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ISBN: Feedback: arkiv alexandria. If you use this book, please consider buying it. Ba Gua. Consulting editors:. North Atlantic Books Berkeley, California. No portion of this book, except for brief review, may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher. For information contact the publisher. Published by North Atlantic Books P.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data j. Bracy, John, Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN alk. Kung fu—Psychological aspects. Photo and Diagram Credits. Used with permission.

Page Illustration of Taoist yogis. From F. Cibot, Notice du Cong Fu des. Bonzes Tao-see, Memoires concernant Vhistoire, les sciences les arts de chinoispar les missionaires de Pekin Page Wood block print, Taoist adapt. Page Secrets of the Internal Tradition. Print from a Taoist printing wood- block. Page Drawing of a Taoist Yogi—Cibot.

Photo credit. Most of the two-man drills and self-defense application photos in chapters 4 and 5 were photographed by Bijan Yashar. F irst and foremost I wish to thank all the internal martial arts masters who. In par-. To these teachers and the many others who have graciously assisted me in my study of the martial arts I offer my deepest and most sincere thanks. I graciously acknowledge the help of those who assisted me in this work and made this book possible.

This reference could not have been possible with- out the editorial assistance of Bianca Bagatourian, Chris Johnson, clint Johns, and Brent Werner; the research assistance of Eric Gulbrandson and Brian LoBue; the technical assistance of Mike Stone; and the comments and technical advice of my kung fu uncles, brothers, and sisters in Beijing.

To the aforementioned and everyone who provided moral and technical support I extend my sincerest thanks. A special note of thanks to Miss Bianca Bagatourian for her assistance in the cover and jacket design, and to everyone at North Atlantic Books who helped make this book a reality, jb.

About the authorship. With the exception of Chapter Two and the Conclusion which were written. The Tao of Ba Gua. Internal Power and Internal Martial Arts. Qi: Martial Arts Mystery. Evaluating Qi: Checking for Unconscious Participation. Ba Gua as Taoist Yogic Practice. Yin-Yang and Chinese Cosmology. The Ba Gua Body. Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Principles. The Four Precious Methods.

Understanding Qi. Five Methods, Eight Gates. BA GUA. Ba Gua Applications for Self-Defense. Note on the arrangement of Chinese surnames The Oriental system for indicating the family name is opposite that of the Occi- dental; while in the West it appears at the end of a person's name, as in John Smith, in the Eastern way it is traditionally indicated first, as in Yang Cheng-Fu.

On romanization and pronunciation of Chinese There are two widely used ways to romanize Chinese. The Wade-Giles system was used extensively before mainland China opened up to the outside world about Without the apostrophe, the sound is pronounced as an Eng- lish "j.

The Pin-yin system developed in mainland China more closely assimilates English pronunciation. In the case of Beijing, the written representation of the character is closer to the actual pronunciation. I low- ever, the Pin-yin system challenges English speakers in other ways. For example, the Wade-Giles written "ch'i" looks much like it should be pronounced, corn-.

Maste r Liu Xing-Han. Yin " writte n form of th e sam e word. For the convenience of the reader, this book uses both systems, with pref- of Heaven Park, Beijing, Compare some Wade-Giles representations to that of the Pin-yin.

Those indicated in bold are the versions used in the present work. Peking T'ai chi T'ai chi ch'uan the martial art. Beijing Taiji the philosophical concept Taijiquan. Pa kua. Hsing I. Xing yi. Ch'i written in this text as chi. Kung fu. Gong fu. Note on abbreviation of terms:. Introductory note. Dawn in Beijing, China. Anyone walking through one of the many lush and immense parks of this ancient capital will inevitably pass by groups of mostly older Chinese men and women practicing their nation's ancient martial tradi- tions.

For most of these groups the sunrise ritual centers around slow-moving "soft style" exercise. They are practicing t'ai chi ch'uan, Ba Gua, and related styles of the internal martial arts. Today, as has been done for over a century, dedicated groups of Ba Gua students and masters gather to practice their art. The best time to meet has always been the same, the predawn. Since the early s, the favorite place of many to perfect their art has been within the walls of the Temple of Heaven in south central Beijing.

Scrape the dirt in the right places and you will find bricks placed there by some past master as instructional aids to assist his students in the proper foot positioning of the art. His apprenticeship in the art began in when, at the tender age of seven, his father began instructing him in the fundamen- tals of the art.

His training intensified when, on the Chinese New Year in , his father asked that his son be accepted as an "inner door" initiate of the renowned third-generation disciple Master Liu Bin. The master agreed and Liu Xing-Han began a rigorous course of study and dedication that was to last a lifetime.

Ultimately he was designated as fourth-generation "inheritor" and charged with maintaining the extensive oral and written records of the clan and with it the responsibility of passing on the information to the next generation. What follows is his story. Liu Xing-Han. T he internal styles of traditional Chinese kung fu, the net chia ch 'uan, are. In my youth, when I first began to study martial arts, I thought their pur- pose was only physical exercise and self-defense.

My Ba Gua companions and I often played games to see who could remember more and we continuously tried to outperform each other. It was exciting to dodge, twist, and turn to counter each other's attacks. Years later I would begin to realize the great depth of the art. I discovered that Ba Gua is a far deeper subject than I thought was possible when I studied it as a child. It codifies the principle of change through analysis of the lifeblood of the universe: the primal opposing forces of creation and bi- polar opposites of yin and yang.

According to ancient sages, life, which is change, results from union of the tiger of yin, the feminine and receptive force which rises to meet the descending dragon of yang, the male and creative force. The interplay of the tiger Yin and the dragon Yang brings about life, change and birth. This is the essence of the philosophy of Ba Gua.


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