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Your Online Baguazhang School for Neigong, Forms, 8 Animal Training, Applications, Partner Drills, Qigong, and Meditation.
Welcome to Baguazhang Online!
Baguazhang is an Internal Chinese Martial Art that is known for its coiling movements, elusive footwork, internal power, palm strikes, and the integration of Daoist Philosophy and Meditation.
Multifaceted in its benefits, Baguazhang can be practiced for Health and Fitness, Energy Cultivation, Push Hands, Mental Focus, Self-Defense, Sparring, and Self-Mastery.
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Special Offer: Your first week is free!
Here’s What You’ll Get With Your Membership
When you become a Baguazhang member you will immediately gain access to:
Wednesday Live Class:
11am PST / 12pm MDT / 2pm EST
Friday Live Class:
4pm PST / 5pm MDT / 7pm EST
You can find class recordings in your "Live Class Library" to watch at your convenience.
Get Full access to our Comprehensive Baguazhang Instructional Videos when you sign up today.
Our Library is not time gated, browse to your hearts content!
Over 135+ Videos totaling around 22 hours of instruction. This library is ever growing.
With our integrated "facebook-like" community forum, you can interact with Sifu Lake and other Baguazhang Online students.
Owner, Conscious Founders Coaching
Sifu Kelly Ryan Lake is one of the most thoughtful teachers I’ve met.
His dedication to the healing arts, martial arts, and Spiritual path is inspirational and illuminating. He easily unpacks the essence of Chinese martial arts training while incorporating his embodied knowledge of Buddhist and Daoist principles. Personally, I’ve benefitted tremendously from Kelly’s dedication, perseverance, and clear, well-structured instruction.
Sifu Kelly is one of the most gifted and best teachers I have encountered in martial arts.
He approaches technique from the point of view of how systems of the body work together to generate power, to enable elasticity, to allow relaxation, to enhance sensitivity -- and he does it in a way that brings ancient traditions of personal alchemy to life in a modern day age.
Our Baguazhang Curriculum
Level 1: Essentials, Foundations, Circle Walking, Coiling Set, & Self-Defense
Level 2: Rooting, Body Conditioning, Qigong, Meditation, & Cultivation
Level 3: Prenatal From, Jiang Rong Qiao Form, & 8 Animal Training Methods
Level 4a: Neigong (part 1), Partner Drills, Push Hands, and Advanced Qigong
Level 4b: Partner Combat Drills, Sparring, & Self-Defense
Level 5: Weapons Forms and Additional Empty Hand Forms
Level 6: Daoist Cultivation, Character Development, and Self-Mastery
Level 7: Neigong (part 2) & Embodying the Art of Baguazhang
Level 8: Becoming a Sifu
Sifu Lake is an expert-level teacher who's dedication shows up in the curriculum he delivers to his students.
Having received an authentic lineage, he has gone on to put in the time and effort which leads to true mastery, experimenting tirelessly to make the lineage practice his own.
Kelly's enthusiasm for the art combines with skillful instructional technique. Breaking methods and principles down into their basic elements so that students can effectively integrate them.
Modern learners will find a powerful resource in his curriculum. Not only because of the convenience of the online interface, but because he takes the best of traditional practice, and cuts through to its essence - potentially saving years of effort on one's path to mastery.
As a school-brother, and training partner with Sifu Lake for many years, I can attest to his warm-hearted inclusiveness, brutally effective martial prowess, and dedication to further developing these priceless traditions.
About The Instructor,
Sifu Kelly Ryan Lake
Sifu Kelly Ryan Lake D.M.Q. (China) is the Founder and Head Instructor at the Temple of the Original Thunder, a Daoist Academy providing training in Chinese Internal Martial Arts, Qigong Exercise, as well as the Daoist Praxis of Cultivation and Self-Mastery.
As a teacher of these transformative and life enriching arts, Sifu Lake's instruction is highly detailed to make embodying these dynamic practices much easier. Always excited to see new and long-term students, Kelly brings a lot of humor and joy to his classes, maintaining an environment that welcomes all as friend and family.
As a Martial Artist, Kelly specializes in the study of Neigong, focusing on the principles, structures, and qualities of internal training that make up "the engine" of Internal Martial Arts, such as Taijiquan and Baguazhang.
