Here’s how to begin
You can start today!
There are three courses below and options for personalised/private coaching and guidance.
The courses have a small monthly fee ($15-25). Private consultation/coaching starts from $80. There are also Zoom classes 5x a week (twice a week for beginners)
In all the courses, you can work at your own pace, leave when you want and ask for a return of course fees if you are not satisfied. I welcome and answer questions from course participants to support learning.
A quick intro to the three courses you can join today.
Qigong and breathing magic
Your top priority is vitality through breath – join this course.
At some level every culture has recognised the power of breath to boost health, to aid focus, to heal from trauma, to develop unusual states and abilities.
This short course is meant as an introduction to these practices. If you follow this course, not only will it give you a lifetime of exploration and cultivation, it will serve you as a way into the specific practices of different disciplines, arts and cultures.
In the course you will cover:
- The anatomy and physiology of breath
- Methods to have a fuller more open breath
- Ways to use the breath to change your state – calm, focus, healing and energy
- The use of breath to create connection with others
- The use of breath to improve movement
- A classic Qigong set
There are some dangerous breathing methods out there, which can lead to emotional disturbance and worse. Everything in this course has been chosen for its safety.
You can go through the lessons of this course in about a month, or take your time. If you are new to breathwork, this is a great place to start.
If you have been practicing for a while this course can add clarity and new, powerful perspectives.
If you don’t like it, if you don’t learn something valuable I will refund you.
If you’ve decided you want this use the link below
Bagua circle walking
You want a concise introduction to the elegant power of Chinese internal training – join this course.
Though Bagua has a reputation of being complicated and difficult to understand, at its core Bagua is actually quite simple.
Simple is elegant and simple is effective.
To reach that simplicity, and not get lost in flowery forms requires a shift in perspective, there are certain key ideas that are really helpful to understand.
That’s what the Bagua circle walking course is about. It is a clear walk-through of what you need to develop a fruitful Bagua practice.
Use the course to develop leg strength, agility, physical power WITH sensitivity, and as an anchor to calm, alert focus in daily life.
In the course you will cover:
- The core ideas that physically link movement to yin-yang and Bagua philosophy
- The body method, key movements and how to practice
- Mind state and cultivation methods
- Circle walking and simple forms/changes
The course is designed to take about 8 weeks to work through, though you can take longer. I am available if you have questions about the course. Once completed you will not only have a rich practice that you can dig into for many years.
(this course is not explicitly martial – while the attributes you develop can be applied martially. I want to be clear about this upfront. There is far more martial content in the Gao style course below).
You will also have both a base and a perspective that you can use to learn other martial or movement arts, and to not get lost if you choose to start a more intricate Bagua practice.
Start with the simple, work towards the complex – this is the way to not waste years in a practice.
If you are not satisfied and feel you have not learned anything useful then I will refund you your course fees.
If you want to Start Now use the link below
Gao style Bagua
There is something special about Gao stye Bagua, I’m prejudiced so you don’t need to believe me.
What Gao style provides is a comprehensive martial education, with each component supporting and complementing the others.
What you can find in the Gao style includes:
- Foundation exercises to develop hand methods in conjunction with body methods
- Circle walking with fixed postures and palm changes – for solid fluid power in all axes of movement
- Meditation, qigong and cultivation methods
- 64 straight-line forms that reinforce power and contain tactics/techniques
- Power training methods
- Partner exercises, and sets
Yes, there is a lot to explore here. You can choose to use the system as a frame to organise previous martial experience, or as a way to develop new skills.
Through the course, you can learn
- Striking and throwing techniques
- Body use for solid power
- Evasive and predatory footwork – combine circles and lines
- Key ideas you can apply to any martial art (and in daily life)
- Entry methods to close distance with maximum safety
An advantage of the system is that there is something in it for everybody – with the 64 linear forms, there will be some that suit your body and temperament the best – while others you can adopt to stretch your abilities.
There are years of study to dig into here!
You can supplement this with group Zoom classes, an online community and a network of teachers/practitioners around the world who will (generally) welcome you.
As ever, if you do not like it and find you are not learning anything I will refund you your fees.
You can waste years trying to piece this kind of information together on Youtube and elsewhere, but you don’t have to as I’ve put it all together in one place in a way you can benefit and progress.
If you want to start Gao style today use the link below
Bonus for all courses
There is a growing community building around these courses. It includes long-term martial artists with decades of experience, Chinese medicine practitioners and others taking their first steps into new learning. The support the members offer each other is another reason to join.
I work in person in a peaceful and beautiful corner of Brittany, through Zoom and other teaching platforms.
Typically people come to me
To refine or supplement an existing martial arts/yoga/movement practice
- To refine or supplement an existing martial arts/yoga/movement practice
- For personalised fitness, strength and wellbeing coaching/programs
- For guidance on how to combine Chinese and Western approaches
Send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In the e-mail include your interest/needs, where you are in the world and schedule/availability. I do not work with everyone who applies but I welcome all inquiries.
I don’t use titles, call me Edward!
Zoom classes 5x Week
Times and prices here. People join from Europe, America(s) and Australia. There is likely to be a time you can make it.
Edward is an excellent teacher. He not only has a deep knowledge of the vast Yizong curriculum, but he also has the intelligence, empathy and experience to communicate that knowledge to his students. His knowledge of esoteric Chinese martial systems is allied to a wide-ranging, polymathic understanding of many allied and complementary subjects: from experience in at the cutting edge of modern martial arts (from BJJ, to Steve Morris to Visayan Escrima) to biomechanics and evolutionary theory. Perhaps most importantly, Edward brings a poetic vision to these concerns, syncretising, grounding and embodying them in the eminently practical yet complex sinuous reality of Bagua Zhang.
Working with Edward is always a pleasure, he teaches and shares his knowledge and love of bagua without prejudice—no matter your level, your physical capabilities, your martial arts bona fides. Whatever your level he allows space for growth. I have taken both Yoga and Tai-chi classes in the past, so I came to bagua already with an idea of certain principles, but with Edward I have come to understand my body more deeply, allowing her to lead rather than forcing my mind upon her. I am coming to an understanding of my body and am thrilled by the possibilities! You learn to take control of your own body, your movement into stillness and understanding. And of course, I can’t not mention the philosophy of bagua, which is always forms of his explanations of the movements, in a way that is non-esoteric and clear. Things make sense! One other thing worth mentioning, I am more often than not the only female in class and there is nothing macho about the classes or the teacher.
I’ve been practicing martial arts for more than 15 years and first met Edward Hines at seminars with Luo Dexiu. When partner practice was not available, I decided to join him online. What I enjoy the most in his teaching, is his deep understanding of the art and his very pragmatic way of transmitting it. I don’t find any new-agey, unicorny, magical internal energy but instead a better awareness of my body and movement. I feel I have progressed in finding relaxation, structure and mobility.
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