|Steady Posture Eight
Palms ( Ding Shi Ba Zhang ) consist simply of walking around a circle while
holding the body in eight different positions. Along with walking
in a circle, maintaining the internal principles and giving the practitioners
practical health improvement and powerful self-defense techniques through
the twsiting, coiling and spriraling of the body, the circle walking palm
sets are one of the trade mark foundations that make an art Ba Gua Zhang.
This practice contains the seed elements of Ba Gua martial technique also
can be a receptical for the deepest levels of Taoist Meditation as well
as a method of understanding the I Ching in motion.
In this video we present three popular
and widely practiced versions of “Steady Posture Eight Palms” ( Ding
Shi Ba Zhang) circle walkings with their I Ching correlations and fighting
Running Time: Approximately 40 minutes
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Frank Allen is the Director and Chief Instructor of the Wu Tang P.C.A. which he founded in 1979. His over two and one half decades of training in the Internal Arts is augmented by his knowledge of physical movement and anatomy, which was acquired during his years as an Army Physical Therapy Technician during the late 1960's.
Frank has been the student of Taoist Energy Arts Master B.K. Frantzis since 1976 and Frantzis has certified him to teach the art of Pa Kua Chang. Frank also studied the Internal Martial Arts for five years with B.P. Chan, at the William C.C. Chen School of Tai Chi Chuan and has been the student of Western Boxing Master Verne G. Williams from 1985 to 2000.
Pa Kua Chang is a 200 year old martial art that is founded upon a 3,000 year old system of Taoist Meditation. At its highest levels, it becomes a method of physically manifesting the patterns of change which are presented in the I Ching, or Classic Book of Changes. For health, Pa Kua offers all of the internal benefits of Tai Chi, while being aerobic exercise, which also stretches and tones the muscles. Its trade mark Palm Strikes and Circle Walking defense, along with an array of kicks, punches and throws, made Pa Kua the martial art of Beijing's elite bodyguards of the late 1800's. We teach the Original Beijing Pa Kua of B.K. Frantzis which he learned in Beijing from Master Liu Hung Chieh; The Combined Form of Jiang Rong Qiao as taught by B.P. Chan and The Old Palm Changes of Professor Kang Ge Wu of Beijing Martial Arts Historian Fame, as brought to the States by Jiang Jian Yee.