The last few weeks we’ve been working on the basic changes and stepping patterns used in Jiulong Baguazhang in preperation of the up comming workshop. This has been more of a fine tuning with some new discoveries into creating an integrated movement creating full body power. We also would spend a littl time some time doing free practice with our Jian(Straight sword) for this event, see description below.
Dr. Painter’s Gathering of the Baguazhang Circle: Exploring “Wind Palm” (Begins 9 AM Monday June 10)
** Gathering of The Circle 2013: One of the Largest & Longest Baguazhang Gatherings in the WORLD! **
In Jiulong Baguazhang we have 8 “palms” of energy for health and martial art. Each year we explore one of these palms at our annual “Gathering of the Circle” in Albany, New York, following the Tai Chi Gala.
Wind Palm Martial Bagua:
In the morning and afternoon we will explore “Pi Zhang” (Wind Palm) internal and external energy. As a martial art method, “wind” is one of the most unpredictable of the bagua palms. The Wind Palm appears to be a simple chopping action, yet, much deception is hidden within. Wind energy uproots, splits and divides an opponent’s balance and control in a way unlike any other Nine Dragon Baguazhang posture. It is highly effective for breaking limbs and for creating instant knock out strikes. There is no other posture like the Pi-Zhang Wind Palm energy as a method of moving rapidly through multiple opponents. During this weekday-long immersion, we will explore martial quiet sitting, specialized standing training, linear walking, circle walking and applications of the Wind Palm principles.
Wind Palm Qigong:
Each morning, before breakfast, we will train in the qigong of “Sun Gua Zhang” (Wind Trigram Palm). This qi-magnifying health exercise involves enjoyable sitting, standing and circle walking methods. As related to this practice from classical ba gua zhang, you can discover how wind training, especially in circle walking, encourages the “Small Heavenly Cycle” (microcosmic orbit) of qi flow through the central governing and receptive meridians (akin to kundalini energy flow), This cycle of energy is thought to be especially valuable in slowing the aging process and warding off disease. The energy of this qigong is also said to be beneficial to clearing qi flow of the gall bladder and liver meridians – excellent for clearing anger, frustration, depression, headaches, liver and gallbladder imbalances, as well as for releasing depression and increasing motivation and creativity.
FREE BONUS Program for all those registered for the Gathering of the Bagua Circle (evenings after dinner):