Of all the styles associated with Wu Tan and Liu Yun Chiao, Bajiquan is by far the most famous and respected.
When I first saw Baji in Bethesda, 1970, I had no idea what its was. I had never seen a style like this before. Years later when I saw Adam Hsu and his students demonstrate it in San Francisco, I could see exactly what it was about. That is the difference between authentic Baji and others. Baji looks simple and somewhat over-revved but, on second look, the simplicity becomes sophistication and the explosive movements and unusual angles blend into a single art unlike anything else.
Yes, this is a large series and can be seen as something of a financial commitment—though pricing out each DVD you’ll find them well under $30 each, not to mention the fact that you can buy this series in parts as your bank account allows. And, yes, we know that showing you a few minutes of video can’t fully demonstrate such a rich style or such a vest landscape of information and training. But we couldn’t resist placing a sample of each volume here.
So enjoy watching the diversity of a real teacher teaching a real art.
It’s one thing to read and listen to the words of a top notch teacher, it’s another thing to experience the teaching first hand. This formidable project which we have anticipated for over a year, offers not just the second installment of Adam Hsu’s magnificent Bajiquan trilogy, but the fabulous third and final DVD.
There is so much in this series that we’re just going to suggest that you either look at the descriptions on the sale page, or click to the Table of Contents for the topics covered by this in-dpeth series. We sincerely consider this video presentation of Bajiquan to be the best, at present (and, most likely, one of the best that ever will be.) It is an insight not only into the style but surveys the core principles of the entire art.
See for yourself.
We were delighted to see this clip from a recent Liu Yun Chiao memorial held in Taipei.
Sifu Adam Hsu leads the whole room in a simple exercise that GM Liu reported he performed over 200 times a day; he recommended this two-move loop for improving all Kung Fu training.
Note the esteemed teachers of the Wutan Baji Community in the front row, among them Sifu Su Yu Chang, Sifu Tony Yang, and many others.
Not for the first time, Sifu Adam Hsu is doing something remarkable. And, as with many projects that fall into the ‘remarkable’ category, it is also different enough that a few words of explanation are not mis-spent. In fact, he is producing something completely new based on one of the most traditional methods for teaching martial arts.
He will soon release, through Plum, the second and third volumes in his masterful series, Baji Thunder. Volume 1, which contains 7 DVDs, was titled, simply, “Foundations.” The forthcoming Volume 2 is entitled “Development,” and the third, to follow shortly after, is called “Advanced.” Foundations centers on Xiao Baji; Volume Two’s “Development” constellates Da Baji; and the third, “Advanced,” is a 4 DVD set teaching the rare Liu Da Kai, along with Ba Da Shi.
Just issuing a series with this much depth (three DVD sets, comprised of 14 disks) is a remarkable achievement. In them, Hsu Sifu turns the whole form instruction structure on its head. In a sense he is declaring that the forms are only a small part of the system itself. “Of course,” you would say, “a system is much greater than its forms.” But, typically, we still approach our learning by form instruction first, then the other stuff later. Sifu Hsu—in this series, especially—contends this backwards. Continue reading
Here’s another article from the Celebrated Mountain, the official newsletter of the Traditional Wushu Association. It discusses some of those “hidden little” pleasures harvested from years of practicing martial arts.
The CM, though it had a small readership, often published some of the more in-depth articles i the field.
Here is an article from Celebrated Mountain written by Laurie Cahn. Though relatively unknown outside of Asia, Lan Shou is a powerful style resembling Bajiquan. Among its famous practitioners is George Xu.
Celebrated Mountain chronicled the teachings and practice of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts, especially relating to the many schools following the teachings of Adam Hsu. This publication was not widely known, but offered some excellent material which we will be sharing here in coming months.
We are happy to announce a price drop on the monumental first series of Baji Thunder from Sifu Adam Hsu. The price on the 7-DVD set (over 8 hours long) will drop from $210.00 to $195, with the Plum price of $185.
And all orders received before the start of Chinese New Year (February 8) will enjoy an even lower price of $175.
This piece is excerpted from a longer article by Adam Hsu published in Lone Sword Against the Cold, Cold Sky. He begin by “showing Baji’s credentials” in a fascinating congruence of political animosities and defensive similarities… And in writing this he gives some insight into his own teacher, Liu Yun Chiao.
(Click here for Adam Hsu’s newest DVD series: Baji Thunder)
In the area of private security, Baji people also have an outstanding reputation. Practitioners fighting in Cang Zhou, baji’s hometown, recorded the glorious history of their bravery and dedication to this famous style. The person widely recognized, since the beginnings of modern history near the turn of the century to this day, as the strongest of China’s Baji masters was the legendary Li Shu Wen. He trained the military and served as a private bodyguard throughout his entire life. And three of his outstanding students trained the bodyguards for three of the most important political leaders in modern Chinese history: Hou Dian Ge followed Henry Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Qing dynasty, until the fall of Manchuria. Li Yu Hai protected Chairman Mao Ze Dong and other highest ranked government officials of the communist Chinese government. And Liu Yun Chiao, trusted by President Chiang Kai- Shek, trained his bodyguards and those of the next three presidents of the Republic of China, as well as secret service agents from several other countries such as Singapore and Vietnam. Continue reading
Anyone not stamping his feet in anticipation of this 7 DVD set from Sifu Adam Hsu on Baji Thunder, is probably not a Baji practitioner…at least, not yet.
This comprehensive offering is so detailed and thorough, it will remind you of only one experience in your martial career: the indescribable treasure of working with a master teacher, in person. Whether you practice Baji Quan now, or have always wanted to learn, there is now an authentic path to this fierce and elegant Tiger and Bear style.
Baji Quan is becoming popular right now. As often happens with newly popular subjects, people expect to conveniently find it wherever they go, so they can learn it. But there are only a few top-notch teachers who really know and understand Baji, and Adam Hsu is one of them, if not the main one. By all accounts his grandteacher, Li Shu Wen, was the best of this style’s practitioner.
This is an exhaustive presentation of seven DVDs covering everything from famous masters to how to work the Baji multiple posts. More like a whole course in Baji than just some lessons, this big series is probably the equivalent of two or three months school tuition, but at least a year of training. Like the best of all these presentations, Adam Hsu wants you to learn Baji Quan.
Regular price: $245, AdamHsuKungFu site PRICE $210.00, INTRODUCTORY PRICE $195.00
Here is a special interview we flew to Taiwan to capture. Hsu Sifu (teacher Hsu) takes on so many questions from Ted that this should be titled “Adam Hsu: 101.” Check out the first two sections where Adam Hsu discusses the true art of Kung Fu.
Update: All 8 parts NOW available
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