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World Pa Kua Martial Arts & Health - Burbank

Burbank, CA

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Our mission is to bring mental, physical, and social health and harmony to anyone who chooses to study the Pa Kua tradition. We offer classes in Martial Arts, Archery, Kickboxing, Edged Weapons, Yoga, Tai Chi, Reflexology and Acrobatics.

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M
2 September 2019

Great school for people looking to learn something new, challenge themselves, make friends, and get in shape! Master Kyle, and all the other instructors, help you to find what you need from the classes.

E
10 August 2019

My son did one week of Pa Kua battle camp this summer and LOVED it! He thought the teacher was great, and really enjoyed that he got to learn how to do all sorts of different things (archery, sword fighting, etc). He especially enjoyed the excursions to the nearby park. I'm really thrilled that we won this gift certificate in our school auction at Micheltorena Elementary. We'll definitely be coming back here again!! More...

S
6 August 2019

A great school! Master Kyle helps students of all ages, abilities, and experiences to get the most out of classes. I've take archery and martial arts, both were fun and I learned a lot. His teaching is thorough and inspiring. More...

M
23 July 2019

A great place to learn about yourself and the world around you. Whether you just want to get in shape or search for the meaning of life, this is a great place to start.

J
17 March 2019

This place offers so many interesting classes! It's amazing! Archery, tai chi, yoga, martial arts, ancient sword fighting! A very relaxed fun place to exercise. The teacher is great with kids in his kids martial Arts and archery. More...

S
14 January 2019

My fiancé and I took a group introductory archery lesson with Master Billingsley. He's awesome. Taught us a bit of history, made sure to stress safety and taught us technique and form very quickly/effectively. All four of our group were nailing targets left and right by the end. Great instructor, great class, WAY more fun than I thought it would be.I'm definitely going to go back and after posting a vid on IG, I have friends that are probably going to come as well. Can't wait for the next class! More...

D
11 December 2018

excelente lugar para disfrutar de PA KUA

E
2 October 2018

What a wonderful resource to have in downtown Burbank. Master Billingsley is a gifted, flexible and caring teacher with adults and children of all ages. I would recommend the after school program to anyone in the area. More...

S
2 October 2018

This is the best school to offer techniques in multiple programs like Traditional Chinese Archery, Tai Chi, Edge Weapons, Martial Arts, Chinese Yoga and a few others. Me and my husband are lucky to be Master Kyle's students for Traditional Chinese Archery. The traditional style of Archery is different from the modern style. The traditional style focusses more on shooting with your mind than with your vision. You get to learn different martial ways of shooting an arrow like shooting while walking / stepping back / turning / laying down / sitting down etc. I feel traditional Archery stimulates the growth of both your mind and body. What I really like about this place is the way Master Kyle teaches. His style of teaching is never forceful, be it kids or adults. That way each class is a self improvement session. Overall, irrespective of the program, the Pa Kua style is non-competitive. The environment in the class has a different feel to it. No matter how tired I am when entering the class, the energy of the place rubs on in a positive way. The discipline of the place has improved my way of life.Burbank Pa Kua studio offers classes which everyone can attend be it kids, adults or seniors. The studio has parking available at the front and on the backside. More...

S
29 July 2018

This is the best school to offer techniques in multiple programs like Traditional Chinese Archery, Tai Chi, Edge Weapons, Martial Arts, Chinese Yoga and a few others. Me and my husband are lucky to be Master Kyle's students for Traditional Chinese Archery. The traditional style of Archery is different from the modern style. The traditional style focusses more on shooting with your mind than with your vision. You get to learn different martial ways of shooting an arrow like shooting while walking / stepping back / turning / laying down / sitting down etc. I feel traditional Archery stimulates the growth of both your mind and body. What I really like about this place is the way Master Kyle teaches. His style of teaching is never forceful, be it kids or adults. That way each class is a self improvement session. Overall, irrespective of the program, the Pa Kua style is non-competitive. The environment in the class has a different feel to it. No matter how tired I am when entering the class, the energy of the place rubs on in a positive way. The discipline of the place has improved my way of life.Burbank Pa Kua studio offers classes which everyone can attend be it kids, adults or seniors. The studio has parking available at the front and on the backside. More...

A
27 July 2018

My kids really enjoy Master Kyle's archery and martial arts classes and spring/summer camps. I am also taking a kick boxing class with him. Master Kyle is fantastic, really patient with the kids and you can tell he truly cares about his students. My kids raved about the summer camps and looks forward to their Saturday classes with Master Kyle. I highly recommend World Pa Kua for kids and adult classes! More...

