Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Bagua Serving Tea Exercises

December 5, 2010 2 comments

The serving tea exercises of Bagua are for developing integrated body movement, and power. They are based on a story involving Dong Hai Chuan the founder of Bagua. The story is about how he became the teacher for the palace guards.

As the story goes the Emperor entertained his guests to a great feast. The palatial grounds were crowded with people at that time, and entering and exiting was impossible for the servants. Dong Hai-Chuan , was able to maneuver in and out of the palace grounds by leaping on and off the courtyard walls while balancing trays in each hand. The Emperor was very impressed by Dong’s agility and questioned him. Dong revealed himself to be a Master of Baguazhang, and gave a demonstration of his skill. His performance was so unique that the Emperor made Dong the martial arts teacher of the palace guards.

So the exercises are done as if you have a tea cup in your hand that you must keep upright without spilling a drop, or dropping the cup. As I previously stated using these exercises you develop integrated body movement and power. This is a goal of all the internal martial arts. Though the terms used to describe what you are doing vary. For example taiji practitioners talk about reeling silk. This is the same thing with winding, and unwinding, coiling and uncoiling, and all the joints working in unison.

Mike Murphy


Bagua Two Man Form

September 20, 2010 1 comment

Bagua like all internal arts relies heavily on sensitivity. There are variations on Rou Shou to help develop sensitivity, and fighting applications. They all start out with a set pattern. Once you’ve mastered the pattern you move onto free style movement where either opponent can attack at will. Here is an example of a two man form being done free stye:

Mike Murphy

Bagua Single Palm Change

Here is an example of walking the circle in upper basin slowly. I’m doing the single palm change to change directions. Read my earlier blogs on bagua for clarification on walking the circle.


Mike Murphy

Chen Practical Method Yilu 5-22-10

I think that using a video camera is one of the best teachers you can have. It doesn’t lie, or sugar coat anything. It is a great reality check. This form as all my forms are a work in progress.


Mike Murphy

Hsing-I 5 Elements and Linking Chain

Here is each of the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, earth) done individually. Followed with the five element form, and then the linking chain form.


Mike Murphy

Tien Gunn Applications

Here are a few applications out of tien gunn.


Mike Murphy

Tien Gunn

Here are some of the 25 tien gunn exercises. Tien gunn is used for developing fundamentals for Hsing-I and Bagua. I develops body integration, and root. It can also be done as a chi kung if you slow it down.


Mike Murphy