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Zhu Ge Liang (Kong Ming) the Master Strategist – T-Shirts, Tote Bags and Water Bottles

T-Shirts, Tote Bags and Water Bottles Featuring Zhu Ge Liang (Kong Ming)

 

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Now available from the New York Internal Arts (NYIA) shop at CafePress:  Tote bags and Water Bottles Featuring Zhu Ge Liang (Kong Ming) the brilliant strategist from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, appearing as a character in the film Red Cliff. Zhu Ge Liang, known as the “Sleeping Dragon,” was a master of psychology, deception, and misdirection. His writings are studied by both Asian business mangers and military strategists. A great present for martial artists, military buffs, or armchair strategists.

Read more about Zhu Ge Liang in Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the YIjing Baguazhang by Tom Bisio: Available at amazon.com

 

German-Language Editions of Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 1-3 Now Available!

Ba Gua Nei Gong

Volume 1: Yin Yang Patting & Dao Yin Exercises

Volume 2: Qi Cultivation Exercise & Standing Meditation

Volume 3: Twelve Posture Standing

 

Now available in a German Language Editions

Band 1: Yin Yang-Leitbahnenmassage & Dao Yin-Übungen

Band 2: Übungen zu Qi-Kultivierung & Stehende Meditation

Band 3: Zwölf Stehende Haltunge

 

 

The German-Language Editions of Ba Gua Nei Gong Vols 1 -3 by Tom Bisio are now available thanks to the efforts of NYIA/IAI instructor Wolfgang Schwalenberg, who carefully translated the texts and arranged for publication in Germany. Wolfgang teaches Ba Gua Zhang, Zhang Kuntao, Xing Yi Quan and Nei Gong in Hamburg.

Wolfgang can be contacted at: Shen Wu

To order:

Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 1 CLICK HERE

Ba Gua Nei Gong  Vol. 2 CLICK HERE

Ba Gua Nei Gong  Vol. 3 CLICK HERE

NEW 2017 Ba Gua Zhang Classes in NYC!

2017 Ba Gua Zhang Classes in NYC

Beginning level Ba Gua Zhang classes are taught twice a week: Tuesdays in Brooklyn and Thursdays in Manhattan.

The Manhattan class runs in 3 month sessions and the Brooklyn class runs in 2 month sessions.

New students are eligible to join for the first two classes of each session.

MANHATTAN

Thursday nights
Beginning Level 1 6:00 – 7:30pm
Beginning Level 2 7:30 – 9:00pm

Classes held at:
Moving Body Resources
112 West 27th Street, 4th flr (Buzzer 4)

3 month intensives open to new students in January, April and September.

Taught by Thad Wong and Jonathan Breshin.

$350 for 1 class,  $500 for both

BROOKLYN

Tuesday nights
(no class first Tuesday of every month)
Mixed Beginning level class

Classes held at:
Brooklyn Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

2 month sessions open to new students in January, March, May, September and October.

Taught by Thad Wong and Kelly McDonald.
$150 per 2 month session

TO REGISTER: email Thad directly at moc.liamgnull@niloahskroywen. Please include which classes you plan on attending. Class size is limited to 20 students/class.

Training in China 2016 – Qin Na With Master Zhao Da Yuan Wu (Part 2)

Led by Tom Bisio and Valerie Ghent, our small group of IAI instructors from New York City and Hamburg, Germany, traveled to Beijing this August. During the second part of our trip, we trained in traditional Qin Na with Master Zhao Da Yuan, who for forty years taught Qin Na’s practical and even deadly techniques to police, bodyguards and military personnel from many countries. Upon his retirement several years ago, Master Zhao has focused on passing on the full scope of the art of Qin Na to his very dedicated disciples.

 Hands-on Teaching Master Zhao Da Yuan

                  Master Zhao Da Yuan Teaching

Hard Training

Training was conducted on agricultural farm/hostel just outside of Beijing. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Master Zhao and his disciples. Many of Master Zhao’s disciples came from distant provinces. They had gathered at the farm to train intensively for a 5-day period.

We began the next day wearing karate uniforms (gi) so that we could practice seizing and throwing techniques without having to actually seize the tendons and fascia. The heat and humidity combined with the long sleeve uniforms was a challenge. We drank many bottles of water and literally wrung out our uniforms before hanging them up to dry in between training sessions.

Although the training was grueling, it was wonderful to share farm fresh meals each day, including freshly caught fish, with Master Zhao and his disciples.

