Power of Internal Martial Arts: Combat Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi, and Hsing-I

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North Atlantic Books, Dec 31, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 344 pages
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This book's primary focus is on the detailed descriptions of the three main internal boxing methods (Hsing I, Ba Gua, and Tai Chi), as well as many substyles. In-depth comparisons and analyses of the different arts in regard to their methods of movement, principles and philosophies, use of force and energy, body mechanics, and some practical applications, are also described. Frantzis also includes "Personal Odyssey" sections where he recounts many of his interesting encounters with famous martial arts masters. This feature recalls Robert W. Smith's Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods, from a previous generation of martial arts books. To make this book as accessible to beginners as possible, there are five appendices covering the different styles of tai chi (such as Yang, Chen, Wu, Tung, Hou, and Sun), a history of Ba Gua, energy anatomy of the human body, a summary of Mr. Frantzis's training and lineage, a chapter on Chinese terminology and transliteration, and an extensive glossary.
 

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Contents

A PERSONAL ODYSSEY
1
ANIMAL HUMAN AND SPIRITUAL
5
THROUGH THE MARTIAL ARTS
8
A CONTINUUM
21
White Crane 47
22
A PERSONAL ODYSSEY
33
PROFILE OF AN INTERNAL MASTER
58
Tai Chi Hsingl and Da GuaWhats the Some
76
PROFILE OF AN INTERNAL MASTER
118
HSINGI
171
Eight Drunken
201
SPEED
249
PROFILES OF INTERNAL MASTERS
267
PROFILE OF AN INTERNAL MASTER
293
Yang Style Plus the Chen Small Style Begets the HaoWu Style
300
Causes of Variation within the Same Style
306

Going Beyond Intimidation and Fear 81 Balanced
82
and II
88
Simultaneous Projection of Energy in Opposite Directions
98
Ba Gua in Hong Kong
312
Glossary
331
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B.K. Frantzis began martial arts in 1961. After advanced blackbelt training in judo, karate, and aikido in Japan, he went deeper into martial arts and healing techniques full-time for ten years in China. He teaches in North American and Europe.

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