Friday, November 28, 2014

Manchester Bagua - Yi Zong School - Sanda Training

Manchester Bagua - Yi Zong School - Sanda training - "this isn't exemplary of classical bagua usage - as stated it is sanda - these are beginner (6 month- 18 ,month students) - sparring under sanda rules with their bagua techniques - this is clearly explained above"

Teacher Hong Yi Xiang quote from the Bagua journal on sparring/ usage:
          In order to learn how to respond spontaneously to an opponent’s movement the student needs to develop the ability to change and vary the set forms. Hong states that the student must have a flexible mind and think about possible variations when practicing. He says, “if you cannot figure out the variations, the forms are of limited use.” He continues by saying that the instructor cannot really teach the student how to change. The student has to use his mind in practice and figure it out for himself. He said he was not taught this ability by Zhang, he learned how to do it through experience in sparring and practicing two-man and three- man sets of the 64 linear bagua Zhang techniques. He learned by getting hit in sparring practice and then trying to figure out why he got hit. He said that in the past he would practice sparring so much that he would come home with bruises all over his face. “You cannot just talk about sparring, you have to practice it.”


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