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2018 Ba Gua Zhang Old Eight Palms Seminar Series in NYC

Learn Lao Ba Zhang (Old Eight Palms)
Senior Instructors Thad Wong and Valerie Ghent

The 2018 Lao Ba Zhang seminar series is perfect for anyone who has completed or is the process of completing Foundational Ba Gua Training. We welcome practitioners from other styles who want to learn Ba Gua Zhang’s Eight Palm Changes, the key that unlocks all of Ba Gua’s many movements, application, forms and  weapon skills. You can’t learn enough about his form, so even if you have already learned Lao Ba Zhang, these seminars will take your understanding of the form to another level.

Lao Ba Zhang (literally “Old Eight Palms”) is one of the classic forms of the internal martial art, Ba Gua Zhang. Lao Ba Zhang combines Ba Gua’s signature circular walking with constant changes of posture and position while striking, throwing and locking.

Each of the Eight Palms in Lao Ba Zhang introduces a different energetic signature, a different footwork pattern and a different set of tactics. In practicing all Eight Changes, one learns to rotate and change to the Eight Directions.


2018 Dates:

February 3  – Ba Gua Zhang 1
April 7          – Ba Gua Zhang 2
June 9          – Ba Gua Zhang 3
September 29  – Ba Gua Zhang 4

Time: 10am-5pm

Instructors: Thad Wong and Valerie Ghent

Location: Chinatown, NYC

Cost: $650 for 4 class series

TO REGISTER: email Thad Wong at moc.liamgnull@niloahskroywen

 

Valerie Ghent has trained in Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong since 1995. She has traveled to China numerous times to train with select masters of the internal arts and is a direct disciple of Song Zhi Song (Xing Yi Quan). Valerie is a senior instructor of Ba Gua, Xing Yi and Qi Gong with New York Internal Arts, and currently teaches in New York and France with her husband, Tom Bisio.

Thad Wong has trained in Chinese martial arts for over two decades. He holds the rank of 5th degree black belt Associate Master in Shaolin Kung Fu, and is a senior instructor in Qi Gong and Ba Gua with New York Internal Arts. Thad has traveled and studied extensively in China.

 

 

Practical Chinese Medicine with Tom Bisio: 2018 Classes – Register Now!

New York Internal Arts & Practical Chinese Medicine present

Practical Chinese Medicine with Tom Bisio
2018 Seminar Schedule

Hands-on, body-based and action-based seminars in Practical Chinese Medicine, taught by world-renowned practioner, Tom Bisio. Tom combines 40 years experience in the martial arts and Nei Gong practices with over 25 years of clinical experience in traditional Chinese medicine. He has traveled to China numerous times to study internal martial arts, Nei Gong and Chinese medicine. Since 1998 Tom has taught Tui Na, Chinese Sports Medicine and Zang Fu Tui Na to hundreds of students in the United States, Europe and Canada. Tom is a graduate of the Tri-State College of Acupuncture.

The skills taught in Practical Chinese Medicine classes are a distillation of Tom’s apprenticeships, clinical experience and ongoing research into the core principles of traditional Chinese medicine.
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2018 Qin Na Joint Locking: 2 Weekend Intensive

Qin Na Seizing & Locking Techniques

September 8-9, 2018
October 13-14, 2018

 

 

Qin Na (seizing & locking skills) are part of every style of Chinese martial arts. Qin Na techniques teach the practitioner to control and lock the opponent’s body. These practical self-defense skills have wide application and can be freely mixed with throws and strikes. An invaluable resource for practitioners of any style of martial arts.

This two weekend series focuses on the Eight Basic Techniques of Seizing the Wrist (Middle Seizing and Locking) and the Eight Techniques of Seizing the Elbow and Shoulder (Upper Seizing and Locking), as taught by Master Zhao Da Yuan in Beijing, China.

Each technique is explained in detail and practiced individually with partners. Each of the eight moves for both Middle and Upper Seizing and Locking are linked in a sequence or chain of locks. The linked sequences will be practiced both with partners and as solo sequences (short forms) for practice at home without a partner.  Variations of some of the techniques will also be presented.

