Bagua Zhang is attributed to Dong Haichuan in the early 19th century. He probably amalgamated many different martial styles and added them to Daoist circle walking. Dong originally named his style Zhuan Zhang meaning Turning Palm. In the 1860’s he became instructor and body guard to the imperial court, eventually earning imperial partronage.
Dong had many students who developed their own practice. Currently, the most popular styles are Wudang, Emei, Yin Family, and Yin Yang.