A special thanks is due to Erle Montaigue. If in the last decade I have finally begun to understand what "internal" can mean in the the context of bagua, it has been largely due to his instruction, example, and encouragement.
Good bagua instructors are rare, but so are good students. I would like to thank all those that have studied with me since 1994 but particularly Sean Kelly, Jeff Campbell, and Stephane Trepanier for their patience and persistence in travelling along this difficult road with me.
Thanks to Ron Beier and John Kavanagh, my colleagues in the wtba, for the pleasure I have had from our correspondence in the last few years on bagua and a variety of internal arts subjects. Some of those email discussions were reworked for this handbook.
I would also like to thank Kaia Knightingale (http://www.kaia.ca) for the original artwork for the front cover.
A special note of thanks to Anjela Popova and Vassili Bykov for their work on the layout and design of this book and to Anjela, in particular, for allowing me to use the photograph she took. She can be reached at [email protected].
Michael Babin Ottawa, Canada February 21, 2004
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