Ba Gua Beginner

Basic Guides. Training Videos. Mistakes to Avoid. How to pick a teacher

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Above, our Ba Gua Zhang (baguazhang) lineage, Beijing, 1917. 3rd generation formal lineage holder Liu Bin indicated in red circle. Below, John Bracy and Chris Gulbrandson, respectively, formally lineaged 5th & 6th generation lineage holders/ disciples.

The Ba Gua “Guard.”  From it’s roots in Beijing, China to everywhere the art is taught, this stance is the most universal of Ba Gua Zhang fighting and training postures

Your first free Ba Gua lessons (and a free video!)

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FREE VIDEO AT:  VIDEO LINK [CLICK HERE] Video lessons for the 3 lessons/ photos below

Lesson 1: Getting a few basic movements. “Walking the Circle” and “Single Change” are the most common practices of Ba Gua worldwide, and especially the Cheng Style

Lesson 2: Learning to mix relaxation with tension in new ways. The ultimate goal of the internal martial artist, and especially for the ba gua martial artist, is the ability to direct a narrow, concentrated line of force through an otherwise relaxed body.

Correct hand shape and angle is critical to making your Ba Gua effective. This point is  explained in the YouTube link that follows. LINK = https://youtu.be/hwve6U3Znlk

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR (STUFF THAT WILL HURT YOUR TRAINING)

1. If your training is balanced in a 50-50 way

Why this is bad: 50-50 balanced training means that any power and ability you develop will depend on a strong base that has to be set in place in the midst of combat (how is that possible?  Combat is fast moving and chaotic.  Who has time to set a base?)  It also means that your defense/ technique/ skill is upper shoulder strength based.  That will work as long as you are the stronger guy (or lady).

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