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ISBN13: 9781583942451
ISBN10: 1583942459
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Bagua Swimming Body Palms is the second book written by Wang Shujin, one of the world’s foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts and a renowned expert of Bagua Zhang. This volume continues the process of bringing Master Wang’s 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 Wang’s writings, and Daoist master Huang Jinsheng contributes a thoughtful essay on Master Wang’s spiritual practice with the esoteric Daoist sect Yi Guan Dao. The book’s engaging style, fidelity to the Chinese text, and comprehensiveness make it a welcome addition to any martial arts library.

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Kent Howard is a nationally known writer and martial arts teacher. Chen Hsiao-Yen, his wife, is an artist, translator, and writer from Taiwan. The couple lives in Chico, CA.

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Circle Walker, August 14, 2011 (view all comments by Circle Walker)
This is the second volume on bagua zhang written by Wang Shujin. The beginning chapters are almost identical to the first book, but they are essential to understanding the material. If you have already read Bagua Linked Palms, you could skip over a few of the beginning pages. That having been said, it is still another very clear and concise translation by Howard and Chen. You can't really learn the form from the book, although all of the steps and photos make it very clear; it is just a very difficult style to pick up from the written form. A companion DVD is promised. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Still, If you are interested in Chinese martial arts, and this particular style, this is a must read.
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Wang, Shujin
Blue Snake Books
Howard, Kent
Hsiao-Yen, Chen
Shujin, Wang
Chen Hsiao-Yen
Howard, Kent
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Hand-to-hand fighting, Oriental
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
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100 BandW PHOTOS
9.2 x 7 x .28 in .44 lb

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