Book: Baguazhang 1st ed. by Liang, Shou-Yu, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, & Wen-Ching Wu
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Incorporating both Daoist and Buddhist practices, commonly used as the subject of Chinese novels, movies, and operas, Emi (pronounced ermay) is one of the best known martial arts inside of China, but until now has remained largely an oral tradition little known by Western martial artists. This comprehensive text offers an Introduction to the philosophy, theory, and practice of the Emei style known as Baguazhang - one of the most effective Chinese internal martial arts - and stresses the essential differences between Bagua and other internal styles such as Taijiquan and Xingyiquan.
In addition, Bagua emphasizes circular movements, employs both defensive and offensive strategies, and trains at all three fighting rangers - short, middle, and long. Describing all the essential forms - including the Eight Basic palms Fighting Set, the Swimming Body Sequence, and a sequence using Bagua's special weapon, the Deer Hook Sword, this book offers both beginners and advanced students a multitude of fighting applications, backed up with more than 900 action photographs, and explains the theories and principles that form the basis of Bagua practice to enhance and speed your training.
Incredibly Complete, J. Barr (Amazon reviewer) May, 2009
YMAA asked me to review this book based on my almost 30 years in the martial arts…This is one of those rare books in the martial arts that really does do it all. Most books are great on techniques and hope somewhere along the line you pick up the theory. Master Yiang and Dr. Yang have turned out an incredibly detailed book that every martialist should have on his shelf as a serious reference. This isn't a book...it's about 5 books under one cover…
If you are at all interested in the internal martial arts this book is a must have not only as a reference but as a step by step training guide. Like all great martial arts books get it while you can. The only draw back and this is a personal fetish of mine is that I believer any book over 200 pages automatically ought to come in a hard binding. At over 500 pages and given the nature of the book you'll wear the binding out quickly through use. If you've read my other reviews I tell it like it is. This book is one fantastic find.
Joi Eden, New Age Retailer. July/August 1997
...This introduction to the theory, philosophy, and practice of the emei style of bagua...is comprehensive and packed with information...Well thought out and accessibly presented, Baguazhang-Emei Baguazhang carries the outstanding tradition of its authors and is dense with knowledge. This book is suitable for the knowledgeable and beginners who wish to sample this art with deep thought and delight.