Emily Garcia

I came to BaGuaZhang as a serious student of yoga, and what yoga does for my inner body awareness, BaGua does for my body awareness in relation to other bodies. But even that doesn't really describe what a transformative force BaGua can be—physically, mentally, and emotionally. With daily practice, it starts to inform the way you respond to challenges, the way you interact with others, and the way you see the world and your place in it.

Studying BaGuaZhang with Joey is incredible because in addition to being a formidable martial artist, he brings as much attention and sensitivity to teaching as he does to his own practice. He is able to work with students at varying levels of skill and experience within the same class, and somehow, we all feel like the material and pace are just right for wherever each of us is that day. Along with Kate, who is a gifted teacher in her own right, Joey has created a supportive and welcoming community for beginners and experienced martial artists alike.