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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: 17.8 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"I first met Kent Howard nearly twenty years ago, just after I started publishing the Pa Kua Chang Journal. Kent quickly became one of my most reliable and trusted resources, offering me sound and straightforward advice about the practice of Bagua Zhang, Chinese culture, and the Chinese language. Kent has brought all of that wisdom, and his decades of experience, to the writing of this wonderful book. He is the only person I know who could have presented this book with such insight and accuracy."
--Dan Miller, publisher and editor, "Pa Kua Chang Journal"

"Wang Shu Jin was one of China's authentic and truly talented ba gua and tai chi masters. Kent Howard's book provides insight into Wang's wisdom and power as a martial artist."
--Bruce Frantzis, author of "The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi"

"Kent Howard not only has the experience in Bagua to write this, he also has the intelligence and discrimination to do the translation justice. I know of no better person in the English- or Chinese-speaking world for the task. I hope and expect this text to be the definitive one on Wang Shujin for many years to come."
--Allen Pittman, author of "Walking the I Ching: The Linear Ba Gua of Gao Yi Sheng "

"Here at last is the late master Wang Shujin's introduction to the sublime art of Bagua Zhang in English! We all owe a debt to Kent Howard for this valuable contribution to the martial arts archive."
--Marnix Wells, author of "Scholar Boxer: Chang Naizhou's Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan"

"Wang Shujin's "Bagua Linked Palms" ranks as one of the most influential Bagua training manuals ever written. This work is an outstanding addition to the historical scholarship concerning Wang Shujin and with its numerous clear photos, it is equally valuable for those seeking practical instruction in Wang's Bagua.
--Brian L. Kennedy, author of "Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey"

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"I first met Kent Howard nearly twenty years ago, just after I started publishing the Pa Kua Chang Journal. Kent quickly became one of my most reliable and trusted resources, offering me sound and straightforward advice about the practice of Bagua Zhang, Chinese culture, and the Chinese language. Kent has brought all of that wisdom, and his decades of experience, to the writing of this wonderful book. He is the only person I know who could have presented this book with such insight and accuracy."
--Dan Miller, publisher and editor, Pa Kua Chang Journal

"Wang Shu Jin was one of China's authentic and truly talented ba gua and tai chi masters. Kent Howard's book provides insight into Wang's wisdom and power as a martial artist."
--Bruce Frantzis, author of The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi

"Kent Howard not only has the experience in Bagua to write this, he also has the intelligence and discrimination to do the translation justice. I know of no better person in the English- or Chinese-speaking world for the task. I hope and expect this text to be the definitive one on Wang Shujin for many years to come."
--Allen Pittman, author of Walking the I Ching: The Linear Ba Gua of Gao Yi Sheng

"Here at last is the late master Wang Shujin's introduction to the sublime art of Bagua Zhang in English! We all owe a debt to Kent Howard for this valuable contribution to the martial arts archive."
--Marnix Wells, author of Scholar Boxer: Chang Naizhou's Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan

"Wang Shujin's Bagua Linked Palms ranks as one of the most influential Bagua training manuals ever written. This work is an outstanding addition to the historical scholarship concerning Wang Shujin and with its numerous clear photos, it is equally valuable for those seeking practical instruction in Wang's Bagua.
--Brian L. Kennedy, author of Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey

"Howard has just published the first translation of and commentary on a 40-year-old Chinese text on bagua zhang, Bagua Linked Palms, by Master Wang Shujin...The book is a transmission of the teachings Howard has studied since 1973. With a B.A. degree in East Asian languages and cultures, Howard is fluent in Mandarin and well-known in the bagua community as a Taoist, martial artist, teacher, writer and translator."
--NewsReview.com

"Kent Howard provides excellent commentary on Wang's original writing, and unlike some Bagua photo essays, the form is readable."
--Dojo Rat

About the Author

Master Wang Shujin is considered one of the greatest martial artists of the twentieth century. Kent Howard is a nationally known writer, martial arts teacher, and former contributor to the esteemed Pa Kua Chang Journal. Chen Hsiao-Yen, his wife, is an artist, translator, and writer from Taiwan. The couple lives in Chico, CA.


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Brilliant book, in perfect condition at an excellent price.
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Wang Shujin is a Legend.
Excellent piece on his Zhang Zhaong / Pole Standing Exercise,
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a manual for fighting or self defense 21 Mar. 2014
By Duke Meade - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are wanting to learn how to use Bagua , this is not the book for you. This book has no explanation or photos showing how to use it for fighting or self defense.It has only the routine. Not even an explaination as to why he does the moves the way he does them. Yes, Kent does a great job on translating the book, no complaints. Yes it definitely has historic value, but after all it is a martial art and one should expect to learn at least an idea of it's application.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top notch Bagua master finally available in English 17 Jan. 2014
By Bokhara - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who approaches Bagua will sooner or later hear of Wang Shu Jin. I first heard of him in the 60's from Robert Smith who very soon had me walking in circles doing Wang's style of single palm. Even if you don't train in his method, you should still read this book to familiarize yourself with one of Bagua's legends. There is also a DVD you can order that follows the book.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential... & Fantastic as Well! 22 Sept. 2009
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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!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars there is a great companion DVD with some applications shown from Plum Blossom ... 12 Mar. 2015
By Jonathan E. Kiser - Published on Amazon.com
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This is quite the essential book for learning Wang Shujin's Baguazhang. It has no fighting applications because the author was being true to the original Wang Shujin book. However, there is a great companion DVD with some applications shown from Plum Blossom publishers.
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