The Standing Palms of Baguazhang

Traditional Baguazhang Walking Methods

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Learning the Traditional Stepping Patterns of Baguazhang Practice

Walking in the Wuji Posture limits your focus to two items: proper body alignment and walking on the edge of the circle. When you are comfortable moving around the circle in the Wuji Posture, you can progress to the Mother Palms of baguazhang practice.

For beginners, I recommend walking a large circle in the Wuji Posture for more than 10 minutes a day. After a week of daily practice, make your circle smaller until you can walk a complete circle in eight to ten steps. When you are comfortable walking that size of circle for an extended period, you can progress to more complex postures.

Natural Stepping in Baguazhang Circle Walking Practice

Stand on the edge of your circle in Wuji Posture facing in a counterclockwise direction. Take eight breaths and become mindful of your body alignment. Bend the knees slightly and maintain this bend as you walk. Step forward with the left foot by kicking the left foot out from the knee and landing the foot on its heel. For now, use a normal heel-to-toe gait, I will share two alternate forms of walking in another lesson.

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