By Sun Lu Tang Translated by Joseph Crandall and Helin Dong

Sun Lu Tang was one of the most prolific writers in the history of Chinese martial arts. He was the first to publish works on the internal martial arts and his ideas set a tone for the study and practice of martial arts since the early part of this century. Sun was deeply interested in the study of the physical boxing art as it related to the principles of Chinese philosophy and many of his writings address his ideas about the connections between physical practice and philosophical theory.

Until recently Sun Lu Tang's writing on Ba Gua has not been readily available in its entirety to the English speaking world. However now, thanks to the hard work of Joseph Crandall and Helin Dong, Sun Lu Tang's Ba Gua text is available in English (those interested in obtaining this work can now order it from High View Publications).

What follows here is an excerpt from Sun's book, as translated by Joseph Crandall and Helin Dong, where Sun discusses the single palm change and double palm change movements and relates them to Chinese philosophical principles.

Sun Lu Tang
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