baguazhang


I am rehabilitating my knee and interested in baguazhang anyway so I am thinking why not apply circle walking for both rehab and for continuous, creative, turning skill? It is hard enough to execute turns in bagua but adding in controlling a ball while taking “push hands” type pressure from someone and ideally faking them out and scoring a panna is even harder. So basically I walk the circle dribbling a ball with gentle turns, good for the soft tissues and good for the creativity and smooth turning motions. I somewhat visualize a light pressure on the body shielding the ball in doing so, while doing various stepovers, etc. Do some short taiji forms before and after and it’s a much more interesting rehab/prehab/slow movement skill builder. Hmm. If I can rehab the knee while entertaining my ima and soccer interest, it’s three birds with one stone.

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Short demo by Guo Shilei from Ma Weiqi Baguazhang:

My kids are really into Avatar (The Last Airbender movie and Avatar TV show) and have tried to imitate me trying to imitate baguazhang people doing the circle walk, so this video is just really cool.

Another nice one on bagua from blacktaoist. Especially like the taiji press at 3:15.

Someone on RSF pointed out this looks almost exactly like a baguazhang single palm change:

Lyoto Machida does BaguaZhang Single Palm Change

Very similar to 4:55 of this video with a punch throw in for good measure.

I’m trying to see if I can do some baguazhang turns but they seem to cause my right knee some trouble. I think I lack the necessary hip flexibility – I believe my lower leg wants to turn more than my upper leg, which puts pressure on my knee. I’m going to need to stop trying this turn for the moment until I can get the flexibility and learn to do this motion correctly. My left leg seems to have no trouble but it’s also more flexible for some reason, so that also makes me suspect having rom issues in the other leg is the culprit.

Ok this post is not really about bagua vs. kali, but these two demo’s seemed similar:

I love the detailed step-by-step instruction in this one, explaining very precisely the footwork, the centripetal and centrifugal force, etc. My minor gripe is the demo portion is off an unrealistically held out arm (fine for seeing the demo but I want the final demo to be off a more jabbing motion).

In the meantime, this demo shows a very similar entry with arm held out, but later shows drawing the jab as a solution to the above gripe.

My takeaway from trying to learn from both videos is that eventually I should try to be get to a practice more like the latter but start with (and continue) the detailed step-by-step understanding and slow practice of the former. This reminds me of a Sambo demo as well.

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