The venerable martial art of Pa Qua Chuan is often studied in conjunction with another martial arts style as an internal supplemental system. Though its practice can be extremely demanding, it is overall more mystical than many martial arts.
Those who come to Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple in Mexico for martial arts retreats and seminars have several different studies to choose from, as outlined below.
Build your customized Pa Qua Chuan martial arts retreat in Mexico from these study packages:
1. Pa Qua form This form represents the foundation of Pa Qua. The beautiful, flowing kata is a collection of all the formalized movements used in this unique internal martial arts style. The hand form is based on a system called the eight directions of movement, which is an integral part of its understanding.
2. Pa Qua form applications Pa Qua practitioners will have the opportunity to study the specific applications of the Pa Qua form's movements to attacks and defense in their martial arts.
2. Pa Qua Spear kata The Pa Qua spear is typically created from wood such as rattan, which is quite flexible. The Pa Qua spear kata is a thing of memorable beauty and irrefutable, sweeping power. Learning the form will take a moderately experienced martial artist three to five days, perfecting it, much longer.
3. Pa Qua Bowls This is a set of exercises carried out with special bowls in the hands. They teach the practitioner the proper position of the hands and arms by holding bowls upright while various movements from the Pa Qua hand form are performed. The use of the Pa Qua Bowls can be picked up in less than a day, but should become a lifelong practice for any Pa Qua martial artist.
4. Pa Qua Do The Do is an extremely long, broad sword used exclusively in the Pa Qua style. The Do kata is physically demanding in terms of endurance, rather than athletics. Simply to wield a sword of this size takes discipline and training, as well as an understanding of the use of weapons as an extension of body and intent. Advanced Pa Qua students only will be taught the Pa Qua Do kata, and will also learn the self defense and attack applications for each move. They will also study the Do's principles as they relate to the Pa Qua hand form. To learn the Pa Qua Do kata will occupy about a five day seminar, on the average.
5. Pa Qua Deerhorn Knives These unique piercing and slicing weapons are part of the traditional study of Pa Qua for the dedicated martial artist. The practice form integrates the optimal use of the knives with the "eight directions of movement" principle that is the foundation of the system. A three day intensive seminar will usually be enough time for a martial artist to learn how to correctly use the Pa Qua Deerhorn Knives.
6. Iron Palm training This is the most advanced section of Do No Kai's Pa Qua training and it will only be taught to the advanced practitioner who also displays excellent martial integrity. Since it is one of the secret practices of all internal martial arts, we will not describe it here. It can be learned in one day, but should become a long term energy building ritual for any martial artist who practices the art of Pa Qua Chuan.
7. Pa Qua Circle Understanding and mastering the art of movement on the Pa Qua Circle is an essential part of this internal art. The martial arts student will be given a set of movements to practice while "walking the circle." The result will be improved focus, balance, low body strength, and centering.
8. I Ching You will learn about the profound correlation between Pa Qua and the I Ching. Traditionally, the study of this ancient Chinese book has played an important role in the practice of walking the Pa Qua circle.
9. Esoteric martial arts practices Other meditative and esoteric practices, including the Pa Qua Circle, will be taught to serious Pa Qua students with sufficient experience who show the correct motivation.
10. Chi Kung You have the option of studying and practicing a set of Chi Kung exercises taught by Shihan Riddle. These ancient stretching exercises are combined with certain breathing practices to open the energy channels of the body, soothe emotional stressors, and rejuvenate the mind. They can be used to enhance any style of martial arts or exercise program, including Tai Chi and Yoga.