posted on May, 8 2006 @ 03:14 PM
what state are you in? bagua is a difficult art to find an instructor for...and even when surrounded by lots of places that might teach it, one still
needs to be very careful, because a lot of chinese martial arts schools are run by con artists (schools referred to as mcdojos), fueled by the demand
of the public for yang taiji. some will just throw in bagua in there, w/out knowing it fully, just to try to make their school seem more credible.
Before visiting schools, i suggest doing a lot of reading on the subject first, so u have a general idea of what to look for from the instructors, and
the class. and when you have gained some knowledge, only then should u start visiting schools. never commit to one until youve seen all that you can.
which is just wise advise, regardless of what martial art path one follows.
especially w/ the chinese internal martial arts, a great deal of patience is required. it scares a lot of western practitioners away a lot of the
times, because you dont get into the actual action (punching, kicking, forms, etc) right away. internal martial arts tend to focus first on the,
well, internals lol. feeling the energy inside you, noticing how it works within you, and outside y our body, knowing what it feels like in stillness
and movement, etc. in my case it was 3 months of meditation, various forms of qigong, before i even began learning forms...but like i said i was
trained very traditionally...where most schools will probably start with little bits of everything from the beginning.
just 'warning' u about what you plan to undertake. let me know what state youre in, and ill see if i can find anything for u.