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Bagua Linked Palms [Paperback]

Shujin Wang
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1 July 2009
Master Wang Shujin (1904 1981) was one of the world s foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts, with legendary expertise in the disciplines of Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, and Xingyi Quan. This book offers a lucid translation of Master Wang s seminal work on Bagua Zhang and includes expanded instruction by co-translator and noted Bagua Zhang expert Kent Howard. It also introduces readers to a rarely seen personal side of Wang Shujin, who was not only a fighter but also a teacher and spiritual leader.

Bagua Linked Palms includes a wealth of additional information useful to the practitioner of internal martial arts, including the story of Bagua Zhang s development, the connection between the Bagua and the I Ching, and step-by-step instruction in the eight changes of Bagua Linked Palms, the first form in Master Wang s style of Bagua Zhang. This comprehensive, richly annotated text makes it a must-have addition to every serious martial arts library.

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books; annotated edition edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942642
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 17.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book by an Internal Arts Legend 18 Jun 2013
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Brilliant book, in perfect condition at an excellent price.
What more could you ask for?
Wang Shujin is a Legend.
Excellent piece on his Zhang Zhaong / Pole Standing Exercise,
vital for progress in Internal Arts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential... & Fantastic as Well! 22 Sep 2009
By David A. Anselmi - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been practicing Internal Martial Arts for twenty years now, & been teaching for 15, including taiji (Yang), bagua (Fu Chen-Sung), & hsing-i (mishmash). I've had this Manual in the original Chinese for nearly all that time-- & have found it absolutely Essential, even when I couldn't read a word. How is that? b/c with Wang, you can learn quite a bit just by studying his pictures(!!)

For example: [esp in the 'Palm Change' pictures, Chapter 8]:
Wang's energy is very whole-&-total, or what Sun Lu-Tang called the "I-Ch'i": there isn't a single picture where Wang's lacking energy in any limb. Further, his root is extraordinary; you can see how his legs extend at least 3' or more into the ground; esp. in the later palm-change postures, it's like looking at an iceberg: most of Wang is below the ground. Even better, he is physically demonstrating the internal principle Fu Zhongwen translates as "an intangible and lively energy lifts the crown of the head" (or in other words, his shen energy is located in his upper dan-tien, while his ch'i energy is coalesced in his lower dan-tien). And yes his eyes are very bright, but his energetic balance is sublime: he never 'emits' from his eyes more than he extends downwards, thru his root. That is very rare to see demonstrated in my experience from training with several different (famous) Teachers, & even more rare to see it published in photos like these. This is the kind of thing that was once very carefully guarded as an 'Inner Door Secret'; top practitioners showed that level of skill behind closed doors only, & definitely didn't let (just) anyone photograph them doing it...

But for me? My favorite part are his 'big hands'... many practitioners, esp those doing Iron Palm, are able to generate lots of energy in their palms... but that comes at the expense of other parts of their bodies, often their legs, etc. So you see 'big hands on a small body', or 'lollipop arms' if you will. But not Wang-- he has Big Hands connected to a Big Full body, with a Huge Root. Wow.

So you get ALL of that with the pictures... & now you get to read the actual text as well!!

Plus don't overlook the 'Basic Principles' section; similar ideas &/or 'Secrets' have been written in several other manuals, but this version has some very subtle distinctions which are crucial. For instance, the '6-Combinations' description is very elegant, and the 'pull-up anus' (ie 'ding') emphasizes "lightly contracting" (rather than forcibly exerting-- a very important distinction, helping you avoid lots of maladies...).

Incredible book, & now an incredible translation. We owe a massive debt to Kent Howard and Chen Hsiao-Yen. THANK-YOU, SO MUCH!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Material 26 Nov 2009
By S. Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
This small volume is really one of my new favorite works on Baguazhang. It has the qualities of being both brief and enjoyable. I think the best way I can express my enjoyment of the book is like this: it is short enough that I read the entire thing in Barnes and Noble, but interesting enough that I still bought a copy anyway.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wang Shujin's Bagua 11 Sep 2009
By John Dougherty - Published on Amazon.com
All students and fans of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts will appreciate this fine book. Kent Howard has given us a great gift by sharing this work with all aficionados of the Internal Arts.
Anyone that may have come across Robert Smith's wonderful books on Chinese Boxing and its "Internal Arts" will know this man. Furthermore, those who already know of Baguazhang and special publications like Dan Miller's "Pa Kua Chang Journal" will enjoy this book. Check the blurbs by Dan Miller and Bruce "Kumar" Frantzis - you will not be disappointed - this is a scholarly work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Bagua Zhang books 13 Aug 2011
By Mason Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers that this is an excellent book. I've collected a lot of material on Bagua Zhang over the years, but unfortunately many of the forms described in these books are quite beautiful, but far too complex to practice without a teacher. Wang Shujin's first form, the one described in this book, is elegant and classical without being so difficult that a dedicated student couldn't benefit from working through the moves. Kent Howard, the translator, also has uploaded eight or ten videos on YouTube.com which can help a student see the form in motion. Well done! I hope to see more material about Bagua Zhang from this translator. Students interested in this subject should also consider books by Robert W. Smith, Yang Jwing-Ming, John P. Painter, and Bruce K. Frantzis, which contain valuable material beyond the form.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Sep 2009
By Andrew T. Dale - Published on Amazon.com
Thank you Kent for translating one of the great Bagua master's text. My teacher T.T. Tchoung was a friend and student of the Great Master Wang. This books clears up many questions. In addition a great part of this book is Kent's clarification on the documented history of Bagua.
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