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Early Daoist Meditation and the Jade Pendant Inscription

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The Jade pendant inscription gives insight into a Daoist meditation practice form the Warring States Period (475–221 BCE). It has many parallels with one of the meditation practices taught in Ba gua and Xing Yi in which one focuses on the “True Breath” (the Breath within the Breath). Our students have found this inscription helpful in practicing True Breath meditation.
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Ba Gua Linear Movement #5 – Heaven & Earth Palm

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Tom Bisio and Senior Instructor Thad Wong Demonstrate drills and applications of the Heaven and Earth Palm from the Eight Hands – Ba Gua’s Eight Basic Linear movements. This footage is from the NYIA/IAI Summer Ba Gua Retreat in 2017.
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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: Xing Yi Linking Spear (Lian Huan Qiang)

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Xing Yi Linking Spear performed by NYIA Instructor Wes Tasker. This form was passed down by Liu Wen Hua.
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The 72 Hidden Legs of Ba Gua Zhang: Part 18

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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. This the final section of the book – Part 18 translated by my good friend Huang Guo Qi.

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