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Basic Training of the Ba Gua Straight Sword (Ba Gua Jian Ji Ben Gong): Part 3

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This is an excerpt from the book Ba Gua Three Harmony SwordBa Gua San He Jian (八卦三 合 剑), by Zhang Quan Liang.

Master Zhang is a 3rd generation inheritor of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang. He studied under the famous Li Zi Ming.

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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 this form, its levels seem infinite! 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 began his Chinese martial arts training in 1993 studying Jeet Kune Do, then Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, an art he taught in NYC for six years. He holds the rank of 5th degree black belt Associate Master in Shaolin Kung Fu.  Thad is a a senior instructor in Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong with New York Internal Arts and is currently completing instructor training in Xing Yi Quan. Thad has traveled and studied extensively in China, and has a passion for teaching both in NYC and abroad. 

 

 

Basic Training of the Ba Gua Straight Sword (Ba Gua Jian Ji Ben Gong): Part 2

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This is an excerpt from the book Ba Gua Three Harmony SwordBa Gua San He Jian (八卦三 合 剑) by Zhang Quan Liang. Master Zhang is a 3rd generation inheritor of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang. He studied under the famous Li Zi Ming.

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Report on NYIA/IAI Ba Gua Zhang Retreat – July 2017

On July 25th forty Ba Gua Instructors and students gathered in Salem, Virginia for five and half days of intensive Ba Gua Zhang training conducted on the grounds of beautiful Roanoke College. Participants came from Europe, Canada and all over the United States.

The training was hard, beginning with 2 hours of Ba Gua Nei Gong each morning at 6 am. Then training continued throughout the day and into the evening with breaks for meals. In addition to Nei Gong, participants learned and practiced the Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang), the 64 Linear forms, Qin Na seizing and locking techniques, Ba Gua Broadsword (Dao), the Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff, the 13 Elbows, Daoist meditation, Internal Nei Gong practices like Ba Gua’s Four Energies and Five Finger Secret, Basic Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and more.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an exciting and uplifting experience and everyone trained hard, pushing themselves past their limits. Some even elected to do extra practice and review lasting up to 11 pm. Beyond the training, one of the wonderful things about the retreat, was meeting fellow Ba Gua practitioners from different parts of the world, sharing experiences and welcoming newer practitioners into our growing Ba Gua community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checkout the video (on the home page) of participants talking about the retreat and about training in Ba Gua Zhang.

The retreat was led by Tom Bisio, and we were blessed to have Senior Instructors Valerie Ghent, Wes Tasker, Nelson Tai, Reggie Hailey, Thad Wong and Adam Wasserman assisting and leading different training segments. Our thanks  to instructors Wolfgang Schwalenberg (Germany), Mark Greenfield (NYC), Jonathan Breshin (NYC), Bryan Isacks (Ithaca, NY), Pascal Jauffret (France), Kelly MacDonald (NYC), Svilen Pronev (Toronto), Stephane Turbide (Montreal), Joe Cool (Portland, OR), Steve Cosimano (Albany, NY), Greg Johnston (Salem, VA), Andy Kriger (NYC), Keith Norris (Providence, RI), and John Paul Magenis (Louisville, KY), for being there and helping out.

Much Thanks to Valerie Ghent for the Great Photos!

Basic Training of the Ba Gua Straight Sword (Ba Gua Jian Ji Ben Gong): Part 1

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This ‘Basic Training of the Ba Gua Straight Sword’ is an excerpt from the book Ba Gua Three Harmony Sword Ba Gua San He Jian (八卦三 合 剑) by Zhang Quan Liang. Master Zhang is a 3rd generation inheritor of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang. He studied under the famous Li Zi Ming.  Read More…

Thirty-Two Words of the Ba Gua Jian (Sword)

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The Thirty Two Words of the Ba Gua Jian (Chinese straight sword) traditionally refer to each weapon, describing a method of using and training that weapon. The “words” are the basic techniques and methods of usage. In Li Zi Ming’s Ba Gua Zhang there are 32 methods using the Jian.

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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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The Eight Hands: Form 4: Turn Over the Hand and Protect the Palm

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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 forth form – Turn Over the Hand and Protect the Palm.

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Video: Embrace Posture vs. Push Exercise 2

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A second basic exercise to experience the warding off “Peng” energy contained in the embrace posture. From the 2015-16 Ba Gua Instructor Training Program.
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