We have been shooting self-defense applications for the Bagua 8 Basic Palms form for the website. This is the first form that my Bagua students learn. It helps train circle-walking and the energies of the eight palms.
This is a quick video clip that was done while we were walking through the applications for "Embrace the Moon to the Chest," the fifth section of the form.
I drove home a quick point about peng jin and the "bubble of protection" that we try to establish. It is a zone around me -- a circle -- that means trouble for the attacker if they enter it.
Bagua is a lot like a spinning wire ball. If you punch into it, you get caught up and spun out in random directions, leaving you on the ground and broken.
There are a few quick applications at the end from "Embrace the Moon to the Chest," "White Ape Offers Fruit," and "Lion Opens its Mouth."
Derryl Willis, instructor at the Seattle School of Chen Style Taijiquan and a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang is the guest on the 41st edition of the Internal Fighting Arts podcast.
Derryl has traveled many times to study in the Chen Village during the past 20 years. He discusses his experiences training with the Chen family, his thoughts on the meaning of being a disciple, and the importance of practicing the basics.
I was happy to talk with Derryl. He is a friendly man who is truly dedicated to Taiji.
Play the podcast below or click the download button to save the mp3 file to your computer.
David Roth-Lindberg interviewed me for his blog, "Thoughts on Tai Chi."
The Q&A was published today. Here is a link.
Would your Bagua applications work against an opponent who was 35 years younger, stronger and 120 pounds heavier?
If he decided to shoot in and grab your legs, how would you deal with it?
We had a great practice yesterday, recording self-defense applications using some of the principles and energies from the Bagua 8 Basic Palms form.
The last time I recorded applications for this form was in 2008, with Sean Ledig, who is a member of the website. I didn't go into a lot of depth in the video, so after 10 years, I am shooting it again and adding more information and applications.
Downward energy is an important internal concept, and the first section of the form, "Fierce Tiger Emerges from Mountain," depends on downward energy.
Theoretically, it should work on a shooter, so we put it into action. Two of my students, Justin Snow and Chris Andrews, are big, strong guys who outweigh me by 120 pounds each. They put the pressure on me.
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