The blog of Paul Cavel, Founder of The Tai Chi Space London
Category Archives: Bagua & Circle Walking
Paul Cavel is a senior bagua teacher of lineage holder Bruce Frantzis. He offers how-to articles and videos on the monastic and bagua zhang traditions for power development, health, healing and meditation.
In the last lesson, we looked at balancing exercises for non-symmetrical movement in tai chi. Now we’ll apply the same principles to asymmetrical bagua postures with the goal of equalising the body’s halves, creating even stretches and maintaining the left-right balance. Continue reading →
In 2009, I had a little play at my teacher’s bagua zhang instructor training. All of the palm changes demonstrated were taght to me directly by my teacher, Bagua Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis. I have trained bagua publicly and privately with my teacher since 1995, including all Eight Mother Palms. I am one of only five Senior Energy Arts Bagua Instructors Level 2.
Most internal energy arts practices are non-aerobic exercise. They can make you healthy, but you won’t get the aerobic workout you would from many Western exercise programmes. Walking fast—using the techniques I’ve been describing for the last three months—combines internal qi energy generation with aerobic exercise to upgrade your body’s systems and make you super fit!
So I’ve got some a three-stage exercise for you to help you develop your ability to Walk the Circle at high speeds for health and fitness.
Walking Is One of The Best Forms of Exercise on the Planet
Walking the Circle Series:Lesson 3
In the last two articles, I’ve written about releasing the nerves, creating a sung body and deepening the internals of your circle walk. Now it’s time to walk in a circle to supercharge your qi energy.
The Enemy of the Internal Arts
Circle Walking, whether heel-toe or mud walking, will give you a method for exercising continuously without interruption. This reduces inertia—the enemy of the internal arts if ever there was one.
Paul Cavel Walking the Circle + Performing Various Bagua Palm Changes
Walking the Circle Series:Lesson 2
In the previous lesson, I wrote about walking with a sung body. If you’ve been practising, you’ve probably realised the important role of your postural alignments at this stage of the game. Good posture is important regardless of the activity, but they’re especially noticeable when you try something new.
So in this lesson, I’ll offer you some training tips for improving your posture and upgrade the results you can achieve from Walking the Circle.