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by Robert W. Smith

Download Pa-kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense ePub
  • ISBN 087011462X
  • ISBN13 978-0870114625
  • Language English
  • Author Robert W. Smith
  • Publisher Kodansha International; 1st PAPERBACK edition (December 1990)
  • Formats azw lit lit txt
  • Category No category
  • Size ePub 1135 kb
  • Size Fb2 1130 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 374

Book by Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith is one of America's great pioneers in the Asian martial arts and has written numerous books and articles on theses ancient fighting traditions

Robert W. Smith is one of America's great pioneers in the Asian martial arts and has written numerous books and articles on theses ancient fighting traditions. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense was the first book on "palm boxing" to be released in English. Chinese books on Pa-kua boxing lay great stress on philosoph- ical aspects which most Westerners would stamp as mysticism

Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense was the first book on "palm boxing" to be released in English. For many, it would be their first notion of Chinese internal boxing (nei-chia). Taiji and Hsing-i combine Others helped. Chinese books on Pa-kua boxing lay great stress on philosoph- ical aspects which most Westerners would stamp as mysticism. My eschewing of most of these does not mean I disbelieve them.

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I found this book interesting when I purchased it in 1970. It also covers the basic eighteen exercises of Pa-Kua, as well as the main principles of this Chinese boxing art. This provides a basic history, philosophy and origin of this Kung-Fu system. The photographs are clear but I do not believe you can really learn this art by just reading this book. If you are studing this King-Fu system this book can help to clarify the movements your instructor has taught you. In conclusion, this book is of value for those who are studying with a Pa-Kua teacher.

Pa-Kua : Eight-Trigram Boxing. It is one of the three nei-chia or "internal" systems of martial arts, the other two being Hsing-I Chuan and the more familiar T'ai-Chi Chuan. Mr. Smith, now retired, was a CIA analyst specializing in the Chinese economy and is also a leading scholar of Asian fighting arts.

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Talk about Pa-kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense


Kaim
As a relatively new student of Pa-Kua, I found Mr. Smith's book to be a good introductory text to this wonderful and complex internal style. While he does offer a very good history of Pa-Kua, my only criticism would be that he has a bit too many pictures and not quite enough explanatory text for a book of this size. I would like to know more about the purpose of each movement and less images, since I don't think one can actually learn a martial art via a book alone,but I do think that one can glean valuable insights form the author's experience, and that knowledge, combined with a good teacher, can help one learn this fascinating art more efficiently.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
This work was pretty good, and is really valuable for someone who wants to know this form. However, the book is vague, with almost no photographs until the form. There are no applications, which I wanted so bad. The book is also very short. Overall, It's pretty good. However, it doesn't compare to his first work on Hsing-I quan.
kewdiepie
This book came out during a time when martial art books in English were generally short on information. After myself spending a bunch of time learning both Baguazhang and Xingyiquan, I must say that Mr. Smith did a fine job. He learned much from an almost overwhelming number of teachers. Here, he concentrates on what we now know as Gao Yi Sheng's linear forms, and the Sun Lu Tang circling forms demonstrated ably by the late Paul Guo. While some newer books have advantages in that they present more material, or spend more time on translated segments featuring key concepts of the style, nonetheless this book still has wonderful pictures which give a very good feel for the body actions in this wonderful art. The opinions given by Mr. Smith are often presented quite bluntly, which can be difficult to take for a relatively inexperienced reader unable to see what is behind them. Some of Mr. Smith's opinions have changed a little since the book was written, but nonetheless, the presentation stands the test of time, still giving the key ingredient: authentic flavor.
GODMAX
I've read this book several times, trying to figure out exactly what in it appeals so readily to certain martial artists. In the end, the only thing I can think of is that the demonstration of the form is rather decent.
Other than that, there are no applications shown, no good philosophy work shown, no integration of qigong shown, etc.
Perhaps Mr. Smith is a good practioner of Baguazhang. However, his book has no real depth behind it.
Still, it's better than nothing.
Better reading can be found in *Emei Baguazhang*, that massive tome by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and Mr. Liang, Shou-Yu.
The best Baguazhang books written in English are by Sifu Park Bok Nam and Dan Miller: "The Fundamentals of Pa Kua Zhang." There are two volumes. The first is a must-read, regardless of your Baguazhang background. If you can comprehend the content of the first volume, then second becomes a necessary addition to your library.
Trash
No-one has done as much to bring the Chinese internal arts into the awareness of Western martial artists as R.W. Smith.It is reassuring to see that his student, Allan Pittman apparently intends to continue this process.There is nothing superfluous in this book. Aside from basic guidelines of practice, the main focus is on one complete Pa Kua form.This form is demonstrated by Mr. Pittman and the photographs are of such clarity that anyone with a background in one or other movement or martial art should be able to learn from them.As any martial artist worth his salt knows, the basics are everything and the basic practice of Pa Kua is the circle walking, single palm change and the form. This book does an excellent job of illustrating these basics. The rest is up to the reader.
Gianni_Giant
A bit of a disappointment from Mr. Smith's original book on Pakua, where he went into detail of the application of several moves before putting them together into a longer form. But then, that is how I was taught Pakua and other kung fu for years: learn the form and figure it out for yourself. If you are a "quick fix, bust head now" kind of trainee, this book might not be for you.

If you are the more patient sort, with some Chinese martial arts background, you might be able to appreciate the balance and concentration involved in the Pakua form. It really is meditation in motion. Well photographed. A good supplement to actual instruction.

Doug Setter, Bsc.
author of Stomach Flattening and One Less Victim: A Prevention Guide
Blueshaper
Robert Smith, in 94 pages, introduces us to philosophy, lineage, concepts and the internal power of bagua masters. There are no martial applications described in the book but there is an excellent presentation of a standard intermediate bagua form set. This type of set is usually done after learning to walk the circle with the eight mother palms. This book recommends walking the circle using the basic dragon palms.
This book is an easy, economical way to begin an exploration of Pagua without being ovewhelmed. It should be in everyone's Pakua library.
Smith and Pittman have done a wonderful job in condensing vast knowledge in a short,concise and easy to refer book.Diligent practise of the presented forms answers many questions and insights which continue from where the text has left off,a natural way to learn and comprehend any Neijia system(from an eastern teaching point of veiw).It will not be helpful however to someone who is used to being "spoon-fed".Practise correctly and diligently and the system will reveal itself to you.