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SpanishOmelette
23 Aug - 21:53
Praise God for this day... nice warm weather

SpanishOmelette
20 Aug - 23:10
NP sweet mumkin. Your company is lovely. I apologize again for late respons!

Mim
15 Aug - 18:03
sorry for slow reesponses on forum..I am back

SpanishOmelette
15 Aug - 17:48
Hewwo Sorry about VERY late reply, but thankyou for these quotes

I shall contribute. Can't remember who wrote this...

"Your religion should be less of a theory, and more of a love affair."

Mim
15 Aug - 17:43
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
― Jim Rohn

Mim
11 Aug - 20:12
“Don't ever give up.
Don't ever give in.
Don't ever stop trying.
Don't ever sell out.
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,
pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Mim
11 Aug - 13:55
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb


Mim
27 Jul - 01:37
I love you

Mim
15 Jul - 02:38
here's to a new day xxxx

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05 Jul - 17:51
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Pa Kua Zhang
Finn C. M. Beauchamp
Thu 12 Dec 13
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The art of Flow and Energy



Pa kua is an internal martial art which is growing in popularity. It emphasizes breathing, flow, palm strikes, footwork, and most of all, Qi. Qi gong is widely practiced to regulate the Chi, and have it flow  to all sections of the body.

Pa kua is extremely circular, and it's practice and technique is based on Chinese Philosophy. If you wish to find more about that, feel free to research. But more specific to this art, there are four principles stressed.

Wisdom.
Discipline.
Benevolence.
Courage.

These are the underlying forms of the Pa Kua art. Now, for a bit of history.

Pa kua began in the 1860's. Now, this is likely not to be very specific, as most knowledge is not recorded/not talked about. Now, most stories involve it starting with Dong Hai'Chuan, although a few believe that he learnt from a secretive Tibetan Monk. Believe what you want.

Pa kua is relatively modern, compared to most arts. Hai'Chuan drew from two other arts, Tai Ji Chuan and Xing Yi Chuan. These were both strong internal styles, but he combined both. Or that monk did. Whatever.

Hai'chuan became a bodyguard, testing himself against multiple opponents, each armed with weapons. This sounds absolutely intimidating to one of today's practitioners, but that was the way. Most martial artists became bodyguards.

Most of today's taught Pa Kua is Yin Fu, the brightest of Master Hai'Chuan's students. His most famous act was escorting the Empress Dowager out of Beijing, after it was attacked by foreign troops. The fact that he was chosen out of hundreds was a worthy accomplishment of its own.

Pa kua could be called a physical form of many Chinese principles; Yin and Yang, the five elements, etc. It emphasizes to exist with change, to flow, and adapt. This can be applied to life, if you like. If you don't, whatever.

Improvisation. While not as deep as Pa Kua appears to be, it is a strong principle in Pa Kua. Hence the myriad weapons, which I shall generalize here; The Staff, The Two Short Sticks, The Sword, The Three-Section-Staff, The Nunchucks, and Knifes. There are many more, but these are most common.

Training is focused of Stillness in Motion. If you cannot grasp this now, then read on. It will be revealed. This is most obvious in the training of the Walking Circle, keeping the upper body still while walking.

The Palm strike. This is the main component of offensive Yang techniques. It is quick and effective. It uses a whipping movement, drawn from the abdomen. It uses internal energy... Do not ask how powerful it is, or you will probably get a demo...

Pa kua footwork is almost paradoxical. It requires being rooted in movement. Meditate on that, or research. Whatever floats your boat.

Peace be with you.

It's true!




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