A
24 June 2018

I am writing this review, in my capacity as a current student of Archery at Burbank Pa Kua. Pardon me for the long read as my experience has been so good that it is hard to keep it short. We (me & my wife) joined Burbank Pa Kua to learn Archery about an year ago and from day 1 until now it has been an enriching experience. Why Archery?: My wife wanted to try out Archery and we were looking at different options and am glad we tried Archery at Burbank Pa Kua where they teach Traditional Chinese Archery (burbankpakua.com/program…). The archery taught here is different from the one in competitive sports where they use vision as the primary tool to take aim. They may also have other supports like scopes etc. to take the shot. Traditional Chinese Archery involves training your perception to take the shot. The different techniques taught as part of the program align with martial skills. In this discipline once well trained, you can also shoot with your eyes closed.Archery taught here is as much mental as it is physical. The arrows you shoot reflect your state of mind at that moment. The atmosphere of the class is non-competitive. You don't compete with your peers. Rather you compete with the best you from the previous shot. There have been days when my mind is cluttered with thoughts about work etc. and my shots would go haywire. It is one of the hardest tasks in life to keep your thoughts in check and to be in the moment. In this class we try to get closer to that state. Master Kyle: One of the best Gurus I have seen in my life. He is kind hearted, compassionate and always approachable. He style of teaching encourages you to observe and learn, helps you to progress in your discipline at your pace and not his. His 'way of life' is an example for us. Studio: It is a clean and well ventilated space. There are 3 changing rooms and a unisex bathroom. There is equipment supporting different programs. Parking is available in the front and on the backside of the studio. Parking details - burbankpakua.com/contactOther programs: There are different programs to pick from. Please see burbankpakua.com/programs for details. Evaluations: You do have an option to evaluate yourself in your discipline. Evaluations happen every 3 months I think. Again, it is super fun and not competitive. More...

U
15 June 2018

This martial arts studio is for everyone at every age. It is non-competitve and offers a diverse array of unique classes. Most people, (like me) would never think to try a martial arts class because it is usually so strenuous and daunting . But this studio accommodates both those who are wanting to train at an intense level as well as those who want to develop in a slow, gentle way. It is a complete workout custom tailored to your individual needs. I've never known a more attentive and supportive community for health and wellness! More...

J
13 April 2018

I was so happy to finally find a school that has family classes! We've been doing martial arts for years and this is the first time we can train with our kids in the same class! Master Kyle is an amazing teacher and has such incredible patience! He truly cares for every student and his dedication to his art is admirable. I highly recommend this school! More...

V
12 February 2018

My daughter loves the archery class. I've tried for years to find an activity/sport that my 13 year old could "get into" and finally struck gold with Master Kyle's Archery class. The energy here is perfect for Sara; the focus is not on competing against eachother but, rather, improving ones self whilst being supportive of the others in class. More...

M
2 October 2017

Kyle is a wonderful, patient teacher. By the end of my archery lesson, I could not only hit the target, but I learned the importance of breath and intention.

A
2 October 2017

One of the most Recomended places to take your kids or for yourself! Master Kyle Billingsley is one of the best teachers around here. He has a great experience and knowledge that anyone who's interested should take advantage of. More...

M
2 October 2017

Master Kyle you are the Best!Mariani

R
2 October 2017

I have been a member at many workout studios such as equinox,24 hour fitness and crossfit training ..all along I was looking for a place to train my body and mind. I was fortunate enough to have met master kyle at Burbank Pa Kua who has patiently guided me to find appropriate training for my body and soul.At Burbank Pa Kua I study Thi Chi,Martial arts and Kickboxing...it has been a wonderful and fulfilling journey for me.I highly recommend everyone who is interested in changing their way of life to give it a try.. I never felt better physically and mentally I love it... More...

M
2 October 2017

This place is great for any age.

J
2 October 2017

This place is a bit hard to find - but once you do you have found a real sanctuary for authentic Tai Chi and healing arts. This studio is offering excellent classes in Archery, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Kickboxing, and Edged Weapons. The instructor is highly skilled in a multitude of disciplines. I'm still in shock that I found such a healthy, friendly, noncompetitive community to learn martial arts. It is a place with a relaxed but focused environment. The studio has all levels of skill from novices to masters. All levels train together, incorporating patience and the ability to adjust to a variety of skill levels. The emphasis is on the process of learning which takes the pressure off of performing and competition. It is in an odd little alcove off of Alameda next to a jewlery shop across from Ralphs- I parked in the Ralphs the first few visits and crossed the street. Then I figured out how to go around over the little service bridge to the side street. More...

R
20 June 2017

I've been here for over 6 months now and it's made such a positive impact overall in my life. Master Kyle is not only professional and dedicated to his school, but is very humble and high spirited. Given that I work odd hours in the entertainment industry, Master Kyle has been very flexible with my schedule and understanding. I've been learning Tai Chi, Archery, and recently Martial Arts and diligently advancing and expanding. Each class is very unique, organic, and engaging within a community of other students. The environment is one of mutual respect among adults and children. Weather you're individual or want to bring your family, it is the right place for everyone willing to learn in a contemporary way, a very ancient philosophy and art. More...

