Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang

South District Beijing's Strongly Rooted Style: Foundation Practices, Volume Two

By Zhang Jie; Randy Chung; Richard Shapiro
(Blue Snake Books, Paperback, 9781583944653, 229pp.)

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

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In volume 2 of Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Professor Zhang Jie documents the style of Bagua Zhang developed by Liu Bin, one of Cheng Ting Hua's top students. Professor Zhang became a disciple in this tradition in 1979, apprenticing under the well-known expert Liu Xing Han in Beijing. He was carefully trained for many years, practicing Bagua's circle-walking techniques under the trees of Temple of Heaven park—the same place where Dong Hai Quan, Cheng Ting Hua, and many other masters used to train.
A two-volume series, Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang gives equal attention to Bagua Zhang's history, its practice, and the culture from which it arose; Professor Zhang presents Bagua Zhang as a guide for everyday living, stressing the Chinese concept of balance in all things. While volume one instructed students in the fundamentals of Bagua practice (stances and footwork, the circle walk, and the single palm change), volume two teaches variations on the single palm change; the eight mother palms; the twenty-four movements of five elements, three levels form; and the twenty-four movements of eight palms, eight fists, and eight elbows form. Professor Zhang also introduces readers to weapons training with the continous sword form and the coiling dragon long staff form. Step-by-step photos and descriptions document the forms, while never-before-published historical photographs and first-hand accounts of the development of the art provide a rich background for the practical instruction. Volume two also goes further into the history of Liu Bin's lineage, including profiles of many notable Bagua masters. The author's personal contact with many of these masters, including ones that risked their lives to carry on the tradition through the Cultural Revolution, allows him to record their stories in vivid detail.

About the Author
Li Xiao is Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of Economics, and Researcher of the Research Center on China Public Sector Economy at Jilin University. He is also the Vice Chairman of the China Society of World Economics, and Chairman of Sino-US Economy Society. His main research focus is the international and East Asian economic development. Kamikawa Takao is Professor in International Economics of the Faculty of Economics at the Yokohama National University. His research covers international finance, monetary history, and comparative monetary policies. Zhang Jie is a Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Finance, and the Head of the International Currency Research Institute at Renmin University of China. His research areas include financial systems and China s financial system and development. Ding Yibing is Professor of the School of Economics, and Researcher of the China Public Sector Economy Research Center at the Jilin University. He is also a Committee Member of the China Society of World Economics. He is the author of Choices of Exchange Rate Regime in the Economic Development, the Asianization of the Renminbi, etc.

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