Bagua Swimming Body Palms
- Publish Date: 2011-03-08
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Shujin Wang
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Bagua Swimming Body Palms is the second book written by Wang Shujin, one of the worlds foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts and a renowned expert of Bagua Zhang. This volume continues the process of bringing Master Wangs important art to Western readers. More intricate than the Linked Palms form, Swimming Body Palms helps practitioners achieve fluent body mechanics and the ability to connect and flow from one movement to the next with power. Master Wang, who taught Swimming Palms to only a few advanced students, described it as swim-walking, or swimming around the body.
Bagua Swimming Body Palms offers a thorough grounding in the basics of Bagua principles and practice, and illuminates the connection between the cultural meanings of the I Ching and the physical movements of Bagua Zhang. The photographs from the Chinese book are reprinted, along with hundreds of new photographs of translator Kent Howard demonstrating the exercises in greater detail. Sifu Howard provides extensive commentary on Master Wangs writings, and Daoist master Huang Jinsheng contributes a thoughtful essay on Master Wangs spiritual practice with the esoteric Daoist sect Yi Guan Dao. The books engaging style, fidelity to the Chinese text, and comprehensiveness make it a welcome addition to any martial arts library.
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