Master Wang Shujin (1904—1981) was one of the world’s foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts, with legendary expertise in the disciplines of Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, and Xingyi Quan. This book offers a lucid translation of Master Wang’s seminal work on Bagua Zhang and includes expanded instruction by co-translator and noted Bagua Zhang expert Kent Howard. It also introduces readers to a rarely seen personal side of Wang Shujin, who was not only a fighter but also a teacher and spiritual leader.
Bagua Linked Palms includes a wealth of additional information useful to the practitioner of internal martial arts, including the story of Bagua Zhang’s development, the connection between the Bagua and the I Ching, and step-by-step instruction in the eight “changes” of Bagua Linked Palms, the first form in Master Wang’s style of Bagua Zhang. This comprehensive, richly annotated text makes it a must-have addition to every serious martial arts library.
|Publisher:||North Atlantic Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Master Wang Shujin is considered one of the greatest martial artists of the twentieth century. Kent Howard is a nationally known writer, martial arts teacher, and former contributor to the esteemed Pa Kua Chang Journal. Chen Hsiao-Yen, his wife, is an artist, translator, and writer from Taiwan. The couple lives in Chico, CA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Simple, excellent guide to beginning (and continuing) Bagua practice. Kent Howard and Hsiao-Yen Chen provide a wonderful service for helping us understand Bagua as presented by Wang Shujin.
Wang Shujin was one of the great martial artist of the twentieth century who always put his reputation on the line without hesitation. He never turned down a challenge and was never known to be bested in a bout. That is an enviable record, indeed. The translators do a wonderful job of bringing this slim but important work to life. The commentaries by Kent Howard on Wang's life and martial arts, and the life and legend of the creator of Baguazhang, Dong Haiquan, are wonderful reading, too. The step by step photos of the form by Kent Howard are very illuminating and make a good study guide.