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  1. Hello everyone! I'm new here and also relatively new to the Daoist arts, although I have read quite a bit already. I would like your opinions on the Xingyi and Bagua abilities of a teacher (pretty much the only teacher nearby) I found. Here are a couple of videos: I'm mainly interested in learning Bagua, but I'm not sure if it is worth the time and money investment to learn from him (or alternatively just focus on Xingyi and/or learn from vidoes). He seems to teach Xingyi and Taiji mainly and those seem pretty legit. But I'd be grateful for any input from those more experienced in these arts! Thanks!
  2. Hi everybody. The nature of my request is to consult anyone who could help me understand the nature of my experiences and tell me how/where can I develop them/learn more. It will be a bit long but please be patient, it’s necessary. I got initially interested in Taoism when I was 12. I read a book from Alan Watts about Taoism, later I moved onto Lao Ze, Chuang Ze and Lieh Ze and it I immediately started to relate to it, and it just felt natural. Since then I researched many philosophies and occult schools, but Taoism kept being the closest to my core values. I’ve experienced several very significant experiences over years, and this far no one could tell me more about their nature. 1) I dreamt of future events. When they happened some 5 percent of the details were different (there were dogs instead of cats for example) but everything, including the locations that I never visited before were just as in my dreams. 2) I had a vision (meaning it felt physically real) that I was floating upwards through purple clouds and that I was going to die. I said to myself that I am not afraid because I lived according to my values, and then a voice told me: You’ve understood the lesson. Now return to the Earth and complete your mission. when I woke up my body was shivering and being full of electricity. I was lying in my bed but I felt I was in a vertical position. 3) After practicing Baguazhang, meditation and Taiji 6 hours per day for a period of one month, one day as I was walking down the street, I closed my eyes and I could “see” everything, as if I was feeling how cars and people were moving. It was like seeing blue shapes within a dark background. In the same period I went to play basketball once and my mind entered into some sort of trance. Although I was really skinny my strenght was almost super-human, ( I was pushing much heavier guys than me as if they were children)I was performing the most weird and acrobatic movements winning every game. I could score from the most difficult positions effortlessly. During the 3 hours I played I was in a state of bliss, and as I was playing my energy was increasing instead of me getting tired. I don’t know if that was Wu Wei but it felt similar. 4) I had a vision that I was an old Chinese man walking with my wife (also a Chinese lady) through a forest. We got to a point where there was an energy source on the ground and it told me to be the source of all my incarnations. If I listen to its advice, I was told that I can exit the circle or rebirth during this lifetime. 5) I saw a previous life of mine where I was a nobleman in medieval Italy. 6) I had a lucid dream or at least a very vivid one where I was a Taoist priest, flying through the sky and fighting demons who were after me. I hid on a ceiling of a building resembling a gothic catedral. They were right under me in a huge room (I was able to see through the floor somehow), and they gathered a pile of naked unconscious people, for sacrifice purposes. The demons said (speaking about me), “he’s becoming too powerful, we must stop him”. Their intention was to be able to “see” where I am by killing all those people. The sacrifice would allow them to do so. 7) During the same period of meditation and training I’ve mentioned I tried once to focus on everything within my visual field at once, without being focused on one thing. I was being present and alert, ai just felt as if by not focusing on one thing my energies aren’t tied to one goal/task but everything is equally important. Then I entered a state of mind where I could feel that every object around me was almost like physically connected to me, and I started to cry, because I felt an amazing amount of joy by being united with everything. I walked for a few hours around the town, with tears on my face, and then it just slowly went off. I am not interested in developing any powers, but only into reaching that state where I am simply what I am, in contact with my true essence and energies, beyond the limits of the rational mind. Any advice is highly appreciated. I would also like to study some forms of Neijia or Baguazhang, that could help me learn more about myself but I need a good instructor, even in China.
