Pa-Kua Chang for Self-Defense
This is a classic in the martial arts field, the first Bagua style Kung Fu book in English. Lee Ying Arng, the vice president of the Hong Kong Kung Fu Association, was a pioneer. His was one of the first Kung Fu books ever in English, the first Iron Palm book, the first film strips (8mm in those days) to be available. His modified Yang style Tai Chi – almost completey ignored – is one of the best abstractions of the set ever done. Here is a BaGua book that is not only informative but charming. In the first section it presents the basic palm positions, gives an historical overview with pictures of famous masters, shows Lee himself doing applications. The next section if a trasnlation into English of a famous text by Yen Tie Hwa showing some of the neatest illustrations ever of Chinese fighting applications. The usage is Ba Gua to the max with some pretty twisty renditions but all fascinating. A bibliography is enclosed. This reprint is pretty much the original except for the hard cover, dust jacket and the absence of a fold out chart. A must-have for any Ba Gua library.
Authors Pa-Kua Chang and Yen Te-hwa share their expertise in describingthe Chinese art of Pa Kua Chang. Also known as Ba Gua Zhang, Pa Kuais considered an internal method with devastating and effective martial artstechniques with empty hands and weapons. In this text, Lee covers basicfootwork, palm maneuvers, weapons and the history of Pa Kua Chang,while Yen covers the 33 Methods of Pa Kua for Self Defense.
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