I sometimes forget how much I love Bagua!

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Well I only forget until the next time I do Bagua of course. However this time I took THREE DAYS off! Well more like 6 if you don’t count Tuesday and Wednesday since I was only learning the form and only practiced in 10-20 minute spurts throughout the day. Still three days, it seems like an eternity! Well I did some more Bagua today, and I LOVE Bagua :).

Bagua video reviews! :)

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Now keep in mind this is just my opinion. Based upon my own biases ;).

Andrew Nugent-Head: Has the best descriptions of the principals I have ever heard in my entire life!

Xei Peqie (spelling?): He’s awesome, his vids are awesome, and he covers so much! It makes me sad how they talk about Bagua being lost 🙁 🙁 :(. Andrew Nugent-Head translates for him.

He Jinbao: I want my body to move like that! But it just won’t lol. Good vids with info but not quite as awesome as the above two. As I have a heap of Yin stylists lynch me for that comment…

Liu Jinru: Cool :). Kinda boring, but cool.

Tim Bisio: This guy is really really good at explaining Bagua, the principals and the apps.

Jerry Alan Johnson: Well I’m biased; I like them. You can actually learn the forms from them. Wish he’d go on for hours about the principals though ;).

Mike Patterson: I haven’t figured out how to follow him on the form yet, even though it’s the same form as in the JAJ vids. Perhaps JAJ’s approach of narrating it while his student does the movements works well. I like how Mike slows it down so you can follow along though. I like the above vids better.

I won’t mention the two that I found atrocious.

More to come in the future.

Been busily dying of food poisoning…

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4 fucking days of food poisoning! Ugh! So there I was in the hospital and they kept asking how many times I threw up blood so far. Uhm hello once is enough for me thank you. I live in a first world country and throwing up blood is not a sign of healing and getting better. I managed to lose 6 lbs within 24 hours! You know all those diets they talk about where you can “lose 28 pounds in 2 months!” (true story saw the ad on facebook). Well now I know one method of losing that much weight. Apparently the falling over whenever I’d try to stand up aspect was just due to low potassium. Here I thought lots of gatorade and sports gels would have covered things. However upon inspection afterwards, each bottle of gatorade has only 1-2% of the minimum daily allotment of potassium. This is the same for each sports gel. So after 3 bags of saline solution, lots of painkillers, and a potassium pill they sent me home. They didn’t go for the can I sleep for another hour request more than once LOL. I did make an excuse about how the buses weren’t running yet… then took a taxi home. Hey I felt like death warmed over.

Oh and when I asked what was wrong with me, they said “you must have eaten something that disagreed with you. Disagreed with? I hope I don’t have many disagreements like that! The trip to the hospital was all worth it though if only for the 3 doses of anti nausea stuff. Well I got home and weighed myself and had gained the 6lbs back. However 24 hours later, I had lost 7 lbs *sigh*. So I chose sports chews for dinner that evening, as the few bites of watermelon didn’t go over well.

Oh and to start the week I fell down my very slippery back stairs (which we aren’t supposed to use) while taking out the garbage. I couldn’t really walk much anyways due to that so I was in bed anyways due to pain. The xrays at the hospital said it wasn’t broken; however I’d already informed them that this was the case since I could stand on one leg.

Needless to say I haven’t done nearly as much Bagua as I would have liked all week, and no circle walking at all :(.

Still on the third gua

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The first gua was easy (ish), the second gua was a little more difficult, and the third gua…. well I just need to put more hours in. Now that fourth gua looks very difficult! However I figure with enough practice and patience I will get through them all. There are still a couple of times in the third gua where I wonder how I ended up with the wrong arm on top… so it still needs work. I really look forward to getting all 8 memorized so I can go into things such as trying to do the movements from the hips :). For now I’m just enjoying doing the movements and adding bits and pieces in as I remember. I’m still a little burned out from my Saturday Bagua marathon and my Sunday Bagua class, so not very many hours put in yesterday or today. Actually only half an hour yesterday.

I took my kidneys and dantien to the gym today!

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That’s what it felt like in class anyways. It felt as though they were out of shape and needed to do a little weightlifting! It does seem similar, whatever you do gets easier over time, whether it be weightlifting, or kidney and dantien stuff. Here I thought I *was* moving my dantien, hahahaha, I had no idea ;).

I love it when principals are covered in a class, then you get to learn what to add (in general) to every movement you do.

We also covered some fighting principals. As well as a specific technique or few of course. With all those roots I’m taking, I’m going to have a good collection soon…

Wow, I’ve been busy!

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I was talking to someone and mentioned I have done over 1200 hours of Cheng style Baguazhang! I was making sure to underestimate if anything. Now this does include at least 400-500 hours of in class time though. I have however only done about 100-150 hours of the Daoist Bagua. However I seem to have the Daoist Bagua stuff down better and learn it much faster. I guess Bagua builds on top of Bagua :). The reason I’m so motivated though? Well to stay alive pretty much. I had serious enough health problems to make this much practice more than worth it. Well OK and Bagua is hella fun as well! I think if it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t have practiced even half as much.

1200 hours may seem like a lot, but if you think about it, over 2 years, that isn’t even 2 hours per day. That is a couple hundred days that I just didn’t get around to that extra hour of training…

An entire day off for Bagua :)

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I decided to take a day off work today, and spent it doing Bagua :). I went back and forth between learning the new form, making notes and reading the sequences of the form, then redoing the form. I have the first two gua memorized now. It was a lot of fun to do nothing but Bagua all day long! I have to say it was rather tiring, even though I didn’t go as low as possible in the stances, and didn’t circle walk.

Fortunately the next 6 gua contain many of the same movements from the first gua, as well as repeating sequences from the first one. However I still have to remember which foot to step out with, which arm to use and so forth, then learn the new movements.

Insomnia leads to gua 2

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Well I figured out the basic movements of the first gua last night before I went to sleep. I woke up after only 4 hours sleep, so onto gua 2 it was! I want to get all 8 gua down basically, then start to refine them bit by bit afterwards. Such things as which palm each time, make sure the foot angle is correct, make sure my arm angles are good and so forth. I am however running into some slight glitches; the video and the book have some differences!!!! One difference could have just been me not seeing the angles correctly, but on two other movements, it is the difference between the arm being down by the side and palm facing back, and arm in front of me palm facing down… Well I will just remember both versions I guess so I can ask which one is correct ;).

Martial arts teachers are extremely wonderful! Learning from a video or book are you crazy?!

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I seriously cannot believe people learn solely from books and/or videos! Are you crazy? Teachers are awesome; they keep repeating what you should be doing right, and correct you when you are doing something wrong. Just go train with a teacher.

So I learned one gua of 8 out of a book/video combination. (Jiang Rongqiao) All I have to say about the process is, if you do not for some really odd reason have a martial arts teacher, run, do not walk but run (quickly) and go find one as soon as physically possible! Then pay said teacher whatever they ask for (without haggling) and let them know they are awesome and you are grateful! Then train what they teach you for hours everyday, because due to them you don’t have to endure the torture of learning from books and/or videos! I will start on gua 2 tomorrow after refreshing my memory for gua 1. Or perhaps I’ll just go circle walk instead ;). I could just wait to be taught this form, but it’s an experiment, a painful experiment, but an experiment nonetheless. I feel so very spoiled now always having had a Bagua teacher 🙂 🙂 :).

Well anyways, that only leaves 7 more gua to go. I think my brain hurts.

I made a bag of rice my bitch!

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Some more rice whacking, story writing and story burning (but not in that order). It was an extremely difficult story. If you don’t know what I’m talking about read the Medical QiGong books…