Monday, July 14, 2008

Rotating low step 翻身蹋步一步而走

My master demonstrates the movements of engagement. The rest can be found on youtube. Sorry there all in Chinese

25 steps of engagng

In gao style bagua there are 25 different variations of footworked designed to close the gap and apply the technique

The Twentyfive steps for engaging 走式變換名詞

1 Stationary Step 不動而走
2 Stationary Leaping Step 不動跳步而走
3 Forward Left to Right Step 向前左右一步一走
4 Forward Left to Right Multi sStep 向前左右多步而走
5 Forward Left to Right Low Step 向前左右蹋步一步一走
6 Forward Left to Right Low Multi Step 向前蹋步多步而走
7 Spinning Step Left to Right 轉身左右一步一走
8 Spinning Multi Step From Left to Right多步轉身左右而走
9 Rotating Low Step 翻身蹋步一步而走
10 Leaping Rotating Low Multi Step 多步跳躍翻身而走
11 Backward Step From Left to Right 倒步左右一步一走
12 Backward Multi Step From Left to Right 倒步左右多步而走
13 Backward Low Step 倒步蹋步而走
14 Leaping Step From Left to Right 跳步左右一步一走
15 Leaping Low Step 跳步蹋步而走
16 Straight Forward Step 向前直步一步而走
17 Backward Leaping Step From Left to Right 後退左右跳步而走
18 Straight Backward Leaping Step 後退直跳一步而走
19 Backward Leaping Multi Step 後退多步跳步而走
20 Straight Forward Multi Step 向前直步多步而走
21 Straight Backward Multi Step 倒步直步多步而走
22 Scurrying Forward Leaping Back Step 前竄後跳一步而走
23 Scurrying Forward Leaping Back Multi step 前竄後跳多步而走
24 Zhuan Zhang 轉圈繞身而走
25 Changing steps 換式而走

All of these forms of footwork are to be applied with every technique from the post heaven or applications. The techniques themselves with out these stepping methods can be less effective against an experienced fighter. It is crucial to be able to move fowards, backwards, up and down while being able to smoothly deliver your technique. Moving forward usually implies engaging while moving back is disengaging or escaping.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bagua Staff



First set

High Block 上截
Low Parry 下欄
Horizontal Waist strike 欄腰橫棒
Right Attack 右擊
Left Attack 左擊
Ear Strike 耳棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle piercing staff 中平刺棍

Second set

Low Block 下截
High Block 上截
Through Step Heart Pierce 透步刺心
Turning Sweep 轉身掃蹚
High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 欄腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle pierce 中平

Third Set

High Block 上截
Hold the moon 托月
Low Block 下截
Brow Strike 挑眉
Ear Strike 耳棒
Horizontal Waist Strike 欄腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Pierce 中平

Fourth Set

High Block 上截
Hold the moon 托月
Low Block 下截
Brow Stike 挑眉
Shoulder Pierce 刺肩
Back Slam 背鐗
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Strike 中平

Fifth Set

High Block 上截
Brow Strike 挑眉
Crossing Strike 外跨
Turning Brow Strike 挑眉
High Parry 上攔
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Stike 中平


Sixth Set

High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Covering Block 蓋頂
High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Covering Top 蓋頂
Ear Strike 耳棒
Middle Strike 中平

Seventh Set

Low Parry 下攔
Turning Overhead strike 轉身劈頭
Outward parry 外攔
Inward Parry 內攔
High Horizontal Strike 打手
Reverse Horizontal Strike 橫別
Covering Top 蓋頂
Middle Strike 中平

Eigth Set

Outward Parry 外攔
Inward Parry 內攔
Staff Hold 托棍
Sweep 掃蹚
High Block 上截
Horizontal Waist Strike 攔腰橫棒
Turning Follow Through Heart Pierce 轉身透步刺心

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Training for Combat



Self defense will always be a key reason for training martial arts regardless of the many other benefits that are gained from training. The real question most people ask themselves is, "How will I handle myself in a real fight?" The answer comes down to how you train. I have found that it is true that there is no such thing as an ineffective technique, their are only techniques trained ineffectively. However in order to apply certain techniques in a real combat scenary will take a great deal more of effort to perfect. My teacher told me that once you have done a technique a thousand times you have learned it, after ten thousand times it is effective, 100,000 it becomes powerful and one million times it is flawless. How many techniques have you practiced a million times? It is the reason hand techniques seem more effective at first. I can fnish a million hand techniques in a year if I work at it consistantly. A technique like a spin kick however will take a great deal more time to perfect. This is the only route however of having a technique effective enough to use during a real altercation.




After the technique is learned you have to train it against every possible technique. Against a grab, a kick, counter or anything that could happen. Also on different surfaces, smooth, wet, gravel and sand just to find the different balances of the techniques. Sparring is great to teach timing and focus but if you spar more then you train your indvidual techniques properly you will end up with a bunch of unclean techniques. Finally you need a partner who is willing to punish you with attacks when your not doing it right. A reminder that it is better take losses from your friends at home then to get beat in the street.