D
14 March 2017

This place is a bit hard to find - there is a tree hiding the sign! And it is in an odd little alcove off of Alameda next to a jewlery shop across from Ralphs- I parked in the Ralphs the first few visits and crossed the street.  Then I figured out how to go around over the little service bridge to the side street.  Once you get there you have found an authentic sanctuary for Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Archery, and healing arts.  This is the real deal. I'm still in shock that I found such a healthy, friendly, noncompetitive community to learn martial arts.  I've searched for many years and this is the first time I found a place with a relaxed but focused environment.  The studio has all levels of skill from novices to masters.  All levels train together, incorporating patience and the ability to adjust to a variety of skill levels.  The emphasis is on the process of learning which takes the pressure off of performing and competition.  It is a safe place to be awkward and clumsy as a beginner and because Master Kyle is so highly skilled in all the disciplines he teaches, his example is inspiring and uplifting.  Master Kyle is one of those rare- totally sane people who is doing what he loves most in life.  His energy is seemingly endless and he shares that energy generously.  If you are curious about how Tai Chi or Martial Arts can improve your life this is absolutely the place for you. More...

M
22 February 2017

I take archery with Master Kyle, and I love it! I was looking for a good archery school for a while-- never thought to check a martial arts school. It's better than I ever expected from a sport: the archery style at this school is Eastern (as opposed to Mediterranean), and I really prefer it-- Master Kyle teaches us to shoot without relying on just aiming. We learn how to shoot in motion, how to load arrows without looking-- it's actually really cool:) And there's a good mix of people-- I'm an actor, there are people who are doing it for meditative reasons, some are parents that come with kids (he has smaller bows and arrows for them). Master Kyle also offers other classes, including swords. And I know he always offers a free first class, so that's great too:) Love this place! More...

D
4 January 2017

Master Kyle Billingsley and Burbank Pa Kua are the best!!! Master Kyle is an inspiring person and a very patient and encouraging teacher. I love the non-competitive nature of Pa Kua, it really feels like all are welcome, and there are so many different disciplines to study I can't ever see getting bored. I have really enjoyed my time there and look forward to every class.Thank You Master Kyle!! More...

A
4 January 2017

Master Kyle Billingsley not only teaches you Martial Arts; he is also an expert in nutrition and health.  After several sessions with Master Billlingsley my appreciation for eating better, meditating, and cleansing my system have increased. As we age being more in tune with our mind and body is critical. More work continues with Master Billingsley as I rework my schedule to also include his recommended exercises for better health. Thank you. So glad I was introduced to you. Happy New Year! More...

K
3 January 2017

My son had been asking me for quite some time about archery classes. I came across Burbank Pa Kua by accident and decided to check it out. Kyle was so inviting and asked my son and I to stay and take a class so we did. I am so glad because my son fell in love. Since then, Master Kyle has proven that this was the best decision I could have made! My son loves it there and has really taken to it in such a short time. Master Kyle is very patient and precise with his teaching. I can't wait to see the next level my son can achieve! More...

M
2 October 2016

Great instructor master Kyle has a great range of knowledge for anyones needs. His studio has several classes for spiritual, mental, and physical growth.

N
29 September 2016

I had been wanting to do martial arts for some time, but where to go was the big question.  When I met Master Kyle and he explained the Pa Kua approach it seemed like a good fit.  I wasn't disappointed!  I do martial arts and kick boxing and I am well on my way toward achieving my goals of conditioning, discipline and skill attainment.  And it is in an environment that is respectful, nonjudgmental yet disciplined and motivating.  Pa Kua has so many modalities that there is something for everyone and I have a place to learn and grow for years to come.  Try it today, you won't be disappointed either. More...

N
29 September 2016

Master Kyle and Pa Kua have something to offer everyone. Motivation, conditioning, discipline, yet in a nonjudgmental and respectful setting. Growth occurs here on many levels.

A
6 September 2016

Words are not enough to describe this place and the experience you'll get. You just have to try to see it for your self. Took my 10-yrs. old son for 2 free classes. First day was Martial Arts and the second day for Archery. And that was it, he loves it. Master Kyle at Burbank Pa Kua Martial Arts and Health is one of a kind. His teaching styles and philosophy is just so different from what I have seen in my past experience and from today's most Martial Arts schools. I see his teachings helping anyone trough out their lifetime no matter what the age is. It's like Eastern and Western, traditional and modern, external and internal combined, all in one. Master Kyle is a father himself. He's great with kids and he's very patient. He teaches my son that the only person he needs to compete is himself. I think that is a very important lesson for anyone to learn. It has been 2 weeks and already I can see changes in my son. He is more focused, confident and respectful. Where else can a 10-years old learn Martial Arts, with so many options: Archery, Weapons, Tai Chi, Meditation, Kickboxing, Yoga, Acrobatics, Chi/Energy. And that's not all. Great after school program (with or without transportation). I can drop off my son after school. and pick him up by 6pm. He practice Martial Arts 3 times a week, one day Archery, and one day the kids decide what they want to learn, then does homework with help then gets free time. More...

