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Author: Robert W. Smith
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Title: Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness & Self-Defense
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Publisher: North Atlantic Books; New Ed edition (2003)
Pages: 160

Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness & Self-Defense by Robert W. Smith



Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense was the first book on "palm boxing" to be released in English. Over the years it gained many readers and helped to introduce this art to the western world. For many, it would be their first notion of Chinese internal boxing (nei-chia). Taiji and Hsing-i combine with Pa-Kua to make up the internal or soft boxing system as distinguished from the hard boxing usually subsumed under the name Shaolin. I had studied all three under top-drawer teachers in Taiwan (including Paul Kuo, Wang Shu-chin, and Hung I-hsiang). But the Forms themselves give rigor and system to Pa-kua and are easier to remember than the many attack and defense fragments seen in the Exercises. Do the Forms on both sides for all-around balance. 1. To OPEN (K'AI) (Figs.

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Title: Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness & Self-Defense. Author: Smith, Robert W. Published: 2003. An ARKIV scan, May 2004. North Atlantic Books. Berkeley, California.

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It also covers the basic eighteen exercises of Pa-Kua, as well as the main principles of this Chinese boxing art. 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. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths-Cafe Press).

Originally published in 1967, Pa-Kua was the West’s first look into the esoteric Chinese martial arts. It has been a valued and sought after text ever since. It was put out of print in the 1970s, but since that time interest in the martial arts have continued to skyrocket. Pa-Kua gives an introduction to the little known mystical martial art from China, Pa Kua Chang (also known as Ba Gua Zhang), translated as "Eight Trigram Boxing"

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Originally published in 1967, Pa-Kua was the West’s first look into the esoteric Chinese martial arts. It has been a valued and sought after text ever since. It was put out of print in the 1970s, but since that time interest in the martial arts have continued to skyrocket. Pa-Kua gives an introduction to the little known mystical martial art from China, Pa Kua Chang (also known as Ba Gua Zhang), translated as "Eight Trigram Boxing". Smith describes its history, profiles its great practitioners and gives a series of unique exercises, illustrating the solo practice and their fighting applications.
Reviews: 7
Arilak
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.
Lli
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.
Alsanadar
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.
Cerar
Though I was primarily involved in the Japanese martial arts, I did study Tai-Chi and a little Kung-Fu. I found this book interesting when I purchased it in 1970. This provides a basic history, philosophy and origin of this Kung-Fu system. It also covers the basic eighteen exercises of Pa-Kua, as well as the main principles of this Chinese boxing art. 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.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths-Cafe Press).
Early Waffle
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.
Vispel
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.
spacebreeze
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
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.