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To continue on the topic of the jingang bashi, the third one in line is pi shan zhang which translates to mountain splitting palm. This is usually the first introduction to pigua type movements for the Baji practitioner. ‘Pi’ means splitting like with an axe and ‘gua’ means in this case rising up after the splitting movement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chuan zhang, the piercing palm, is the second movement in the jingang bashi . It is very similar in outlook to cheng chui, just done with a palm. But it’s outer appearance hides ideas that makes it unique. Read the rest of this entry »

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Xiao Jia is the main training method in Baji, it contains the most important techniques and ideas for fighting with Baji. The Baji pracitioners training starts with this form and later he will keep coming back to it even as more advanced material is taught. ‘Xiao’ means small, ‘Jia’ in this context means method or form. The name of the form includes the idea that the movements contain “smaller” circles and details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jingang Bashi 金刚八式 is a training method usually used as basic training in Baji. It is comprised of eight techniques, all training different skills. The first four movements are more for training attack, simple un-elaborate movement only concentrated on attacking power. The four last movements also include defence, so they include more movement. Usually the practicioner would train these movements alongside with Xiao Jia. A saying goes that Xiao Jia gives the practicioner the structure, a framework for what you should be doing, Jingang Bashi gives the contents, the power and inner strength. Read the rest of this entry »

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This is the second part for the article about defence in Baji, to go a bit deeper into the subject. In striking oriented arts the term defence usually means defending incoming attacks by arm or leg movement, body movement, stepping or positioning of stance. The goal being to not get hurt by the incoming attack and allow for your own attack to be launched. In Baji we need to consider all ranges of combat, kicking, striking, wrestling and also very importantly everything that happens in between. I propose an extension of the term defence to also include defending ones structure. Read the rest of this entry »