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Bagua Swimming Body Palms



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Bagua Swimming Body Palmsis the second book written by Wang Shujin, one of the worldrs"s foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts and a renowned expert of Bagua Zhang. This volume continues the process of bringing Master Wangrs"s important art to Western readers. More intricate than the Linked Palms form, Swimming Body Palms helps practitioners achieve fluent body mechanics and the ability to connect and flow from one movement to the next with power. Master Wang, who taught Swimming Palms to only a few advanced students, described it as "swim-walking," or swimming around the body. Bagua Swimming Body Palmsoffers a thorough grounding in the basics of Bagua principles and practice, and illuminates the connection between the cultural meanings of theI Chingand the physical movements of Bagua Zhang. The photographs from the Chinese book are reprinted, along with hundreds of new photographs of translator Kent Howard demonstrating the exercises in greater detail. Sifu Howard provides extensive commentary on Master Wangrs"s writings, and Daoist master Huang Jinsheng contributes a thoughtful essay on Master Wangrs"s spiritual practice with the esoteric Daoist sect Yi Guan Dao. The bookrs"s engaging style, fidelity to the Chinese text, and comprehensiveness make it a welcome addition to any martial arts library.

Author Biography

Kent Howard is a nationally known writer and martial arts teacher. Chen Hsiao-Yen, his wife, is an artist, translator, and writer from Taiwan. The couple lives in Chico, CA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Translator's Introductionp. ix
Author's Prefacep. xi
The Eight Character Secrets of Bagua Zhangp. 1
An Explanation of Bagua Zhang's Nine Palaces Returning to Onep. 3
An Explanation of Bagua Zhang Hand Formsp. 5
Bagua Zhang Single Palm Routinesp. 7
Commentary: Single Palm Practicep. 10
Bagua Zhang Post-Standing Methodsp. 11
Commentary: Wang Shujin's Post-Standing Methodp. 12
The Thirteen Prohibitionsp. 15
Basic Principlesp. 16
Bagua Swimming Body Palms Formp. 19
˘Balck Dragon Tosses Head÷p. 28
˘Cloud Dragon Appears Three Times÷p. 34
˘Falling Star Casts Reflection÷p. 39
˘Eagle and Bear Exchange Glory÷p. 44
˘Golden Peng Hunts above the Waves÷p. 49
˘Wind Blows the Willows÷p. 56
˘Sweep Away a Thousand Pounds÷p. 63
˘Green Dragon Shakes Scales÷p. 67
Glossaryp. 85
About the Authorsp. 89
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