Ideal for practitioners of the internal arts including Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang and Tai Qi Quan. Open to practitioners of all martial arts, no previous Qin Na experience required.

Participants Will Learn:

  • Basic Principles and Theory of Seizing and Locking
  • Qin Na Yielding Body Partner Practice (Rou Shen Gong)
  • Eight Basic Techniques of Seizing the Wrist (Middle Seizing and Locking)
  • Eight Techniques of Seizing the Elbow and Shoulder (Upper Seizing and Locking)
  • Linked Middle Seizing and Locking Sequence with Partner & Solo Form
  • Linked Upper Seizing and Locking Sequence with Partner & Solo Form
  • Variations of Techniques & Changing Techniques

Instructors:
Tom Bisio, Valerie Ghent & Guest IAI/NYIA Instructors

Dates:
September 8-9, 2018    Qin Na Weekend 1

October 13-14, 2018     Qin Na Weekend 2

Time:
10am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday

Location:
NYC

Cost:
$800

REGISTRATION OPENS FALL 2017

2018 Ba Gua Staff Weekend Intensive w/ Tom Bisio

 2018 Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff

Weekend Intensive w/ Tom Bisio

August 4-5, 2018

 

The Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff is a powerful weapon that can deliver powerful bludgeoning blows, and quick darting thrusts. The Ba Gua staff is characterized by enveloping, wrapping and rotating movements that end in hidden attacks. The weight and length of the staff require that the practitioner use fluid body actions and seamlessly  linked handwork and footwork  actions in order to generate these actions.

Like many two-handed weapons the staff teaches the practitioner to connect both sides of the body in powerful  unified movements. The pushing, pulling and sliding movements of the staff contain many of the power dynamics used in Ba Gua hand methods, throws and elbow techniques.

In this class participants will learn:

  • Five Key Stationary Staff Exercises that Develop Power, Control and Proper Hand Movement
  • Basic Methods of Walking the Circle with the Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff
  • The Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff Form: Eight “Palm Changes” of the Staff
  • Applications
  • Relationship of the Yin Yang Staff to Ba Gua Hand, Elbow, and Body Methods

Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Foundational Level of Ba Gua Zhang through NYIA classes, seminars of online learning, or learned the equivalent material another instructor or style of Ba Gua Zhang.

Date: August 4-5, 2018

Time: 10-5 pm

Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY

Instructor: Tom Bisio and guest NYIA/IAI Instructors

Fee: $400

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

2018 Ba Gua Zhang 64 Broadsword Seminars

Ba Gua Zhang 64 Broadsword (Dao) Seminars

January 20-21 & March 3-4, 2018

The Dao or “Broadsword” is Ba Gua’s quintessential edged weapon. Practicing with the Dao improves Ba Gua Shen Fa (Body Mechanics), teaches practical weapon skills, and develops outward extension of Intention and Qi.

Over two intensive weekends students will learn how to use the Dao, including:

  • Dao Circle Walking Nei Gong
  • Basic Guard Positions with the Dao
  • Blocking and Counter Training Drills
  • 64 Broadsword Form of Master Wang Shi Tong
  • Practical Applications of the Form & Related Training Exercises

The Ba Gua Zhang 64 Broadsword Form is one of the gems of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang, passed down to us by Master Wang Shi Tong who learned directly from Guo Ge Min. The Ba Gua 64 Broadsword combines subtle internal movement with practical techniques and strategies. Tom Bisio learned the Ba Gua 64 Broadsword from Master Wang. In this class we delve into the techniques, strategies and training methods of the Ba Gua Broadsword in order to take your Ba Gua to a higher level while imparting the essence of this classic Ba Gua Weapon.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Foundational Level of Ba Gua Zhang through NYIA classes or online learning, or learned the equivalent material with another instructor or style of Ba Gua Zhang.