Gao Yu Bing Demonstrates a Technique

         Gao Yu Bing Demonstrates a Technique

Foundation First

Master Zhao is a methodical precise and exacting instructor. One of his top disciples Ms. Gao Yu Bing, put us through our paces each day under Master Zhao’s watchful eyes. We started from the ground up with basic foundational exercises, blocking drills and intensive practice of the Qin Na Hooking Hand (Diao Shou), which is used to seize sinews, flesh, channels and acu-points. Then we progressed to throwing and falling, including flipping off the thrower’s back to land on one’s feet.

Qin Na

Before learning specific Qin Na techniques, we practiced Yielding Body Training (Rou Shen Gong). Rou Shen Gong is a method of teaching the body to relax and flow with the opponent in order to escape joint locks. This was not as easy as it looked, but added greatly to our understanding of the Qin Na body mechanics and tactics.

Yielding Body Gong

                               Yielding Body Gong

Once Master Zhao saw that we had the basic skills for avoiding injury, we learned two  Qin Na forms, Ba Ba Zhong Na “Eight Forms of Upper Seizing”, focusing on wrist Qin Na, and Ba Ba Shang Na “Eight Forms of Upper Seizing”, focusing on elbow and shoulder Qin Na.

Ba Ba Zhong and Na Ba Ba Shang Na are each composed eight basic techniques, which can be also practiced as a solo form. When training with a partner each of eight techniques has a least two variations, counter moves, and counters to the counter move. So eight techniques quickly became thirty techniques! Each night we furiously wrote down all the variations in our notebooks. By the end of our training we realized we had just scratched the surface of the art.

After five days of intense training, although our joints were sore and we ached in places we didn’t know existed, we all agreed that we wanted to come back and do it again as soon as possible.

If you missed Part 1 of Training in China 2016 – Click Here

Training in China 2016 – Ba Gua Zhang with Gao Ji Wu (Part 1)

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Led by Tom Bisio and Valerie Ghent, a small group of IAI instructors from New York City and Hamburg, Germany, traveled to Beijing this August to train with Ba Gua Zhang Master Gao Ji Wu.

Training in Beijing with Master Gao Ji Wu

Master Gao divided our training between a review of Foundational practices – Ba Gua Zhang stepping, Ding Shi Ba Gua Zhang, Ba Da Zhang (Eight Big Palms) – and the “Changing Hands” (Bian Fa or Bian Shou), which illustrate applications of the 64 Hands, Ba Gua Zhang’s linear fighting forms.

Temple of the Moon

We trained in the mornings at the beautiful Temple of the Moon in an outdoor, walled enclosure with large trees. The area was previously used by the Emperor to change his clothes in preparation for various rituals. In the afternoon, we returned to the familiar park near our hotel where Gao Ji Wu’s students train daily. Gao’s school brother, Liu Xiang ran us through the basics, and Master Gao discussed energetic differences in the Eight Ding Shi fixed palms. Then Master Liu taught us the intricacies of Ba Da Zhang (Eight Big Palms), making detailed corrections as he critiqued each person’s performance.

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Master Gao demonstrates on IAI instructor Mark Greenfield in Beijing, China, August, 2016

Beijing Summer Heat

The Beijing summer heat and humidity was impressive! We were so drenched after each training session that changing clothes two to three times each day became a necessity. Our hotel rooms were filled with drying sox, underwear and T-shirts washed in the sink. That is, until one resourceful student found a local laundromat with a one-day turnaround. Seeing our clothes drying while hanging from a tree in the hutong (small streets in Beijing are called hutong) was certainly amusing.

Changing Hands (Yi Shi Bian Liu Shi)

We also practiced the 64 Hands (Liu Shi Si Shou) with Master Gao. Here the focus was on application: how to change from one of the 64 Hands to another, or to one of the 72 Techniques, simply in response to an opponent’s counter-move. These changing methods were passed down to Gao Ji Wu from his father, Gao Zi Ying. The practice of Changing Hands is called Yi Shi Bian Liu Shi (一式变六式), literally “One Form Changing to Six Forms”. As the name indicates, by using the Changing Hands one can dissolve the attack in six different ways, according to the six directions. The opponent’s response in turn creates six counter moves, or “changes”.  Master Gao stressed that the Changing Hands requires smooth and precise footwork, and seamless coordination of the feet, hands and body.

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IAI instructors & local Ba Gua Zhang students with Gao Ji Wu and Liu Xiang at the Temple of the Moon, Beijing, China, August, 2016.

