- Series: Chinese Martial Arts Library
- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Reprint edition (July 15, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804816182
- ISBN-13: 978-0804816182
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,431,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pa-kua: Eight-Trigram Boxing (Chinese Martial Arts Library) Paperback – July 15, 1990
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Originally published in 1967, Pa-Kua was the Westâs first look into the esoteric Chinese martial arts. It has been a valued and sought after text ever since. It was put out of print in the 1970s, but since that time interest in the martial arts have continued to skyrocket. Pa-Kua gives an introduction to the little known mystical martial art from China, Pa Kua Chang (also known as Ba Gua Zhang), translated as "Eight Trigram Boxing". Smith describes its history, profiles its great practitioners and gives a series of unique exercises, illustrating the solo practice and their fighting applications.
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Other than that, there are no applications shown, no good philosophy work shown, no integration of qigong shown, etc.
Perhaps Mr. Smith is a good practioner of Baguazhang. However, his book has no real depth behind it.
Still, it's better than nothing.
Better reading can be found in *Emei Baguazhang*, that massive tome by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and Mr. Liang, Shou-Yu.
The best Baguazhang books written in English are by Sifu Park Bok Nam and Dan Miller: "The Fundamentals of Pa Kua Zhang." There are two volumes. The first is a must-read, regardless of your Baguazhang background. If you can comprehend the content of the first volume, then second becomes a necessary addition to your library.
If you are the more patient sort, with some Chinese martial arts background, you might be able to appreciate the balance and concentration involved in the Pakua form. It really is meditation in motion. Well photographed. A good supplement to actual instruction.
Doug Setter, Bsc.
author of Stomach Flattening and One Less Victim: A Prevention Guide
This book is an easy, economical way to begin an exploration of Pagua without being ovewhelmed. It should be in everyone's Pakua library.