Instructors:
Tom Bisio, Valerie Ghent & Guest IAI/NYIA Instructors

Dates:
January 20-21, 2018       64 Ba Gua Dao (Broadsword) Weekend 1
March 3-4, 2108              64 Ba Gua Dao (Broadsword) Weekend 2

Time:
Saturdays: 12:30pm-7pm
Sundays: 10am-5pm

Location:
NYC

Cost:
$800

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER !

 

New Online Course Launches May 16th! – Six Healing Sounds Qi Gong

Six Healing Sounds Qi Gong
Online Learning Program

Three Day  Sale (15% Off) begins May 16

Strengthen the body, increase vitality, preserve your health

The Six Healing Sounds, one of the Oldest Qi Gong Methods, has been passed down through the centuries by Daoist masters and Chinese physicians. The Healing Sounds are an important part of the tradition of “nourishing life” (Yang Sheng), which is central to Chinese medicine and Daoist practices.

Six Healing Sound Qi Gong harmonizes the Five Elements and Five Organs: Liver-Wood, Heart-Fire, Spleen-Earth, Lungs-Metal and Kidneys-Water. The Sixth Sound acts on the Triple Heater system, which harmonizes the entire body. The shape of the mouth and tone stimulate and vibrate the organs with which they correspond. Daily practice of the sounds and mouth shapes harmonizes organ functioning, while dispelling pathogens and relieving the disharmonies caused by changes in climate and season.

As an added bonus, we include instruction in Five Element Color Meditation, a complimentary qi gong practice, which employs light and inner visualization to promote healing and inner harmony.

Instructors Tom Bisio and Valerie Ghent make these seemingly esoteric practices approachable and easy to learn by showing you the “secrets” that allow you to get the desired results in just 10-15 minutes a day! Tom and Valerie impart valuable tips, imagery and insights from their own practice of the Six Healing Sounds, providing you with a clear and comprehensive approach to learning and mastering these exercises.

Both of these practices:

  • Can be done in 10 -15 minutes a day
  • Require no equipment or previous knowledge
  • Can be done by almost anyone

No prior experience in Qi Gong or Martial Arts is necessary….

Simply follow the clear and concise instructions in the manuals and videos and immediately begin experience the difference these profound exercises can make in your life.

Here’s What You Get When You Order:

 1. A Welcome Letter introducing the program and outlining the training method, with tips and suggestions for learning.

2. Six Healing Sounds PDFs: Six Healing Sounds (Liu Zi Jue) – 64 pages of written information including detailed explanations and illustrations of the Six Healing Sounds Exercises.

3. Thirteen (13) Videos

4. Healing Sounds Audio Mp3

5. Bonus Five Element Color Meditation PDF & MP3

AVAILABLE MAY 16, 2017!

 

Advanced Training in Ba Gua Zhang with Tom Bisio in 2017

Ba Gua Zhang Advanced Training 2017
with Tom Bisio:

THE 64 HANDS of BA GUA ZHANG – 2 intensive weekends!

The 64 Linear Ba Gua Forms (64 Hands)

The 64 Linear Forms of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang are said to have been developed by the great Liu De Kuan. These linear forms are combative expressions of Ba Gua’s circular changes and curved steps. They are divided into eight sets of eight movements. Each line of eight movements relates to one of the Palm changes of La Ba Za. The 64 Linear Forms  can be performed individually, or in linked sequences.

Emphasis will be placed on power generation and practical application of the movements. There are many expressions of the 64 Forms. In these classes we will focus on the expression passed down to us by Master Wang Shi Tong. Other expressions will be demonstrated and discussed where appropriate.

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Ba Gua Zhang Master Wang Shi Tong

64 Linear Ba Gua Forms I

In this intensive weekend, we will start the Eight Hands, (the Eight Hands are contained in the 64 Forms) and then learn the first four lines of the 64 Forms.  Various  methods of training the forms and practical applications will be demonstrated and practiced.

64 Linear Ba Gua Forms II

The second intensive weekend is a continuation of 64 Linear Ba Gua Forms I. Students will learn lines 5-8.

Dates:

February 4-5         64 Linear Ba Gua Forms I
March 11-12          64 Linear Ba Gua Forms II

Instructor: Tom Bisio
Time:
10am-5pm
Location: NYC (Manhattan)
Cost: $700

Space is limited to 20 participants per class. Register early to ensure your space!

