About Pa-Kua Tustin

Pa Kua Tustin's story begins like many do: somewhere else. Pa Kua Orange, located in the historic Orange Circle, has been fortunate to see a flourish of growth the past few years, resulting in many students who love what they do enough that they wanted to begin teaching. As more and more people began to teach and new students came to learn, it became clear that Orange was too small to fit all the great energy pouring in. And so, a plan developed to open up a new location. After months of Master Clawson driving around, calling "for lease" ads to scout for the perfect spot, one finally presented itself. Looking through the big glass windows, past the water-stained ceiling tiles and faded paint, he saw potential.

A few signed papers later, work began. Enthusiastic students and masters showed up to help paint, tear out old fixtures, put together furniture, and paint some more. Little by little, the empty spot has begun to look like a Pa Kua school. But what is a school without its students and teachers?

Instructors and masters from both Huntington Beach and Orange are excited to begin teaching everything from martial arts and yoga, to tai chi and archery. There are classes for all ages and abilities, taught by people who love what they do. Pa Kua schools are connected through an International League, founded by the late Master Giordano Magliacano. The schools enjoy the benefit of receiving itinerant masters--highly skilled masters from all over the world who come visit other schools to teach special classes and improvements--as a way of keeping the Knowledge of Pa Kua consistent and allowing students to experience a little piece of a great, global community of people who love Pa Kua.

There are Pa Kua schools across the country, including Florida, Idaho, Nevada, and New York. Outside of the States, there are schools in Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and many in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. New locations are opening regularly. If you have a desire to learn, we will find a way to teach you!

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Pa-Kua Chinese Archery

The bow features between the very first primitive weapons and is a very important tool in human history.

It really is believed that weapon originates back to 50, 000 years ago. Some images of prehistoric cavemen armed with bows and arrows have been entirely on rock paintings dated to be approximately 35, 000 yrs old.

Around 3, 500 BC, the Egyptians were utilizing these arms to keep their dominance in your community, and Centuries later, developed compound bows, using different materials such as wood, bone, animal horn and sinew. This combination of media allowed them to manufacture and use re-curved bows, which resulted in much smaller and, in time, better bows.

This advance in weapon technology enabled archers to attack their enemies from greater distances and the proven fact that it had been smaller allowed them to shoot their bows at a radius of 360º while installed on a galloping horse. This is, without question, the primary element in the expansion of the Mongol empire and the formation of the Grand Empire once we know it. Before the reign of Genghis Khan, in the year 1280 BD, the Mongol empire expanded to Austria and the regions of Syria, Russia, Vietnam and China.

There was an absolute Mongol influence to Chinese archery, although it is most likely impossible to see the precise amount, since for tens and thousands of years, millions of Chinese have used arrows in combat. There have been many Chinese schools and a selection of styles, the traditional method became quasi extinct as a practice and the Art of Chinese Archery survived for the reason that country only thanks to several enthusiastic practitioners of the art, Historians, Traditionalists and Collectors of Antiques.

The study of Traditional Chinese Archery all but disappeared from China at the beginning of the 20th century, once the Emperor Guangxu excluded archery from the curriculum of the Imperial Army in 1901. The japanese occupation of China during the 2nd World War was also contributed to the disappearance of the art.

After years of research, preparation, practice and training, the International League of Pakua began teaching the Art of Chinese Archery, reviving these ancient techniques of shooting and infusing it with Pakua Knowledge.

The International League of Pakua has hence played an historic role in the rebirth of an ancient knowledge, becoming most likely the only school that's keeping alive the many technical traditions of shooting with a Chinese arrow, in addition to helping propagate its practice all through South America.

The bow is without a doubt among the noblest weapons of Pakua, balancing efficiency of combat with the study of self-knowledge in addition to control of the body and the mind.

Some schools think about the bow to be a supreme weapon, more essential even compared to the sword, for it permits attacks from a distance. It could be the choice of every warrior, but both the bow and sword have become noble weapons. In many instances all through history they were utilized by exactly the same combatant, conducting his first attack at a distance with the bow accompanied by the sword for close up combat.

The original Chinese shooting style or once we call it now, the Pakua style, differs from the Mediterranean style - which uses three fingers to pull the string - and is characterized by the use of the thumb to pull the string. A thumb ring made based on the ancient traditions out of horn, bone or jade can be used to safeguard the finger from the tension of the string.

The Pakua bow is re-curved and is easily recognizable by its “ears”, nonflexible extensions of wood. This serves as a lever and multiplies the power of the draw.

You can find two forms of bows found in the Pakua School: One is made of wood, fiberglass and leather as the other is constructed of more traditional materials such as bamboo, water buffalo horn and wood. However both forms of bows are handcrafted.

