2017 NEW YORK CITY BAGUA WORKSHOP WITH MASTER LUO DE XIU!


We are happy to announce that Chinatown Internal Arts will be hosting Master Luo de Xiu for the 5th time from September 29 through October 2!

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.  He been giving seminars worldwide on Xing-yi Chuan, Bagua Zhang, Tai Ji Chuan, as well as various methods of Qi-gong since 1993.
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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 to people of all levels.  Through working with various students both 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.
 

I met Master Luo  in 2005, and have trained with him at his various US workshops for the past twelve 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!
 

This year we are excited to have Master Luo teach the foundational pre- and post heaven foundational training methods of Gao style Bagua!

This is the line up:

Friday Sept 29- 7:30-10:30 Pre-heaven circular stepping palm methods 1-4

Saturday Sept 30 11:30-5:30- Post Heaven straight line stepping palm methods line 1

Sunday October 1 11:30-5:30 -Post heaven straight line stepping palm methods line 2

Monday October 2 7:30-10:30 -Pre-Heaven circular stepping palm methods 5-8

The Gao Yi Sheng branch of Bagua Zhang is a complete fighting and health method, containing not only the characteristic circular stepping forms,  referred to as Xian Tian Zhang or pre-heaven palms, but also straight line stepping methods referred to as Hou Tian Zhang or post-heaven palms. Each of the 8 circular and straight line forms corresponds to the 8 Bagua trigrams, and are designed to develop a balanced distribution of whole body power across a three dimensional plane, while concurrently training flexible and evasive footwork that gives the practitioner the ability to use their techniques while in constant movement.

 

   Bagua Zhang Xiantianzhang-  Pre-heaven palms    Xiantianzhang  or pre-heaven palms refers to the circle walking practice unique to Baguazhang. The pre-heaven sequences are the foundational method of training  of Bagua zhang. They train the correct body method and fundamentals of Bagua zhang through the constant usage of circular, spiraling motions, which allow the practitioner to conserve his/her momentum and apply force continuously, without breaks.  Each of the eight individual sequences comprising the pre-heaven forms contain a wide variety of movement principles which have endless variations. These principles of movement can be applied martially to entering methods, throwing, joint manipulation, and weapons techniques. It is important to note however that these movements go well beyond the practice of martial applications alone, and allows a never-ending exploration of the potential of human movement. It is also an exceptional longevity and moving meditation practice from which an individual can continually reap the rewards of improved flexibility, strength, and exceptional coordination of mind and body throughout one’s life.   Friday Sept 29-7:30-10:30 Pre-heaven circular stepping palm     methods#1-4   1. 蛇形順勢掌 Snake form smooth force palm  2. 龍形穿手掌 Dragon form piercing hand palm  3. 回身打虎掌 Returning body, strike the tiger palm  4. 燕翻蓋手掌 Swallow overturning covering hand palm    Monday October 2, 7:30-10:30 - Pre-Heaven circular stepping palm methods# 5-8   5. 轉身反背掌 Turn the body over the back palm  6. 擰身探馬掌 Twist the body searching horse palm  7. 翻身背插掌 Overturn the body, through the back palm  8. 停身搬扣掌 Stop the body, move and hook palm

Bagua Zhang Xiantianzhang-  Pre-heaven palms

Xiantianzhang  or pre-heaven palms refers to the circle walking practice unique to Baguazhang. The pre-heaven sequences are the foundational method of training  of Bagua zhang. They train the correct body method and fundamentals of Bagua zhang through the constant usage of circular, spiraling motions, which allow the practitioner to conserve his/her momentum and apply force continuously, without breaks.

Each of the eight individual sequences comprising the pre-heaven forms contain a wide variety of movement principles which have endless variations. These principles of movement can be applied martially to entering methods, throwing, joint manipulation, and weapons techniques. It is important to note however that these movements go well beyond the practice of martial applications alone, and allows a never-ending exploration of the potential of human movement. It is also an exceptional longevity and moving meditation practice from which an individual can continually reap the rewards of improved flexibility, strength, and exceptional coordination of mind and body throughout one’s life.

