Master Luo De Xiu of Taipei, Taiwan, is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in the Chinese Internal Arts. Master Luo has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching for over 35 years. He received his fundamental training from Zhang Zhun-Feng's student, the renowned Xing-yi & Bagua master Hong Yi-Xiang. Later, he went on to study with many of Zhang's other students, including master Liu Qian of the renowned Sun Xikun branch of Ba Gua Zhang. Master Luo De Xiu has been giving seminars worldwide on Xing-yi Chuan, Bagua Zhang, Tai Ji Chuan, as well as various methods of Qi-gong since 1993.
Master Luo's years of personal practice, research into the theory, and teachings of the internal arts, as well as his experience in many full-contact competitions; gives him the ability to explain internal theory, proper body mechanics, health benefits and fighting theory in a way that is clear and easy to understand by people of all levels. Through working with various students both at home and abroad, master Luo has developed a
practical approach and teaching methodology to clearly develop one’s personal skill and practice of the Chinese Internal Arts through this seminar format.
Having trained with Master Luo since 2005 him at his various US workshops for the past thirteen years. I have always found training with him inspiring, profound, and really fun! After decades of practice and teaching, he remains a very energetic, enthusiastic, and open teacher. He is a treasure trove of martial arts experience, and very good at giving the individual student insight on key components of the art which the student may not have considered in previous training. This is a rare opportunity to train with him, and experience instruction from an exceptional practitioner!
As in all previous years, participating in his workshops have been highly instructive, inspiring, and extremely enjoyable!
Due to his extremely demanding teaching schedule, Master Luo will only be joining us to teach for 3 days this year. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to train with this highly respected teacher and practitioner!
Moving Stake posture Methods of
Gao Bagua Zhang
The Ba Mu Zhang, or 8 Motherpalms, are considered both a foundational and advanced training method in BaGuaZhang. They undoubtedly evolved from the stationary methods of posture/ stance training found within most Asian martial arts.
They are similar in some respects to Yoga Asana practice, as they consist of holding several Individual hand/body positions, some which are found in the stationary posture practice found within the I-chuan system and other Qi-gong practices. What distinguishes these practices with the ba Mu zhang of BaGuaZhang is that the postures are held while walking in a circle, and with a greater emphasis on coiling and winding with each step, thus embodying the principle of stillness within movement.
They are an important method of power training for internal martial arts, but can be of benefit to all martial arts, and can be practiced alone as a Qi gong/ meditative health practice.
In terms of martial arts training, The Ba Mu Zhang can be considered the fundamental training method for the development of what is popularly labelled as “Internal Power”. The practice develops and deeply internalises the physical alignments which are crucial for the effective usage of Bagua Zhang in combat.
These physical alignments are essentially walls supported by skeletal structure. They keep an opponent’s pressure off your center, and maximize the amount of potential force which your body can generate. Understanding how to keep your skeletal structure aligned is the key to efficient, effortless movement and will help you develop and maintain constant structural stability while in motion, and in relation to an opponent’s resistant force.