We had our first Meetup yesterday, providing a free introductory session of Jiulong Baguazhang practice. I want to thank those who attended, and our student, Chris, who was a gracious co-host and assistant. I owe a special thank you to Shigong John Painter who provided invaluable advice on presenting Jiulong to our visitors.
We began with a short review of Li family history, our basic principles, and what a Jiulong “palm” is. We practiced quiet sitting, daoyin warm-up exercises and standing. Everyone enjoyed circle walking, especially when I emphasized its playful nature as we crouched like tigers and soared like phoenixes. In demonstrating the martial principle of the wedge, each visitor had a chance to experience how holding a simple posture in a particular stance can easily deflect a strong incoming force.
Our visitors were enthusiastic participants who weren’t shy about asking questions. It was very pleasing to respond to the interest they showed in the poster of the 4 Virtues mounted on the wall of the school’s ancestor place. I like to think we all had a good time. I certainly did. We’re already planning another session. Interested in our next Meetup? Join up here: Toronto Baguazhang MeetUp