Spiritual Origins – The First Gun

A Buddhist silk banner dated over a thousand years ago, depicts a demon wielding the fire lance- the ancestor of every gun and cannon, ever made. The banner is the oldest depiction of a firearm in the world. Furthermore, in 808 AD, Taoist monks created

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Interview With He Jinbao – Beijing 2019

A recent Beijing Interview with He Jinbao discussing Yin Style Baguazhang and his perspective on training. In short, He Jinbao mentioned there is fitness reform kungfu and there is real kungfu. If one prefers kungfu solely for performance, then it is better to remain a

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Baguazhang Circle Walk – Feudal Application

Baguazhang is renowned for the Circle Walk strategy- however, it is of great irony very few Baguazhang schools today instruct or preserves the feudal application of the circle, in the correct context.  Flanking is important in fighting… everyone knows.  Circling prowess around an opponent, a

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Feudal Dantian Methods – The Ancient Chinese Military Commander’s Waist

In ancient Chinese sculptures and paintings, most of the Generals were portrayed with a thicker muscular belly- characterized as the waist of a tiger, or ancient military commander’s waist.  In modern times, though rare… raw lineages maintain a distinct core muscle control which descends from the

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Beijing November 2018 – Essential BaguaFighter’s Diet and Nutrition

[He Jinbao, Frank K. and the crew]   A nutrient fortified Baguafighter’s diet is essential for the energy demands in training.   Baguazhang athletes need a medium to high protein diet to build and maintain their lean muscle mass.  The nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants found in fresh fruits and

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Ip Man vs. Jin Shan Zhao Fight Scene – Cheng Ting Hua

The fight scene in the first “IP MAN” film between Ip Man and the Northerner, Jin Shan Zhao-  is based on Cheng Ting Hua’s patriotic journeys in 1883.  The movie pays homage to the teahouse skirmish between Cheng Ting Hua and a Southern Chinese militiaman (who challenged

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The Story of Kang Mi Mi, the M-Tattoo Cat – William E. Fairbairn

The first edition of “The Story of Kang Mi Mi,” the “M-Tattoo Cat”: the Canadian comic book author Sam was inspired by the story of old Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. The officer cat, Kang Mi Mi, and the Hungry Ghost character’s fighting technique

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Truth of the Bagua Symbol – 1928 Internal Martial Arts Fitness Reform in China

The 1928 Internal Martial Arts fitness reform in China standardized Internal/ External kungfu styles into the modern philosophical interpretation.  The benefits of the reform in the mind-body practice- brings destruction to Baguazhang’s feudal context and nuances.  Eight arrays (Bagua Symbol) are important famous formations of

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