baguazhang, pakua palm

Sifu Barry and Grandmaster Wong sparring at the Baguazhang course

Difficult to put into words the amazing day we have had but I will try. Of course it helped that it had come after Bone Marrow Cleansing and Merging with the Cosmos .

The amount we covered today was unbelievable. The fundamentals of BaguaZhang, most of the stances for force training, some deeper force training, all of the Mother-Palms, circle walking, figure of eight walking, and the relationship between flow and force in this amazing art. But what was really unbelievable was that it didn't just fry me. Sifu's teaching brought it all to life for me in a way that I could understand and make use of. It really felt like I was coming home , and reminded me of how I used to play when I was a child.

I had some amazing chi flows, one where I was upside down balanced on my head, all seeming to hit niggly little blocks that have been around for a while. Some of the nuances of the form that Sifu explained had a radical effect on the way I experienced energy flowing through my body. Despite the amount of work we did I felt really charged and I can feel my confidence increasing.

The format of these weeks also gives a lot of opportunity to ask questions of Sifu and spend time listening to his stories and explanations. It's also great to spend time with other people from the Shaolin Wahnam family/fellowship. I spent a number of years mainly practising on my own - this is better . And there are now so many wonderful courses around everybody has a few chances every year to get together with happy, generous, energetic people who they share an interest with.

As you can probably tell, I rather enjoyed myself today . Thank you to Sifu for teaching and Robin and Fleur for organising another wonderful course.

Sifu Barry Smale
18th June 2012

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The above is reproduced from the thread Baguazhang at UK Summer Camp in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum

Glimpse of Baguazhang at UK Summer Camp

baguazhang, pakua palm

Baguazhang Circle Walking