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Ba Gua: Advanced Hidden Knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art
     

Ba Gua: Advanced Hidden Knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art

by John Bracy, Li Zhong-Quan (Editor), Liu Men-Gen (Editor)
 

The Taoist yogic discipline of Ba Gua is an internal form of the ancient art of kung fu—as are the much older t'ai chi and Xing I. Ba Gua is the most arcane and yogic of three sister arts—t'ai chi and Xing I are the others—and is distinguished by serpentine turning and circling momvements and its own internal energy exercises, Ba Gua Qi Gong.

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The Taoist yogic discipline of Ba Gua is an internal form of the ancient art of kung fu—as are the much older t'ai chi and Xing I. Ba Gua is the most arcane and yogic of three sister arts—t'ai chi and Xing I are the others—and is distinguished by serpentine turning and circling momvements and its own internal energy exercises, Ba Gua Qi Gong.

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"Authentic, well-ordered and written, Bracy and Liu's Ba Gua should fill a void. There is almost no literature on Ba Gua in English."
-Robert Smith, author, Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556432767
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
1,314,654
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

Liu Xing-Han, of Beijing, China, is the last of the fourth-generation Ba Gua disciples. He began his martial arts studies in 1917. In 1996 he was the subject of a China National Television documentary commemorating his life's work, and has been written about in Chinese magazines, martial art journals, and newspapers. In the United States several issues of Pa Kua Journal, including its debut edition, covered his work. He is the author of three books on Ba Gua in China. He continues to teach the internal tradition.

John Bracy became a fifth-generation lineaged disciple of Ba Gua Zhang in 1988. He founded the Hsing Chen School of Internal Martial Arts in Costa Mesa, California in 1976 and has continued as a director since it incorporated in 1990/ He has studied at advanced levels in the United States, Taiwan, mainland China and has attained advanced rankings and honors in several styles of traditional kung fu. As a graduate exchange student in Taiwan, he researched psychotheraputic applications of acupuncture.

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