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Article - Tracing the Origins of Baji Quan

Added 03-Sep-2006

Baji Quan is a well known style in Northern China, but there are still many disagreements over its precise origins, not least whether it is a Daoist or a Shaolin Buddhist style. The article and videos in this issue tries to resolve these arguments by taking a closer look at the patterns of this style and the events in China at the time it was created.


Baji Two-Man Pattern

Added 03-Sep-2006

A two man pattern is not a fight. It is a pattern, containing the unique blend of principles, techniques, physical and mental exercises that makes Chinese martial arts different to other fighting arts. What does this two man Baji pattern tell us about the style? Elbows, shoulders, fists, legs . there are the full range of strikes. Forwards, backwards, sideways, circular . there is a full range of motion. Strikes, locks, pushes, unbalancing . Baji is a complete style, and two man patterns like this must be observed closely to see that completeness shine through.

18.3MB, 2m00sec, FREE

Baji Single Fight Pattern

Added 03-Sep-2006

This pattern is a powerful example of Baji Quan. Elements of Xing Yi are visible in individual techniques and the straight line attacks, but there are also unique characteristics of Baji demonstrated. For example, the practitioner frequently uses a distinct undulating .drawback. of the body before a strike, as a way to generate extra force . remember, Baji was a military style, that aimed to kill with one blow before moving on to the next opponent. Filmed at the Meng Village TV Station, Hebei, December 2003.

9.8MB, 1m16sec, FREE

Baji Spear

Added 03-Sep-2006

In this fantastic Baji spear pattern filmed in the very birthplace of the style, the practitioner shows every conceivable use of the spear. The full range of use is demonstrated, from using the flexible whip of the spear.s shaft to slash and pound opponents, right down to holding the tip of the spear like a dagger. Baji is famous for its spear style, and it is easy to see why.

17.3MB, 2m00sec, FREE

Baji Muslim Master Pattern

Added 03-Sep-2006

This Baji master is noticeably older than the other practitioners featured in Silver videos this month. Yet in the context of martial arts, that only indicates a compliment. His pattern still contains the power and intent of the younger stylists, but each movement is perfectly placed and controlled. There is no excessive movement, no limb out of alignment, no hesitation or uncertainty. What does it show? This man has placed his faith in the principles of the style, and not in strength or aggression.

9.9MB, 1m18sec, FREE

Shaolin Sword vs. Shield

Added 03-Sep-2006

The original Shaolin temple began life as a Buddhist temple approximately 1500 years ago. However, as the need to protect the temple.s assets grew, and its reputation for cultivating highly effective fighting monks spread across China, the temple also became a centre for martial and military excellence. Many of the patterns that have become part of the Shaolin canon have military applications . this sword and shield pattern is an example of a foot soldier.s pattern. The broadsword and shield was the combination most commonly used by the rank and file army soldiers. These students carry on the tradition today. Filmed in May 2005.

6.0MB, 0m40sec, 0.79

Qing Cheng Chan Shou Dui Da

Added 03-Sep-2006

When Wushu Scholar travelled to Qing Cheng in May 2005, we were overwhelmed by the patterns displayed by these practitioners of a lesser known but complete Daoist style. Whilst talking to the current head of the style, Master Li Sui Bin, he explained that one of the key principles of the style was .small movements, big effect. Big movements, small effect.. This pattern demonstrates how small wrist and arm movements are used in a fight to deflect attacks and strike. Filmed in May 2005.

7.0MB, 0m56sec, 0.99

Shaolin Monkspade

Added 03-Sep-2006

This elder of the Da Fa Wang Shaolin Temple wields a heavy monkspade expertly. The monkspade was exactly that . a farming tool converted for use as a weapon. The .shovel. end is sharpened and can be used to slice, stab or bludgeon an opponent. Filmed in September 2004.

8.0MB, 0m57sec, 0.99

Emei Horsewhip

Added 03-Sep-2006

The horse hair whip is a traditional Daoist religious implement. Whilst Emei mountain was most famous as a Buddhist centre, Daoism also flourished in the area. The legendary Zhang Dao Ling made his particular sect of Daoism most popular in this area. This pattern displays the use of many Daoist fighting principles . abrupt changes of direction, spiralling, snake-like circles, and all throughout, the whip darting out to lash the opponent. Filmed in May 2005.

7.0MB, 0m39sec, 0.99

Article - 10 Animals Xing Yi

Added 06-Aug-2006

August 2006's Silver issue focuses on the Ten Animal style of Xing Yi. When we visited Shanghai in April of this year, we met with local master Chen Ke Qiang, who has studied this style since childhood. He showed each of the ten animal movements in sequence, explaining with examples how each animal principle could be used for fighting. Read the Silver article for more detail on each animal and application.