Daoist Meditation Lesson Seven Theory: The Three Treasures and the Circulation of Water and Fire.
Continuing the discussion of the importance of Symbolism in Chinese Internal Martial Arts, Part 3 delves into Yi Jing (I-Ching) symbolism which pervades all of Chinese thought and culture, including the internal martial arts.
Lesson Six of Nine Lessons on Daoist Meditation: Dissolving and Clearing Blockages. In the last lesson we learned that the Qi/Breath does not flow easily through tight, tense muscles and joints. Similarly in Lesson Three:
Continuing our discussion of the importance of Symbolism in the Chinese Internal Martial Arts from last month, Part 2 further explores animal symbolism and then looks at Chinese characters or ideograms as symbols that contain
Lesson Five of Nine Lessons on Daoist Meditation: Wu Ji Meditation – Relaxation and Letting Go. In this lesson, we will look at the concept of letting go, unbinding and relaxing the body mentally and
Overview: Symbolism is an important and often misunderstood aspect of the Chinese internal martial arts. This, the first installment of a three-part article, discusses the importance and relevance of the symbols of heaven and earth,
Lesson Four of Nine Lessons on Daoist Meditation: Wu Ji Meditation – Returning to Emptiness. Chinese Cosmogony and Wu Ji In Chinese cosmology there was originally hun-tun, an undifferentiated luminous cloud, a void with no
Lesson Three of Nine Lessons on Daoist Meditation Theory: Quieting the Mind and Gathering the Qi. When observing the breath in Lesson One and Lesson Two, you may have noticed that the mind has a
The image of a wheel is important in both Daoism and Ba Gua Zhang. This essay by Tom Bisio explores this image and its relationship to Ba Gua and the Dao. The image of a
In this brief interview, Song Zhi Yong, a disciple of Xing Yi Master Li Gui Chang, remembers his teacher and talks about Master Li’s character, ability and views on martial etiquette. Song Zhi Yong currently
Zhao Da Yuan is a fourth generation inheritor of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang. Zhao Da Yuan began his martial arts training at an early age, studying a wide spectrum of different Chinese martial arts.
Wang Shi Tong was an important master of Ba Gua Zhang who is unfortunately little known outside of Beijing. Even in old age, with an unsteady gait, his power and skill level shone through, revealing
Combing therapy is an ancient method of health care that can be practiced by anyone to improve their health. In the Sui Dynasty, physicians discovered that the simple act of hair combing produced beneficial results, including brighter hair, less hair loss and a reduction in headaches and improved sleep. Combing the scalp regulates the meridians and acupoints on the head, thereby harmonizing the functioning of the internal organs. Combing Therapy is really an extension of Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) and self-care therapies often characterized as Dao Yin (guiding/leading or guiding/pulling), or Yang Shen (nourishing life) techniques.
From Essentials of Xing Yi Quan by Wang Li with Li Gui Chang and Chen Cheng Fu Translated by Huang Guo-Qi and edited by Tom Bisio Dong Xiu Sheng (1882-1939), also known as Dong Jun, was
Origin of Ba Gua Nei Gong The primary internal exercise in Ba Gua Zhang (Eight Diagram Palm) is to walk in a circle holding fixed postures. This practice is known as Ding Shi Ba Gua