Disciple Ceremony

During our stay we were invited to attend a disciple ceremony for one of Master Gao’s students. For some of our group this was a unique experience, and a window into traditional martial culture. The ceremony was followed by a delicious banquet, where some of our instructors got their first taste of Bai Jiu, the strong clear alcohol beloved by the northern Chinese, as we toasted Master Gao, his disciples and school brothers.

Gratitude & Appreciation

Master Gao and Master Liu are generous teachers and we are grateful for their rigorous attention to detail and open sharing of traditional Ba Gua Zhang.

For Part 2 of Training in China 2016 Click Here

New Book! The Art of Ba Gua Zhang

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Artof.BaGuaZhang.Cover.WebAn Informative and Fascinating Meditation on the Art of Ba Gua Zhang

Ba Gua Zhang is an art of unparalleled sophistication and depth. Rooted in Daoist meditation and longevity practices, and Chinese medical and martial art traditions, Ba Gua Zhang provides the practitioner with a powerful and comprehensive method of actualizing his or her own inherent internal potential.

The Art of Ba Gua Zhang is not a how-to book. It is a fascinating meditation on the art of Ba Gua Zhang and its many applications to life and living. The Art of Ba Gua Zhang reveals how practicing Ba Gua Zhang can create change in all facets of one’s life: physical, mental, and spiritual. Philosophy, life cultivation and self-defense are seamlessly combined into Ba Gua Zhang’s theories and training methods, so that both the inside and outside of a person are cultivated simultaneously.

At its core, Ba Gua Zhang is an embodied expression of the laws of change and transformation that govern the world in which we live. In The Art of Ba Gua Zhang, Ba Gua Instructor Tom Bisio explains how practicing Ba Gua Zhang not only promotes health and fitness, but also allows us to deeply and directly experience and appreciate the natural forces that act upon us from moment to moment and form our experience of the world around us.

This unique book presents the many facets of this fascinating art:

  • What is Ba Gua Zhang?
  • The Relationship of Ba Gua Zhang to the Yi Jing (Book of Changes)
  • Ba Gua Zhang and Daoism
  • Ba Gua Zhang for Exercise and Physical Fitness
  • Ba Gua Zhang as a Method of Physical Therapy
  • Suitability of Ba Gua for Different Ages and Professions
  • Ba Gua Zhang as Method of Promoting Health and Longevity
  • Health Studies on Ba Gua Zhang
  • Ba Gua Zhang as a Martial Art
  • Ba Gua Zhang as a Psycho-Spiritual Path

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Hot off the Press! “Practical Qin Na: Part 2” by Zhao Da Yuan

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Master Zhao Da Yuan Reveals Qin Na’s Hidden Secrets

 Practical Qin Na: Part 2
Foundational Training, Techniques & Methods

by Master Zhao Da Yuan

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Chinese Medicine & Ba Gua Zhang in France – May 2016

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Internal Arts International held a Ba Gua Zhang seminar in France at the new training facility and clinic of Pascal Jauffret and Anna Zerbib and their Association San Qi. Tom Bisio and Valerie Ghent, assisted by Pascal Jauffret, gave 10 hours of Ba Gua Instruction over a two day period. This is the fourth Ba Gua Seminar hosted by San Qi in France and the students are making excellent progress. Students practiced the 28 Foundational Exercise, Ba Gua 12 Posture Standing, Circle Walking Nei Gong and San Cai Sing Shi as well as partner exercises and the Crane, Phoenix and Chicken stepping patterns.

IAI instructor Pascal Jauffret has plans to expand his Ba Gua program by offering both weekly classes and weekend intensive seminars, including a 6 day intensive Ba Gua Zhang retreat in 2018.

Chinese Medicine

San Qi and Internal Arts International have organized a number of seminars in Chinese medicine in Le Beausset over the past four years and we have been fortunate to be joined by experienced practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and England who are looking to expand their clinical skills. May 7-8 and May14-15 marked the culmination of two series of seminars: Orthopedic Acupuncture and Zang Fu Tui Na.

Instructor Tom Bisio was assisted by Pascal Jauffret who also provided translation.

Orthopedic Acupuncture III is the final integrative “master class” of the Orthopedic acupuncture series in which students link anatomical acupuncture skills with channel theory in order to create clinically effective global treatment protocols. Students learn how to efficiently utilize and combine Luo, Divergent, Sinew, Extraordinary and Main Meridian channel treatments. They learned to propagate Qi through the channels, using acupressure and acupuncture, while locating and dispersing energy blockages, using a combination of palpation, visual cues and techniques of needle manipulation.

