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Baguazhang - 8 Trigrams Palm (2005)

Jwing-Ming Dr. Yang , Shou-Yu Liang , Jwing-Ming Dr. Yang  |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jwing-Ming Dr. Yang, Shou-Yu Liang
  • Directors: Jwing-Ming Dr. Yang
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound, Director's Cut, Full length, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BL02FG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Search Amazon for "YMAA" , "Jwing-Ming Yang" or "Dr. Yang" to find more instructional health DVDs available from YMAA Publication Center. YMAA: Yang's Martial Arts Association was established in Boston, MA in 1982. With the intent of preserving traditional Chinese Gongfu (Kung Fu) and Qigong , Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming began training students in the rigors of Shaolin Long Fist and White Crane Gongfu as well as Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Yang also undertook his life-long dream of teaching and researching the Chinese arts and introducing them to the West through many books, videos and DVDs. YMAA Publication Center has been a publisher of high quality traditional martial arts and health books, videos and DVDs since 1983, and is a pioneer in the cultural exchange between the East and West. While the West has successfully developed the material sciences, the East is celebrated for its levels of spiritual cultivation. During this period of exchange, the building of bridges is critical for the successful integration of the achievements of both societies. As YMAA Publication Center continues to grow, we will continue to pursue Dr. Yang’s dream, and bring you important books on Martial Arts, Qigong, Health, and Spiritual Cultivation. Many thanks and appreciation to all our friends and customers for their continued encouragement and support.

Product Description

LEARN THE FAMOUS "8 TRIGRAMS PALM" OF CHINA

Also commonly translated as Pa Kua Chang.

Baguazhang is legendary both as an ancient internal martial art and for improving health. It develops upper body flexibility, leg strength, and lighting-quick hands and feet.

Baguazhang training generates a strong flow of Qi energy to energize your muscles for increased strength. This Qi flow also nourishes your internal organs and improves health and vitality.

In addition, Bagua emphasizes circular movement, employs both defensive and offensive strategies, and trains at all three fighting ranges - short, middle, and long.

Course 1 contains basic training and body conditioning, teaches Bagua Qigong, and demonstrates the famous Eight Palms sequence with martial applications.

Course 2 instructs the intermediate level Bagua Swimming Body sequence, named after the swift and agile movements of a swimming dragon, with martial applications.

Course 3 presents the unique Bagua Deer Hook Sword, which is specially designed to disarm opponents. Learn hooking, seizing, controlling and cutting techniques, and the complete sequence, with applications against the long sword.

Special Features:
Over 100 Chapter Selections
Narration: English
Multi-Language Menus & Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, English
3 videos in 1 DVD
Interactive YMAA Product Catalog with previews of all YMAA video titles

Features Master Liang, Shou-Yu and Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Ph.D. with senior students Ramel Rones, Sam Masich, Kelly Maclean, and Huen Siu Hung.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the source! May 3, 2006
By John D
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Make no mistake, this killer DVD is the source for comprehensive info on the art of Pau Kua. It contains the complete 3-volume video series done by the two masters, with easy navigation. Includes everything from Qigong, solo and partner conditioning training demonstrated by Yang and Laing, solo and partner forms, to the martial applications, and weapons. Amazing. To get into the esoteric depths of the subject, pick up the companion book to this DVD and read the ancient texts. Awesome.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emei Baguazhang June 6, 2007
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Definetely presents a lot of material with excellent application footage. A bit misleading, however, in that the majority of forms are presented by people other than Master Liang Shou-yu. Master Liang, whose skill is clearly very high, is shown demonstrating applications and single movements of the form but it's difficult to piece together the energy of his movements into a connected whole as the flavor is quite different from the young lady demonstrating the continuous sequence.

The DVD, is however, definetely worth the price provided you are willing to watch it in slow motion several hundred times as the movements are quite complex.

I would recommend it to anyone with a background in internal martial arts or access to a teacher of this particular style. I would not recommend it to someone without experience in any of the internal styles or at least some basic Qi Gong under a qualified teacher as unfamiliarity with relaxation and correct joint alignment could lead to some serious discomfort and possible injury in attempting these forms.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great instruction, just one complaint... May 6, 2008
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First let me say that I have years of experience in various martial arts, mostly both Chinese & Japanese.
My focus & forte is self-defense with joint locks & Dim-Mak/Kyusho-Jitsu that is effective with efficient movements.
This DVD & the companion book are very good & someone with experience & focus can get a lot out of them both.
I find the Qi Gong very useful & well done.
My main complaint is about the woman that demonstrates the first long sequence. She dances well, but I can't see why she was chosen to demonstrate the form. Maybe her ballet like movements would translate better into combat than I give her credit for, but I am doubtful(sorry).
And, truth be told, I am probably too critical of her movements.
Other than that, you can always learn so much from great masters such as Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming & Master Shou-Yu Liang.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emei Baguazhang Forms December 4, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This video is full of Bagua from very basic to very advanced. It is a response to the modern attitude of I want, what I want, when I want it. The nice thing about this video is that it has distinct sections for various levels of ability. Please see the print screen images of the menu at the top of this page.

Basics include individual palms, stances, stepping.
Advanced qigong development, pole training (pushing / hitting a post) and partner exercises and forms.
Forms demonstration consists of the Basic eight palms and applications, Swimming body palms and applications, Dear Hook Swords and applications. 1st option of watching the forms is one section at a time (8 sections per form) playing twice at slow speed and then switching to normal speed then to applications. 2nd option is the Complete form slow. 3rd option is the Complete form normal speed.

Recommendations for using this video most effectively.
1st Watch everything on the video.
2nd Decide your level of Bagua (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced).
3rd Chose a section appropriate to your level in the slow option and follow along.
4th Form training, 1 section at a time slow until comfortable.
5th Form training Complete Sequence slow.

Development time. Please keep in mind our bodies require time and regular exercise to develop. As we are working out with these videos our bodies are gradually becoming stronger, more flexible, and more coordinated.

Example: I purchased this video because I wanted to learn the Swimming Body Palm form (form 2 on the video). Some of these moves are very new to me, so I had to watch the form slow 3 times just to figure out what was going on.
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