Bagua Circle Walking:
How to Create a Concertina (Video)

Bagua is first and foremost about the feet and legs, so any good training starts with learning and developing Circle Walking stepping techniques. In the monastic bagua tradition that I teach (for health, fitness, stress relief and meditation), there are two kinds of stepping:

  • Heel-toe walking
  • Traditional mud walking

Regardless of which type you choose, you don’t want to bob up and down like you’re on a boat at sea.

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Bagua Training: Balancing Exercises for Asymmetrical Postures (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 4

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

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Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training: Balancing Exercises for Turning (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 2

In this lesson, we continue balancing exercises by looking at turning in the internal energy arts. Turning is a component of most qi gong sets and all bagua and tai chi styles. So stabilising and equalising your turn (and weight shift into either leg) is a fundamental prerequisite to achieving a truly internal practice, as well as the benefits that come from it.

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Bagua Training:
Eight Mother Palms (Video)

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.

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Circle Walking to Supercharge
Qi Energy

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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.

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