Friday, August 19, 2011

Announcing New Bagua Zhang Seminars!


We are now offering seminars on Wang Shujin's Bagua Zhang! This series of workshops will cover Wang's entire Bagua Zhang curriculum from walking the circle to advanced weapons training. A partial list of seminar topics is listed below. Please contact us for more information: kentfhoward@gmail.com

OUR MISSION: Very few instructors are teaching Wang Shujin’s authentic Bagua Zhang to the general public. It is our goal that these teachings reach a wider audience through open instruction to all who are interested. It is in that spirit of unfettered access that we offer these seminars with the aim of preserving Master Wang’s teachings for posterity.

OUR SEMINAR PHILOSOPHY: Our goal is to teach only what can be understood, assimilated, and retained within the time frame of the training. It is expected that all participants will take home the knowledge and muscle memory to establish a meaningful home practice.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM:
Bagua Zhang Basic Training (one to two days)
Basic training in Bagua Zhang including: stretching, breathing, conditioning, zhan zhuang standing meditation, stepping, circle walking, forms training, and combat theory and practice. This material is perfectly suited for those looking for a basic introduction to a lifetime practice of Bagua Zhang.

Wang Shujin’s First Form: Bagua Linked Palms (two days)
Wang Shujin’s basic form as taught in his book, Bagua Linked Palms. Curriculum includes basic warm ups, qigong, basic body principle and energy development exercises; stepping and circle walking; instruction in all eight forms in the set; and at least two self defense applications for each form.

Wang Shujin’s Second Form: Bagua Swimming Body Palms (two days)
This advanced form builds on the foundation learned in Bagua Linked Palms but frees the movements to flow more smoothly and change spontaneously. There is more spiraling and spinning in this form, and fluid footwork is essential to its proper application. Striking and controlling while in motion are two elemental principles taught throughout the set. Advanced combat applications taught include evading, encircling, and entrapping.

Wang Shujin’s Bagua Weapon Forms: Staff, Double Sword, and Cane (one to two days)
Master Wang taught several distinctive weapon forms. The cane, or walking stick; a staff form featuring an eyebrow-height stick; and a set featuring two double-edged straight swords, taiji jian. The double sword set is fairly simple, the other two more complex.

6 comments:

chineselearners.net said...

hey this sounds very interesting, i am from London and switzerland, would it be possible to come for a 2 week seminar? would these be all day seminars? think your books are great and your youtibe vids too!

MO

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you are offering seminars again, Master Kent. I can attest to the effectiveness of your instruction! Proud to be a student of yours since 1994. Robert

Kent Howard said...

Proud to be a teacher and friend of yours since 1994, Robert!

Mason Smth said...

I enjoy your books very much. Please post info on any seminars in the Midwest, especially near Kentucky. How many students do you need to host a seminar? We have an active Aikido organization in central Kentucky, and there's an interesting relationship between the two arts. Well, at least a number of the Aikido people I know are inquiring about Bagua Zhang.

Anonymous said...

From what I understand, you never trained with Wang Shu Jin, nor have you been certified by the school in Taiwan, so what exactly are you teaching?

Victor said...

Hi Kent. The bagua cane form makes me curious. Can you show a little on Youtube please? Best regards