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Learning Bagua Principles.pdf



The bagua or pakua (八卦) are a set of eight symbols that originated in China, used in Taoist cosmology to represent the fundamental principles of reality, seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. Each consists of three lines, each line either "broken" or "unbroken", respectively representing yin or yang.[1] Due to their tripartite structure, they are often referred to as Eight Trigrams in English.




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The trigrams are related to Taiji philosophy, Taijiquan and the Wuxing, or "five elements".[2] The relationships between the trigrams are represented in two arrangements: the Primordial (先天八卦), "Earlier Heaven",[3] or "Fu Xi" bagua (伏羲八卦) and the Manifested (後天八卦), "Later Heaven",[3] or "King Wen" bagua. The trigrams have correspondences in astronomy, astrology, geography, geomancy, anatomy, the family, martial arts, Chinese medicine and elsewhere.[4][5]


A bagua map is a tool used in Western forms of feng shui to map a room or location and see how the different sections correspond to different aspects in one's life. These sections are believed to relate to every area or aspect of life and are divided into such categories as: fame, relationships/marriage, children/creativity, helpful people/travel, career, inner knowledge, family/ancestors/health, and wealth/blessings.


For example, if the bagua grid is placed over the entire house plan and it shows the toilet, bathroom, laundry, or kitchen in the wealth/blessings area it would be considered that the money coming into that particular environment would disappear very fast, as if to be 'going down the drain.'


Baguazhang is considered to be the most circular and spiraling system of chinese martial arts (kungfu). Its defining characteristic is constant movement and change, and the ability to fight while being on the move. Where most martial arts engage with an opponent in a head-on fixed position, a bagua fighter can attack or defend while walking and changing direction constantly. The outstanding feature of baguazhang practice is circle walking. Bagua practitionerers will walk in circles during their practice and hold static postures while walking, and practice various martial techniques (palm changes) when changing direction on the circle. Baguazhang has developed into a very complex martial system including a full array of kicks, strikes, throws, grappling and the use of many weapons.


Common features of Baguazhang training are continuous motion, circular footwork, circular or spiralling body motion, complex internal mechanics and fa-jin (power release). The patient and persistent practice of baguazhang develops extreme core strength and supple and strong muscles and tendons. Baguazhang is an internal martial art (neijia) and an internal energy building method (neigung), where the emphasis is on the development of chi/qi. Circle walking while holding static postures is also an effective meditation method. The fighting charateristic of Baguazhang is the use of clever guerrilla-style tactics. The Bagua fighter uses evasive footwork to escape the opponents strong power and when the time is right the Bagua fighter counters with sudden, ferocious attack, using any part of the body. Footwork and body placement are used to disrupt and unbalance the opponent, creating an opening for an attack. Most martial arts rely on a firmly rooted stance from which to launch an attack, but a Bagua fighter maintains his/her rooting while in motion and can launch an attack at any time, surprising the opponent. Bagua strategy emphasizes constant change in response to the spontaneous and "live" quality of combat.


Freedom School bagua is Cheng style, a strain of the Cheng Tinghua lineage as taught by students of master Liu Jingru, such as Liu Deming and Han Yanwu. Cheng style is considered to be a dragon style.


There are eight typical methods for Bafa practice. For beginners learning them is very important because it is the way to understand Bafa. To study correct movements is the first step of the practice. Then one should understand how to apply the mind in practice because in advance study movements should always follow the mind. Bafa should be practiced very carefully and for a long time. Pay great attention to every detail. For advance study, the physical movements are not important. Internal details should be focused upon. To master the correct use of the mind and to learn how to use the mind to control Qi and jin (trained force) are the basic skills.


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I indeed think that aikido has a lot of in common with bagua movements, especially in terms of footwork.If we take a look at =kAcLBTJCO8c one can see that this is jodan tsuki ikkyo with perfect kuzushi before throwing the partner. 041b061a72


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