2018 IAI/NYIA Ba Gua Staff - Advanced Ba Gua Zhang with Tom Bisio
The Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff is a powerful weapon that can deliver powerful bludgeoning blows, and quick darting thrusts. The Ba Gua staff is characterized by enveloping, wrapping and rotating movements that end in hidden attacks. The weight and length of the staff require that the practitioner use fluid body actions and seamlessly linked handwork and footwork actions in order to generate these actions.
Like many two-handed weapons the staff teaches the practitioner to connect both sides of the body in powerful unified movements. The pushing, pulling and sliding movements of the staff contain many of the power dynamics used in Ba Gua hand methods, throws and elbow techniques.
In this class participants will learn:
- Five Key Stationary Staff Exercises that Develop Power, Control and Proper Hand Movement
- Basic Methods of Walking the Circle with the Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff
- The Ba Gua Yin Yang Staff Form: Eight "Palm Changes" of the Staff
- Relationship of the Yin Yang Staff to Ba Gua Hand, Elbow, and Body Methods
Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Foundational Level of Ba Gua Zhang through NYIA classes, seminars of online learning, or learned the equivalent material another instructor or style of Ba Gua Zhang.
Class size limited to 24
Date: August 4-5, 2018
Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY
Instructor: Tom Bisio and guest NYIA/IAI Instructors