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The Eight Ba Gua Rolling Hands Exercises: Part 2

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Ba Gua Rolling Hands Exercises (Rou Shou) are the Ba Gua Zhang equivalent of Tai Ji Quan’s Pushing Hands. The second of the Liang Style Ba Gua Eight Rolling Hands Exercises: Double Joining Palm.

Excerpted from Compendium of Ba Gua Zhang Art by Guo Gu Min, Edited by Zang Xue Fan. Jilin Science and Technology Publishers.
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Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part 6: Women’s Aperture Closing Gong – Practice Method for Women

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Following Part 1 (Authentic Cultivation of Daoism), Part 2 (True Formula of the Dao Elixir Secret Treasure), Part 3 (The Method of Quiet Sitting), Part 4 (General Discussion of the Medicine-Collecting Method) and Part 5 (Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part V: Woman’s Seated Meditation Method for Cultivating the Daowe continue with Sun Xi Kun on Daoism with the General Discussion of the Medicine Collecting Method

These articles on Daoism are excerpted from The True Transmission of Ba Gua Zhang (八卦拳真传 Ba Gua Zhang Zhen Chuan), by Sun Xi Kun 孙锡 堃

In front of the two eyebrows and behind Feng Fu (acu-point DU 16), on the left and right, 0.3 cun above the tips of the  two ears, in the center (with the hands crossed), there is a “Qi sack” (Qi Bao) that links with the Yan Sui Guan (“long marrow tube”). [1] This is called Yu Ding (Jade Tripod). [2] There is an acu-point 1.3 cun below and behind the navel, in front of the kidneys (in front 70% and behind 30%) and above the two hips, that is suspended in the center of the body.
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Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part IV: General Discussion of the Medicine-Collecting Method

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Following Part 1 (Authentic Cultivation of Daoism), Part 2 (True Formula of the Dao Elixir Secret Treasure), and Part 3 (The Method of Quiet Sitting), we continue with Sun Xi Kun on Daoism with the General Discussion of the Medicine Collecting Method.  These articles on Daoism are excerpted from The True Transmission of Ba Gua Zhang 八卦拳真传 Ba Gua Zhang Zhen Chuan by Sun Xi Kun 孙锡 堃

“Medicine” means Pre Heaven One Qi. What is Pre-Heaven One Qi? Before Heaven and Earth, there was no Heaven and Earth; this qi appeared naturally in the Hun Dun (primordial undifferentiated state). The root of yin is the root of Wu Ji (no-limit) and then Tai Ji  (great limit). Then Tai Ji, gave birth to yin and yang.  This qi spreads and moves (prevails), giving birth to human beings and all living things. Read More…

My Apprenticeship with Li Gui Chang by Mao Ming Chun

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Originally posted online in Chinese, this is an English translation of an essay by Mao Ming Chun, one the disciples of Xing Yi Master Li Gui Chang. In this excerpt, Mao talks about his apprenticeship with Master Li, training in Xing Yi Quan, the importance of San Ti Shi and the nature of internal training. A rare treat! Read More…

Xing Yi Quan Linking Forms

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Presented here are the names of the movements in the Xing Yi Linking Forms as they are practiced in the Xing Yi Quan of Master Li Gui Chang. Knowing the names of the movements helps one to remember and understand them.

Also included is a poem detailing the key points of the Chicken Form Four Method Fist and a list of Xing Yi Quan’s Eight Words and Six Harmonies (Liu He and Ba Zi), which are the basis of the Six Harmony or Catalog Fist Form: Mu Lu Quan.
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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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Stepping Patterns, Rhythms & Internal Movement in the Internal Arts and Five Animal Play Exercises: Part 1

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Walking, along with breathing, sitting and standing, is one our most primal movements. Very early on in China there was a recognition that these primal movements could have profound effects on human consciousness and physical functioning. Indications of this awareness appear in some of the oldest known medical documents unearthed from the Zhangjiashan (Hubei province) and Mawangdui (Hunan province) tombs. Read More…

Master Chen Quan Gong on Xing Yi Quan Theory and Training – Part 2

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Part 2 of a discussion of Xing Yi Quan theory and training by Li Gui Chang’s senior disciple, Chen Quan Gong. Master Chen talks freely and openly about how to train Xing Yi correctly and the subtle changes that take place in the body in the practice of San Ti Shi and the five fists.

Originally posted online in Chinese, this English translation is offered by Huang Guo Qi, Tom Bisio and Martin LaPlatney. Read Part 1 of this discussion HERE. Read More…

Master Chen Quan Gong on Xing Yi Quan Theory and Training: Part 1

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A rare treat!! Li Gui Chang’s senior disciple, Chen Quan Gong, leads an in-depth discussion of Xing Yi Quan theory and training. Master Chen talks freely and openly about how to train Xing Yi correctly and the subtle changes that take place in the body during the practice of San Ti Shi and the Five Fists.

Originally posted online in Chinese, this English translation is offered by Huang Guo Qi, Tom Bisio and Martin LaPlatney. 

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记陈全恭师伯在太原市太极拳协会的讲话 白建云

Master Li Gui Chang On Xing Yi Quan

Speech of School Uncle Chen Quan Gong, at Taiyuan Tai Ji Quan Association

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Li Kui-Yuan Discusses Xing Yi Quan

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We are pleased to be able to share one of the most succinct and cogent discussions of the correct practice of Xing Yi Quan by Master Li Kui-Yuan, a student of the famous Guo Yun-Shen.

In four short sections, Master Li discusses the levels and layers of Xing Yi training, the profound depth of the art, how to train correctly and the common pitfalls in training. Excerpted from The Real Explanation of Boxing Meanings by Sun Fu Quan (Sun Lu Tang).
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