Black Dragon Fist (Wulong Quan 乌龙拳) is a hybrid martial art that combines Subak, Baji, Pigua, and the Jingang Bashi. All four of these styles are unified by the “black dragon” coiling mechanic used by the waist.
Subak 手搏 (Personal Cultivation) is a classical Korean martial art that combines acrobatic kicking with sophisticated internal movements from Taiji and other Chinese styles. Though originating in the 17th century, its modern incarnation was founded by Hwang Kee in 1945. In addition to martial training, the practice of Subak includes meditation and the study of Daoist philosophy.
Baji Quan 八极拳 (8 Extremities Fist) is a Northern Chinese martial art famous for its explosive, short-ranged power and heavy strikes. Baji thrives in close range, employing six "gate opening" techniques to dismantle an attacker's structure. Baji dates back to at least the 18th century, and is interwoven with the history of Chinese Muslim culture.
Pigua Zhang 劈掛掌 (Lightning Palm) is the sister style to Baji that specializes in long and mid-range hand techniques, evasive footwork, and fluid body movements. Dating back to roughly the 18th century, Pigua’s style is often described as lighting traveling through storm clouds, seemingly wild but with immense energy, until it strikes the Earth.
Jingang Bashi 金刚八式 (8 Essential Methods) is a set of eight basic techniques for beginners to understand internal martial arts. Developed by Taiji master Li Ruidong and Baji master Li Shuwen around 1900, this set was designed to be an accessible way for anyone, regardless of age or ability, to begin practicing traditional kung fu.
When practiced with the WuLong mechanic at their core, these styles integrate with one another to create a robust and flexible martial art system.
WuLong Quan is taught by Aaron Diaz, who has practiced Subak since 1990 and Baji/Pigua since 2003.