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The Fundamentals of Pa
Gua Chang Vol. I
- Rahman (CA, USA): Superb overview of
an inherently complex endeavor
Pa-Kua Chang is a style dedicated to incorporating both of
aspects of the martial arts. Its skilled practitioners can easily
confound some of the best stylists from other disciplines. The
techniques are extremely efficient and systematic. At the same time,
internal cultivation is emphasized as a key to development physically
as well as spiritually. Both sides are necessary.
This work on
Pa-Kua Chang introduces the reader to the many diverse facets of this
style. Tradition, theory, internalization, physical considerations, are
all interwoven into a complete and self-contained foundational work.
of the details (read: secrets) one may wish from a martial arts book
are necessarily missing. After all, true martial functionality is a
social aspect of life, between two (or more) intelligent beings.
Exercises and basics are described herein, so that the seeker has tools
with which to pursue higher degrees of refinement. Nothing in this work
is glossed over, however. Reaching a high level of proficiency of even
the basic exercises outlined takes tremendous discipline and
dedication. One can seek out further instruction in the interim.
Dante "IP MAN": Great Deal!!!
Excellent! One of the best guide books
on the art of Baguazhang. Also
check out the book on the subject by Mr. Liang, Dr. Yang and Mr. Wu.
Mr. Wu is my teacher here in RI and is one of the nicest men I have met
in the martial arts world. He also very knowledgeable on the subject
and has all the proper credentials to back up his teaching skills.
In this particular book though, it takes Baguazhang from a
different point of view. It is more like a dance stepping graphic look
at the stepping pattern. Which becomes extremely helpful when linked
with Mr. Wu's book. The two complement each other really well.
So if you want to nail down the concept of Baguazhang, get the
two volumes of this book and the book on Baguazhang by Mr. Liang. Dr.
Yang and Mr. Wen-Ching Wu
- magellan (Santa
Clara, CA): Excellent book
is a detailed and in-depth but very readable book on this still little
known form of Chinese boxing, tai chi and even hsing-i still being
probably better known outside of China, although none of the so-called
internal boxing arts are still as well known in the west as kung-fu.
an introduction and chapter on the history of the art and the exploits
of Master Lu Shui T'ien, the senior author's teacher, the writers
launch into a discussion of the techniques and philosophy of pa kua.
Chapters cover footwork and stepping methods, hand and palm training,
body training, pa kua philosophy, the production of chi energy, and a
final chapter on pa kua chi kung methods.
Pa kua is most known for
its unique stepping and footwork and I was most interested in that, and
the book has a nice 50-page chapter on it. The descriptions of several
stepping and circle methods were very clear and so were the
illustrations and diagrams. However, it would be very difficult for
someone who hadn't actually seen a practitioner stepping the circle to
get an idea of what it's really like from just reading; but as I'd seen
it before that wasn't a problem for me.
Compared to karate, kung fu
and other martial arts, pa kua is most likely to strike while moving or
stepping rather than being planted in a rooted or powerful stance.
Although I was exposed to pa kua many years ago when I was intensively
studying wu-style tai chi and chin na, I was most interested in the
stepping methods and whether they could be adapted to the system of
knife-fighting and knife-fighting defenses I've developed over the last
25 years, which are a combination of escrima/kali, Indonesian silat,
European fencing, and American Bowie-style methods. I'd already
incorporated several pa kua turning and stepping methods into the
system and was interested in whether the book might show me anything
new or different, and I may have gotten a few extra ideas for things
that might work, although I was familiar with most of the material from
my previous studies.
So although my main interest is not in pa kua I
still found the book useful as an interesting review of the material,
and as I said, may have picked up some things that might be useful in
my present teaching and training in karate, kobudo weapons, and the
If you're beginner to intermediate practitioner this is still
a good book with much good information and I can highly recommend it.
Also, the first chapter on Master Lu's adventures and exploits, and his
ideas and approach to training (which was very strict in those days)
make for entertaining reading.