Ba Gua: Advanced Hidden Knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art Paperback – 30 Sep 1998
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From the Author
Rare aspects of this rare internal Taoist art
Hi! I'm John Bracy, author of Ba Gua: Hidden Aspects of the Taoist Internal Martial Art, I have had the honor to study with one of the oldest living masters of the art of Ba Gua Zhang, Liu Xing-Han, of Beijing, China, last of the fourth generation disciples. This book describes the hidden essence of this rare and beautiful martial art.
An overview of what's in Ba Gua: Hidden Aspects of the Taoist Internal Martial Art:
1. The history of the development of internal energy, qi (also written ch'i) is given in detail. The development of these ideas are traced from "Religious" Taoists 1,800 years ago to Taoist yogis and mountain dwelling monks in the last days of the Ching dynasty.
2. Modern explanation and theory about the nature of internal energy.
3. The variant forms of qi gong, such as medical and sexual, are defined and described.
4. Archaic instructions for the art that have previously been passed down in poetic form from master to disciple are for the first time rendered in English.
5. Rare internal energy training exercises, two person training drills directly from the Beijing masters, and Ba Gua self-defense techniques are included. All of these come with photographs and clear step-by-step directions.
In Ba Gua: Hidden Aspects of the Taoist Internal Martial Art, the art is traced from second century Taoists searching for physical immortality to mountain-dwelling Taoist monks during the last days of the Ching dynasty and nineteenth century intellectuals searching for the secret of "stillness in movement." In an attempt to capture the spirit and ethos of the art, Master Liu and I chose to focus on hidden and rare aspects of the Taoist art instead of the common form. It especially explores the yogic self-healing and meditative as well as the arcane aspects of the style.
"Why?" and "How?" did Chinese philosophers link with martial artists who, together, created the internal martial arts? This book traces the link between intellectuals of the Boxer Rebellion period and the development of the "soft" or "internal" martial arts.
I first learned about internal energy in the martial arts over thirty years ago and have been fascinated with the relationship between internal power and martial art ability, acupuncture, meditation, and Taoist Yoga since then. The martial art of Ba Gua, the mysterious art of turning, coiling, and twisting movement, was the answer to my search. It is an art of Taoist yoga, health and longevity. Ba Gua has become a cornerstone of training at Hsing Chen, my martial art school in Southern California. I hope this book will be helpful to the martial expert and student alike in their quest to understand and improve the essence of their own practice.
Top Customer Reviews
The authors are quite knowledgeable and clear with their content matter. While I distinctly dislike the use of the phrase "Taoist yoga/yogic," the outlining of the qigong exercises were quite clear. The two-man drills were not so clear, but for someone with experience in reading martial arts texts, they were clear enough.
There's also some esoterica and history that is nice to see. The outlining and use of the generational names of the Tung Hai-Chuan lineage was especially interesting to me, as an "historical" martial artist.
It's not the best book I've seen on Baguazhang, but it certainly beats most others. For fundamental drilling and body development work, I would suggest Sifu Park Bok Nam's "The Fundamentals of Baguazhang" vols. I and II. For more translations and mediocre form delineation, I would suggest Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and Liang, Shou-Yu's "Emei Baguazhang." Having all three texts, I feel that Mr. Bracy and his sifu's book is a fine complement to my Baguazhang and internal Chinese arts library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The authors have made a very good effort in providing a general overview of the history of Ba Gua and its links to Yogic practice. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2011 by Larobby
In english bagua literature any contribution to the field is admirable, for every book serves to inspire and record great practicioners for the future. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 1999
Once I started to read Ba Gua, I couldn't put it down. This is the first book I have ever read that gives any meaningful history and description about chi. I highly recommend it.Published on 28 Jan. 1999