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Sun Xi Kun On Daoism Part III: Method of Quiet Sitting – Oral Instruction

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Part 3: The Method of Quiet Sitting – Oral Instruction

Following Part 1 (Authentic Cultivation of Daoism) and Part 2 (True Formula of the Dao Elixir Secret Treasure), we continue with Sun Xi Kun on Daoism with the “The Method of Quiet Sitting.” 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

Sit silently and burn incense to stop distracting thoughts. Letting go of emotions and intention, the spirit becomes lively. Sit on a thick cushion and loosen the belt and clothing. At the time of Zhi Shi (first Earthly Branch: 11pm to 1 am), sit cross-legged facing east. Hold the body straight and the back upright with the lips and teeth closed and the tongue touching the palate. Stop up the mouth and ears so as to invert listening. [1] Open the eyes slightly, with eyelids drooping down in order to brighten the Shen. That is, so that the light reflects back [and inward] from the Yuan Gong (Original Palace) to below the navel. Read More…

Ba Gua Jian: Sword Holding Formations

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The Sword Holding Formations of the Ba Gua Jian are forms of holding the sword handle which must be understood in sword training and application. They are the basis of the changes of the movements of the sword and the requirements of the various attacking and defending techniques.

Excerpted from: 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. Zhang studied under the famous Li Zi Ming. Read More…

Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part II: The True Formula of the Dao Elixir Secret Treasure

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Following Part 1, we continue with Sun Xi Kun on Daosim, the translation of the “True Formula of the Dao Elixir Secret Treasure” by Sun Xi Kun.

In the nose there are two acu-points linking with the mouth, and from the mouth to the throat, the lung and the heart. Under the heart, there is an aperture named Jiang Gong (Crimson Palace). Another 3.6 cun further below Jiang Gong, is a site named Tu Fu Zhong (Earth Cauldron Center), in which there there are two apertures, one linking with the left liver and another one linking with the right liver. [1] Read More…

Training Methods of Ba Gua Zhang

In this excerpt, Sun Xi Kun talks about training devices that aid the development of fighting skills in Ba Gua Zhang: Read More…

Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part I: Authentic Cultivation of Daoism

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In addition to his expertise in Chinese martial arts, Sun Xi Kun was also a practitioner of Daoism and Daoist meditation practices. This article, the “Authentic Cultivation of Daoism,” is 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.
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The Double Bumping Palm

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Sun Xi Kun 孫 錫 堃 (1883-1952) was one of the few disciples of Cheng You Long (also called Cheng Hai Ting), the oldest son of Cheng Ting Hua. The palms are excerpted from Sun’s book, Ba Gua Quan Zhen Chuan (Genuine Transmission of Ba Gua Zhang).

The Double Bumping Palm

In this palm, one must extend the two hands, round the back, relax the shoulders, and drop the elbows. The wrist presses outward and the little fingers turn upward. The two elbows are curved. Suck in the Kua and look between the two hands. The body is straight, but it sits down. Turn the waist with the back of the head facing forward – it is like walking sideways.

This posture trains the speed of the body and waist. When changing the posture, walk with Kou Bu and raise the inside hand, hide the head, relax the shoulder, and turn the little finger upward. Press the rear hand downward, with the palm facing outward and out, close to the body. This is called “Picking up the Moon from the Bottom of Sea.” Then suck in the back hand and walk with the Kou Bu, kicking the foot straight out and close to the knee. The upper palm drops down, returning to the original posture.

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In this posture, two hands extend outward. Sit down with the waist and suck in the Kua. The little fingers turn upward, relax and drop the two shoulders, and be empty in the heart and calm in the mind. Take in the chest, spread the back and walk along the circle.

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To change, walk forward with the right foot in Kou Bu, and simultaneously swing the left foot back. The right hand is close to the body and has a dropping downward energy, while the left hand upholds outward with upholding energy.

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Then, the left and right hands return, as the right foot kicks out straight. Turn the waist and suck in the Kua smoothly returning to the original posture.

 

The Double Holding Palm

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Sun Xi Kun 孫 錫 堃 (1883-1952) was one of the few disciples of Cheng You Long (also called Cheng Hai Ting), the oldest son of Cheng Ting Hua. The palms presented here are excerpted from Sun’s book, Ba Gua Quan Zhen Chuan (Genuine Transmission of Ba Gua Zhang).

The Double Holding Palm

Hold the two elbows closely together with the fingers turned backward, and the two palms facing one another, as if holding up an object with both hands.

Hold the neck straight, and look through the Hu Kou (Tiger’s Mouth) of the two hands. The body sits down. Turn the waist and take in the Kua. Spread the back and take in the chest. Walk as though pushing a boat down a flowing stream.

In Xing Yi Quan this is called Tiger Holding Form, and in Ba Gua Zhang it is the Double Embracing Palm. In Ba Gua Zhang. It is also called White Ape Offering the Peach.

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In this posture, the two elbows are held tightly together and the two hands go out as though holding something, with the fingers turned backward and the palms facing forward. The upper body is straight and the waist turns as the Kua is sucked in.

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To change the palm, the right foot steps with Kou Bu. The hands follow the body, and simultaneously the left foot goes back. The right hand turns downward and the left hand turns backward. The elbows do not separate.

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The two arms and hands pull backward. Following the pervious posture, walk forward with the right foot, with the dorsum of the foot straightened. Spread the back and take in the chest, suck the Kua in and back and then walk along the circle. This posture is also called White Ape Offering the Peach.

Wang Shi Tong Performs the 64 Hands Straight line Method: Line 5

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Wang Shi Tong was a disciple of Guo Gu Min and Li Zi Ming. In the photos that follow, Wang Shi Tong demonstrates his applications for the fifth line of the 64 hands – the straight line methods of Liang Zhen Pu Ba Gua Zhang.
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Sun Xi Kun’s Single Palm Change

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Sun Xi Kun 孫 錫 堃 (1883-1952) was one of the few disciples of Cheng You Long (also called Cheng Hai Ting), the oldest son of Cheng Ting Hua. This article is an excerpt from Sun’s book, Ba Gua Quan Zhen Chuan (Genuine Transmission of Ba Gua Zhang).

Single Palm Change Form

When turning the body in the Single Palm Change, walk forward with the outside foot, to make a T-shaped Kou Bu (Hook Step). Close the two knees tightly and relax and sink the shoulders. The weight of the whole body is on the Kou Bu foot. Then step with the back foot, using the strength of the whole body to step the [back foot] back and drop it on the circle. The front hand is round and the elbow pushes outward. Read More…

Sun Xi Kun: Foundational Practices of Ba Gua Zhang

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Ba Gua Zhang Foundational Practices by Master Sun Xi Kun.

1. Zhan Zhuang

In practicing the horse-riding posture, the upper body must be straight. Lift up the head; the tongue touches the upper palate; extend the two hands slowly from the ribs; the palms are hollow and Hu Kou (Tiger’s Mouth) is round. Relax the shoulders, sink the elbows, drop the wrists, turn the two fingers backward to point at the body; spread the back and take in the chest. Then Qi naturally descends to the lower body and the mind-intention moves downward smoothly. Read More…

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