What you have in this post is a preview of the table of contents of my next book. So far it is about 30 000 words, and I have not finished writing about a lot of areas that I believe need to be included – for example I have not yet categorized any stepping exercises in the contents, or any specific applications, drills and exercises.
If there is something that you think is missing, I may well get around to it, but to be sure write to me, or put a note on this Facebook post. At the rate at which the book is growing I may split it into a number of volumes – that way it’ll get to you faster!
I have learned a lot from working on the last two books. I plan to use line drawings in this one as I did in Moving into Stillness, as these are clearer than photos and work better on e-books, pdfs etc.
Check back every now and then, I will update the page regularly as the index develops. I will also publish little sections of the book on I-Bagua.com .
The source of bullshit
Badass in perspective
A bit of bullshit free Baguazhang history
Personal narrative and learning
Which came first, Bagua, or Baguazhang? (or what came first theory or practice?)
Some continuing thoughts on Baguazhang and culture
Don’t be bozo the Bagua circus clown
Practice in Baguazhang
Have you used this excuse?
The nature of practice
Bagua, principles and martial arts
Do you know your body?
Crude to subtle (fragmented to integrated)
Before the basics – less than zero
Getting to zero
Awareness, body image and intention and control
Relaxation – turn down the noise
Joint preparation and mobility
The relation between mobility and stability
Adding some extra Bagua flavour
The resting squat
The 30/30 squat challenge
Relaxed forward bend into squat
Ido squat routine 2.0
Band active push out in squat
Weighted and supported squat
Knee circles and offline squats
Wrist flexibility and finger resilience
Simple wrist stretches
First knuckle pushups
Rear fist pushups
Back of hand and wrist twisted push ups
Partner wrist work
Hanging and shoulders
Bouncing, shaking, jumping
Ways to progress
Where’s the mystery? it’s just movement … oh there’s the mystery!
Qi cultivation (and oh god not qi again)
Qi misconceptions and reconceptions
Ok tell me about cultivation already!
A simple internal formula
Focus, variety and progress
Standing for an example
Specialism (lack of variety) and mind control
How to dose variety
Imagination and restriction
Not impressed in Shanxi
Emphasize the store, not the release
Non linear effects
Shape and function
Yin Yang for perverts
Ends, means and styles
Focus in learning
Form, results and feedback
Sources of feedback
Some metcon ideas for Bagua – beyond aerobics
If the extremities move from the centre, then the centre is moved by the extremities
The real reasons why you don’t see Bagua in the UFC
Interesting things that might happen…