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Ba Gua: Hidden Knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art by John Bracy

By John Bracy

This ebook offers a historical past of Ba Gua--a infrequent, mysterious, and robust kind of kung fu--covering its nature and that means, and the metaphysical and symbolic facets of the self-discipline. one hundred fifty photographs.

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33 As in this accounting of an episode in Yang Chang-Fu's life, martial art literature is replete with many examples of gao shou, "mastery," such as the throwing of an opponent with a flick of the finger, or disabling an attacker with the slightest touch; there are other high-level demonstrations of skill that are said to have their roots in qi training. What happened to this knowledge and why is it rare to find examples of sublime skill in contemporary masters is the subject of this section. Assume for a moment that some of the stories about famous masters and their reported abilities in the martial arts are true.

To some, the mastery of this enigmatic force is considered to be the quintessence of martial arts evolution. Inner power skill, nei kung, involves the link of mind and body and results in enhancement of human potential. In the Taoist-based internal martial art tradition, manifestation of this force occurs in tandem with self-mastery. The Taoists that began the nei tan tradition were fascinated with the subject of the life force. Where the wai tan Taoists sought to create the tan, the drug of immortality in their alchemical furnaces, the nei tan Taoists, to varying extents, rejected the external model of the outer tradition and sought to recreate the elixir of immortality in their own persons without chemical or other external means.

They developed ideas that supported a grand philosophy congruent with their martial art merging with Taoist yogic practices. Drawing of a Taoist yogi taken from an ancient text. 33 BA GUA Ba Gua as transformational art nei chia What the intellectuals of Ba Gua and other internal martial arts sought most was to become nei chia, internalists. The internalist, through yogic practice, played upon inherently opposite forces of yin and yang in the body to bring human potential to fruition. Through yogic art he transformed himself and enhanced physical and mental functions.

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