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Xing Yi Quan Tu Na Si Ba: The “Secret” Breathing Methods of Xing Yi Quan

by Master Song Zhi Yong with Tom Bisio. Photos by Valerie Ghent

In this unique book, Song Zhi Yong, a senior disciple of legendary Xing Yi Master Li Gui Chang, reveals the formerly “secret” foundational training, the key to Master Li’s Xing Yi Quan:

  • Tu Na Si Ba (Four Essential Breathing Forms)
  • San Ti Shi (Three Body Posture Training)

Tu Na Si Ba was traditionally taught only to senior disciples, and has never before been written about in English or Chinese. Today, Song Shi Yong, in collaboration with his school brother Tom Bisio, presents the correct practice method of Tu Na Si Ba for the first time in print. Tu Na Si Ba is critical to understanding and developing skill in the core practices of Xing Yi Quan, San Ti Shi and Pi Quan (Splitting Fist). In addition, the book features over 450 photos by Master Song’s disciple, Valerie Ghent, which clearly illustrate details of the exercises. Read more at amazon.com.

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

by Master Zhao Da Yuan. Translated by Tom Bisio and Huang Guo Qi

Practical Qin Na Part Two: Foundational Training, Techniques and Methods, the second volume of Master Zhao Da Yuan’s magnum opus on the art of Qin Na  decisively puts the art of Qin Na on the map as complete system of effective self-defense, physical training and internal development.

His top disciples demonstrate not only the key Qin Na training methods for developing refined strength and skill, but also more than 150 devastating Qin Na techniques. These techniques dynamically illustrate the full scope of the art of Qin Na, with defenses against grabs, punches, kicks, locks and weapon attacks.

More than 1,000 photos accompany the text, clearly illustrating all of the techniques and training methods. Read more at amazon.com

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Practical Qin Na Part 1: Explanation of the Qin Na Nine Heaven Secret Text

by Master Zhao Da Yuan. Translated by Tom Bisio and Huang Guo Qi

Practical Qin Na Part 1: Explanation of the Qin Na Nine Heaven Secret Text is Part One of Master Zhao Da Yuan’s magnum opus on the art of Qin Na (Capturing and Seizing). Although Qin Na techniques are taught in all styles of Chinese Gong Fu, few people know that Qin Na is also a complete system of self-defense and self-cultivation. The Nine Heaven Text is an extraordinary contribution to the art of Qin Na and the internal Chinese martial arts. In a series of coded poems, the text presents the complete theoretical basis of both Qin Na and the internal martial arts, in minute and precise detail. Read more at amazon.com.

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Ba Gua Cicle Walking Nei Gong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang

by Tom Bisio

Ba Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong is rooted in ancient Daoist longevity exercises and internal alchemy practices, which aim at re-connecting us to our intrinsic nature and inner wisdom. While smoothly walking and circling, the practitioner holds different postures or “body patterns” known as Ding Shi. Each of these postures opens, unblocks and energizes a specific acupuncture meridian or group of meridians, thereby modulating and activating the body’s energetic matrix. Regular practice of Ba Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong re-programs the body to walk and move correctly with balance, power and agility, while powerfully energizing the body and calming the nervous system.

In Ba Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang, author Tom Bisio, a renowned martial artist and acupuncturist, details the practice method and theory of this powerful system of internal exercise.Recent studies have shown that regular walking may be the ultimate cardiovascular exercise. However, the circle walking exercise of Ba Gua Zhang is not simply walking. It combines the benefits of walking with Qi Gong and meditation. It also develops a refined strength that can be employed in martial arts and other physical activities.

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Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crises Situations

by Tom Bisio

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. Read more at amazon.com.

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The Art of Ba Gu Zhang

by Tom Bisio

Ba Gua Zhang (Eight Diagram Palm) 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. In this unique book on the art of Ba Gua Zhang, Ba Gua instructor Tom Bisio discusses the many facets of this fascinating art.

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.Read more at amazon.com.

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Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 1: Yin Yang Patting & Dao Yin Exercises

by Tom Bisio

This is the first of  6 books detailing various methods of Nei Gong utilized by Ba Gua practitioners to improve, health, free the body of blockages and develop refined power and strength.

Yin Yang Patting Nei Gong is often the starting point for learning Ba Gua Zhang and for the practice of Nei Gong and other Yang Sheng (Nourishing Life) Exercises. The primary function of Patting Nei Gong is to begin to open the meridians by patting and slapping along their trajectories. Unblocking, opening and coursing the meridians in this manner is an important precursor to advanced energetic practices.

