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My personal opinion on the nomenclature of Single Change Palm and Double Change Palm

~ translated by David Alexander Many schools of Bagua Quan / Bagua Zhang have two categories palm style - Single Change Palm and Double Change Palm. However since most of them have different training programmes there are varying viewpoints on why ‘single’ and ‘double’ are used to differentiate between these two palm styles. The Bagua… Continue reading My personal opinion on the nomenclature of Single Change Palm and Double Change Palm

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Ability v Application

Translated by David Alexander The process of studying Baguaquan is first to train ability and then to study methods of application. Ability includes basic ability -i.e. basic skills - and applied ability - i.e. forms, San Shou, weapons etc. If applied ability is insufficient then the student must backtrack to reinforce basic ability and go… Continue reading Ability v Application

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Image and action are two separate things

Image and action are two separate things When in earlier times I studied ‘Later stage Bagua Quan’ my master often said “Image and action are two separate things ”. For a long time I didn’t understand. Afterwards I gradually caught some of the meaning and then passed over the threshold of ‘Later stage Bagua Quan’.… Continue reading Image and action are two separate things

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Chinese martial arts: an investigation into how they developed from hard to soft and into their current status

Chinese martial arts: an investigation into how they developed from hard to soft and into their current status Human culture has arisen for the purpose of resolving problems in order to satisfy needs. This article takes this as a premise and investigates the development of Chinese martial arts. What martial arts (as well as every… Continue reading Chinese martial arts: an investigation into how they developed from hard to soft and into their current status

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Conversation with He Jing-Han, on 1/7/01.

The Chinese martial arts are not for creating fighters but for training human ability (human potential) in the abstract. Actually the character wu is inaccurately translated as “martial.” The word “martial” in English has to do with war, but the word “wu” in Chinese is one part of the wen/wu dichotomy. This wu means the… Continue reading Conversation with He Jing-Han, on 1/7/01.

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A posture is like a battle formation

A posture is like a battle formation Postures are an important part of Chinese martial arts. They are an indispensable part of the training in every school. In particular every school’s ‘basic form’ will contain the basic postures which are the ‘mother posture’ (also known as ‘original posture’) followed by several ‘son postures’ (also known… Continue reading A posture is like a battle formation

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A brief exposition on questions about martial arts systems

The value of traditional martial arts lay in their teaching systems. Even if a martial artist trained to the highest level of ability, if he was unable to produce a method of teaching to guide later generations to reach this level his expertise would follow him to the grave and would have little effect on… Continue reading A brief exposition on questions about martial arts systems