Yeh, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Conscripts wouldn't, but that the trained regulars would. Note that Dong never taught the imperial guard Bagua explicitely, he taught a shaolin style (Lo Han I think?) (I won't go into whether or not shaolin has IM concepts, thats another thread). Modern Bagua came from his disciples who interpreted what they learnt off him, his disciples being the top soldiers at the time (the ones who didn't have to worry about mere survival).