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Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong Movements - Part 7 - Bore and Turn Posture

By Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang, Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang, and Master Wen-Ching Wu



Bagua Zhuan Xuan Gong


Bore and Turn Posture

Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Bore and Turn Posture
Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Bore and Turn Posture

Verbal Secrets: Arcing and swinging walking in the mud along the edge of a circle.
Arcing and swaying steppings (Kou Bai Bu) are two of the most basic walking methods in Baguazhang. In order to walk firmly and smoothly along the edge of a circle, in addition to using the arcing and swaying steppings, you must also image that you are walking on muddy ground. Refer to Figure 3-36 for the stepping pattern.

Movements:

From Figure 3-35, inhale; then step forward with your left foot and rotate your palms to your id u in the Rotate Palm Posture; exhale (Figures 3-37 and 3-38).

With your palms fixed in place, turn your left foot out slightly and step in an arc with your right foot, foot turned in, (Figure 3-39). Step with your right foot in an arc, foot turned in (Figure 3-40). Next bring your right foot next to your left, foot turned in. Both feet are pigeon toed (Figure 3-41).

Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Twist Turning Posture
Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Twist Turning Posture

Right Overhand Boring:
Turn your body until your arms are in front of your chest and begin to lowering your left palm (Figure 3-42). Lower your left palm and execute a an overhand Chuan with your right palm. At the same time step forward with your left foot (Figure 3-43). Step in an arc with your right foot while extending and rotating your palms to your right (Figure 3-44). With your arms fixed in place, walk in a circular path for 5 more steps. On the fifth step bring your feet next to each other, both feet turned in (Figures 3-45 to 3-49).

Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Twist Turning Posture
Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Twist Turning Posture

Left Overhand Boring:
Turn your body until your arms are in front of your chest, and begin to lower your right palm (Figure 3-50). Continue to lower your right palm and execute an overhand Chuan with your left palm. At the same time step forward with your right foot (Figure 3-51). Step in an arc with your left foot while extending and rotating your palms to your left (Figure 3-52). With your arms fixed in place walk two steps in an arc (Figures 3-53 and 3-54).

Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Twist Turning Posture
Bagua Turning-Spinning Qigong - Twist Turning Posture

At this point, you should be almost back to the starting location as in Figure 3-38. Next walk three steps in an arc as in Figures 3-39, 3-40, and 3-41. This will bring you to a ready position to do another right overhand Chuan. Repeat the right and the left overhand boring 7 more times.

To end this posture, after completing your last left overhand boring, follow the movements described in the next posture.

Key Notes:

When boring and turning, the movements must be smooth and continuous, without any pauses. Once the movements are smooth, you may wish to add a few more "sliding" steps.