Baguazhang article and applications

The next episode of the Heretics podcast is going to be about the martial art of Baguazhang, so to get in the right head space here’s a classic Bagua applications video by Luo Dexiu along with a great article by Ed Hines of 21 c Bagua.

The article has some great ideas, especially about forms being memory holders for principles, rather than catalogues techniques.

“you need to use the forms, or techniques not as platonic ideals to be chased forever, but as examples from a broad set of ‘what is possible’. It is possible to hit this way, that way and another way. It is possible to unbalance this way, that way and another way. And so on. No perfect techniques, just the capacity to recognise possibilities”

Ed Hanes

One thought on “Baguazhang article and applications

  1. Luo Dexiu is always a pleasure to watch in his applications clips. He definitely seems to me to be one of those rare teachers who “shows you one application but knows ten others he could demonstrate equally well.”

    I agree with the quote from Mr. Hines 100% but would only add the caveat that while there are “no perfect techniques” there are some that are much easier to apply to a training partner, compared to a resisting opponent of any calibre. But you all knew that by now, right? 🙂

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