Friday Sept 29-7:30-10:30 Pre-heaven circular stepping palm

methods#1-4

1. 蛇形順勢掌 Snake form smooth force palm

2. 龍形穿手掌 Dragon form piercing hand palm

3. 回身打虎掌 Returning body, strike the tiger palm

4. 燕翻蓋手掌 Swallow overturning covering hand palm


Monday October 2, 7:30-10:30-Pre-Heaven circular stepping palm methods# 5-8

5. 轉身反背掌 Turn the body over the back palm

6. 擰身探馬掌 Twist the body searching horse palm

7. 翻身背插掌 Overturn the body, through the back palm

8. 停身搬扣掌 Stop the body, move and hook palm

   Bagua Zhang Hou Tien     Consisting of 64 short individual forms sequences divided into 8 sets of 8 short forms, similar to the five elements of Xing-yi Chuan, The hou tien palms are a critical component for understanding Bagua zhang as a martial art. Although the circle walking forms contain the essence of Bagua, the straight line hou tien palms clarify the  martial usage which is challenging  to decipher with the circle walking forms alone.     In order to help the student understand the sophisticated body mechanics found within Bagua, the hou tien sets are initially trained in large lengthened positions, which develops flexibility, strength, stable postures, and allow the student to more easily feel how to coordinate the body to move as an integrated whole.    Saturday September 29, 11:30-5:30    一路綱領Qian gua-Key palm methods for training martial power, 1-8    Sunday September 30 11:30-5:30    二路打法 Kan gua-Post heaven hitting methods, 1-8    

Bagua Zhang Hou Tien

Consisting of 64 short individual forms sequences divided into 8 sets of 8 short forms, similar to the five elements of Xing-yi Chuan, The hou tien palms are a critical component for understanding Bagua zhang as a martial art. Although the circle walking forms contain the essence of Bagua, the straight line hou tien palms clarify the  martial usage which is challenging  to decipher with the circle walking forms alone.


In order to help the student understand the sophisticated body mechanics found within Bagua, the hou tien sets are initially trained in large lengthened positions, which develops flexibility, strength, stable postures, and allow the student to more easily feel how to coordinate the body to move as an integrated whole.

Saturday September 29, 11:30-5:30

一路綱領Qian gua-Key palm methods for training martial power, 1-8

Sunday September 30 11:30-5:30

二路打法 Kan gua-Post heaven hitting methods, 1-8

 

