Master Wang Shujin (1904—1981) was one of the world's foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts, with legendary expertise in the disciplines of Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, and Xingyi Quan. This book offers a lucid translation of Master Wang's seminal work on Bagua Zhang and includes expanded instruction by co-translator and noted Bagua Zhang expert Kent Howard. It also introduces readers to a rarely seen personal side of Wang Shujin, who was not only a fighter but also a teacher and spiritual leader. Bagua Linked Palms includes a wealth of additional information useful to the practitioner of internal martial arts, including the story of Bagua Zhang's development, the connection between the Bagua and the I Ching, and step-by-step instruction in the eight “changes” of Bagua Linked Palms, the first form in Master Wang's style of Bagua Zhang. This comprehensive, richly annotated text makes it a must-have addition to every serious martial arts library.
A book with 100 photos offers a complete guide to the rare Chinese martial art of Bagua Zhang, connect its physical movements to the cultural meanings of the I Ching. By the author of Bagua Linked Palms. Original.
Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations
Author: Tom Bisio
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Drawing on ideas from classical military strategy, the Yijing (Book of Changes), and Chinese martial arts theory, Tom Bisio presents a fascinating exploration of how insights from these sources can be deployed to manage crisis situations in all aspects of our daily lives. Suggesting approaches for cultivating a strategic mindset that can be applied to one's relationships, work, and personal self-fulfillment, Beyond the Battleground offers methods of adapting to circumstances, conserving one's own resources, and avoiding or dissolving conflict that will aid any reader navigating the uncertainties of the changing world, including the business person, military theorist, or martial artist. Deftly interweaving his background in East Asian philosophy and history and his career in traditional Chinese medicine with his lifelong interest in the martial arts and military science, Bisio also presents examples of successful strategies from history’s great commanders such as Sunzi, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Mao Zedong. From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Relates the history & legends of ba gua zhang, has detailed basic training, step-by-step practice of both open-hand and weapons forms, new translations of ba gua zhang classics, and an explanation of circle walking as a moving exploration of the I Ching"--Provided by publisher.