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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.