- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Beckett Media / Formerly Unique Publications; 1 edition (October 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865682550
- ISBN-13: 978-0865682559
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Combat Baguazhang Nine Dragon System: Forms and Principles Paperback – October 31, 2007
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Pros: Gets to the heart of matters quickly. Discusses, in clear, Western-perspective English, the what and why of exercises such as meditation, breathing/relaxation, power standing, stepping, palm shapes, and walking. Discusses the biomechanical and physiological principles to support his theories. Draws on modern day research to further back up the Eastern philosophies, and on rare occasions why Western research has changed the way he trains. Gives a step-by-step program for how to pursue his system's training method.
Cons: Not enough detail discussing power transference from legs to waist to shoulders to palm. I think another chapter on this linkage would have been ideal. Leaves a little bit lacking in this regards-- study each palm shape for about a year is what he says.
Items of Interest: The opening chapter is trying to find the place of his Nine Dragon System into the family tree of BaGua-- I guess there is some question as to whether the Nine Dragon System is truly BaGua. From the shape of the palms and all that, I'd say it has to be, personally. But this system has no forms. It is training technique and principles then linking it together.
Content: History, Philosophy, Training Philosophy, Relaxation (Meditation, Breathing, Standing Postures), Structure (Alignment, Testing Structure), Use of Imagery, Principles of Power Generation, Stances, Palms, Stepping--> Walking (Direction Changing). These are more my terms than his, but is what is included.
Summary: Awesome book, really. Mechanistically, rates up there with Park Bok Nam's books in describing BaGua technical mechanics.Read more ›
The best part about this book is that there is no mystical or esoteric material. Jiulong and Dr. Painter's methods are scientific and to-the-point. I think there are alot of misinterpretations with the "internal martial arts" that they are mysitcal and hard to understand. Dare I say this is a revolution from that misconception. This book is based on science, body mechanics and physiology.
A great read for anyone interested in martial arts in general. People from all styles can benefit from these *principles* and teachings. Thank you Dr. Painter for bringing this material to light!
I'd had no prior training in baguazhang other than six months of "Quiet Sitting" and "Quiet Standing," in which you simply stand still (or sit) while monitoring posture and breathing. I didn't see how that could possibly help me knock things down, but the Jiulong people were plenty skilled and seemed to know what they were talking about, so I just did it. Well, it worked! And now it is available in a book.
Make no mistake, these techniques are difficult to master even in person, and they will not be any easier in a book! You will need to train every day, and you will need to be patient. For example, you will need the patience to perform "Quiet Sitting" every day--nothing but sitting still, breathing and focusing your attention--until you master the required powers of concentration, before moving on to more exciting exercises (such as "Quiet Standing"!). You will not stay the course, spending months on mere sitting and standing, unless you have confidence in the curriculum, confidence that it is leading you somewhere good.Read more ›
The material in both volume one & two is is presented with no fluff, and none of the mystical mumbo jumbo like mishmash that you see from other people who have written books in the past.
What you get is a straight forward approach to how this system of Chinese martial arts is trained from the very first stages to advanced levels.
You will learn how to sit and quiet the mind.
Learn how to stand correctly for health and combat effectiveness.
Study skills that will lead you to better understanding of yourself, your body, your mind and the reality of combat.
I cannot recommend these two books enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have studied Martial Arts for almost 50 years on and off and Baqua for the last 11 years or so. This book really complements my studies and should be well-thumbed in every Baqua... Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Brooklyn CPA
I have all 6 companion DVD,First I've look at Bagua book or dvd and said ok got.I'm a experience martial artits 17yr Hapkido,15 jujitsu/Kyusho-jitsu,14yr Aikido,Have train in yang... Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Troy Allison Dawson
Never before have I read a more accessible and realistic writing about internal chinese martial arts. Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Jason C. Ferrer
This book gives a great overview of baguazhang for the beginning student, as well as for a martial arts student interested in trying something new, and also for a student who has... Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Sandy Troster
I am a newcomer to martial arts, and find this book full if inspiration and in-depth, no-nonsense understanding of the principles of internal arts. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by Neal C. Ritter
I poked around quite a bit looking for internal artists that could really deliver. Found Dr. P in 1994 as someone who was the "real deal" and been studying with him since then. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Clifford E. Chafin
I highly recommend this book, as well as the second book in this series. Dr. Painter is known all over the world as an authority on internal martial arts, as well as being one of... Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Tulku of the Poet
I attend several workshops a year taught by Shifu Painter and I have come to rely on this book as a guide for my daily practice. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Charlie Beyer
I have read Dr. Painter's "Combat Baguazhang Nine Dragon System" Vols 1 and 2 three times now and I continue to get more out of them with each reading. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Mario L. Dominguez MD