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Treating Overstretched Ligaments & Tendons with Chinese Medicine Part 3 By Tom Bisio

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In Treating Overstretched Ligaments & Tendons with Chinese Medicine Part 1 and 2, we discussed the use of Liniments, Soaks, Gao (Poultices), moxibustion and exercise in treating these kinds of injuries. Continuing our multi-modality approach to treatment, this article looks at the use Exercise
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Member’s Video: Applications of the Single Palm Change demonstrated by Tom Bisio

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Principles of applying the Single Palm Change excepted from NYIA/IAI Instructor Training in 2015.
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The Eight Hands Form 6: Roll Up the Sleeve, Hold and Strike Upward

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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 fifth form – Step Forward, Unite and Strike.

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Treating Overstretched Ligaments & Tendons with Chinese Medicine: Part 2 by Tom Bisio

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In Treating Overstretched Ligaments & Tendons with Chinese Medicine Part 1, we discussed the use of Liniments, Soaks, and Gao (Poultices) in treating these kinds of injuries. Continuing our multi-modality approach to treatment, this article looks at the use moxibustion to stimulate healing and dietary factors that can enhance or inhibit tissue healing.
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Member’s Video: Eight-Count Seven Star Striking Drill

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This very important basic exercise, common to Xing Yi and Ba Gua, develops power in striking with the arms, shoulder and hip, while conditioning the body to impacts. It also helps develops strategic positioning in relation to the opponent.
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The Eight Hands Form 5: Step Forward, Unite and Strike

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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 fifth form – Step Forward, Unite and Strike.

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The 72 Hidden Legs of Ba Gua Zhang: Part 13

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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 13 of the translation by my good friend, Huang Guo Qi.

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Video: Serving Teacups – Drawing Hand Exercise – Ba Gua Instructor Training

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The Drawing Hand is a “Serving Teacups” exercise that is very important for training for projecting energy outward as the body rotates and turns. It is a key exercise for loosening the shoulders and connecting the arms to the waist and legs. It can be practiced while stationary, and also while walking with the Mud Wading Step.

These video excerpts show Tom Bisio demonstrating The Drawing Hand both stationary and moving, and illustrating some of the basic yet powerful martial applications of this key exercise.
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Video: Lecture by Tom Bisio on the Image of Pushing Millstone from the Ba Gua Instructor Training Program

Ba Ga Zhang’s signature posture is the Millstone Pushing Palm. Pushing the Millstone references the action of walking in a circle while pushing the traditional Chinese Millstone used by farmers in the countryside to grind grain. Understanding this action and its internal implications can be very useful in studying Ba Gua Zhang as it is the key to many of the power dynamics inherent in the art’s unique stepping and body rotating actions.
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The 72 Hidden Legs of Ba Gua Zhang: Part 12

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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 12 of the translation by my good friend, Huang Guo Qi.

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