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.
This clear, step-by-step guide to the fundamentals of Bagua Zhang lays out the principles, practices, and underlying philosophy of this cerebral and sophisticated Chinese internal martial art. Leading readers from the most basic precepts of Bagua Zhang practice to advanced techniques, Kent Howard draws on his deep understanding of the art and his decades of teaching to set students on a path toward mastery. While Bagua Zhang is often perceived as a complex martial art that is difficult to learn, Howard breaks it down into clear and easily absorbed principles and exercises that beginners can master and incorporate into higher levels of practice at their own pace. Numerous easy-to-follow photographs illustrate core practices such as circle-walking, post standing, and palm changes, as well as foundandational techniques of posture and alignment, fluid motion, generating whole-body power, absorbing and redirecting energy, striking while in motion, and much more. In addition to providing a solid foundation for a lifetime practice, Bagua Zhang Fundamentals also offers more advanced practitioners valuable tips on how to increase their knowledge and understanding of this multifaceted martial art.
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.
Secret training manuals, magic swords, and flying kung fu masters—these are staples of Chinese martial arts movies and novels, but only secret manuals have a basis in reality. Chinese martial arts masters of the past did indeed write such works, along with manuals for the general public. This collection introduces Western readers to the rich and diverse tradition of these influential texts, rarely available to the English-speaking reader. Authors Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo, who coauthor a regular column for Classical Fighting Arts magazine, showcase illustrated manuals from the Ming Dynasty, the Qing Dynasty, and the Republican period. Aimed at fans, students, and practitioners, the book explains the principles, techniques, and forms of each system while also placing them in the wider cultural context of Chinese martial arts. Individual chapters cover the history of the manuals, Taiwanese martial arts, the lives and livelihoods of the masters, the Imperial military exams, the significance of the Shaolin Temple, and more. Featuring a wealth of rare photographs of great masters as well as original drawings depicting the intended forms of each discipline, this book offers a multifaceted portrait of Chinese martial arts and their place in Chinese culture.
A book that includes history, training methods, step-by-step instruction of movements and more than 150 photos explains Bagua Zhang, the unique martial arts form that emerged in 1920s China and gained popularity in the United States in the 1990s. Original.
"The traditional instructional verses of the Chinese martial art of baguazhang. The book includes translation (from sixteen sources) of the original texts, commentary on the meaning, and discussion of the variations in text and translation notes."--
A COMPLETE TRAINING GUIDE FOR BEGINNER TO ADVANCED Packed with over nine hundred photographs, this comprehensive text offers theory, martial applications, sequences, Qigong exercises, weapon training, and is an indispensable resource for those serious about Chinese martial arts. •Translation of Ancient Baguazhang Documents •Baguazhang Turning and Spinning Qigong •Basic Training Hands, Feet, Posture, Stepping •Basic Training Two Person Routines •Body Conditioning with Weights and Poles •Body Conditioning Two Person Routines •Eight Palms Sequence and Martial Applications •Eight Palms Sequence Two-Person Fighting Set •Swimming Body Sequence and Martial Applications •Bagua Deer Hook Sword Sequence and Martial Applications Indisputably the most comprehensive book on Baguazhang in the English language.
KISS OF DEATH Moments after a high tea is interrupted by a fire in the servants' hall, art collector Daniel McCourt is found sprawled on the floor of his study under a bundle of mistletoe, his throat slit by the bloody sword lying next to his body. Could the killer be a disgruntled lover, sending a message by murdering McCourt under the mistletoe? Could it be one of his fellow collectors, pointedly using one of McCourt's own acquisitions to kill him? Inspector Witherspoon is determined to solve the case--preferably before Christmas Eve--but of course he will need some assistance from the always sharp-witted Mrs. Jeffries, who has her own theories on why McCourt had to die by the sword... A Mrs. Jeffries Mystery
Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Sports Performance Enhancement
Author: Tom Seabourne
Publisher: Ymaa Publications
Category: Sports & Recreation
A resource book aimed at any martial artist. Sports psychologist and twice US Taekwondo champion Tom Seabourne explains how to achieve peak performance with meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques. Readers discover how to improve fat loss, muscle building and fatigue control.