Master Park has accepted Tracy Lanzilotti as an 8th Generation Lineage Disciple of orthodox Wu Dang Ba Gua Zhang. Her lineage name, Dìng Yù (定玉), translates as Stable/Firm Jade.
One of the most profound lessons this art taught me very early on is "how you do anything is how you do everything," and that the things you do most often are what become your habits, your reflexes. When I first began to experience moments in my training, that challenged me not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well, it was then that I started to recognize just how much of a life-changing impact this art could have on me if I went all in. And so I did, I went all in. 11 years and 4 months later, this lesson still carries the same weight for me and this art, this incredibly beautiful art, continues to provide just the right challenges I need in that moment in order to grow as a martial artist in the discipline and in life. The deeper you allow yourself to go with your training, the more the discipline and these lessons naturally spill over into every aspect of your life. You learn to approach everything with the same reverence as you do your physical training. For a martial artist, life becomes a moving meditation, a 24/7 practice. I am a better person because of this art and I have such a deep respect and appreciation for Lu Jia Qiang Shan Ba Gua Zhang, for Master Park, and for all of my Ba Gua brothers and sisters. I wholeheartedly feel humbled, blessed, and grateful for the privilege of being accepted as an 8th generation Lineage Disciple. This art has never let me down and so I will continue to show up, to work hard, and to train to the best of my ability so that I remain worthy of the honor of being named Dìng Yù.