Seminar with Tim Cartmell: Fundamentals of Ba Gua Zhang
Sponsored by Rochester Chen Style Taijiquan
Rochester Chen Style Taijiquan, at GEM Martial Arts
13 South Ave
Webster, NY, 14580 (Northeast suburb of Rochester, NY)
3/2 Saturday 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Stationary Hand Maneuvers, Basic stepping and Partner Drills
3/2 Saturday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Practicing the Fundamental Skills on the Circle
3/3 Sunday noon to 4:00 PM – Strategy of Baguazhang Fighting and Applications
3/2 Saturday AM - Private Lessons
3/3 Sunday AM – Private Lessons
For payment up to February 17
Saturday AM $55
Saturday PM $55
All Sessions $155
For payment after Feb 17, add $10/session
Private lessons $80/hour for one person or $100 for two or more persons
Contact Bob Loce to register firstname.lastname@example.org
, 585-402-5126About Ba Gua Zhang
Ba Gua Zhang is recognized as one of the three orthodox "internal" styles of Chinese martial art (the other two being Xing Yi Quan and Tai Ji Quan). Ba Gua literally translates to Eight trigrams. These trigrams are symbols which are used to represent all natural phenomena as described in the ancient Chinese text of divination. Zhang means palm and designates Ba Gua Zhang as a style of martial art, which emphasizes the use of the open hand in preference to the closed fist. Ba Gua Zhang, as a martial art, is based on the theory of continuously changing in response to the situation at hand in order to overcome an opponent with skill rather than brute force.
The basic solo training in Ba Gua Zhang is designed to teach the practitioner how to control his or her momentum and timing in order to generate power with the entire body mass as a coherent unit. This type of power is referred to as whole body power (Zheng Ti Jing). Whole body power enables the practitioner to issue force from any part of the body with the support of all other parts. Each part of the body coordinates with every other, generating the maximum amount of power available relative to the individual's size and weight. Whole body power is applied in all categories of Ba Gua Zhang techniques, striking, kicking, grappling and throwing.
It is the fighting strategy of Ba Gua Zhang which most sets it apart from all other styles of martial art. Ba Gua Zhang fighting theory advocates the complete avoidance of opposing power with power and adopts a kind of guerilla warfare mentality. The Ba Gua Zhang fighter continuously seeks to avoid the apex of the opponent's force and attacks or counterattacks from the opponent's weak angles. By circling around and circumventing incoming force and resistance. In order to obtain a superior position, the Ba Gua Zhang fighter applies the basic strategies trained in the solo forms' practice, that is, circling around the opponent or rotating the opponent around oneself.
More on Ba Gua Zhang: http://shenwu.com/bagua.htm About Tim Cartmell
Tim Cartmell is one of the most sought after martial arts instructors in North America. He has over 30 years experience in martial arts such as San Soo, Xing Yi, Bagua, Taiji, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After spending over 10 years in Asia studying various martial arts and fighting full contact matches, Tim returned to the US to teach as well as study ground fighting under Cleber Luciano. Eight years later he become Cleber's first black belt, and has won numerous grappling tournaments including winning the Copa seven times, as well as taking silver in the 2005 Mundials (World Championships) in Brazil, and has twice won the gold at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Games. Tim is also a very accomplished translator and author with his latest translation “Chin Na Fa” on bookshelves now; he has also translated “Practical Chin Na” by Zhao Da Yuan & “Method of Chinese Wrestling” by Tong Zhong Yi. Tim has also authored well respected books such as “Effortless Combat Throws," “Passing the Guard” w/ Ed Beneville, and “Xing Yi Nei Gong” w/Dan Miller. His latest projects include a series of DVD’s on Stand up Grappling and Ground Proofing. Tim teaches fulltime in Huntington Beach CA. where he has combined the stand-up fighting of Xing Yi, Bagua, and Taiji with the ground work of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to create his Shen Wu curriculum. For more details on Tim’s background go to http://www.shenwu.com/background.htm
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