Brief Introduction to the Body Strengthening Function of Eight Diagram Palm Qigong

Eight Silken Movements Qigong Seniors

By Li Zi Ming Translated by Huang Guo Qi In his later years, Li Zi Ming wrote a number of books and magazine articles in order to help promote Ba Gua Zhang for health maintenance and self-defense. In the following article, Li talks about the health benefits of walking the circle. It is interesting to note that in this article Li calls the circle walking practice Ba Gua Zhang Qi Gong. As Vince Black mentioned in the last article, Li thought that the practice of the Ba Gua system itself was...

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3 Mixed Character Eight Step The toe of one foot is toed-in while the other foot toes-out. The knees are bent, the legs feel a wrapping energy, the body sinks downward, the hips and buttocks are pulled in, the body is straight, the weight is evenly distributed between the two feet. This is the toe-out step and can either be a left toe-out step illustration 3 or a right toe-out step illustration 4 . 4 Partial Character Eight Step This variation also includes left illustration 5 and right...

Li Zi Ming s Ba Gua Zhang Method

Bagua Elbow Knives

After having studied in four different Ba Gua systems over a period of fifteen years, I finally came upon Li Zi Ming and his Liang Zhen Pu style of Ba Gua which, to me, was far more complete in its systematic approach than any other system I had studied. This system takes the practitioner from a basic foundation to a high level in Ba Gua without leaving gaps in the forms and movements and introduces all of the subtleties and nuances which this art contains in a Li Zi Ming poses in his home in...

Sha Guo Zhengs Single Palm Change

Pakua Sides

By Sha Guo Zheng Translated by Tim Cartmell Since the resurgence of the public practice of Chinese martial arts in mainland China in the late 1970's, there have been two older generation Ba Gua Zhang practitioners who stood as icons of the style in the country of its origin for over a decade, Li Zi Ming 4 and Sha Guo Zheng it . Both of these distinguished gentleman have now passed away, however, they have both left behind written material expressing their ideas and insights concerning the...

Li Zi Ming Ba Gua in New York City

Vince Black Doce Pares

In my capacity as the editor and publisher of the Pa Kua Chang Journal, I frequently receive phone calls from individuals seeking a Ba Gua Zhang instructor. More times than not I will simply direct them to look at the instructor's directory on the back page of the Journal, find someone in their area, and go check out the instructor to see if that person is teaching something they would be interested in learning. Every teacher has a different personality, different teaching style, and different...

Li Zi Ming and his Ba Gua Zhang

Lian Zhen Floral Paintings Tehnics

Although we have discussed the Liang Zhen Pu style of Ba Gua Zhang as taught by Li Zi Ming in a previous issue of the Journal Vol. 3, No. 3 , we did not focus on Li Zi Ming's background and did not talk about what has happened to his Ba Gua system and the Ba Gua Association he presided over since the time of his death. In this article we will address these topics and also present an overall viewpoint of the Li Zi Ming system of Ba Gua as seen by Li's American disciple, Vince Black. Li Zi Ming...