Baguazhang or «The Palm of Eight trigrams» it is one of main schools of traditional Chinese Wushu of the internal branch, which founder is considered as a famous fighter of the past Dong Haichuan. Being a marvelous teacher, he educated a whole pleiad of talented pupils, each of which continued the business of their teacher and created own style, introducing certain corrections and nuances in the techniques. The book, offered to readers’ attention step by step presents methods, practices and techniques of the martial art of “Eight trigrams”, originated from Liang Zhenpu, who was one of most famous teachers of the school. CONTENTS: Introduction Chapter 1. The brief biography of Baguazhang Liang style masters Chapter 2. Base principles of Baguazhang Chapter 3. Ding Shi Ba Zhang – «Eight Fixed Palms” Chapter 4. Lao Ba Zhang – “Eight Old Palms” Chapter 5. Zhi Tang 64 Zhang - 64 Linear Palms Chapter 6. Dui Lian – Pair exercises Chapter 7. Bagua Chin-na Chapter 8. Eight main grips Conclusion
In its first English-language edition, this detailed training manual is a complete guide to Gao baguazhang, as preserved through the lineage of Liu Fengcai. The youngest of the major bagua lineages, Gao bagua shows the influence of taiji quan, xingyi quan, and shuai jiao. It incorporates traditional bagua weapons, pre-heaven palms, and animal forms in addition to sixty-four individual post-heaven palms and their accompanying two-person forms. A unique synthesis of health-building techniques, Daoist theory, and practical fighting applications, Gao-style bagua is an example of the finest internal-arts traditions. The original manuscript for The Cheng School Gao Style Baguazhang Manual was completed by the art's founder, Gao Yisheng, in 1936. It was not published at the time, but handed down to his student Liu Fengcai, who edited and published the first Chinese edition in 1991 with the help of his own student Liu Shuhang. In 2005, Liu Shuhang published a revised and expanded version, and this was again expanded and reissued in a third edition in 2010. Now, the manual has been translated and fully updated for its first English-language edition. Including over 400 photos showing step-by-step techniques and forms, the manual documents the fundamentals of the art as well as detailed descriptions of techniques and empty-hand forms, laying the groundwork for advanced training. This edition includes rare photos of important masters in the Gao lineage, lineage charts, biographies, and other updates, making it the essential companion for anyone studying Gao style and a useful guide for any practitioner of baguazhang or other Chinese martial arts. From the Trade Paperback edition.
A fully bilingual edition of Andrea Falk's translation of Baguazhang by Jiang Rongqiao. Originally published in 1963, the translation was published in 2000, and now is fully in both Chinese and English. Pinyin is included for the movement names. The photos and images now follow each description, improving on the presentation of the first edition. A few comments from the translator are now also included, after years of study of Jiang's bagua with various teachers of the lineage.
The book, offered to your attention, is devoted to describing the basic and applied technique of one of classic internal styles of Chinese Wushu – Baguazhang school. The work presents methods and forms of training alone and with a partner, successively, step by step. The large material is accompanied with detail illustrations accenting attention on important aspects of martial application of the technique of this style. CONTENTS: Introduction - Baguazhang history Name and origin Jibengong – basic exercises Jiben Ba Zhang – eight main palms San Ti Shi – a stance of three bodies Bu Xing – stances Bu Fa – Movements Exercises with a movements along a circle Circle conception “Palm of eight trigrams” form Wuji – infinity form Taiji – “Great Limit” form. The beginning of movement Liang Yi – the form of double order. The Single Changing Palm Yongfa – martial application Si Siang – four elements. Double changing palm Yongfa – martial application Qian trigram - The lion form Yongfa – martial application Kun tragram - The unicorn form Yongfa – martial application Kan trigram - The Snake form Yongfa – martial application Li trigram - The Hawk form Yongfa – martial application Zhen trigram - The Dragon form Yongfa – martial application Gen trigram - The Bear form Yongfa – martial application Xun trigram - The Phoenix form Yongfa – martial application Dui trigram - The Monkey form Yongfa – martial application Pair training Attack methods Methods of defense and counterattack Continuous attack Methods of defense from grips Conclusion
Closely related to taijiquan, baguazhang is one of the three great internal arts and, like its counterparts, can be used to kill as well as to heal. Hidden within it is a series of brutal, relentless strikes applied quickly and mercilessly to the very deadly dim-mak points of the body. In this book, Erle Montaigue first introduces the original circular form, complete with photos of each posture and its practical application. Next he presents the linear or fighting form to teach the secrets of extracting an endless array of combat applications from this complex art. If you appreciate the dual healing and martial qualities of dim-mak and other internal arts, this book will be an invaluable addition to your training library. For academic study only.
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.
Documents the style of Bagua Zhang developed by a top student of martial arts master Cheng Tin Hua, in a second volume that includes coverage of related history and culture as well as step-by-step instructions on the variations of the single palm change, the eight mother palms and the 24 movements of eight animals. Original.
The Immortal & the Angry Baby...General Qi Jiguang was coughing up blood, near death in a field hospital, when he received a visit from the Sage Lin Zhao'en. The Sage performed a martial exorcism with explosions and a talisman to capture pirate ghosts who blamed General Qi for their deaths. General Qi was completely healed. The Sage then taught General Qi the Golden Elixir, cementing a lifelong bond.Sage Lin claimed that he learned the Golden Elixir in secret night-visits from the Immortal Zhang Sanfeng. The Immortal was a theatrical character, known for defeating twenty-four palace guards with thirty-two moves while snoring like an earthquake and smelling of booze and vomit-thirty-two moves that General Qi wrote about and later became known as Tai Chi! The dragon-killer Nezha cut his flesh from his bones and returned it to his parents. He was done. Or so it seemed, until Nezha's secret father Taiyi descended from the sky and gave him a new body made of lotus flowers and the Golden Elixir-making him invincible.Nezha was China's most important hero-god-so important that caravan guards and rebels nicknamed Beijing "Nezha City." In 1900 thousands of Boxers possessed by Nezha died fighting foreign guns. Blamed and ridiculed for this failure, martial artists who practiced the dance of Nezha hid their history and gave their art a new name-Baguazhang!The reason you never heard these histories is so dark that few have dared to speak about it, until now... Completely new and meticulously researched, Tai Chi, Baguazhang and the Golden Elixir erases a hundred and twenty years of confusion and error to reveal the specific theatrical and religious origins of Chinese Internal Martial Arts.
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.