridians of Qi flow used in acupuncture. Combining these positions with mental visualization while circle walking or standing still can be  used to stimulate the associated meridians for healing or increasing vitality. Once understood this can be used as a form of mental acupuncture without needles.

Flying Dragon Bagua Qigong

Making use of the ancient Daoist concept of energy centers and circulation this circle walking exercise stimulates the three inner cauldrons located in the lower abdomen, chest and head and then begins a circulation of mind Qi energy through what is called the micro-cosmic orbit.

Golden Vigor Bagua Qigong

The practice of Golden Vigor Qigong (Jin Huoli Qigong) was said to have been presented to the Li family by a Tibetan Shaman who embraced Daoist Daoyin training. Legend says he developed this method by utilizing parts of an ancient Daoist method of circle walking called Rotating in Worship of Heaven and his own knowledge rooted in mantra Tara practices to produce a profound but simple art for mind body and spirit.

Lucky Number Bagua Qigong

Based on Yijing numerology one discovers his or her unique four palms and the best of what are known as the nine directions of personal power. This can be used for sitting, standing or circle walking practice to enhance harmony with nature, healing potential, developing vital Qi and longevity.

Dragons of Wind and Water

The purpose is to harmonize oneself with the seasons and time of the year by walking the circle while forming postures associated with the energy Gua for each specific day, week, month, and year. Dragon of Wind and Water Qigong (Long Feng Shui Qigong) promotes physical and mental relaxation. Improves circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids and assists digestion. This unique form of Qigong aids in fortifying the body against disease promotes healing and also increases flexibility and power to the internal and external muscles.

Unscheduled Programs

These are available on free weekends or open weeks by special arrangement with the Gompa.

See our website for course descriptions.

Iron Palm of the Li family

Tibetan Blue Heron Boxing Art

Xingyiquan of the Li family

Taijiquan Five Treasures Form Health and Self-defense


Times and Days For Course Programs

All weekend intensive programs begin at The Gompa Center on Friday at 9:30 a.m. and end Sunday at 4:00 pm. You will receive a total of approximately 12 to 15 hours of information and practice on each subject presented by Shigong Painter or one of our Gompa Shifu’s who all have over 30+ years of experience in these arts.


Private Training Off Schedule

You can still request a one on one private weekend or week long training outside of the schedule if there are open dates. Note as of the end of January 2018 the price for these will be a bit higher than those of the scheduled programs.


Who Can Attend These Programs

Those on the Li family arts teacher training programs must study Dragon Rolling The Pearl. However you may take any of the palm courses in any order when they are presented. So those students and or other individuals of Li arts with no desire to be teachers who just want to learn or experience the art could accompany their instructor or other teachers to any of the beginning palm programs.

Teachers or Students of Other Systems

We also allow non-instructors of other systems and students of Li family arts to take any of the palm programs when offered even if there is no prior training in Li family arts.



Training Rate per Student $450.00

Deposit $200.00 – Non Refundable

Non-refundable deposit required within 30 days of receipt of this registration

Starts Friday 9:30am, ends Sunday 4pm

No individual will be allowed to attend without registration completed and deposit received.  Training is booked on a first come, first serve basis.  Each students space can only be reserved with the students deposit and signed registration forms delivered to The Gompa office.

All registration forms and deposits must be received 30 days in advance of visit.



Staying on Campus or Near By

We can accommodate two students in our Beyer Tibet House Cabin and two more in The Gompa training hall. These are available on a first come first serve basis. Inexpensive motels and hotels are also available within a short drive of the campus.

On Campus Bunk Fees

Beyer Tibet Cabin (two beds available) $25.00 per night

Gompa Hall (two fold-out beds available when Cabin full)  $10:00 per night


2019 Schedule

January 11-13 Dragon Rolling the Pearl Part 1

January 25-26 Heaven Palm Baguazhang Part 1

February 8-10 Lake Palm Baguazhang Part 2

March 1-3 Dragon Rolling The Pearl Part 2

March 29-31 Mountain Palm Baguazhang Part 2

April 26-28 Fire Palm Baguazhang Part 1

May 3-5 Qigong Flying Dragon Bagua (Parts 1-3)

June 3-6 Gathering of The Circle (Tentative)

June 28-30 Water Palm Baguazhang Part 1

July 12-19 Open week or weekend for any subject

July 26 – 28 Thunder Palm Baguazhang Part 1

August 2-4 Dragon Rolling The Pearl Baguazhang Part 3

August 9-11 Yixingong  Part 1

August 23 – 25 Wind Palm Baguazhang Part 2

September 2-8 Open for week long or weekend program

October 4-6 Founders Day Celebration @ The Gompa

October 18 -24 Open week or weekend for any subject

November 8-10 Dragon Rolling The Pearl Part 4 (Final and certifications)

November 15-17 Spring Rain Bagua Qigong

December 6-8 Earth Palm Baguazhang Part 1

Registration or questions contact Mike Leach The Gompa office manager