I know it’s been a bit since the last posting, there has been a lot going on. Most of the summer we reviewed the basics and focused on refining our structure, both static postures as well in motion.
At the being of the class we worked on refining the circling the circle stepping pattern. I have found that this particular stepping helps in developing your ability to have nimble feet, as well keeping well balanced while moving and changing directions.
In a previous week I had been working on the Big Dragon Turns around stepping pattern and how it can be applied as a means of counterning a hammer lock. So on Thursday myself and Charles took some time to play with what I had been thinking. We then started playing with a few other locks and how to escape them by utilizing core Jiulong Baguazhang principles and specific attitudes. This was very interesting and we had a lot of fun playing with these and we look forward to playing with more of then. With any lock there is a key to unlock it, I’m just paraphrasing something Shifu John Painter has said.