  3. I'm returning to the Lion system from Xie Peiqi's lineage and wanted to provide myself with a way of going back to review subject material as I progress. I hope this helps you with your practice as this is the foundation to start this style of baguazhang. One should ignore the other animals until one has put a good amount of time into Lion (two years at least). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ6Ih12FYfxiIXttxyqjyEek9hCXT5NuA Lion Opens Mouth - Representative Posture Bold & Powerful Qian trigram Lion system focuses on the top of the body and is particularly beneficial for the lungs. Interlocking Yang Palm keeps chaining direct attacks until one lands - the waist powers everything Firm, Strong, Tough, Hard, Long, Fast Lion’s Playful Side - Loves Balls Holding Rolling Playing Floating Pushing Drawing In Lion Attack Methods Sweeping/Slicing - Cuts like a paring knife below the surface Smashing/Cutting - Tight fist, hammers; Like cutting with a piece of glass, small circular motions Chopping - Cut like an ax Hooking - To hook or hang on a hook Shocking - Shake or shock/quick jolt Blocking - Keep or ward off Seizing - Capture and catch Grasping - Hold or take Attack Forms Moving with the Force - Snake Turning the Back - Bear Lifting and Holding - Dragon Windmill - Phoenix Lying Step - Rooster Reversing the Body - Unicorn Enfolding/Squatting - Monkey 56 practices at three Levels Middle Level - Lion Opens Mouth (opens/closes sides of ribs alternatingly) High Level - Holding the Urn (open/hang ribs from elbows) Low Level - Hate Heaven for Not Having a Bar, Hate Earth for Not Having a Ring (Inside Hates Earth, Outside Hates Heaven - unifies rib cage with cross body tension) Lion System Stepping Wheel Stepping - Like a big rolling wheel in movement, when taking an opponents’ legs it is like a scythe or scimitar, used to control both legs of the opponent. Kicks - Stomp Upon Meeting Three Stomps at each level, 9 kicks per system Upper Stomp - Head/Chest Middle Stomp - Heart/Abdomen Low Stomp - Crotch/Leg Video Order and Subject Matter Martial Arts Lion System 01 - History and Overview of Baguazhang Martial Arts Lion System 02 - Overview of the Lion System Martial Arts Lion System 03 - Lion Representative, Lion Opens Mouth Posture Martial Arts Lion System 04 - Sweeping Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 05 - Smashing Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 06 - Chopping Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 07 - Hooking Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 08 - Shocking Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 09 - Blocking Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 10 - Seizing Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 11 - Grasping Strike Posture Martial Arts Lion System 11.5 - Basic Lion Circle Walking Method Martial Arts Lion System 12 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Basic Strikes Martial Arts Lion System 13 - Sweeping Strike Basic Methods Martial Arts Lions System 14 - Smashing Strike Basic Methods Martial Arts Lions System 15 - Chopping Strike Basic Methods Martial Arts Lions System 16 - Hooking Strike Basic Methods Martial Arts Lions System 17 - Shocking Strike Basic Methods Martial Arts Lions System 18 - Blocking Strike Basic Methods Martial Arts Lions System 19 - Seizing Strike Basic Methods Martial Arts Lions System 20 - CHECK DVD! (XPQ demo Lion Plays with Ball?) Martial Arts Lions System 21 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Sweeping Strike Martial Arts Lions System 22 - Sweeping Strike Moving With the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 23 - Sweeping Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 24 - CHECK DVD! Martial Arts Lions System 25 - Sweeping Strike Windmill Palm Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 26 - Sweeping Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 27 - Sweeping Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 28 - Sweeping Strike Enfolding Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 29 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Smashing Strike Martial Arts Lions System 30 - Smashing Strike Moving With the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 31 - Smashing Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 32 - Smashing Strike Holding and Lifting Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 33 - Smashing Strike Windmill Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 34 - Smashing Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 35 - Smashing Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 36 - Smashing Strike Enfolding Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 37 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Chopping Strike Martial Arts Lions System 38 - Chopping Strike Moving With the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 39 - Chopping Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 40 - Chopping Strike Holding and Lifting Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 41 - Chopping Strike Windmill Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 42 - Chopping Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 43 - Chopping Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 44 - Chopping Strike Enfolding Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 45 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Hooking Strike Martial Arts Lions System 46 - Hooking Strike Moving With the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 47 - Hooking Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 48 - Hooking Strike Holding and Lifting Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 49 - Hooking Strike Windmill Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 50 - Hooking Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 51 - Hooking Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 52 - Hooking Strike Enfolding Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 53 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Shocking Strike Martial Arts Lions System 54 - Shocking Strike Moving With the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 55 - Shocking Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 56 - Shocking Strike Holding and Lifting Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 57 - Shocking Strike Windmill Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 58 - Shocking Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 59 - Shocking Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 60 - Shocking Strike Enfolding Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 61 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Blocking Strike Martial Arts Lions System 62 - Blocking Strike Moving With the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 63 - Blocking Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 64 - Blocking Strike Holding and Lifting Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 65 - Blocking Strike Windmill Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 66 - Blocking Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 67 - Blocking Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 68 - Blocking Strike Enfolding Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 69 - CHECK DVD! (Dr. Xie discussing Seizing?) Martial Arts Lions System 70 - Seizing Strike Moving with the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 71 - Seizing Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 72 - Seizing Strike Holding and Lifting Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 73 - Seizing Strike Windmill Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 74 - Seizing Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 75 - Seizing Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 76 - Seizing Strike Enfolding Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 77 - Dr. Xie discussing Lion Grasping Strike Martial Arts Lions System 78 - Grasping Strike Moving with the Force Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 79 - Grasping Strike Turning the Back Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 80 - Grasping Strike Holding and Lifting Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 81 - Grasping Strike Windmill Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 82 - Grasping Strike Lying Step Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 83 - Grasping Strike Reversing the Body Form and Applications Martial Arts Lions System 84 - Grasping Strike Enfolding Form and Applications
  4. Introduction

    Hello, not sure why I had to start a new account, but I did! My name is Jason and I am from KY. I play baguazhang and learned from Sifus Mark Speck and Scott Harris as a kid. Scott Came back about eight to ten years ago and showed me some knife play and baguazhang's circle walking. At the time I was very ill. In fact had been in and out of the hospital with liver issues. The nei gung couldn't have came at a better time. I remember old Sifu saying "You move like an 80 year old man." and he was right At any rate here we are today. Nice to meet yas...