Dao Yin Nei Gong is often performed in conjunction with Patting Nei Gong because the two practices have different, yet complimentary actions. While Patting Nei Gong focuses on dispersing energy blockages and their accompanying muscular tension, Dao Yin Nei Gong emphasizes regulating the internal energetics of the body. The Dao Yin exercises work directly to regulate the Qi Dynamic, thereby stimulating one’s natural healing powers and preventing disease from taking root. This in turn promotes health and proper functioning of the body. Read more at amazon.com.

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NeiGong-2-QiCultivationBa Gua Nei Gong Vol. 2: Qi Cultivation Exercises and Standing Meditation

The second of  6 books detailing various methods of Nei Gong utilized by Ba Gua practitioners to improve, health, free the body of blockages and develop refined power and strength. Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 2 focuses on two connected practices, Standing Meditation, known as Zhan Zhuang and the Six Qi Cultivation Nei Gong Exercises. These two Nei Gong Methods aid the practitioner in sensing the internal movement of Qi, and developing the internal connections and internal sensitivity necessary for both Daoist meditation practices and the martial techniques of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan. Read more at amazon.com.

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NeiGong-3-TwelveStandingBa Gua Nei Gong Vol. 3: Twelve Posture Standing

The third of  6 books detailing various methods of Nei Gong utilized by Ba Gua practitioners to improve, health, free the body of blockages and develop refined power and strength. Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 3 presents Ba Gua’s unique 12 Standing Posture practice. Ba Gua Twelve Posture Standing Nei Gong imparts “Sinew Strength.” It is an excellent exercise for strengthening the body and stabilizing the joints. Unlike basic standing, in which the body is evenly balanced on two legs, Twelve Posture Standing presents a challenging mix of back-weighted, front-weighted and single leg postures that develop balance and refined strength and power.Regular practice of the 12 postures strengthens and opens up the whole body. Read more at amazon.com.

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Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 4: Foundational Body Training

The fourth of  6 books detailing various methods of Nei Gong utilized by Ba Gua practitioners to improve, health, free the body of blockages and develop refined power and strength. Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 4 covers The 28 Foundational Exercises (Ji Ben Gong) and Ba Gua’s Foundational Walking Nei Gong. For those interested primarily in Nei Gong, both sets of exercises are an important step in continuing the opening of the main meridians and the Extraordinary Vessels, and in freeing the body of physical, mental and psychic blockages and restrictions. The 28 Foundational Exercises improve joint mobility, strengthen tendons and bones, and balance the musculature of the body, all while actively engaging the body’s natural, spiral-like mouvements. The Ji Ben Gong exercise are also the key developmental exercises that form the foundation of one’s skill in Ba Gua Zhang. Every movement in the 28 Foundational Exercises trains basic body actions and internal principles used in all facets of Ba Gua training. Read more at amazon.com.

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Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 5: Tian Gan Heavenly Stem Nei Gong

The fifth of  6 books detailing various methods of Nei Gong utilized by Ba Gua practitioners to improve, health, free the body of blockages and develop refined power and strength. Tian Gan Nei Gong is indispensable to the practice of Ba Gua Zhang and the martial arts in general. Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 5 introduces 16 Tian Gan Exercises, which develop the ability of the legs and waist to generate the torsional spiraling power known as “Silk Reeling” Energy. Tian Gan also trains the correct internal mechanics for many of Ba Gua Zhang’s martial actions.

The name Tian Gan refers to the longitudinal energetic axis or stem (the “Central Channel”) that passes through the body. In practicing Tian Gan Nei Gong, the spiraling and turning actions of the body and Central Channel, combined with the movements of the arms and legs, stimulate and open the meridians, while simultaneously “wringing out” the spine and its surrounding structures. This helps maintain the health of the spine, the brain and the nervous system. Read more at amazon.com.

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Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol 6: Marrow Washing Nei Gong

The sixth and  final volume in this series, which details various methods of Nei Gong utilized by Ba Gua practitioners to improve, health, free the body of blockages and develop refined power and strength. Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 6 covers Bone Breathing (Xi Hu Gu) and Marrow Washing Nei Gong (Xi Sui Jing), two advanced exercises that work at the deepest levels of the body. Marrow Washing Nei Gong is the most advanced of the Ba Gua Nei Gong practices.  It strengthens the bones and stimulates the bone marrow, thereby increasing the production of blood, while nourishing the tissues and improving circulation to every part of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, marrow is produced in the bones, but it also fills and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. Practice of Marrow Washing Nei Gong is therefore said to aid the nervous system, strengthen the brain and improve one’s mental capacity. Read more at amazon.com.

