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We hope that you will find this site to be interesting and informative,
and will use it as a starting point
for learning more about the Ba Gua Zhang of Lu Shui-Tian.
= THIS EDITION =
Featured in this edition of the FYI Page:
|Why are you studying
the martial arts? What is your
purpose? To learn forms? To learn
fighting? To improve your health? I will
not be addressing “sport martial arts” or
“performance martial arts” here. The goals of
those activities are fame and / or fortune, which
are ego-based pursuits, and contrary to the
philosophy, purpose, and principles of traditional
martial arts practice, such as Qiang Shan
|Traditional martial arts does have forms. And, traditional martial arts does have fighting. But, martial arts studied properly, the traditional way, offers so much more than that.|
|You can learn forms anywhere. A form is a choreography, a formalized sequence of movements. There are literally thousands and thousands of forms. There may even be hundreds of forms, in each martial art style. Anyone can create a form. How many forms is enough for one to know? Martial arts, at least tradition martial arts, is not simply about learning form, after form, after form.|
|Shifu Bok-Nam Park teaches the
Traditional Baguazhang Method known as Qiang Shan
Baguazhang - the full traditional
methodology that was passed down to him, as the
formal inheritor of his teacher, Shifu Lu
|Anyone can copy every form that Lu Shui-Tian taught, and that Shifu Park teaches. There are people out there teaching these forms. But, when you copy or learn forms this way, you obtain only the basic outline or framework of those forms. That is all you get, and that is all you have. You must understand that there is very little true value in just knowing a form.|
|Shifu Park says,
“When you are always chasing ‘the new, the new,
the new’, the old forms you know, you just simply
‘forget, forget, forget’.” This is
nothing but a waste of your time and your
money. You know many forms; but, know nothing
well or deeply. You are just a collector of
forms. Is this all that you want? Is
this what you are spending your precious time and
money on? Just a collection of forms?
|Shifu Park has
remarked that knowing a few forms that you
“understand deeply” is more valuable than knowing
many forms that you simply “just know”.
Shifu Park has been teaching traditional Bagua for
most of his adult life. He began teaching
Bagua in Korea in 1971, and has spread the Bagua of
Lu Shui-tian throughout the world. And, he has
noted that, throughout his life and his teaching,
the many people he has encountered don’t seem to
think very much about this.
In whatever martial art you practice, or that you are considering, how would you answer the following questions:
|You need to think
seriously about this. If you can’t
answer these kinds of important questions, what kind
of understanding do you really have about your
practice, or any practice you are considering?
What value have you really obtained for your time,
money, and effort? You will not be able to
answer these kinds of questions unless, and until,
you acquire a deep understanding of your body and
|With a deep
understanding of your body and your practice,
which can only be acquired through proper exercise
experience, you will possess the knowledge and
wisdom necessary to adjust your practice to
maximize the benefits and meet your body’s
changing needs throughout your entire lifetime.
On the other hand, if questions such as these are
not of interest to you, then proper traditional
martial arts practice is not for you. But,
this is your choice to make.
|I will not and
cannot give you the answers to these questions
here, except to point out that a
traditional form, and traditional practice, was
not created for show, or sport, or entertainment.
It was created for two important purposes.
First, to develop and improve the health of the
body. And, second, as a live encyclopedia of
self-defense. Proper traditional practice is
not like many current, modern, popular western
exercise practices where you perform a physical
exercise and your mind is somewhere else. You
may be listening to music or audiobooks on your
headphones, or watching videos on videoscreens; but,
your mind is not particularly involved in your
practice or your exercise. In this regard, you
are separating your mind and your body in your
exercise, and fundamentally curtailing the benefits
that you can achieve from that exercise.
|It is beyond the
scope of this brief article to even begin to
answer the questions I am asking you to think
about here. That is a journey of
discovery that you must make under the watchful
guidance and teaching of a qualified, experienced
instructor. For those interested in pursuing
this further, you can contact Shifu Park’s Bagua
Association and certified instructors, which and who
are provided at http://www.pa-kua.com
|Do you want true and
lasting value in your practice, for the time,
money, and effort that you are spending? Or,
are you just satisfied with “knowing” many forms,
and / or “knowing” many fighting
techniques? It depends on what you
want. This is a personal decision you will
have to make. In either case, I wish you well
in your practice.
|당신은 왜 무술을 공부합니까? 당신이 무술을 훈련하는 목적이 무엇입니까?
여러 형들을 배우는 것?
호신술을 배우는 것? 건강 증진? 이 글에서 나는 "스포츠로서의 무술"이나 "무술 퍼포먼스"를 다루지
않을 것입니다. 그러한 활동의 목표는 명예나 재산을 얻는 것인데, 그런 목표들은 자아 도취적인
추구이며 강산팔괘장(强山八卦章)과 같은 전통 무술 훈련의 철학, 목적, 원칙과는 상반되기 때문입니다.
|전통 무술 훈련에는 형 (形) 배우는 것이 포함되어 있습니다. 호신술 연마도 포함되어 있습니다. 하지만, 올바르고 전통적인 방법으로 공부한 무술은 그보다 훨씬 더 많은 것을 제공합니다.|
어디에서나 형을 배울 수 있습니다. 형은 동작들의 순서를 정해놓은 코레오그래피입니다. 그야말로
강산팔괘장이라고 알려진 전통 팔괘장을 오랫동안 가르쳐 오셨습니다.
누구든지 노수전 사부님이 가르치셨던 그리고 박복남 사부님이 가르치시는
형들을 복사하듯이 따라할 수 있습니다.
그렇게 해서 학생들에게 가르치는 이들도 있습
그러나 다른 사람이 하는 형을
복사하는 식으로 배우거나 그런 방식으로 배운 이에게서 가르침을 받을 때, 당신은 그저 그 형의
기초적인 외형(外形)이나 프레임만을 배우게 됩니다. 그것이 당신이 얻는 전부이고, 당신이 소유하게
될 전부입니다. 하지만 단지 형을 아는 것 그 자체에는 진정한 가치가 없다는 것을 반드시 이해해야
박복남 사부님은 "항상 '새것,
새것, 새것'을 쫓는다면,
예전에 알고 있었던 형들은 다 ‘잊고, 잊고, 또
박복남 사부님은 몇 가지 형을 "깊이 이해하고"
있는 것이 많은 형을
"그냥 알고 있는" 것보다 더
현재 훈련하고 있거나 혹은 배우려고 생각하는 무술이 무엇인지 상관없이,