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Ba Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang Paperback – 27 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (27 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432796895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432796891
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Bisio is known internationally as a martial artist and practitioner of Chinese medicine. He has studied Chinese medicine and martial arts extensively in mainland China and is a licensed practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine heading a busy clinic specializing in trauma, Chinese sports medicine and orthopedic conditions. Tom is the author of several books on Ba Gua Zhang, Nei Jia Quan, and Chinese medicine and is the founder of New York Internal Arts and Internal Arts International (internalartsinternational.com).


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I was looking forward to this book. I respect Mr Bisio and his endeavors in both the martial and medical worlds.

Overall I like this book, I also think anyone interested in Bagua, or even martial neigong will find much of the information of interest. However I also found the book somewhat disappointing.

I'll start with the negative aspects;

- It really needs a better copy editor, there are many sloppy editing and spelling errors which are just irritating.
- The format of the book, double spacing and so forth makes the book look like a submitted dissertation or academic paper, rather than a publically released and published book.
- The use of really and bad quickly done computerised imagery instead of decent photographs or illustrations. I thought only Jan Diepersloot was willing to go there, and at least he had an excuse!
(These are minor irritations that come with such self-published books)
- I bought the book believing that it would be the summation of knowledge gained and trained over years during in Mr Bisio's busy martial career. However the book is based upon an interview with Zhao Da Yuan done in 2011 (with a shorter previous meeting in 2009). This book was published in 2012 only a year later!
- The interview, or at least part one is freely available on Mr Bisio's blog, but not in this book. I personally found reading the interview more interesting than the cherry picked snippets used as a framework to create chunks of chapters in the book. It had a cohesiveness and clarity that the book loses.
- The book is a collection of random sources used to propogate and expand upon the aspects expounded by Zhao Da Yuan, and often feels clunky due to the varied source material.
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One of the few Bagua books that links the meridians with the postures. This is part of my teaching and lineage
and nice to see how it all ties together. Good illustrations.

Pity he dismisses the pychological side of movement. My Teacher after many years of frustration turned to this to explain why some of his students just did not get it, or just could not get some parts of it. ( Which is what we all go through). Movement and opening the body is all about being open to feeling and the transition between forms and feeling.

I found this book helpful in more fully addressing how the eight mother palms work.
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This is a pretty exhaustive guide to circle walking. It covers everything from practice schedules, useful physical and energetic focuses during walking to a lot of detail on meridian theory. Each fixed posture has a notional influence on specific meridians and this is covered in detail. Indeed, the book is a mini-textbook on meridian theory in this regard.
The book is entirely about circle walking in fixed postures as a method of nei gong. There is no information about palm changes, and it is not a book on how to learn Ba Gua. But that's quite clear in the title.
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Great product would recommend to others
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Very good product
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