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Baguazhang, the Mother Palms

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The Eight Trigrams Field of Hangzhou
Baguazhang's "Earth Palm"

Bagua’s Earth Palm is characterized by a rising, twisting palm that splits the lateral hemispheres of the opponent’s torso or limbs into two parts. When aggressed, leading the opponent to raise their elbow up in order to create an imbalance in their central equilibrium may help to neutralize their aggression or end any altercation before it gets started. If not, the defender has the possibility of an opening to shoot into the opponent's torso, legs, or ankles, or allow for a duck (if the arm raise is limited) for a go-behind. In this particular case the opponent's elbow is trapped because the opponent didn't relax or change the position of their elbow and this allowed for a joint lock to later be combined with a cross-forearm choke. The massive Eight Diagrams Field near Hangzhou consists of 8 pieces of land, each used to grow a cereal or a different vegetable. These lands then take the shape of an octagon with its center in a wooded area landscaped as Yin and Yang. The Eight Diagrams Field was originally a place where the emperors of the Song Dynasty came to perform rituals for crops. Indeed, they went there at least once a year for fertile land for agriculture and sericulture. This place of ritual then allowed others to start harvesting in 9 regions of the Empire. The internal art of Baguazhang synthesizes and utilizes eight gates to determine the origin of the opponent’s center of gravity during aggression and (or) as a way to make balance in one’s life by going along with daily and seasonal changes. The internal arts of Taiji and Xingyi are also profound in promoting balance, circulation, and flexibility.

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Our Chi Kung Duo

We have combined two of our best stand alone Chi Kung instructional videos to create the Chi Kung Duo (Ancient vs. Modern). The Swimming Dragon Chi Kung, is thought to have originated with the Yellow Emperor, and, with one look at its shapes and simplicity of movements (based on the Five Elemental Phases) it's easy to conclude that this may very likely be something special that has survived the ages-not to mention the fact that some people swear by the wonders it does for their spine and posture. The Soaring Crane Chi Kung was created by Zhao Jin Xiang in the 1970s, and is one of the most popular forms of Chi Kung the world over. With its specific focus on therapeutic points, patience, and stillness in movement, it rivals the chi cultivation sets of the ancients. The unique "sixth section" (or, Advanced Meditation) is a marvel amongst any and all Chi Kung practices. While we don't advocate practicing two types of Chi Kung at the same time, these two popular and useful forms of Chi Kung practice, that we have combined in the "Chi Kung Duo" are certainly worth utilizing to compare, contrast, and ultimately cultivate.