When did you first go to Taiwan and what was your purpose in going there

I first went to Taiwan in 1981 because I received a scholarship to study there from a University. I was in my senior year of college and took a one year scholarship to go study in Taiwan. My major in school was East Asian Languages and so I went to the Taiwan Normal University to study Chinese. I went there at first with the intention of staying one year, but I ended up staying three semesters, a year and a half. Then I came back to the United States for one semester in 1983 and finished my...

When did you meet your Ba Gua Zhang teacher Huang Jin Sheng

I lived in Taipei city for six years and then I moved down south when my wife and I decided to open up our own English language school. We moved down to a place called Pu Li. It is down in the middle of the island near Sun Moon Lake. It was there that I found an old mainlander who taught Yin Yang Ba Gua. I did a little of that with him. I also called around to the next county and to Tai Chung to the martial arts associations to locate a Ba Gua teacher and finally was able to meet Huang Jin...

By the time you met Huang Jin Sheng your language skill was fluent wasnt it

Kent Howard

Yes, I was reading and writing in Chinese by then, even having dreams and nightmares in Chinese laughter . However, if you compared my language skill to someone who really stuck with the book studies for a long time, like Tim Cartmell, his Chinese is probably much better than mine. I stopped studying Chinese full time in 1984. I really just lived there. It was my home, it was where my family was, I had a full time job, so I didn't have as much time to study the language in a scholarly manner. I...

The Center

Huang Shu Chun Bagua

An idea which is essential in understanding Wang Shu Jin's Ba Gua Zhang is the concept of the center - zhong xin . Although the concept of being centered and centering often arises in discussions about the internal martial arts, the exact nature, use of, or even location of this center has proved illusory. In Huang Jin Sheng's treatise on Wang's internal teachings, called A Study of the Six Principles of Ba Gua Zhang, the idea of the center arises again and again. all six of these principles...

The Eight Secrets to Ba Gua Zhang Practice

Bagua Swimming Body Palms

In both of the books Wang Shu Jin wrote, Ba Gua Linked Palms and Ba Gua Swimming Body Palms, there are sections on The Eight Secrets to Ba Gua Zhang Practice. These secrets, or key points, are presented in eight, one-character principles which are a guide to both external postures and internal feelings. These form a conceptual base upon which all subsequent techniques are built. Each of these eight concepts focuses on three areas of the body. The Three Ding's - the highest, outermost The head...

By Kent Howard

Wang Shu Chin

In this article Kent Howard, who currently lives in the Boston area, discusses the principles of Wang Shu Jin's Ba Gua and demonstrates their utility in martial application. Each section of this article discusses principles which he was taught by his teacher Huang Jin Sheng, a twenty-five year student of Wang Shu Jin. In the article Kent makes use of many translated quotes taken from books written by both Wang Shu Jin and Huang Jin Sheng.

Ba Gua Zhang Calendar

Ever since we started publishing the Pa Kua Chang Journal and including photographs of the old Ba Gua masters I have received numerous phone calls and letters from people wanting copies of some of the photographs so they could hang them in their school or workout space. I have been reluctant simply because it would have been a lot of work to make single blow up copies of these pictures for those who wanted them. But now I've come up with a solution, a Ba Gua Zhang Calendar for 1996. Each month...

Tongue Touches Roof of Mouth The tip of the

Tongue touches the roof of the mouth between the upper teeth and the hard palate. Close the mouth lightly and touch the teeth together. The tongue to the palate bridge allows the qi to flow without blockage. Pressing too hard with the tongue, clenching the teeth, or closing the mouth too tightly, will blunt the qi. 9 The Six Unities The mind and the Yi fife - intention conscious will mental conception The Yi and the qi The qi and the li ft - muscular strength The hands and the feet the...

What did he start you with in terms of the Ba Gua practice

Because he saw that I knew the basics of Ba Gua and the stepping and all of that, and obviously had Kent Howard with his teacher, Huang Jin Sheng, and a few of Huang'a other students at Pa Kua Ch'an Buddhist Temple, the group's usual morning workout spot practiced the form I was doing for many years, he started me right into the lian huan zhang continuous linking palm form, which is the first form in Wang's system. We started right into the single palm change and the double palm change and on...

By James Cravens

Casey recognized that he was a man on a mission. He was American born and had a thirty year love affair with the Martial Arts before his untimely death in 1986. He was famous in his avocation - an international reinsurer, working for a company in Germany called Hannover Rhee. He was a brilliant man whose interest in martial art was related to its study of energy, in particular the study of combative energy. With means, intellect, job complementation, his journey...