Sifu Lake is also very passionate about applying and pressure testing the Internal Styles. His goal is to contribute to the Chinese Martial Arts community by providing a clear praxis on attaining Internal Ability and how to apply the Classical Styles for Self-Mastery, Health, Energy Cultivation, and Realistic Combat and Sparring.
Kelly began his journey into the Martial arts in his teens. First delving into the martial arts with Traditional Jiujitsu before moving on to a 7 Animal Kenpo hybrid system, Kelly eventually found home in the Internal Martial Arts and had undergone over a decade of tutelage with Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson.
During his apprenticeship with Sifu Jerry Alan Johnson, Kelly had also taken it upon himself to explore the modern styles of combat such as Boxing, MMA, BJJ, and JKD. While not claiming to be an expert of these modern arts, they were crucial in the overall development of Kelly as a Martial Artist. Inspired by these combat arts, Kelly would even work as a Boxing Coach for a couple years while he continued to pursue the path of becoming a Sifu of the Classical Chinese Styles.
Eventually in 2016, Kelly Ryan lake had accomplished a goal he had dreamed of since the beginning of his tutelage and had become a certified Sifu in the arts of Baguazhang and Taijiquan.
Today, Sifu Kelly Ryan Lake continues to challenge himself in the domain of Martial Arts and fitness. Refusing to stagnate in his development, Sifu Lake continues to absorb any lesson on neigong, combat, sparring, and self-defense that he can find. He is currently recording lessons and filming his live classes for his distant students via his online programs.
Chinese Medicine & Qigong Therapy
As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sifu Lake specializes in working with his patients to identify their core values and create goals from those values, how to utilize their current experience and present obstacles, and work with the client to move into their ideal life energized, pain free, and with a renewed sense of gratitude and passion for life.
By supporting a client in overcoming their own situation they also build a confidence and acquire new tools and resources that will serve them in working with whatever they encounter in the future.
Sifu Lake had first encountered Acupuncture, Herbology, and Chinese Philosophy from an Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Monterey California. This man had visited the Martial Arts Dojo that Kelly was studying in at the time and had offered free treatments to Martial Artists as he felt a kinship with such a community with him and his brother both being Taekwondo Champions.
Over a course of many sessions with this Acupuncturist, and with the meeting of Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson, Kelly had become very inspired by the idea of embarking on the path of a healer.
in February 2009, Sifu Kelly had begun his journey with the International Institute of Medical Qigong under the guidance of Professor Jerry Alan Johnson. Following soon after, Kelly had also enrolled in the Five Branches University Masters of Tradition Chinese Medicine Program.
With a Medical Qigong Therapists degree, Kelly would open a clinic with four other practitioners and see patients regularly, specializing in empowering Athletes and Martial Artists.
In 2012, Kelly graduated from the International Institute of Medical Qigong as a Doctor of Medical Qigong Therapy. In addition, Sifu Lake was recognized by the Beijing Western District Medical Qigong Science and T.C.M. Research Institute of Beijing, China as a Doctor of Medical Qigong Therapy.
In 2015, Kelly had graduated from Five Branches University with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and soon after became a Licensed Acupuncturist within the state of California.
Daoism & Self Mastery
As a Daoist Teacher, Kelly specializes in the categories of Meditation, Cultivation, and Self-Mastery.
Sifu Lake's Journey into Daoism began in his late teens and had become a ordained lineage holder at the age of 22. Four years later, Kelly had visited China again to receive his second Lu, a register denoting an special ranking of the Daoist Priest, which permits the Daoist to become an Abbot and found a Temple.
In 2018, a few years later after attaining the abbot level ranking within the Tian Shi Dao Sect of Zheng Yi Daoism, Sifu Kelly Ryan Lake had founded his new Daoist School, The Temple of the Original Thunder, and began teaching Daoism locally and online.
In 2020, the Temple of Original Thunder began to operate as its own entity with the focus of offering an education on Daoist Cultivation and Spiritual Work undistracted and unrestricted by politics.
Today, Sifu Lake maintains a close group of students whom he teaches Daoism to and practices together with.
Currently there is no accessible Daoist Class but there are plans to offer more Daoist Education in the future through module based learning, online classes, in-person seminars, as well as in the form of an integrated education within other programs at the Temple of the Original Thunder, such as with Baguazhang Online.