  About Luo Dexiu  Luo Dexiu  of Taipei, Taiwan, world renowned Internal Martial Arts instructor  entered the Tang Shou Tao (唐手道) school of  Master Hong Yixiang (洪懿祥) in 1971. Master Hong Yixiang himself gained worldwide attention when he was featured  as the first teacher in the chapter The Not-so-little-Elephant, in Robert Smith’s seminal classic book, Chinese Boxing Masters and Methods.  When Luo began his study of the Internal Martial Arts,  he initially devoted  himself to the  practice of Xingyiquan  with an emphasis on tournament competition. and later  went on to become one of Master Hong Yixiang's best fighters, who all known to be among the most successful tournament competitors of the full-contact Taiwan scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s. As Luo matured in his skills, and frequently encountered opponent’s who were much larger than him, he became intrigued with Bagua zhang’s deceptively indirect strategy which was well suited in handling opponents of larger size. Bagua Zhang was at the core of the skills taught by Hong Yixiang, having been passed directly from Zhang Junfeng(張俊峰), who trained under Gao Yisheng (高義盛), a master in the Cheng Tinghua (程廷華) branch of Baguazhang. Zhang Junfeng had brought the Gao style of Baguazhang to Taiwan. Luo Dexiu studied Gao style Baguazhang with Hong Yixiang, and sought out many of Zhang's other students as well, including Hong Yixiang's brothers Hong Yiwen (洪懿文) and Hong Yimian (洪懿棉). Luo went on continued his research of Baguazhang with Liu Qian, an early student of  the renown Xing-yi and Bagua Master Sun Xikun.  In 1983 Luo appeared in the BBC's “Way of the Warrior” martial art series, demonstrating Bagua Zhang. He then came into wide attention in the west in the early 1990’s when he appeared in a series of  featured articles in the seminal Chinese Internal Martial Arts Publication, The Pakua Chang Journal. In 1993, along with his student Tim Cartmell, who acted as translator and demonstration partner, he started teaching a popular series of Xing-yi-chuan and Bagua Zhang seminars in the USA.  He shortly after  appeared in the instructional VHS instructional  series Principles of BaGua Zhang Fighting, and Gao Style BaGua: Practice and Application.  In 2004 he appeared in the book, Nei Jia Quan: Internal Martial Arts Teachers of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang by Jess O'Brien  Luo Dexiu continues to hold worldwide  seminar tours annually on  Gao style Baguazhang, Hebei Xingyiquan, Tai Ji Quan, and health related practices  throughout  America, Europe, and the Middle East. He can still be found instructing classes in Taipei, Taiwan.   


About Luo Dexiu

Luo Dexiu  of Taipei, Taiwan, world renowned Internal Martial Arts instructor  entered the Tang Shou Tao (唐手道) school of  Master Hong Yixiang (洪懿祥) in 1971. Master Hong Yixiang himself gained worldwide attention when he was featured  as the first teacher in the chapter The Not-so-little-Elephant, in Robert Smith’s seminal classic book, Chinese Boxing Masters and Methods.  When Luo began his study of the Internal Martial Arts,  he initially devoted  himself to the  practice of Xingyiquan  with an emphasis on tournament competition. and later  went on to become one of Master Hong Yixiang's best fighters, who all known to be among the most successful tournament competitors of the full-contact Taiwan scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s. As Luo matured in his skills, and frequently encountered opponent’s who were much larger than him, he became intrigued with Bagua zhang’s deceptively indirect strategy which was well suited in handling opponents of larger size. Bagua Zhang was at the core of the skills taught by Hong Yixiang, having been passed directly from Zhang Junfeng(張俊峰), who trained under Gao Yisheng (高義盛), a master in the Cheng Tinghua (程廷華) branch of Baguazhang. Zhang Junfeng had brought the Gao style of Baguazhang to Taiwan. Luo Dexiu studied Gao style Baguazhang with Hong Yixiang, and sought out many of Zhang's other students as well, including Hong Yixiang's brothers Hong Yiwen (洪懿文) and Hong Yimian (洪懿棉). Luo went on continued his research of Baguazhang with Liu Qian, an early student of  the renown Xing-yi and Bagua Master Sun Xikun.

In 1983 Luo appeared in the BBC's “Way of the Warrior” martial art series, demonstrating Bagua Zhang. He then came into wide attention in the west in the early 1990’s when he appeared in a series of  featured articles in the seminal Chinese Internal Martial Arts Publication, The Pakua Chang Journal. In 1993, along with his student Tim Cartmell, who acted as translator and demonstration partner, he started teaching a popular series of Xing-yi-chuan and Bagua Zhang seminars in the USA.  He shortly after  appeared in the instructional VHS instructional  series Principles of BaGua Zhang Fighting, and Gao Style BaGua: Practice and Application.

In 2004 he appeared in the book, Nei Jia Quan: Internal Martial Arts Teachers of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang by Jess O'Brien

Luo Dexiu continues to hold worldwide  seminar tours annually on  Gao style Baguazhang, Hebei Xingyiquan, Tai Ji Quan, and health related practices  throughout  America, Europe, and the Middle East. He can still be found instructing classes in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

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