In Baguazhang it’s common to see folks walk a circle that’s been drawn on the floor.
This is a mistake.
Don’t get me wrong, it can be a great teaching aid to help students visualize a circle and if you can’t walk around a drawn circle you need to spend a few hours building that skill.
…then it’s time to graduate from that practice or your skill will stagnate in several important areas.
There are 3 basic reasons training on a fixed circle is a problem:
1. Circle size is relative to your body.
When working with a group it’s very common for folks to share circles and work from the circle size of whoever is leading. This means for everyone with slightly shorter or longer legs the circle is not correct. (unless you fully understand points 2 & 3)
2. A circle drawn on the floor can’t move.
For a day 1 beginner it is useful to walk a fixed circle for a short period of time.
However, if you want to make your Bagua functional the circle needs to come with you wherever you go.
3. The Circle must change size.
In addition to following you around, the Bagua circle also must change size to according to your needs at any given moment.
There are 3 basic circle sizes you should acquaint yourself with right away and a couple others that are quite useful.
Tomorrow, we’ll get into exactly what those sizes are and how to measure them.
In the Bagua Intensive course Sigung Clear goes in depth into how these different circle sizes are used against multiple attackers.
Enrollment in the Bagua Intensive Closes next week.
You can also get start with our free course The Fighting Fundamentals of Baguazhang