So what did becoming an Yi Guan Daoist entail

Wang Shu Jin

He began training me in Yi Guan Dao philosophy. I attended lectures up on the fourth floor. I would take notes from the lectures and ask questions. After a short period of time he told me that they were going to do an induction of new members. I asked him if I Huang Jin Sheng demonstrating a Ba Gua application on a student, June 1992 Kent Howard with his teacher Huang Jin Sheng in front of the Yi Guan Dao alter in Huang's home Yi Guan Dao temple, 1994 could take part, and he said yes. We had a...

About the Pa Kua Chang Journal

The Pa Kua Chang Journal is published six times a year. Each issue features an interview with, or article by, one or more Ba Gua Zhang instructor s from mainland China, Taiwan, the United States, and or Canada. The interviews will report on each instructor's background, current program, training methods and teaching philosophy. By utilizing this format, the intention is to give students an opportunity to get to know prospective teachers and to let teachers possibly gain insights and ideas from...

Wang Shu Jins Single Palm Change

Wang Shu Jin Kua Form

The Single Palm Change of Zhang Zhao Dong's school is one of the simpler and more direct ones found in Ba Gua Zhang. It is reminiscent of Sun Xi Kun's Single Palm Change, but with more forward penetration and less waist turning at the end see Sun Xi Kun's change on the cover of the last issue of the Pa Kua Chang Journal. 1 Begin the change with the left foot forward, left hand held high inside, facing the center of the circle in the guard stance. From this position you step forward with the...

Wang Shu Jins Ba Gua Zhang in Boston

Since moving back to the United States in 1992, after spending ten years living in Taiwan, Kent Howard has maintained a fairly low profile in the martial arts world. Pa Kua Chang Journal readers may remember Kent from the interview he conducted with his teacher Huang Jin Sheng that was printed in Volume 2, Number 2 Jan Feb 1992 of the Pa Kua Chang Newsletter. Shortly after this interview was printed, Kent returned to the United States with his family and has settled in the Boston area. When...

An Introduction to Wang Shu Jin and His Ba Gua Zhang

Wang Shujin

In Volume 2, Number 2 Jan Feb 92 , of the Pa Kua Chang Newsletter we printed an interview Kent Howard conducted with his teacher, Huang Jin Sheng, one of Wang Shu Jin's loop Ba Gua students and thus we already briefly touched on Wang's Ba Gua Zhang in this Journal In this issue we explore Wang Shu Jin's Ba Gua in more detail, once again through Huang Jin Sheng's student, Kent Howard. The following article gives a brief introduction to Wang Shu Jin Most of this information was gathered during an...

Warriors of Stillness

Wuji Qigong Cai Song Fang

Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts A New Book by Jan Diepersloot It seems as though everyone in the internal martial arts world these days is talking about standing practice. And for good reason As Wang Shu Jin writes in the section of his book Ba Gua Swimming Body Palms in the section titled Wang Shu Jin's Advice on Learning Ba Gua Zhang You must practice zhan zhuang standing postures . No matter which type of martial arts you practice, zhan zhuang training will be a basic...

In the top left corner of the photo in the last row

Taiwan still make trips to teach in Japan. In fact, Wang taught many more students in Japan than he did in Taiwan. Wang Shu Jin may be even more widely known in Japan than he is in Taiwan for his martial arts skill. Top ranking Karateka routinely challenged Wang's skill and were always defeated. As a result, he influenced the study and practice of martial arts in Japan. Today Chinese martial arts are quite popular in Japan and Wang Shu Jin's demonstration of skill, both privately and in public...

Yi Guan Daoist Zhou Yi Sen shown here in 1992 was the man responsible for bringing Wang Shu Jin to Taiwan

Xiantian Dao

The West who practice Ba Gua and Xing Yi because he lived longer than most of them, he was featured in Robert Smith's books, and he taught many foreigners both Westerners and Japanese . His 5'8, 260 lb. frame was also not easily overlooked. Although Wang was a prominent martial artist in Taiwan, not many martial artist know that he was even more prominent in religious circles, and it was because of his religious prominence that he was brought to Taiwan. In Tianjin, Wang Shu Jin was a leader in...

Seminars in Northern California

Wang Shu Jin Tai Quan

Additionally, there were many influential people in society and in martial arts who belonged to Yi Guan Dao and the government felt uneasy not knowing what these people were up to at their meetings. Sect members were put under surveillance by the government and as a result the practitioners of Yi Guan Dao had to go underground and form a somewhat secret society. At one point in time, during the late 1920's and early 1930's, there was an organized government persecution of Yi Guan Daoists in...