Bagua Kung Fu training began for me some forty years ago. I was involved in Kenpo Karate, fascinated by martial arts in general, and I found this martial arts book, and…forty years later I still walk in circles. Circles, of course, are what good bagua is all about.
You walk in circles you turn your arms you spin and pivot and… breath. It really is the easiest martial art I know, yet one of the most divinely complex, and one of the hardest to do right. And, in spite of these contradictions, it has the most glorious and observable benefits of any Martial Art that I train in.
Anyway, back in the 90s I decided to construct a Bagua training hall. I didn’t want a thing of wood and beams, however, I wanted an open air temple where I could enjoy the purity of training that the ancients had enjoyed. So I looked out my back door and up to the peak of a nearby mountain top.
Actually, it wasn’t much of a mountain, more of a hill, but there was a charm to it. Prying eyes wouldn’t be able to see me, and permeating everything was the sweet smell of giant sage plants, and this wilderness training hall would be open only to those who liked to do a little climbing. All in all, it looked like Paradise had found a home on earth.
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