The arrows utilized by Pakua students are also special and so are not easily available on the market. They must either be ordered or hand manufactured by the Masters themselves due to the very specific requirements. The projectiles are constructed of traditional materials such as bamboo and natural feathers that feature the white, red and black colors characteristics to the Pakua School and within its flag. This color scheme symbolizes the three Cosmic concepts of Sky, Man and Earth.

Courses in Archery are taught by the International Pakua League all over the world and include the Yin and Yang areas of the art: Chan Meditation is put on the shooting movements in addition to Traditional Chinese combat oriented techniques.

The study can be acquired to a person with or without experience in either Archery or Martial art.

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PaKua Schedule

Monthly Pricing

No Contract | Child & Adults are same price

1 x per week per month $120.00 per aspect
2 x per week per month $140.00 per aspect
3 x per week per month $170.00 per aspect

Family discount and the student discount for college students available.

Monday

9am Tai-Chi
11am Tai-Chi
12pm Archery
4pm Archery
5pm Tai-Chi
7pm Energy

Tuesday

8am Yoga
9am Martial Art
11am Martial Art
12pm Yoga
4pm Family Acrobatics
5pm Kid’s Martial Art
6pm Martial Art (12-17)

Wednesday

9am Tai-Chi
11am Tai-Chi
12pm Archery

Thursday

8am Yoga
9am Martial Art
11am Martial Art
12pm Yoga
4pm Family Acrobatics
5pm Kid’s Martial Art
6pm Martial Art (12-17)

Sunday

10am Martial Art
11am Yoga
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Martial Arts

PaKua Martial Arts

This complete martial art gives the student comprehension of themselves as well as their surroundings. Pa-Kua focuses on personal development and is most identifiable by its circular form of martial arts. It uses the opponent's energy against them, and extensive studies of Martial Art tactics add the self-confidence that will significantly benefit anyone. There are many people concerned about if the martial art is right for them or if they will be able to do a martial art class. In Pakua Huntington Beach you will learn martial arts from very well trained, certified and experianced staff of PaKua masters and instructors. 

Who Practices Martial Arts?

Pa-Kua martial arts is for all ages and abilities. We have separate classes for Pee-Wee martial arts ages 4-7, Kids martial arts ages 8-12, Teens martial arts 13-16, Adults, and Seniors. We have had students from 3 Years to 104 Years old! There are classes from Beginner to Advanced. All of the classes are taught by Internationally Certified Masters and Instructors who are recertified by the PaKua International League annually. Private martial art classes are available, General class sizes range from 2 to 8 people in a class. Please call to find out which class time will work best for you. All classes on our schedule can be attended by any level student. Advanced classes are not listed.

What will you learn in Martial Arts?

In a safe non-competitive environment, you will learn the Traditional Chinese Knowledge of Pa-Kua. This consists of stand-up and ground fighting techniques including but not limited to: Striking, pressure points, levers, manipulations, sweeps, throws, locks (submission) and chokes. You will also develop the internal aspects of Pa-Kua through meditation, breathing techniques, and forms. Everything is taught in a progressive manner so that you will be prepared for each step along the way by studying in class with your Master or Instructor.

How will you benefit from learning Martial Arts?

You will gain the Confidence to lead the life you want with peace by having the techniques and training from the Martial Art to overcome your daily fears and anxiety. That means you have more energy to focus on the life you wish to live and enjoy. The Chinese theory is that our body is a reflection of our mind and vice versa. Thus, by stretching, improving coordination, and increasing strength, you will benefit in many internal ways as well, including the release of endorphins which is one of the many reasons you will feel better after every class! Training of slow forms will improve harmony and growth of internal and physical well being. Pa-Kua is a complete art which gives its practitioner a better sense of self confidence, increased concentration, augmented coordination, and improved flexibility.

Why learn Martial Arts?

Martial arts has been continuously developed and improved over thousands of years. It's focus and development during all those years has been focused on maintaining peak fitness and health of body and mind as well as the way to protect yourself and your family. In Pakua we still maintain these traditional values that have been passed on by each generation of PaKua martial art masters. There are many reasons that people come to study martial arts at PaKua Huntington Beach. Some people come to lose weight and then stay because they see that they not only became more fit by practicing the martial art but that they have more energy and just feel better in their daily life. The best way to see what I'm talking about is to come by and try a class.  Call (714) 377-8805 for more information or to schedule your first class.

Brief Class Overview:

Run with martial art training exercises
Practice how to fall safely
24 Movements to improve Energy, Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination
Improvement and practice of kicks
Training with martial art bags
Technical training such as defense from grabs or attacks and offensive techniques
Strength and Core training

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