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The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang

by Gao Ji Wu and Tom Bisio. Photos by Valerie Ghent

In this groundbreaking book, Ba Gua Zhang Master Gao Ji Wu reveals some of Ba Gua’s formerly “secret” techniques, offering an in-depth look at Ba Gua’s 72 Techniques (Qi Shi Er Zhao) and the 64 Hands (Liu Shi Si Shou) as they were passed down from the great boxer Liu De Kuan, himself a student of Dong Hai Chuan. The 72 Techniques have never before been presented in their entirety, and are key self-defense applications that make Ba Gua an effective fighting art. The 64 Linear forms, or 64 Hands, are direct practical applications of Ba Gua’s characteristic circular Palm Changes. This Chinese-English dual-language edition contains hundreds of beautifully sized photos that clearly illustrate the movements and their self-defense applications. Included are rare photos of the renowned Ba Gua master Gao Zi Ying (Gao Ji Wu’s father) performing the 72 Techniques.

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The Essentials of Ba Gua Zhang

by Gao Ji Wu and Tom Bisio. Photos by Valerie Ghent

A unique portrayal of the power, effectiveness and beauty of the art of Ba Gua Zhang. The essential principles and training methods of Ba Gua are presented by Master Gao Ji Wu, inheritor of Beijing Gao Family Ba Gua Zhang. Chapters cover the basic principles of Ba Gua Zhang, Nei Gong, footwork, Standing Postures, Fixed Posture Circle Walking, the Eight Basic Palm Methods and the Ba Gua Linking Form (Ba Gua Lien Huan), as well as Kicking and Seizing methods, Pushing Hands and Ba Gua’s 36 Songs and 48 Methods. With over 570 photographs.

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A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors

by Tom Bisio

Tom Bisio is a renowned Chinese Medicine practitioner  and expert in Chinese sports medicine. In this book, he reveals ancient Eastern secrets for healing common injuries, including sprains, bruises, deep cuts, and much more.

While many books outline the popular teachings of traditional Chinese medicine, only this one offers step-by-step instructions for treating injuries. Expert practitioner and martial artist Tom Bisio explains the complete range of healing strategies and provides a Chinese first-aid kit to help the reader fully recover from every mishap: cuts, sprains, breaks, dislocations, bruises, muscle tears, tendonitis, and much more. Comprehensive and easy to follow, with drawings to illustrate both the treatment strategies and the strengthening exercises, this unique guidebook will give readers complete access to the powerful healing secrets of the great Chinese warriors. Read more at amazon.com. Also available in Spanish and Russian.

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Zheng Gu Tui Na: Chinese Medical Massage

by Tom Bisio and Frank Butler

This in-depth textbook presents the complete protocols for using Tui Na  to treat External and orthopedic conditions. 1-4. The text and hundreds of photos include a detailed discussion of hand techniques, important treatment protocols,  anatomy and Qi Gong exercises that inculcate correct body mechanics for performing Tui Na with ease and efficacy. The text is accompanied by clear and informative photographs. A must-have for body workers. Also available in French.

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Decoding the Dao: Nine Lessons in Daoist Meditation

A Complete and Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Meditation.

by Tom Bisio

In Decoding the Dao: Nine Lessons in Daoist Meditation, author Tom Bisio introduces the reader to the poetry and pragmatism of Daoist meditation and the practice of Internal Alchemy. The first half this unique book consists of nine progressive lessons that guide the reader step by step through the practice of Daoist meditation, ending with an introduction to Daoist Internal Alchemy.

The nine lessons teach the reader how to observe and transform their own internal landscape, in order to rejuvenate and replenish the body’s innate energies, thereby promoting health and nourishing life and spirit. The lessons can be practiced in sequence or individually, providing the reader with a veritable toolbox of meditative practices that can be used flexibly to address different situations and circumstances. Read more at amazon.com.

 

 

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Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic (Nei Gong Zhen Chuan)

Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic (Nei Gong Zhen Chuan) stands alone as the definitive text on internal energy and the generation of internal power. An obscure text of unknown origin, hand copied, and passed from teacher to student, it is one of the “secret transmissions” of Chinese martial arts.

Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic is a practical manual on internal energy development and its fundamental importance in the martial arts and fa jin (emitting force). It draws heavily on Daoist meditation and alchemical practices which are said to promote health and longevity.

The text is divided into four sections which are meant to be read in order:
1. Nei Gong Jing (Internal Energy Classic)
2. Na Gua Jing (Received Trigram Classic)
3. Shen Yun Jing (Transported Spirit Classic)
4. Di Long Jing (Earth Dragon Classic)
T
he reader is guided, step by step, through the details of Nei Gong practice, and in the Di Long Jing, its application to self-defense. Read more at amazon.com.

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