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Ba Gua Zhang Intensives with Tom Bisio in 2016

Intensive Training in Ba Gua Zhang with Tom Bisio

Learn the profound art of Ba Gua Zhang in weekend intensives that take you through every aspect of training. Classes are taught by Tom Bisio and instructors from Internal Arts International. Classes take you from the vital foundational exercises that develop the inner core of the art, through the intermediate level.

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I. Ba Gua Foundational Intensive Weekend Training Modules

These three weekends of intensive training develop the foundation of Ba Gua as a martial art and internal energy system. Each day’s class consists of 6 hours training with a one hour break in the middle. Each class begins with 1.5 to two hours of Nei Gong followed by 4 to 4.5 hours of intensive Ba Gua Zhang training

Ba Gua Zhang Foundational Level: Module 1

  1. 28 Foundational Exercises
  2. Circle Walking Nei Gong (Ding Shi Ba Gua Zhang): Part 1
    -10 Basic Posture
    -Stepping and Turning Methods
  3. Nei Gong
    -Standing Meditation 1
    -Qi Cultivation Exercises
    -Walking Exercises 1: Slow Walk

 Module 1 focuses on two core practices which create the proper foundation for real ability in Ba Gua Zhang. The 28 Foundational Exercises open and loosen all the joints in the body, while connecting the practitioner with the body’s inherent spiral forces. The 28 Foundational Exercises are the building blocks for advanced movements, and work synergistically with the second core practice Ba Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong (Ding Shi). The postures and stepping patterns of Circle Walking Nei Gong develop Ba Gua’s unique circular footwork, are critical to the development of circular, spiraling power, and contain many hidden self-defense applications.

Ba Gua Zhang Foundational Level: Module 2

  1. Review of key material from Module 1
  2. 12 Standing Postures
  3. Circle Walking Nei Gong (Ding Shi Ba Gua Zhang): Part 2
    -Advanced stepping and turning methods
    -Martial applications of Downward Pressing Palm; Moon Embracing Palm and Mountain Pushing Palm
  4. Nei Gong
    -Standing Meditation 2
    -Nine Palace Dao Yin
    -Walking Exercises 2: Crane Step, Phoenix Walk, Koubu/Baibu Walks 1 & 2

 Module 2 builds on Module 1. Students review the 28 Foundational Exercises and build on the basic Circle Walking practice by learning advanced footwork patterns and martial applications for three of the palms. Ba Gua’s 12 standing postures will also be explored. The 12 Standing Postures are a method of dynamic stance training that strengthens the entire body and stabilizes the joints. Each posture fully engages with spiral power configurations (wrapping, twisting, drilling, and coiling) which run through the body and produce integrated whole body power.

Ba Gua Zhang Foundational Level: Module 3

  1. Review of key material from Modules 1 and 2
  2. Foundational Partner Exercises: Part 1
  3. Circle Walking Nei Gong (Ding Shi Ba Gua Zhang): Part 3
    -Triangle Stepping
    -Martial applications of the Heaven Uplifting Palm; Ball Holding Palm and Spear Holding Palm
  4. Nei Gong
    -Circle Walking Nei Gong to open and clear the meridians
    San Cai (Three Powers) Ding Shi

In Module 3 students deepen their understanding and practice of Circle Walking Nei Gong through understanding the meridian associations of each posture and by using Circle Walking Nei Gong as a form of walking meditation (San Cai Ding Shi). We will continue to explore martial applications of the Ding Shi postures in conjunction with the Foundational Partner Exercises. The partner exercises train power delivery, striking with different parts of the body, parries and blocks, and leg trapping, while teaching basic martial applications of Ba Gua Principles.

Dates:

Jan 23-24    Ba Gua Zhang Foundational 1
March 12-13  Ba Gua Zhang Foundational 2
May 21-22  Ba Gua Zhang Foundational 3

Time: 10am-5pm
Location: NYC (Manhattan)
Cost: $1200


REGISTER for Ba Gua Zhang Foundational Intensive 2016:

CLASS IS FULL. Check the schedule for 2017 classes.

Foundational Intensives: 3 Weekends
Class size limited to 25 – register soon!


