Once you have been practising the qigong and studying the solo forms for some time, you will normally begin training the martial methods. By then, you will probably have realised that any aspect of bagua is harder if competently done than it would first appear to the uninitiated.
In fact, I will tell you the secrets of any aspect of traditional bagua at no extra charge: have good instruction, train hard while paying attention to the quality of that practice—not just how many hours you put into one session, be patient.
Having aptitude is certainly an asset, but it is less essential than having the three aspects of what I call "The Bagua Triangle." In fact, I will tease you a little by hinting here that understanding triangulation is also the secret of understanding the famous circularity of bagua whose study is, in many ways, the study of mathematics and physics.
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