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Ba Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang Paperback – July 27, 2012
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The exercise is developmental on a number of levels, which require that the student manage their body posture and movements and breath in great detail. How to do this is discussed both on the physical level and that of understanding the major pathways of the qi. Quoting from the Nei Gong Zhen Chuan (the authentic transmission of Nei Gong) Tom reiterates: " 1. Real knowledge of Nei Gong requires a thorough understanding of the vessels and collaterals." Further: "2. Once the vessels and collaterals are understood you must observe the patterns.Read more ›
I have corresponded with Tom, though I have not yet met him. As well as being extraordinarily knowledgeable and accomplished, Tom is also humble and seems to me pretty much free of the ego trips that unfortunately are so common in the martial arts. He is also unusual in that he genuinely wants to share all he knows, making it as clear and accessible as possible without (it seems to me) holding anything back.
In this book on Bagua walking, he goes into great depth (as is appropriate, and also rare) about the precise details of posture. If you do not know this, I am telling you: that is the million-dollar secret in the internal martial arts. Getting the correct posture, then maintaining this while moving: that's the ticket! (As to the fighting, learning techniques is just to keep you interested while you move with good posture; combat skill comes through intuitively sensing relationship, not by learning techniques.)
Anyway, Tom gives as good instruction as one can get in a book, and this particular walking practice is second to none for health and np meditation, and as a solid foundation for fighting if you are so inclined.
Check out his web site too; good stuff there.
I liked the drawings and straightforward design of the book which made it easy to read and understand.
As usual, Mr. Bisio is able to explain Chinese medicine in simple, approachable terms, allowing people who have not devoted years of their lives to graduate school to be able to understand the basic foundational concepts of Chinese medicine. What's more, in this book he is able to relate those foundations to the practice of walking the circle found in ba gua zhang.
This book transitions effortlessly from easy to understand theory to practical descriptions of the movements involved. Mr. Bisio explains how each of the postures of the ding shi (a practice of circle walking in ba gua zhang) relates to the various meridians described in Chinese medicine. This discussion allows the practitioner of ba gua zhang to deepen their understanding of the art and its practice. It also allows one to tailor their practice to address specific health concerns, as is talked about by many of the past masters of this art.
This book is invaluable for practitioners of ba gua zhang of any lineage, but it can also be an excellent resource for practitioners of Chinese medicine who seek to further enrich their understanding of the fundamentals.
*In the spirit of full disclosure, it should be noted that I have studied both martial arts and medicine with the author of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
lots of good information and useful illustrations by obviously qualified author
not the best orginization of content
This book is a good supplement that every dedicated martial artist should posses. The book explains very well that techniques are based upon a basic build-up. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Werner Preining
I train at Sifu Biso's school. The book correlates well with what we are learning in class. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by JT
I really enjoyed this book. Lots of gaps in my knowledge was filled in.Published 12 months ago by Angelo Isom
If familiar with Ba Gua - good helpful reminders. If no experience with this practice, could be difficultPublished 14 months ago by lisag
The best way I know to put it is I wish there was a bit more how to as compared to theory, but if one is lucky enough to have a teacher this becomes a five star book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JPG
Very easy to follow and understand concept of Bagua. Good illustrations. Well worth having a copy.Published 20 months ago by Annemarie Termytelen