In your instruction of Ba Gua Zhang do you do any specialized palm training or leg training

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Palm training is done, but we look at the palm as meaning the entire body and not just the hand. I would rather say Ba Gua open hand than Ba Gua palm. There is even a level in which training emphasizes the fist, but this doesn't matter. I say this because Ba Gua really stresses the open hand. The reason for the open hand is that it makes it easier to apply Qin Na, do throws, or strike very quickly. It's OK to toughen the palm to a limited degree so that it's toughened for some pain, but not to...

Gong Bao Zhais Teaching Method

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When Gong Bao Zhai teaches, each student has his or her own personal program. The part of the system a student will start with and how they progress from that point depends on each individual student. Young old, strong weak, male female, and other physical characteristics are taken into account as well as the student's individual goals in practice. Someone who wants to study the art for health will have a different training program than someone who is interested in learning the entire system....

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As stated above, since Gong has no set training sequence, here we will simply list the forms, give a general description and state the basic training philosophy of each different form. Ba Mu Zhang - The ba mu zhang, also called ba zhang are the eight mother palms see photographs on page 8 and chart below . These are the holding postures held while the practitioner walks the circle and represent the static feature of each gua h . This set consists of a circle walking form whereby the upper body...