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From a beginners perspective, 8 arm shapes corresponding to the 8 trigrams are used for strength training and for finding lines of force through the body. This is the case in my current practice but has been also true with my previous teacher. These are practiced/investigated statically and circling. There may well be more (there usually is!) but that is where I am at the moment. I also haven't actually done a great deal of this practice as I'm currently focussed on circle walking without falling over! There is a host of stuff on https://jiulongbaguazhang.com/, some of which sort of corresponds to my understanding. It goes off into some very different areas than my practice though.  

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4 hours ago, RobB said:

There is a host of stuff on https://jiulongbaguazhang.com/, some of which sort of corresponds to my understanding. It goes off into some very different areas than my practice though.  

The part when he relates to the Yijing was sort of what I was looking for, I'll assume there is more info for students that are at that level. Thanks for the link. 

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And the best part, it will delete your animalistic nature/tendencies revealing your TRUE NATURE. It's entirely up to you to find out what this really means.

 

The animal side is what keeps spinning your 'karma' wheel. 
 

Ba Gua Quan, more than a martial art, more than a ceremony and more than fancy body movements coated with Chinese New Age names. It's a very powerful transformational tool but for those who are ready to access that level. 
 

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On 07/08/2020 at 8:37 PM, RobB said:

I'm currently focussed on circle walking without falling over!


This is part of "Foundation" work you should be doing outside the circle.

 

Start with this one:

 

Pole assisted Squat

 

I used to do it very slowly down stay there in a squat position and time myself until I was able to do it for 1 hour! That's how ungrounded I was after a lifetime of being a modern professional man brought up in school, universities, work and all that jazz. 

 

Then into Asian Squat which is done on a daily basis like going to the toilet as done traditionally in Asia (probably Europeans too in a distant past before they started thinking too much!). 
 

I used to train a body squat only starting with a kettlebell of 8kg and dropping the weight progressively until I was able to do a full body Asian squat without any extra weight and with bare feet. So 8kg-6-4-2-1. The last weights (2 & 1kg) were small dumbbells as they are cheaper than kettlebells which weren't easy to find either.

 

The Asian squat will enormously help in your Bagua progression (as well as any other IMA); it will ground you nicely. 

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1 hour ago, Gerard said:

This is part of "Foundation" work you should be doing outside the circle.

Thanks @Gerard, I've been working on the jibengong of our school for a year - and continue to work on it. Squatting is, as you point out, excellent foundational work. I'm nearly there with the ATG squat! 

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Many years of work and daily maintenance after that especially for  us Westerners who grew up in a culture of thinking, using chairs and couches to eat, sit and the like. Sahara's bedouins and tuaregs, Rajasthan's Gadia Lohars and Chinese villagers and who sit and live on the ground have no problem at all as they think little and are very grounded, hence their pelvic area are loose and wide open.

 

He Jinghan has made available for free online (personal YouTube channel) the most comprehensive training program to train and open that area and the rest of the body's major joints.

 

i also like moving/shifting the body weight from side to side while sitting in the Asian squat; you can also extend the legs adopting the Pu Bu stance to stretch, open and strengthen the pelvis even further.
 

 

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I don't know if o ever mentioned this but the most important aspect of Ba Gua's work is reconnecting with The Mind and establishing a solid relationship with the Internal Organs. This is is deep part of the art...and there is a lot more obviously. Your task is to find out what is really going on, and you will if it was meant to be. 


 

 

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On 17/08/2020 at 12:33 AM, Gerard said:

He Jinghan has made available for free online (personal YouTube channel) the most comprehensive training program to train and open that area and the rest of the body's major joints.

 

Read today He Jinghan had to have major back surgery back in 2015. 

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Here is the one I think gerard is referring to, 

 

 But in past years,I've seen gerad post links to this one

He Jinbao

 

 

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5 hours ago, zerostao said:

But in past years,I've seen gerad post links to this one

He Jinbao

 


 

Yes the first video is about HJH.
 

Unfortunately I have never posted anything about He Jinbao.

 

 

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On 05/09/2020 at 9:57 PM, Vajra Fist said:

 

Read today He Jinghan had to have major back surgery back in 2015. 


And?

 

Intrigued by the gossip, I also did a web search, found the original source and will post a translation of the Chinese article when I get some time, which anyone can do with Google translate anyway . 
 

 

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2 hours ago, Gerard said:


 

Yes the first video is about HJH.
 

Unfortunately I have never posted anything about He Jinbao.

 

 

Not the first time, my memory has tricked me.

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I was going to delete the post because to be honest it's irrelevant talk, something that doesn't benefit the community at large which is the most important thing! 
 

This is the original thread which sure you could have posted rather than I having to go and find it:

 

https://rumsoakedfist.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=24220&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&sid=eeaaec831d8f65cc2dbe27e14e3aa685

 

About his Bagua being unusual.
 

More gossip. Please refrain from making any comments of this kind until you are proficient enough to do so, thank you. Bagua has many forms not just one but the common thing to all is circle walking. Forms are forms, it's only the surface. Only few go deep enough...wait this is a common occurrence in other schools, arts, styles, religions and philosophies. It's the old story about my Kung Fu being better than yours or my religion is the best and the rest are wrong. In ancient India they called this:


Blind men and an elephant

 

See the danger of 'forum talk' and not enough practice. 

 

Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off...NO TALK. 

 

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About how deep you can go:

 

ENDLESS.

 

There is no beginning, there is no end. You are an infinite being constantly evolving. I stop here as I'm saying too much. It's a personal experience abs journey for all of us.
 

I'll invite you to explore the open possibilities of this amazing art, but make sure you solely focus on silencing the mind while walking and doing many circles holding only ONE PALM at the time for the entire practice session. Quieting the "Mind" is one of the most challenging obstacles of this path. Focus on good stepping and breathing while trying to relax as deeply as you can.

 

Happy practice to all . :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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