So very difficult!!!

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If you have been reading my blog you know that I took a week off of Bagua! I was working 12 or more hours per day and only sleeping 4 hours per night, so needless to say it was the “fuck bagua” week lol. However I did make up for some lost time last Thursday, Friday and Sunday. While I was down in California I went to train with someone I had wanted to train with for quite some time now. They cover the more qi and esoteric side of the Bagua stuff :). I was pretty excited and nervous on day 1. However it went really well, and we agreed to work with each other. We did a 3.5 hour class, which just rocked. He went quite easy on me, likely because it was the first class so he didn’t know what all I could take. I then practiced for an hour all together after that class and the next morning. Even though it wasn’t all that physically difficult I still ended up quite sore the next morning because I had taken the week off before!

Then I trained for 3 hours on Friday, where he pushed me much harder, more towards what I’m used to. It was also awesome. It was starting to make some sense, and I was much less nervous around a new teacher I didn’t know sort of thing. It was definitely a fun experience as he could show me how to incorporate the energy into everything, as well as watch to make sure I got it right.

Then I had Saturday off. I really do wish I’d practiced much more on Saturday, but it was more like only an hour or 2 all together since I was pretty tired. It was a good day to let all of the information from the previous two days sink in, as well as practice everything I could remember, to allow more stuff to come up that we had covered. I am really glad there was a day off in between so incorporate things better.

Then on the final day, sunday, we covered a lot, so we could get done everything he had planned for me. He also video taped me doing each movement on both Fri and Sun so that I would have it to help out my memory later. I warned him about my crappy memory, but by Sunday he told me I was no longer allowed to say that. I also was not allowed to say bad things about my Bagua, because none of his students were bad at Bagua ;). I learned a LOT on Sunday, and also learned that a lot of what I’ve been doing for the past couple of decades in my other practice is very similar to what they do with their Bagua. I think I died and went to Bagua heaven that day lolol. It was a 4 hour class on Sunday, prior to the two hours of talking and healing…

Afterwards I received a qigong treatment. It is not often I will let someone do a healing on me because quite honestly most healers SUCK and so more harm then good. However after working with this teacher for 3 days I could tell that he would be good at healing. It feels as though what he did, and the parts he had me do of the healing, are still working.

Since the training I have noticed a few things, the qi is much thicker and denser, and now comes within seconds instead of minutes, or 20 minutes… I have also noticed that everything is much more difficult! Not difficult in a physical sense (I’m sure that will come in the future though) but more in the making myself do it and the being able to circle walk for more then 10 minutes in a row sense! It’s as if doing extra super awesome Bagua takes that much more effort! I’ve only added a couple of more things into my circle walking, but wow, it’s nearly impossible now! Oh well, I always love a challenge! 🙂 I think I need to learn the “motivation palm change” next.

A Bagua shaped ice sculpture

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Is what I was by the end of practice this evening! Blogger1 came over this evening. We first had some nice hot tea, then went over to the local school to practice for a bit. Neither of us had brought a watch, so what we thought was only about an hour and 15 minutes, was really 2 hours. It’s a good thing Blogger1 said something, or I may have been out there all night. I was wondering why I was starting to get so sore, since I was thinking that we hadn’t been at it that long yet.

I noticed that this evening, the qi was super extra thick. I’m not entirely sure why, accept that I was trying a few new things. Or perhaps qi is just denser when it’s really really cold out. I know practicing Bagua outdoors definitely helps.

Earlier in the day I went to visit a friend of mine and also buy a taichi ruler, however unfortunately he was sold out of taichi rulers. Fortunately he told me how to make my own. I see a trip to Home Depot in my future…

Back in Vancouver

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Yesterday I didn’t do any Bagua. I was too busy traveling, all damn day. Then in the evening I got sick of traveling and stayed overnight at a friend’s house in Seattle. We went out for some raw food; I’m sure my body appreciates the break from all the unhealthy Mexican food I have been feeding it. Then I went to sleep very early, about 9pm. The awesome part is the 8 hours sleep I got, for the first time in ages. It was 8 hours in a row even!

However, today, I will do some Bagua.

I see the video for week 9 is up, but Amtrak doesn’t allow video streaming on the wifi, so I will watch it later.

I don’t want to leave ;(

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So I have now spent 11 days in California. I don’t want to leave! It is so nice and warm and sunny down here, but not too hot right now. There are all those nice beaches. There are perfect pine trees to circle walk around. I have also met some of the most awesome people ever down here. I had a really good time :). I will be back in a few months.

I practiced about an hour of Bagua yesterday, and about 3 hours worth today. I know it’s only 9:30, but boy am I ready to get some sleep!

There was also more Mexican food had today, and again the same place, they “accidentally” gave me less enchiladas on my plate then I ordered.

Circle walking :)

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“Training martial arts ceaselessly is inferior to walking the circle. In Ba Gua Zhang the circle walk practice is the font of all training.” Dong HaiChuan

“When Rotating in Worship of Heaven, the sound of thunder is everywhere and transforms everything.” Morning mantra for circle walking, I’ll guess clockwise. “When Rotating in Worship of Heaven, the great void saves us from the hardship of existence.” is the evening mantra for circle walking, I’ll guess counter clockwise.

Some Bagua

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Did 3 hours of Bagua today. 3 hours of Bagua yesterday. My legs are hurting for some reason, I can’t quite figure out why?

There has also been much eating of Mexican food. Unfortunately I don’t think all the Bagua has made up for it though lol.

Mornings are a certain sort of torture devised by early risers

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So I got up at 4am today. As you all know there is only one reason I would ever get up at 4am, and that is Bagua! So here I am all packed and ready to head over to the next town to relax and do a little Bagua on the beach. The original plan was local transit, which would have taken forever. The other plan was a ride from a friend, then we hang out all day. The fact I only met said friend 2 days ago is probably a bit iffy, but everyone in the community knows him, so all should be good ;).

One Bagua marathon coming up!

Mornings are a certain sort of torture devised by early risers

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So I got up at 4am today. As you all know there is only one reason I would ever get up at 4am, and that is Bagua! So here I am all packed and ready to head over to the next town to relax and do a little Bagua on the beach. The original plan was local transit, which would have taken forever. The other plan was a ride from a friend, then we hang out all day. The fact I only met said friend 2 days ago is probably a bit iffy, but everyone in the community knows him, so all should be good ;).

One Bagua marathon coming up!

Haven’t practiced in a week

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So no sense blogging.

I haven’t had even a spare minute to myself where I wasn’t sleeping, bathing, eating or getting dressed, since, well a week ago.

Bagua Kicks Ass!

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Not much Bagua for the past week, something about working 12-15 hour days on no sleep and also a bit of a messed up leg on Saturday. But soon, oh so soon I will be seeing what it is like to circle walk in the sand on a beach in california!

By the way, Bagua, it kicks ass!