Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yin-Style Bagua With Mike Martello

One more video of Mike Martello at his last Seattle seminar, this one is of the Yin-style Bagua portion which I attended. Notice how Mike explains concepts of movement with individual drills. Next, he introduces and combines those drills in a linear short form - Xaio Kai Men (Small Opening Gate). And lastly, he demonstrates how the movements in the form translate into self-defense applications in the partner circle-walking drill.
Although Xaio Kai Men is a linear form, it's easy to put it into walking the circle and use it like any of the other Bagua palm changes.

These and other seminars have been generously hosted by Jake Burroughs of Seattle's "Three Harmonies Chinese Martial Arts Center", website available at THIS LINK.
Jake will also be hosting a seminar with Tim Cartmell Feb. 7-8, with sessions on grappling and Bagua applications. For more information, contact Jake Burroughs at the website linked above.


Littlefair said...

Well I'm not sure you'll appreciate this comment but I'm going out on a limb anyway... It looks beautiful!

I've always been impressed with the inherent beauty of some martial arts forms.

The reason for the disclaimer at the start is because I know lots of martial artists deny any aesthetic quality related to forms as they feel this denigrates the effectiveness (or at least takes the emphasis away from the fighting effectiveness).

The neat thing about this video is that it also shows the combat applications in great detail.

Nice vid!

Dojo Rat said...

I definately agree, it is a beautiful form.
This helps answer the question "What makes a martial art "ART"? (As opposed to cage fighting and the like).
It looks beautiful, makes you feel good when you practice it, gives you something you can always improve on, and has self-defense applications.
Thanks for the comment, I'm in complete agreement.

Daniel Prager said...

Beautiful indeed. Not only in form and fluidity, but in the built-in opportunities for exploration and discovery: Witness the last segment -- from about 14 minute mark -- where Mike and Jake walked the circle and Mike and then Jake looked for ways to twist and turn out of a variety of holds.