Baguazhang – An Internal Martial Art Linked to Daoism

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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.


The Pathologist’s Role in Determining Cause of Death

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Dr. Danielo Perez is an Austin, Texas, professional with an extensive background as forensic pathologist. Experienced in unattended, unexplained, and unnatural deaths in Austin and Cook Counties, Dr. Danielo Perez has performed numerous autopsies.

The most critical task of the pathologist involves determining cause of death, which fulfills both legal obligations associated with the duties of law enforcement, and the needs of surviving family members. A focus is on whether natural causes were involved or if the death involved murder or foul play.

Aspects of death that are considered include basic questions as to whether the location or manner of death was out of the ordinary. Gun and knife wounds may be present, as well as other indications of a potentially unnatural death, from bruises to strangle marks.

Autopsies help determine a number of other critical factors, including the approximate time of death and details of the perpetrator, such as height, weight, and left- or right-handedness. These clues together create a cohesive narrative of the last moments of a person’s life and are a vital aid in cases where police investigations proceed further.