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In Zang Fu Tui Na students energetically manipulate and regulate the internal organs (Zang Fu). This extremely effective method of regulating organ function and the Qi Dynamic, greatly improves clinical results on many levels and can be combined with acupuncture, herbal treatments and medical Qi Gong.

The Zang Fu Tui Na Level IV class in Le Beausset was the final class in the Zang Fu Tui Na series, and the first time this class has been taught anywhere. The instructors were both surprised and pleased at the speed with which students mastered the global integrative protocols, which combined and expanded upon previously learned techniques. Equally impressive was the facility of the students with “fascial unwinding” techniques. These techniques both unlock hidden restrictions and blockages in the fascia and internal organs, and release stuck pathogens that create chronic pain and dysfunction.

All in all, a great experience enhanced by the relaxed atmosphere and sunshine of the South of France.

Weekly Beginning Ba Gua Zhang Classes with Thad Wong : Summer 2016

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These Ba Gua Zhang classes, taught in 3 month blocks, are designed to guide students towards deep internal change which affects the fundamental way they physically relate to the world.

The teaching method encourages students to combine the weekly classes with building a daily Ba Gua practice. Engaging with this approach steadily improves structural alignments, opens energetic meridians and organically unifies the movement of the body, leading to increased health, vitality and mental clarity.

BEGINNING LEVEL 1
An introduction to Ba Gua Zhang that gives students an opportunity to build a personal practice that will grant them access to the full range of Ba Gua’s benefits. Weekly feedback, corrections and review will accelerate the development of integrated body mechanics, alignments and martial skills. Many students choose to take this block multiple times to solidify their foundation in the fundamentals of Ba Gua Zhang. The curriculum will cover:

  • Yin Yang Acu-point Patting disperses stagnation in the body, opens the meridians, courses the Qi, and is an important precursor to advanced energetic practices.
  • Standing Meditation integrates the body and mind, connects the qi and breath, refines the body’s neutral alignments and lays the foundation to move harmoniously with grace and power.
  • Joint Rotations regulate the function of all the joints in the body, increasing proprioception and mobility while integrating each individual piece of the body with the whole.
  • Ba Gua Circle Walking unblocks and energizes the meridians, cultivates a powerful, integrated body structure and reprograms walking so that you instinctively move correctly with balance, power and agility.
  • Linear Piercing Palm applies the footwork and integrated body principles of circle walking to moving through space in a linear way, all while training the foundational martial technique of piercing palm.

BEGINNING LEVEL 2
Beginning Level 2  builds on the practices and skills from Beginning Level 1, adding more in depth training in specific areas of Ba Gua Zhang. Completion of Level 1, or prior training in Ba Gua circle walking, are required in order to take this class. The rotating curriculum at this level correlates with seasonal changes to maximize the training benefits for the mind and body. For the Summer session this workshop will focus on:

  • Ba Gua Circle Walking will be explored in more depth, refining this central practice of Ba Gua Zhang and adding more variations and ways of changing on the circle.
  • Foundational Body Training improves joint mobility, strengthens tendons and bones, and balances the musculature of the body, all while actively engaging the body’s natural, spiraling power.
  • Partnered Seven Star Training conditions the main striking surfaces utilized in Ba Gua while developing power, timing and footwork.

Dates: Mondays, May 2nd  – July 25th 2016
Time: Level 1 6:00-7:30pm, Level 2 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Moving Body Resources, 112 W. 27th St, 4th floor, NYC
Fee: $350 for 1 block or $500 for both blocks
Instructor: NYIA instructor Thad Wong
Registration: To register, email Thad at moc.liamgnull@niloahskroywen

Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Distance Learning Intermediate Level

Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Distance Learning Program

Intermediate Level – Core Patterns and Movements
Coming March 15, 2016

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Real training in Ba Gua Zhang as it is taught in China today

Two years ago, when we started the Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Online Learning Program, we had no idea it would be so popular. Two years later, we now have hundreds of participants making good progress in the art of Ba Gua Zhang.

I have received letters from all over the world that attest to the efficacy and comprehensive nature of our online learning program in Ba Gua Zhang. Several participants from the Online Learning Program applied to our Instructor Training program in NYC last year (5 intensive weekends of training in 2014-15). They excelled with the material and surpassed my expectations. As a result, we now have more than 20 new instructors capable of teaching the Foundational level of Ba Gua Zhang.

