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Arthritis & the Martial Artist: Part 1

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For the martial arts practitioner, a diagnosis of arthritis can be devastating. Although the term “arthritis” is often employed incorrectly and is frequently misdiagnosed, to most people it is synonymous with growing old and the end of serious training and competition. Part 1 of this article introduces the basics of treating and preventing arthritis from the perspective of Traditional Chinese medicine. If you are interested in learning more about treating martial arts and sports injuries with Chinese medicine, take our class in Gong Fu Sports Medicine 1 (link).
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Yi Jin Jing 易筋经: Part 3

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An interesting version of Yi Jin Jing (Sinew Changing Method). Edited and excerpted from The English Chinese Encyclopedia of Practical Chinese Medicine Vol 8: Medical Qi Gong (Higher Education Press Beijing), p.124-142. Part 3 covers exercises nine to twelve
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Member’s Video: Xing Yi Lian Huan jian (Sword)

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Performed by NYIA Instructor Wes Tasker. This form was passed down by Liu Wen Hua.
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Yi Jin Jing 易筋经: Part 2

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An interesting version of Yi Jin Jing (Sinew Changing Method). Edited and excerpted from The English Chinese Encyclopedia of Practical Chinese Medicine Vol 8: Medical Qi Gong (Higher Education Press Beijing), p.124-142. Part 2 covers exercises five to eight.
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Ma Li Tang’s Lying Qi Gong Part 3: Quiescent Lying Exercise

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Ma Li Tang (1905-1989) was a famous modern exponent of Qi Gong. He was and expert in Martial arts, Qi Gong and traditional Chinese medicine. He is famous for popularizing the Six Healing Sounds, but also synthesized and created other forms of Qi Gong for rehabilitation. This Quiescent Lying Exercise is a variation of Daoist Nei Dan practices. From Chinese Qi Gong Essentials. Cen Yuefang (Beijing: New World Press, 1996) p.78-89.
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Member’s video: Ba Gua’s version of “Playing the Pi Pa.”

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Video footage from the 2017 Ba Gua retreat in Roanoke VA of Tom Bisio and Thad Wong demonstrating an application from the opening of Lao Ba Zhang – Ba Gua’s version of “Playing the Pi Pa.”
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Member’s Video: Applications of “Shepard Points the Way”

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Shepard Points the way is one of the key maneuvers in the Single Palm Change. Tom Bisio demonstrates three simple applications of this movement. From NYC Ba Gua Zhang Instructor Training in 2015.
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The 72 Hidden Legs of Ba Gua Zhang: Part 15

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The 72 Leg Attacks of Ba Gua Zhang are also known as the “Hidden Legs.” Although some people say the Hidden Legs exist as a fixed set of techniques, my own understanding is that they are simply ways of using the legs that are extensions of the Ba Gua circle walking step. In this interpretation, the number 72 is simply a way of saying there are many possible uses of the Hidden Legs in Ba Gua, and that these will unfold naturally if one has practiced the stepping sufficiently. Indeed, in the techniques below, many of these leg attacks seem to simply be variations of each other.

The 72 Hidden Legs presented in this series of posts are excerpted from a small book on Ba Gua that I purchased in China in the 1990’s. I have since lost the book and do not know the author or title, but here is Part 14 of the translation by my good friend, Huang Guo Qi.

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The Eight Hands: Form 8: Yin Yang Face Striking Palm

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Guo Gu Min was one of the famous practitioners of Ba Gua in Beijing. Some sources credit him with composing Ba Gua‘s 36 Songs.

In this series we present Ba Gua’s Eight Hands, or Eight Linear Forms, as taught by Guo Gu Min. The pictures and text are excerpted from Compendium of Ba Gua Zhang Art by Guo Gu Min, edited by Zang Xue Fan: Jilin Science and Technology Publishers. Translated by Huang Guo Qi.

When I learned these forms from Wang Shi Tong, Wang explained that each of the Eight Hands is a linear expression of one of the Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang). The Eight Hands are the key to understanding how to apply Lao Ba Zhang’s circular palm changes.

This is the eighth form – the Yin Yang Face Striking Palm.

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The Eight Hands: Form 7: Roll Up the Sleeve and Thrust

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Guo Gu Min was one of the famous practitioners of Ba Gua in Beijing. Some sources credit him with composing Ba Gua‘s 36 Songs.

In this series we present Ba Gua’s Eight Hands, or Eight Linear Forms, as taught by Guo Gu Min. The pictures and text are excerpted from Compendium of Ba Gua Zhang Art by Guo Gu Min, edited by Zang Xue Fan: Jilin Science and Technology Publishers. Translated by Huang Guo Qi.

When I learned these forms from Wang Shi Tong, Wang explained that each of the Eight Hands is a linear expression of one of the Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang). The Eight Hands are the key to understanding how to apply Lao Ba Zhang’s circular palm changes.

This is the seventh form – Roll up the Sleeve and Thrust

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