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Standing; Beginning to Move; Single Palm Change (Tan Huan Chang); Double Palm Change (Shuang Huan Chang); Shake Posture (She) ; Lion Posture (Szu); Standing Palm Posture (Li Chang); Dragon Posture (Lung); Hawk Posture (Yao)
No ONE, least of all the author, would have thought that a book written and first issued thirty years ago would be republished in a new century. 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 dis- tinguished 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). What- ever proficiency I gained was because of their skill. I was very lucky.
Now so many years later, I'm pleased to see Pa-Kua emerge again. I hope it helps a new generation to find joy in this old but evergreen art.
Others helped. The Davis Library in Bethesda, Md. provided serene surroundings and librarians whose eyes diplomatically dodged each time the author bounded from his chair to "walk through" a tactic. The author's wife proxied for him in building the patio and painting the house, further diminishing his prestige with his neighbors, but giving him time to write. The greatest debt, however, is owed Kuo Feng-ch'ih, his Pa-kua teacher in Taiwan. Paul (to use his Christian name) Kuo not only taught me the rudi- ments of the art but also posed for many of the photographs and reviewed the manuscript. To all who helped, the author says with H. Belloc:
Now bringing you back...
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