Basic Exercise

Spinning Motion

The fourth exercise, shown on the following two pages, builds from the hand motions of the last exercise. This is one of many variation of the serving tea cups exercises which have become characteristic of Ba Gua Zhang practice. Photo 1 Starting from a horse stance posture, shift the weight to the right as the arms come up on the right side of the body. The arms are relaxed and the wrists loose. Photo 2 Shift the weight to the left, turning the waist to the left. Allow this motion to whip the...

By Tim Cartmell

The following is an excerpt from Tim CartmeWs excellent book, Effortless Combat Throws. This excerpt contain four of the eight basic principles Tim outlines in the first chapter of the book whichform the basis for all of the techniques that are shown in the book. This section is perhaps the most important in the book. All of the subsequent entries and techniques will refer back to the principles presented here. These principles are the very heart and soul of the Art. It would be best to study...

Mechanics of Power in Ba

Guo Gu Min fpgj lived from 1880-1968. Those who knew him say that when he had the lightest contact with his opponent his adversary would be tossed. A subject of endless discussion among practitioners of Ba Gua is the legendary and effortless power and ability of martial artists like Guo. In the summer of 1995 I attended the international Ba Gua conference in Beijing, China. Zhan Shui Fen, a teacher and theorist from Chang Chuen, China presented a paper on the subject of how Guo and others like...

Fu Zhen Songs Student Liang Qiang Ya Talks About FuS Famous Tornado Power

Liang Qiang Bagua

Imagine this - you are thirteen years old and have an interest in studying martial arts one day your Uncle married to your father's sister brings one of the most famous and highly skilled martial artists in China over to your home and asks your family if this guy could live there with you. This is a man who had studied Chen style Tai Ji with the Chen family, studied Ba Gua with one of Dong Hai Chuan's ic i'l direct students Jia Feng Ming - f Jf jy and one of Yin Fu's f students Ma Gui - -f ,...