Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chen Pan-Ling Baguazhang Workshop - 28 February 2010

Dan will be holding the second in his series of workshops to introduce the WA public to the internal (soft) arts of martial arts master, historian and researcher Chen Pan-Ling - in this case the Swimming Dragon style of baguazhang.

Where xingyiquan consists of a small set of short, sharp and relatively simple-looking (but hard to perform!) movements, bagua is circular, weaving, intricate and fluid. The movements are easier to understand, but the complexity of the combinations and the sophistication of the applications more than make up for this!

The course will be conducted on Sunday 28 February 2010 from 1 to 4pm at the Bayswater Martial Arts and Yoga Centre, 91 Whately Crescent.

The cost is $45.

The course will cover the 8 palm changes of bagua and applications.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn one of the earliest variants of bagua - an art based on the Chinese neo-Confucian classic the Yi Jing or Book of Changes.

Bagua is characterised by its sharp turns, curves and highly effective trips, throws and other take-downs. In application it has some similarity to aikido except that it is applied with strikes and primarily against strikes rather than wrist grabs.

The similarity in principle to aikido has prompted some people to speculate that Ueshiba was inspired or even based his art on bagua. While I don't think this is actually true, it does highlight bagua's "soft", yielding nature and it's comprehensive array of grappling/throwing applications.

If you're interested in the soft arts of China but xingyi or taiji are not for you, chances are bagua will be right up your alley!

Those wishing to register for the seminar should call Nenad on 0409 110 862.


Colin Wee said...

What's the dress code, Dan?

Dan Djurdjevic said...

Any loose clothing will do Colin. A karate/tkd uniform is fine. Whatever you're comfortable training in.

Anonymous said...

Your description says that the Yi Jing is neo-Confucian. The documented period of the Yi Jing's existence pre-dates neo-Confucianism by more than 1,500 years.

Dan Djurdjevic said...

Yes, I was actually referring to the commentaries dating from the Neo-Confucian era. A bit sloppy, I know - sorry and thanks for pointing it out.