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Baguazhang, the Mother Palms
The Post-Heaven Bagua with Cumulonimbus
Baguazhang's "Thunder Palm"
Bagua’s Thunder Palm is characterized as a palm (or palms) in which the fingertips point towards each other and the palms face inwards towards the upper torso as if "embracing clouds filled with energy." It is used as a wrapping palm in both the Old Eight Palms & 72 Leg Techniques sets, in order to gather, flow, and emit chi. In this particular application of the Thunder Palm, the opponent's attempt at entering to perform a clench (or a series of torso strikes) is interrupted by "wrapping" combined with "twisting" the opponent’s torso, as well as "trapping" the leg; in order to lead the opponent off balance. The internal arts of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua help promote balance, circulation, and flexibility. The Mother Palms are a simple practice that serve as a gateway to the classically circular martial art of Baguazhang.
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Yi Quan, Liangong, and Applications of the Mother Palms
The T’ai Chi Power Combo! Our T’ai Chi Power Combo combines Two Complete Video Series in One: The Power Push Hands Video Series (Single Hands, Double Hands, Moving Push Hands, and Self-Defense Concepts) with The Wu T’ai Chi Power Training Video Series (includes 3 Wu Style T’ai Chi Inner Door Sets, Hand andSpear Power Cultivation, Deriving Power from Form’s Practice, and Integrating Power in Push Hands)
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.