Combat Techniques of Taiji Xingyi and Bagua: Principles and Practices of Internal Martial Arts Exercise & Fitness Tai Chi & Qi Gong Lu Shengli Blue Snake BooksJul 11
Author Lu Shengli has spent his entire life cultivating the skills of the internal styles of taijiquan, xingyiquan, baguazhang, and other traditional martial arts. Starting in the 1970s, he studied internal martial arts with master Luo Shuhuan and grandmaster Wang Peisheng. He has taught in Beijing since 1984, where he is a martial arts instructor of the Beijing Wu Style Taiji Quan Association and an instructor at the Beijing Information Technology Institute.
Translator and editor Zhang Yun, from Beijing, China, is a student of Luo Shuhuan and Wang Peisheng and lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has taught internal martial arts in the United State since 1989 and is the president and head instructor of the Yin Cheng Gong Fa Association, North American Headquarters. He has published more than fifteen articles and is the author of The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Taiji Jian.
Translator and editor Susan Darley, Ph.D., has studied taijiquan with Zhang Yun since 1995. She assists Zhang Yun in teaching classes and seminars and writing books and articles.
The combat techniques of Tai Ji, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi were forbidden during China’s Cultural Revolution, but the teachings of grandmaster Wang Pei Shing have survived. This comprehensive guide, written by one of his students, selects core movements from each practice and gives the student powerful tools to recognize the unique strategies and skills, and to develop a deeper understanding, of each style. It contains complete instructions for a 16-posture form to gain mastery of combat techniques. The book helps practitioners achieve a new level of practice, where deeply ingrained skills are brought forth in a more fluid, intuitive, and fast-paced fashion.
Bagua Linked Palms
“I first met Kent Howard nearly twenty years ago, just after I started publishing the Pa Kua Chang Journal. Kent quickly became one of my most reliable and trusted resources, offering me sound and straightforward advice about the practice of Bagua Zhang, Chinese culture, and the Chinese language. Kent has brought all of that wisdom, and his decades of experience, to the writing of this wonderful book. He is the only person I know who could have presented this book with such insight and accuracy.”
Dan Miller, publisher and editor, Pa Kua Chang Journal
“Wang Shu Jin was one of China’s authentic and truly talented ba gua and tai chi masters. Kent Howards book provides insight into Wang’s wisdom and power as a martial artist.”
Bruce Frantzis, author of The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi
“Kent Howard not only has the experience in Bagua to write this, he also has the intelligence and discrimination to do the translation justice. I know of no better person in the English- or Chinese-speaking world for the task. I hope and expect this text to be the definitive one on Wang Shujin for many years to come.”
Allen Pittman, author of Walking the I Ching: The Linear Ba Gua of Gao Yi Sheng
“Here at last is the late master Wang Shujin’s introduction to the sublime art of Bagua Zhang in English! We all owe a debt to Kent Howard for this valuable contribution to the martial arts archive.”
Marnix Wells, author of Scholar Boxer: Chng Nizhou’s Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan
“Wang Shujins Bagua Linked Palms ranks as one of the most influential Bagua training manuals ever written. This work is an outstanding addition to the historical scholarship concerning Wang Shujin and with its numerous clear photos, it is equally valuable for those seeking practical instruction in Wangs Bagua.
Brian L. Kennedy, author of Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey
Howard has just published the first translation of and commentary on a 40-year-old Chinese text on bagua zhang, Bagua Linked Palms, by Master Wang ShujinThe book is a transmission of the teachings Howard has studied since 1973. With a B.A. degree in East Asian languages and cultures, Howard is fluent in Mandarin and well-known in the bagua community as a Taoist, martial artist, teacher, writer and translator.
Kent Howard provides excellent commentary on Wang’s original writing, and unlike some Bagua photo essays, the form is readable.
Master Wang Shujin was one of the worlds foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts, with legendary expertise in the disciplines of Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, and Xingyi Quan. This book offers a lucid translation of Master Wangs seminal work on Bagua Zhang and includes expanded instruction by co-translator and noted Bagua Zhang expert Kent Howard. It also introduces readers to a rarely seen personal side of Wang Shujin, who was not only a fighter but also a teacher and spiritual leader.
Bagua Linked Palms includes a wealth of additional information useful to the practitioner of internal martial arts, including the story of Bagua Zhangs development, the connection between the Bagua and the I Ching, and step-by-step instruction in the eight changes of Bagua Linked Palms, the first form in Master Wangs style of Bagua Zhang. This comprehensive, richly annotated text makes it a must-have addition to every serious martial arts library.