Many beginners come to a bagua class thinking that there is only one form of that discipline instead of two main approaches—Wu-tang and Er-mei—as well as countless variations, both good and bad, of each. In the same way, more experienced students may be surprised to learn that there is as much difference of opinion about almost any bagua-related issue as there are people talking about that subject!
One way to experience this is to visit any of internal arts internet discussion boards, although the level of sophistication in the discussions is usually on par with that generated in a redneck bar on Saturday night, or a schoolyard between adolescents.
In this chapter I would like to touch on some of the contentious topics that are frequently raised when experienced practitioners get together to argue in a friendly, or not so friendly, manner.
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