Danielo Perez is a respected presence in the Austin, Texas, community who has undertaken numerous forensic investigations of causes of unexplained and unattended deaths. His responsibilities in Austin extended to testifying in complex cases. Having studied Mandarin Chinese in university, Danielo Perez has a passion for internal martial arts such as Tai Chi and Baguazhang, and philosophies such as Daoism.
With Bagua said to derive from the mountain teachings of Dong Haiquan in ancient Sichuan Province, the discipline is linked with Eagle Claw Kung Fu traditions and includes foundational symbols of Pre-Heaven and Post-Heaven.
The Pre-Heaven symbol ties Heaven and Earth on a single horizon and leads to concepts such as Yin and Yang, with fire rising from the Earth to Heaven and water falling from Heaven to Earth. The cyclical Post Heaven symbol aligns primarily with the seasons and replaces Earth with Water (moon/winter) and Heaven with Fire (sun/summer).
Also known as Eight Diagrams Palm, Baguazhang stands as one of the major disciplines within Nei Jia Kung Fu and is tied to Daoist meditation practices that focus on walking in circles. Its movements emphasize circular patterns, in tandem with concepts such as disruption and “relaxed” joint locking.