Pre-Requisite: Modules 1-6 (IAI Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Online Learning Program: Foundational Level; IAI Ba Gua Zhang Intensive Training, NYIA Weekly Instruction) or equivalent training either within or outside of NYIA/IAI.

CLICK HERE
TO REGISTER

 

Get the most out of your training this year!

Take the Advanced Intensives in 64 Ba Gua Linear Forms
and be prepared for more advanced training at our

Intensive Ba Gua Summer Retreat in Virginia

July 25-30, 2017

 

2017 Ba Gua Zhang Summer Retreat with Tom Bisio in the Heart of the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains

Deepen your Practice of Ba Gua Zhang at our Intensive Ba Gua Zhang Retreat

July 25 – July 30, 2017  *  Roanoke, Virginia

Intensive Training

  • Morning Qi Gong and Nei Gong
  • Tian Gan (Heavenly Stem) Nei Gong
  • 28 Foundational Exercises and Standing Postures
  • Circle Walking Nei Gong
  • The Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang)
  • Eight Hands
  • Applications
  • Ba Gua Qin Na Methods
  • Weapons Training – Ba Gua Saber, Staff, Cane and Seven Star Stick
  • Daoist Meditation
  • Evening Lectures on Practical Chinese Medicine for the Martial Artist and Tui Na Training

Make 6 months of progress in 6 days through intensive training!

Share techniques & training methods with your school brothers and sisters.

REGISTER TODAY!

About the Retreat:

Training conducted on the grounds and facilities of beautiful Roanoke College
Housing and Training at Roanoke College
Meals not included in price. More information as we get closer to the date.

Fee: $750 – including lodging and training:

Schedule:

  • Arrive Tuesday afternoon, July 25: training begins Tuesday evening
  • Retreat Ends Sunday, July 30th at noon

 Tom will be assisted by other experienced IAI instructors.

Registration is open to those who have trained with IAI instructors in private lessons, weekly classes or weekend seminars, and to those who have participated in the Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Online Learning Programs.

This is a great opportunity for those of you in the online program to receive hands-on instruction and become part of a larger Ba Gua Zhang Community!

TRANSPORTATION: Take the Ba Gua Express Bus:

NYIA/IAI has hired a private chartered bus to transport us round-trip between NYC and Roanoke.

If you are coming from Europe, traveling through NYC, live in NYC or nearby, taking the Ba Gua Bus is the most convenient way to travel! Plus, having the bus makes it easy for all of us to bring our Ba Gua weapons.

Date/Time: Bus will depart NYC Tuesday, July 25th early in the morning, and leave Roanoke around noon Sunday, July 30th arriving back in NYC Sunday evening.

Round-trip cost: $290- significantly lower than current airfare between NYC and Roanoke. If we get over 20 people, the cost of the bus rental per person drops, and we will refund the price difference to you.

You can drive the 8-9 hours yourself or take a flight, but wouldn’t it be nicer to relax on a bus, chatting with you school brothers & sisters, taking a nap or watching a kung fu movie?

Spaces are limited. Reserve your spot on the bus today!

To reserve your spot on the Ba Gua Express Bus Click HERE
Payments through PayPal, all major credit cards accepted.
Please note: bus payment is non-refundable.

New Classes in Practical Chinese Medicine with Tom Bisio: 2016 -2017 Schedule

New York Internal Arts presents

2016-2017  Schedule

New Classes in Practical Chinese Medicine with Tom Bisio

We are excited to announce a new concept in teaching traditional Chinese medicine.

For many people, Chinese medicine seems abstract and difficult to comprehend. Yet at its heart, Chinese medicine is simple, direct and practical.

Therefore, Tom Bisio has created Practical Chinese Medicine, offering classes which are hands-on, body-based and action-based, rather than theoretical. In Tom’s classes you understand the principles and methods very quickly, and can use what you learn right away.
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Advanced Ba Gua Zhang Seminars with Tom Bisio: 2016

Ba Gua Zhang Advanced Training 2016
with Tom Bisio

Each Ba Gua Zhang Advanced Weekend Intensive focuses on a specific topic and skill that round out the practitioner’s proficiency and understanding of Ba Gua Zhang.