S
24 August 2016

What a wonderful service provided in Burbank! My 7-year old goes to the after school program during the week and absolutely loves it; he sings about it on the way there and never wants to leave! That's a 5-star in my book. This is not a traditional after school program, my son gets to practice martial arts and archery plus he gets supervised homework time with a snack, it's great! Master Kyle is disciplined yet super gentle and patient with the kids, my whole family loves him. This is so much better than coming home from school and complaining about having homework to do and begging for the iPad!! More...

J
23 August 2016

MUST TRY!!!!  I took the Chinese archery class with my wife. The experience was one of a kind! It's a great way to get rid of some stress and get a physical workout. The course itself was non-competitive, which makes the experience very pleasant. Master Kyle was great. Very attentive, calm, and professional. He did not discourage my beginner skills in archery. As a matter of fact, I am happy to say I will return for more classes, because he took the time to educate me on proper techniques. The venue was clean, new, and overall very pleasant to be in. This course fosters both mental and physical control. I was able to relax my mind enough to get my body to shoot the arrow in the right direction.Overall a great experience for kids and adults. More...

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Being able to interact and help improve my life and the life of the people around me, and then by extension the community in which I belong.

I wanted more time to invest in martial arts and my family.

We are a non-competitive and inclusive group of people dedicated to their improvement of every person age of age, ability, skill, and condition. We are fanatically non competitive!

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The most popular and commonly known part of Pa Kua is the martial art form called Pa Kua Chuan (Baguazhang). Many Martial Arts practitioners all over the world have been exposed to this form in one way or another. Pa Kua Chuan is easily recognized because of the circular form of walking and movement that dominates the form. Masters of various disciplines encourage their students to study Pa Kua Chuan to improve and increase the fluidity of movements in fighting techniques or in combat and sparring situations.

Traditional Chinese Archery is a discipline where we search for our mind. The bow and arrow have been considered by many great philosophers to be the ultimate weapon. The relationship between the bow and the energy of our mind is stronger than with any other weapon. When an arrow is shot, the archer can see any small variation in their mind manifested by the flight of the arrow and where it strikes. Traditional archery is a martial skill as well and there are a large variety of techniques. Many of them are meditations and many of them are combat related. Learn to shoot while on the move, while running, or while in hiding or ambush. Shoot targets that move, and hold arrows in your hands while firing.

Tai Chi incorporates slow movements used as a form of relaxation and teaches control of every part of the body. The movements practiced are slow and steady and students focus on developing control and form as well as increasing muscle tone and improving flexibility. Fighting and self-defense techniques are included in the slow moving art. Students studying Tai Chi will improve their health and develop a sense of internal calm. Tai Chi teaches synchronization with the environment. Moving in concert with the dynamics of the cosmos. Following the movements of the universe. Looking for inner strength and outer softness. Using introspection. It’s the maximum expression of non-confrontation. It’s about opening the mind and breaking free of structure.

Acrobatics is the study of powerful positions, combining balance and strength, done by more than one person together that strengthens our understanding of society and relationships while helping each person overcome past shocks. Each student will improve strength and balance through different slow exercises using their own weight and the weight of a partner. These exercises will also clean and repair the body and mind by filling all the muscles and cleaning them with new blood and oxygen.

Acrobatics is the study of powerful positions, combining balance and strength, done by more than one person together that strengthens our understanding of society and relationships while helping each person overcome past shocks. Each student will improve strength and balance through different slow exercises using their own weight and the weight of a partner. These exercises will also clean and repair the body and mind by filling all the muscles and cleaning them with new blood and oxygen.

Chinese Yoga is an ancient art derived from Pa Kua knowledge. Through movements and meditation it teaches the student to harmonize body, mind, and spirit. The movements tone and strengthen the body, promoting lean and flexible muscle. Stretching exercises increase flexibility, protecting from injury and provide a greater range of motion, while the breathing exercises oxygenate the body and regulate both the heart rate and cardiovascular system. The student also learns techniques to relieve stress and achieve a sense of tranquility in the midst of the chaos of everyday life. Chinese Yoga is a way of studying ourselves through stretching, postures, breathing techniques, and cardiovascular exercises.