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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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The 72 Hidden Legs of Ba Gua Zhang: Part 14

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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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Member’s Video: Applications of Ba Gua’s 64 Hands “Advancing Step Bumping Strike”

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Video footage of an application presented by Tom Bisio in our 2017 Ba Gua Zhang Intensive in the 64 Hands. Presented here are applications from a movement in the Fifth line, as taught by Master Wong Shi Tong to Tom.
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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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