Liu Bin's Zhuong Gong Bagua Zhang: Volume One

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One of the three major orthodox internal styles of Chinese martial arts (along with Xing Yi Quan and Tai Ji Quan), Bagua Zhang (or Ba Gua Zhang) is also one of the most ancient and revered. The first volume in a series of two on the form, Liu Bin?s Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Volume One, is written from the perspective of a wise master who gives equal attention to Bagua?s historical evolution and to the art and practice itself. A disciple of famous master Liu Xing Han and one who honed his skills for over 20 years ...
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Overview

One of the three major orthodox internal styles of Chinese martial arts (along with Xing Yi Quan and Tai Ji Quan), Bagua Zhang (or Ba Gua Zhang) is also one of the most ancient and revered. The first volume in a series of two on the form, Liu Bin’s Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Volume One, is written from the perspective of a wise master who gives equal attention to Bagua’s historical evolution and to the art and practice itself. A disciple of famous master Liu Xing Han and one who honed his skills for over 20 years under the same trees in Temple of Heaven Park as the originators of Bagua, Professor Zhang Jie is ideally suited for the task. He presents the fundamental theories of Bagua simply and clearly, in such a way that they comprise both a martial arts manual and a guide for everyday living. The idea of balance in all things is stressed throughout, as is the ancient Chinese philosophy that underlies Bagua. In addition to illustrations of the Bagua movements, the book contains previously unpublished historical photographs. Equally useful for novice and seasoned practitioners, as well as students of Chinese culture and history, Liu Bin’s Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang immerses readers in all aspects of this important martial art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583942185
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Zhang teaches Chinese culture, calligraphy, chi gung, martial arts, and Tui Na massage in Seattle. He has published many previous books in Chinese. This is his first English-language publication. Richard Shapiro lives in Mesa, AZ, where he practices and teaches Bagua Zhang and Tai Chi, and practices Tui-Na bodywork. With a master’s degree in sports science/sports psychology, he has been training in martial arts since 1992.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
The History of Bagua Zhang     1
Bi Cheng Xia, Father of Traditional Bagua Zhang     2
Dong Hai Chuan, Founder of Modern Bagua Zhang     4
Dong Hai Chuan in Beijing     6
Cheng Ting Hua     13
The Development of Cheng Bagua     14
Liu Shui Bagua and Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang     18
Liu Bin and the Nan Cheng Wu Lao     20
Liu Xing Han     23
The Essence of Bagua Zhang: Theory and Cultural Roots     29
Bagua Zhang, the I Ching, and Chinese Culture     29
Martial Morality (Wu De)     34
Bagua Zhang and Traditional Chinese Martial Arts     37
Bagua Zhang and Chinese Wrestling     39
Differences Between Internal and External Martial Arts     43
Bagua Zhang and Traditional Chinese Chi Gong Exercises     47
Bagua Zhang and Traditional Chinese Medicine     49
How Bagua Zhang Has Influenced Other Arts     52
How to Practice Bagua Zhang: Circle Walk and Single Palm Change     57
Principles of the Circle Walk     59
Standing Chi Gong Preparation for the Circle Walk     64
Starting the Circle Walk     70
Changing Direction During the Circle Walk     73
The Change Between the Yin and Yang of the Body During the Circle Walk     75
Ding Shi, or Single Standing Meditation     77
Heng Kai Zhang, or Single Palm Change     77
Single Palm Change: Yan Kou Huan Shi     79
How to Change Direction with the Single Palm Walk     83
Running Horse, or Zou Ma Huo Xie     85
Turning-Back Palm: Pu Tui You Shen     87
Single Palm Extensions     89
Single Palm Change Using Bai Kou Huan Shi     96
Yin and Yang Arm Spirals     99
Continued Bai Bu and Ko Bu Step With Hooking Foot     102
Martial Applications of Heng Kai Zhang     103
Sixteen Zhan Zhuang Exercises     109
Two-Legged Chi Gong Exercises     112
One-Legged Chi Gong Exercises     123
Twenty-Four Movements of the Eight Animals     133
Chi Xing Bu, or Seven Stars Stepping     134
Chilin     140
Lion     148
Bear     156
Phoenix     164
Rooster     173
Monkey     183
Snake     192
Dragon     205
Martial Applications of Animal Forms     216
Glossary      221
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