Oct 8, 2019

Pa Kua Concepts for all Martial artists

Video Description

In this video I share several Pa Kua concepts like “Completing the circle”, “Focusing on the line when you walk”, “Sensitizing your body”, Spring energy” and others.
The art of Pa Kua teaches you how to replicate the sphericity of kinetic movement. The circle is found every where in nature, life and the universe. Why do we walk the circle in Pa Kua? Well, if you can walk a circle good than you can walk a straight line even better. During the course of the day we are always moving forward until something gets in our way then we have to get around that person or object. Pa Kua teaches you how to minimize the friction of that compression.
To learn Pa Kua for combat- if that is your only martial art, takes a decade or more. This is why traditionally the Grandmasters would only accept students who had mastered other styles of kung fu first. Pa Kua is Devine and self revealing in that it’s movement is a golden triangle spiraling throughout your body as you run the palm changes and walk the circle. The more you practice, the more rounded and connected your body becomes. Health benefits in Pa Kua, however happen immediately and don’t take decades. The system is a great movement modality and rehab for injured joints and poor circulation. Pa Kua opens the energy channels and decompresses the joints allowing healing to take place.
What style of Pa Kua should you learn? There are many. What matters is that your Sifu studied an authentic style that originated from China with a traceable lineage. Any style will impart the benefits and most all actually have the same or similar movements arranged in a different order or performed with a different emphasis. A traceable lineage is necessary because you need that “Pa Kua DNA”. With every Sifu there is a “Laying on of hands” that is passed down through the generations and the real Kung Fu is transmitted. When your teacher puts his or her hands on you part of your knowledge acquisition happens in that contact through osmosis.
I learned this particular Pa Kua style as a private student of Sifu Peter Chema who learned his Pa Kua from Master BP Chan. Sifu Chema is also the adopted son of the late Grandmaster Chang Dung Sheng from who he also learned Shuai Chiao, Chang Tai Chi and Hsing I. Grandmaster Chang then Polished the rest of Chema’s other kung fu that he learned from other masters emphasizing the “Shuai” throwing aspect contained within all styles of kung fu.

I would like to thank my indoor student and colleague Master Fred McDowell for helping demonstrate in this video and my wife Amada for her camera work

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