Basic Exercise

In order to prepare students for the movements of Fu style Ba Gua Zhang, Liang teaches a number of basic skills exercises. This exercise is a simple body twisting and coiling drill which will help loosen the body and build a degree of body coordination that will be useful when this motion is added with complex kou and bai footwork. Photo 1 Begin by shifting the weight to the right leg and turning the right hand so that the palm faces toward your face, which is looking to the right. The arm is...

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 ,...