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.
Anyone who is dedicated to internal energy arts training is always looking for ways to get in a little extra practice in a day. Addicts like myself look for ways to practice in their normal activities—imbuing them with internal content. Normal, heel-toe walking is one of my favourites! Continue reading →
In this 2008 video, I demonstrate Bagua Heaven + Water Single Palm Changes on the Island of Crete. I have learned all Eight Mother Palms from my teacher, Bagua Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis, training bagua publicly and privately with my teacher since 1995. I teach as one of only five Senior Energy Arts Bagua Instructors Level 2.
If you’ve been training the spherical material from Lesson 1, then you’re probably beginning to develop some idea about how to open your body in a spherical way. Fully embodying spherical principles in your forms takes years of dedicated practice, so don’t be in a rush.
The trick is to balance the energies that either open or close in the six directions (up, down, forward, back, left and right)—not the physical range of motion. When the energies are balanced you open up the space in the central equilibrium.
Ultimately, Spherical Motion Is Integrated into All Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Forms
Lesson 1 of 2
When you have embodied the spherical aspect of Tao movement arts, it will naturally appear in every form you practise–whether Circle Walking, bagua, qi gong, tai chi or breathing. Until then, your intent must be focused on creating circularity in your movements.
So this lesson is much more suited to the long-term student. Although beginners could also use the information as a compass, as a directional indicator of where you are heading. Continue reading →
Bagua Zhang Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis with Senior Bagua Instructor Paul Cavel
Bagua & the I Ching–
Bagua (also pa kua and ba gua) is a pure energy art widely practised by those interested in the I Ching—having been derived as a physical manifestation to realise the teachings of the I Ching (Book of Changes). That is, bagua is an embodiment of the eight universal principles of change.
Today, many high performers also find bagua training a great way to get a total body workout and a powerful way to obliterate stress with advanced training tenets advocating rigorous aerobic internal exercise that releases tension from the body and develops your vital life-force energy.