Baguazhang Online - Teaser
Demo of Structure & Quality in Push Hands
2019 JKDAA Expo - Baguazhang and Monkey Demo
The Eight Animals of Baguazhang Freestyle Demo
Professor Jerry Alan Johnson, Ph.D., D.T.C.M., (China)
Temple of Change and Transformation
It is extremely rare to find a teacher who has an in-depth knowledge of this special internal martial arts system; and who can willingly demonstrate its effective combat applications. Kelly Ryan Lake is such a teacher.
The Chinese internal martial art system of Baguazhang combines the very best fighting applications of the Buddhist Shaolin and Daoist Wudang martial arts traditions. Famous for their elusive coiling dragon patterns and powerful crushing palm ability, the Bagua fighters were often known in China as Rolling Thunder Boxers.
Because many instructors nowadays only teach hand-forms, it is extremely rare to find a teacher who has an in-depth knowledge of this special internal martial arts system; and who can willingly demonstrate its effective combat applications.
Kelly Ryan Lake is such a teacher.
Not only is he competent in its eight animal martial arts training and applications, but he also embodies the unique Daoist teachings that originally accompanied this internal martial arts system.
Having trained him for over 10 years, it is with great honor that I highly endorse Doctor Kelly as a Sifu (Master Teacher) in these Daoist arts, and applaud his great achievements as an accomplished teacher and true lineage holder.
A Word From Sifu Lake
Baguazhang Online has been project of mine since 2018 and I am pleased to finally give this passion project of mine its official launch as we near the end of 2021.
Sharing with you this Complete and Comprehensive curriculum of Baguazhang that I have trained, cherished, and which has evolved through my teaching of it is an experience I have difficulty finding the words for, so I will only say it is a feeling very close to my heart.
Through the many hours that I have poured into my practice of this art, with the great effort I have put in to help evolve it, and through the many hours of teaching and documenting it in my personal endeavor to serve the art and those whole will come to practice it, I almost feel that this project is a part of me.
First and foremost, the path I offer you is one of Self-Mastery, Health, and Benefit onto Self, Other, and World.
Through the practice of Neigong, Baguazhang, Qigong, Meditation, Daoist Alchemy, and both Universal and Baguazhang specific Self-Defense may we transform into a more Beneficial, Powerful, and Wiser version of ourselves - and may the benefits we receive overflow to those around us whom we love, cherish, and are privileged to serve.
I will leave you now with one of my favorite lines from a Daoist Scripture that has guided me through life and continues to remind me to remain open to life and to allow myself to be nourish by it.
"May we all endlessly receive and transform."
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Keep in mind that currently only Level 1 (Modules 1-3) is uploaded as we are re-filming our lessons to meet our standards of quality and to be organized with our 8 Sectioned Curriculum model.
Level 1 (Modules 1-3) contains within it over 135 instructional videos (22+ Hours of Content)
Level 1 includes detailed instruction on the essentials of Structure and Quality that begins your journey into the realm of Neigong and Internal Power, Maintaining Structure & Quality with Movement, Basic Self-Defense, Circle Walking, Footwork Patterns, and 16 Palm Changes taught as a stationary set, adapted onto the circle, and accompanied with fighting applications.
Training Modules will be uploaded regularly. Our goal is to have the entirety of our Baguazhang system filmed and uploaded before the end of 2022.
We would be honored if you would join us in this journey!
Don’t wait! Look at what the Baguazhang students have to say about this course
ROBERT T. O'BANNON JR.
Martial Artist and Official Grandpa of the School
I first met Sifu Kelly in 2016, and boy, do I wish I had met him sooner
I have trained in Bagua and Tai Chi over many years and even traveled to China on three occasions to learn from the masters of these systems.
Training consisted of a lot of time spent on practicing the forms along with some applications, but only the special students received the "secret" teachings, such as the Neigong instruction.
You don't need to do what I did and travel around the world seeking. Sifu Kelly was able to provide me with this training.
Distance Energy Worker
Sifu Kelly Ryan Lake's teaching has depth, breadth, and detail.
Sifu Kelly is a rare teacher who has in-depth training in more than one lineage, and is able to analyze interrelation and among arts and techniques.
His classes are valuable not only in learning the art he teaches, but also for deepening my understanding of martial arts that I studied previously.
One thing I love about Sifu Kelly's teaching is that I can take his teaching of movement and neigong and hack it back into my qigong practice, into my iaido practice, etc...
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