View 3 free sample videos from the Intermediate Level Program
& download a free instructional pdf
“The Single Palm Change & The Eight Trigrams”
HERE

The Intermediate Level of the Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Online Learning Program focuses on the core forms, techniques and methods, which are the heart of the art of Ba Gua Zhang.

The Intermediate Level is a natural continuation of the Foundational Level of the Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Online Learning Program:

  • ideal for those who already practice Ba Gua and wish to broaden their understanding of Ba Gua as both a martial art and a method of self-cultivation.
  • provides the perfect balance of theory and practice presented through written material, and video.
  • gives you the ability to grasp the essence of Ba Gua without a teacher present.

We supply the knowledge and methodology,
and you put in the hard work.

What does the Intermediate Level contain?

    • 30 page welcome letter – explaining how to get the most out of the course
    • Over 500 pages of written instruction
    • 3 MP3s guiding you through essential Nei Gong practices
    • Over 120 Videos detailing every aspect of training
    • Newly revised 170 page curriculum guide
    • Bonus Video graciously donated by Master Gao Ji Wu discussing and demonstrating Ba Gua Training and Criss-Cross Hands

What You Will Learn in the Intermediate Program:

  1. Tian Gan Heavenly Stem Exercises: These exercises develop torsional winding power and silk reeling energy.
  1. Single Palm Change & Double Palm Change: The two core movements which are the root of all other changes and techniques.
  1. The Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang): The Eight Palm Changes and their many applications. Each of the Old Eight Palms trains a unique strategy, contains different footwork, and emphasizes different body and hand actions.
  1. Eight Hands (Ba Shou): These Eight Single Linear Movements are Practical linear expressions of the Eight Palm Changes, and the foundation of the 64 Hands (64 Linear Forms).
  1. Lao Ba Zhang Partner Exercises
  1. Eight Trigram Single Palm Changes: Eight methods of performing the Single Palm Change. Each method manifests a different Jin and corresponds to the energy configuration of a particular Yi Jing Trigram.
  1. Martial Skills of Ba Gua Zhang – The Five Methods
    1) Capturing and Seizing Methods (Qin Na and Na Fa):

    • Principles of Locking and Seizing
    • Six Basic Wrist Qin Na techniques
    • Wrist Qin Na Variations
    • Elbow and Shoulder Qin Na
    • Eight Linking Qin Na

    2) Throwing Methods  (Shuai Fa):

    • Eight Basic Throws

    3) Kicking Methods (Ti Fa)

    • Developmental Kicking Exercises
    • Kicking Drills and Applications

    4) Elbow Methods

    • Eight Stationary Elbow Exercise
    • Eight Attacking Elbows

    5) Striking Methods

  1. Single Movement Practice: Practice of individual movements, which develop critical skills.
  1. Ba Gua Spinal Meditation: A unique Nei Gong method that releases restrictions in the spine and bring circulation to the spine and brain.
  1. Bone Breathing: Breathing into and activating circulation to the bones
  1. Ba Gua Marrow Washing Nei Gong: An advanced method of Nei Gong that strengthens the bones, consolidates the marrow, and relaxes and invigorates the soft tissue.
  1. Foundational Saber Exercises (Dao Ji Ben Gong)
  1. Foundational Staff Exercises (Gun Ji Ben Gong)

What people are saying about the Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Foundational Level program:

 I’ve been studying bagua for over a decade from various teachers and I wanted to let you know that your Distance Learning Program is the most comprehensive, in-depth and, most importantly, easily understandable, bagua teaching that I have ever come across. 

I very often find myself feeling very grateful for this program. Your eloquence and attention to detail makes your work very valuable, especially for students who have trained in person with other practitioners.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study Authentic Ba Gua Zhang.

 No Stories and Myths – Just Real Instruction and Training

Intermediate Level – Core Patterns & Movements  BUY NOW
Regular Price: $620
Sale Price: $530

Save even more when you purchase the Foundational and Intermediate Online Learning Programs together:

Intermediate & Foundational Levels Bundle BUY NOW

Regular Price: $999                                     
Sale Price: $800

Sale announcement was sent to our NYIA email list on March 15. Join the email list (if you’re not already on it) & be the first to know about new programs and seminars!

 

The Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Distance Learning Program is created by Tom Bisio. Throughout this unique program, in both the Foundational and Intermediate levels, Tom details exactly how and why each movement works, and imparts valuable tips, imagery and detailed explanations of the internal connections, providing you with a clear and comprehensive approach to learning and mastering Ba Gua Zhang. Nothing is held back!

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