Baguazhang is famous both as an ancient internal martial art and for improving health. It develops upper body flexibility, leg strength, and lighting-quick hands and feet.
Baguazhang training generates a strong flow of Qi energy to energize your muscles for increased strength. This Qi flow also nourishes your internal organs and improves health and vitality.
In addition, Bagua emphasizes circular movement, employs both defensive and offensive strategies, and trains at all three fighting ranges - short, middle, and long.
Course 1 contains basic training and body conditioning, teaches Bagua Qigong, and demonstrates the famous Eight Palms sequence with martial applications.
Course 2 instructs the intermediate level Bagua Swimming Body sequence, named after the swift and agile movements of a swimming dragon.
Course 3 presents the unique Bagua Deer Hook Sword, which is specially designed to disarm opponents. Learn hooking, seizing, controlling and cutting techniques, and the complete sequence, with applications against the long sword.
The authors have put as much as possible into this DVD in order to offer a clear and comprehensive overview of the subject. Because Bagauzhang is such a vast art, this three-hour DVD consists mainly of demonstrations of each of the techniques, sequences, and applications so that the student may see the proper movmement. For detailed instruction of each movement, the student must refer to the text book "Baguazhang - Ermei Baguazhang" by Master Liang, Shou-Yu, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, and Mr. Wu, Wen-Ching.
Master Liang, Shou-Yu began his training in Qigong at the age of 6, under the tutelage of his renowned grandfather, the late Liang, Zhi-Xiang. Mr. Liang was taught the esoteric skills of the Emei Mountain sect, including Da Peng Qigong. When he was eight, his grandfather made special arrangements for him to begin training Emei Wushu (martial arts).
By age twenty, Mr. Liang had received instruction from 10 of the most well-known grandmasters of both Southern and Northern origin, learning more than 100 sequences from many different styles.
Mr. Liang has devoted more than 50 years to training and teaching Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Master Liang now resides in Vancouver, Canada.
Length: 180 minutes
If Liang had performed all the moves in the DVD then this might have been a great set. But several of his students obviously do the bagua with a performance wushu background. The two-person material was also lacking for that reason as was the swimming bagua. However, this is a good set for the price as he does show a lot of material and it is filmed well.