Space is limited to 20 per class. To ensure your space, please register soon.

Pre-Requisite: Modules 1-6 (IAI Authentic Ba Gua Zhang Online Learning Program: Foundational Level; IAI Ba Gua Zhang Intensive Training, NYIA Weekly Instruction) or equivalent training with outside of NYIA.

 

April 2-3, 2016: Mandarin Duck Knives (Yuan Yang Yue)

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Ba Gua Zhang Mandarin Duck Knives:

  • Basic Movements & Principles
  • Form and Application

The Mandarin Duck Knives are sometimes referred to as the “Deer Horn Knives” in other styles of Ba Gua Zhang. The Liang Style Duck Knives have their own unique design and method of usage. The Duck Knife form introduces the student to edged weapons, while developing smooth unbroken movements and refined body mechanics. This class covers the basic form and selected applications.

A pair of Mandarin Duck knives, forged from aluminum, is included in the cost of the class.

Date: April 2-3, 2016
Time:
10am-2pm
Location: NYC
Cost: $275 plus $145 per pair of duck knives = $420 total

Deadline: To ensure your pair of Duck Knives and a space in this class please register before December 15, 2015.


Register for Ba Gua Zhang Duck Knives – April 2-3, 2016

Fill out Registration Form HERE

Update Dec 29, 2015: Registration is still open. However, after December 15, 2015, we can not guarantee a pair knives as the duck knives are custom made. Please contact Tom via email HERE if you are interested in taking this class.


 

July 16-17, 2016: Ba Gua Zhang Throwing (Shuai Fa)

Ba Gua Throwing:

  • Falling
  • Basic Throws
  • Advanced Throws

Ba Gua Zhang throwing techniques are an extension of the footwork patters learned in Ding Shi training and the Palm changes of Lao Ba Zhang. This two-day workshop starts with falling practice and basic throws and then moves on to more advanced throws. Emphasis is placed on correct body mechanics and methods of practicing throwing in realistic manner, without injuring your training partner.

Date: July 16-17, 2016
Time:
10am-2pm
Location: NYC
Cost: $275


Register for Ba Gua Zhang Shuai Fa (Throwing) – July 16-17, 2016

Fill out Registration Form HERE

Pay via PayPal





Oct 1-2, 2016: Ba Gua Zhang Seven Star Stick  (Qi Xing Gan)

Ba Gua Zhang Seven Star Stick I:

  • Seven Star Stick Ding Shi
  • Basic Form and Applications
  • Introduction to the Ba Gua Cane

The Seven Star Stick (Qi Xing Gan) is essentially a 48”-52” hardwood walking stick. It is one of Ba Gua Zhang’s most versatile weapons. Students learn the basic movements and exercises of the Seven Star Stick as well as practical changes and applications that emanate from the Ding Shi postures. The basic Seven Star Stick form and its applications will be discussed and practiced. Students also learn to adapt the stick movements to the traditional curved-handle cane.

A wooden stick 1’ in diameter and 48-52” long and a wooden cane with a crook are required for this class

Date: Oct 1-2, 2016
Time:
10am-2pm
Location: NYC
Cost: $275


Register for Ba Gua Zhang Seven Star Stick I   –   Oct 1-2, 2016

Fill out Registration Form HERE

Pay via PayPal





Advanced Ba Gua Zhang Intensives Coming in 2017-2018:

Ba Gua Qin Na
Ba Gua Kicks and Elbows
Ba Gua Rolling Hands
Sixty-Four Forms I
Sixty-Four Forms II
Sixty-Four Forms III
Ba Gua Lian Huan
Ba Gua Broadsword (Saber) I
Ba Gua Broadsword (Saber) II
Ba Gua Broadsword (Saber) III
Ba Gua Seven Star Stick II
Ba Gua Seven Star Boxing
Ba Gua Point Striking Stick

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