  5. Hey guys I'm going to be interviewing my xingyi and bagua sifu soon and wanted to know what you guys were curious about. Lloyd is a classmate of Ben Hill Bey and trained with Kenny Gong in New York. He is certified to teach the system by Tom Morrissey who lives here in Phoenix. Lloyd has also spent extensive time with the Diné people also known as Navajo and speaks their language. I'll be spending the day with him this upcoming weekend and will have a lot of time. Fire away guys!
  6. So, since a kid I have studied what I now know was wing chun, but not. lol You see my grand master was brilliant enough to blend concepts of both xin yi and bagua into our training. This is why the Ng Family forms look like nothing else, but they do remind one of some quite potent movement. My thought as of now and the last few days is how one could intro a compleltely fresh piece of clay (student) by teaching him Wing Chun with some bagua principles blended in. This might sound like contradiction to some, I found it to be a brilliantly succcessful deal. I will add more later, interested in any discussion! PEACE @ THE TAO BUMZ
  7. Baguazhang

    Baguazhang, bodyguard art made famous in the 1800s and early 1900s Bodyguard fighting system made famous in the 1800s in Beijing. Bagua fighters were appointed as the top body guards in Beijing, and the Emperor and Prince themselves employed the founders of the system as their personal bodyguards. To protect yourself against multiple attackers in the 1800s in Beijing, or if you wanted to work as a bodyguard, this was the best style to have. Weapons are also used like spear, sword, hooked knives, and special concealed needles. It's a hybrid master style that can incorporate many different styles, and most fighters who learned Bagua would have had a background in other martial arts prior to learning Baguazhang. Two styles I think that are known to be incorporated in Bagua are Shaolin Lohan fist and Shuai Chiao. It's most unique feature is the Circle walking practice that is also found in very ancient Taoist cultivation and chi kung energy practices. Dong Hai Chuan- On Dong Hai Chuans tomb is a list of his disciples. The first is Yin Fu. Yin Fu was the first disciple of Dong Hai Chuan, and studied with Dong the longest. He trained constantly with Dong, day and night, for at least 10 years. He got the most skills. The second listed disiplce is Ma Weiqi. Not a lot is known about Ma Weiqi because he died at only 30 years old. He was said to have had a bad temperment. It is a shame he ended up being killed. I dont know if anyone really got his fulll transmission or got his art. The third listed disciple is Shi Dejong, the cousin of Yin Fu. Shi Dejong lived with Dong in Dongs later years, and got a lot of Dongs skills. The 4th listed disciple is Cheng Ting Hua, Cheng was already very skilled in Schuai Chiao and Chinese wrestling before learning from Dong, he only learned from Dong for 4 years. Yin Fu Yin Fu was the greatest of Dong Hai Chuans disciples in the art of Bagua. The Yin style is very combat oriented and effective. It doesnt mess around. Some of its strongest traits are the Ox toungue palm which originally derives from Shaolin and can be used to strike the opponents eyes, throat, or body, as well as sitting down heavy on the opponent and sticking. Another strength is the Yin Fu wrist grip. It is extremely hard to break. Yin Fu's grip was so powerful it was said to be almost like handcuffs, and could put a man to their knees simply by grabbig the wrist. Since it derives from Shaolin it also has powerful kicking methods. One of the most underated aspects of Yin style is it's wrestling, Schuai Chiao, and Qinna methods. Yin Fu, and most likely Dong Hai Chuan for that matter, were both Shaolin masters. What Bagua did, and what makes it so great, is that it softened the Shaolin. Here is a site I found with a pretty comprehensive lineage chart for the branches of Yin style- http://www.8gua.info...tml#Liu Zhenlin Yin Fu- Yin style Lohan sets in the system, and the 8 basic Yin style palms- More Yin style- Ma Wei Qi-