Ba Gua Intermediate Intensive Weekend Training Modules

These three weekends of intensive training take the skills developed in Foundational Training to a higher level. Intermediate Level Modules focus on Core Patterns and Movements which are the essence of Ba Gua Zhang as a martial art and internal energy system. Each day’s class consists of 6 hours training with a one hour break in the middle. Each class begins with 1.5 to two hours of Nei Gong followed by 4 to 4.5 hours of intensive Ba Gua Zhang training

Pre-Requisite: Modules 1,2 and 3, or the equivalent (Authentic Ba Gua Online Learning Program: Foundational Level; IAI-NYIA Weekend Intensive Training, NYIA Weekly Instruction, or the equivalent with a non-IAI/NYIA instructor)

Ba Gua Zhang Intermediate Level: Module 4

  1. Foundational Partner Exercises 2
  2. Lao Ba Zhang Part 1: Single & Double Palm Change
  3. Eight Hands Part 1: Uplifting Palm and Yin striking Palm
  4. Nei Gong
    -Tian Gan Exercises
    -Spinal Meditation

Module 4 emphasizes the Single and Double Palm Change, key movement patterns from which Ba Gua’s endless changes are generated. They are the foundation of the self-defense method and develop innumerable attributes for advanced practice. The Single and Double Palm Changes are the first two of the eight palms of Lao Ba Zhang (Old Eight Palms). Two of the “Eight Hands” (linear self-defense expressions of these palms) will also be explored. Students are introduced to more advanced partner exercises that develop an awareness of distance and positioning while developing practical usage of the Piercing Palm, and Millstone Pushing Palm.

Ba Gua Zhang Intermediate Level: Module 5

  1. Review of key material from module 4
  2. Old Eight Palms Part 2: Hidden Hand Palm, Splitting Palm and Opportunity Seizing Palm
  3. Eight Hands Part 2: Opening Palm, Wind Wheel Splitting Palm and Heaven-Earth Palm
  4. Nei Gong
    -Bone Breathing
    -Marrow Washing Nei Gong

 In Module 5 students will learn Palms 3-5 of the Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang) which build on the Single and Double Palm Changes. Each Palm teaches specific techniques and tactics and employs different footwork patterns and palm formations. Students will learn form and application for each palm as well as linear self-defense applications of these palms as they are expressed in the Eight Hands.

Ba Gua Zhang Intermediate Level: Module 6

  1. Review of key material from modules 4 and 5.
  2. Old Eight Palms Part 3: Step Following Palm, Yielding Body Palm and Flat Piercing Palm
  3. Eight Hands Part 3: Ten Ton Weight Falls to the Ground-Rhinoceros Gazes at Moon Palm; Insert Flower into Ribs-Phoenix Enters Nest Palm and Face Slapping Palm
  4. Nei Gong
    -Eight Trigram Single Palm Changes
    -Seated Meditation

 Module Six continues the progression begun in modules 4 and 5. Students will learn the specific techniques and tactics, footwork patterns and palm formations of Palms 6-8 . They will also practice applications for each palm as well as linear self-defense applications of these palms as they are expressed in the Eight Hands.  Students will also be introduced to the basic practice of seated meditation which provides an important and necessary balance to Ba Gua’s circling spiraling and changing movements.

Dates:

Sept 17-18  Ba Gua Zhang Intermediate 1
Oct 29-30  Ba Gua Zhang Intermediate 2
Dec 10-11   Ba Gua Zhang Intermediate 3

Time: 10am-5pm
Location: NYC (Manhattan)
Cost: $1200


REGISTER for Ba Gua Intermediate Intensive 2016:

Fill out Registration form HERE

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Intermediate Intensives: 3 Weekends
Class size limited to 25 – register soon!


Save $200: Register for BOTH
Foundational & Intermediate Intensives:

REGISTER for both Foundational & Intermediate Intensive ($2200, save $200):

FOUNDATIONAL CLASS IS FULL. Check the schedule for 2017 classes.

Foundational & Intermediate  Intensives: 6 Weekends Total
Class size limited to 25 – register soon!


 

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