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The Mysterious Power of Ba Gua Circle Walking

The Mysterious Power of Ba Gua Circle Walking

3 Intensive Ba Gua Zhang Weekends
with IAI instructors Thad Wong and Kelly McDonald


“Hundreds of exercises are not as good as simply walking; walking is the master of hundreds of exercises.”
– Li Zi Ming

Why do countless number of martial arts practitioners use walking – and in the practice of Ba Gua Zhang, circle walking or Ding Shi – as their key practice? What is it about circle walking that so effectively supports a meditative experience, as well as the martial artist in us? How can circle walking improve the health of anyone who commits to the practice of it?

Learn the answers to these questions in a series of three weekend Ba Gua Zhang workshops aimed at guiding participants to create or deeply improve a circle walking practice that will continue to flourish as you train on your own.

Ding Shi (Held Posture) training, or walking the circle with the “mud step” in various held positions, is the essential root from which the entire art of Ba Gua Zhang springs. Training circle walking regularly is the core practice that allows all of the benefits of Ba Gua to manifest in the body and in life.

  • As a walking meditation, circle walking sharpens focus, cultivates mindfulness, heightens awareness, and trains the ability to stay calm under pressure

  • As a health and longevity practice, circle walking realigns and strengthens the tissues, regulates the breath, and improves the flow of qi, blood and fluids throughout the body

  • As a martial practice, circle walking improves footwork, hones sensitivity, sharpens responsiveness, and develops integrated, spiraling power

In each workshop we will dive deeply into the experience of circle walking through a detailed examination of each of the 10 Ding Shi postures, partnered applications, and supplementary practices. At the end of each training day we will have an open practice during which each student can work on applying the realizations they have made in their circle walking to their current level of material.

March 7th & 8th, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 13th & 14th, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

November 14th & 15th, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fee: $250 per weekend

Moving Body Resources
112 West 27th St., suite 400, NYC

Instructors: All classes taught by Thad Wong and Kelly McDonald, students of Tom Bisio


Thad Wong
began his Chinese martial arts training in 1993, studying Jeet Kune Do. In 1994 he shifted to Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, an art in which he holds the rank of 5th degree black belt. Thad opened and ran a school teaching this style from 2005-2011. He began studying Ba Gua Zhang under Tom Bisio in 2010 and Xing Yi Quan under Tom and Valerie Ghent in 2012. In 2012 he also began studying Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) under Tom, and is a certified practitioner of Traditional Tui Na and Zang Fu Organ Regulating Tui Na. Thad is a senior instructor in Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong with Internal Arts International and is working towards becoming a certified instructor of Xing Yi Quan. He has traveled and studied extensively in China, and has a passion for sharing his knowledge with students at every opportunity.

Kelly McDonald has studied Ba Gua Zhang with Tom Bisio since 2004, and recently became a student of his in Xing Yi Quan. She became a certified Internal Arts International Foundation Level Ba Gua Zhang instructor under Tom in 2015. A former dancer for Ralph Lemon and Company and Trisha Brown Dance Company, she has an ongoing interest in investigating movement. As a Chinese Medicine practitioner since 2000, she applies the same principles in her clinic that are revealed in the practice of Ba Gua Zhang.