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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’.

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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 basic ability of the person. Then wen is the biaoxian, the “demonstration” of this basic ability.

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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 as ‘variation postures’). As regards Bagua Quan every posture has the dual connotation of internally nourishing the body and externally dealing with the opponent. Here I will only touch upon the aspect of ‘dealing with the opponent’.

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淺談筋骨皮

淺談筋骨皮

拳諺說:「內練一口氣,外練筋骨皮」,這句話幾乎涵蓋了我們習武鍛鍊的全部內容,但是可以只練一口氣,不練筋骨皮?或者只練筋骨皮而不練一口氣嗎?我以為那句拳諺講的是一件事,內與外是相互為用而不能截然分開的,事實上那「一口氣」要藉由「筋骨皮」作為鍛鍊的門戶,本文且先談談這個門戶,粗淺得很,故曰淺談。

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Interview with master He Jing-han on Bagua quan

BAGUA QUAN The 8 trigram martial art

He Jing-han started to study Yang Taiji Quan at the age of 15. However after 6 or 7 years of studying he started to stagnate and he did not know how to proceed. At the age of 23 he was introduced to master Gong Bao Zhai and started to specialize in Bagua Quan.

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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 mankind’s culture.

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