Large Saber Form

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The Large Saber Foundation Practices DVD contains drills gradually increasing in difficulty to build skill in the wielder without causing injury. The advanced drills are moves taken from the Bagua Rolling Hand Saber Form. The video series ends with teaching and demonstrating turning with the Large Saber according to the animals.

The Bagua Large Saber is the strength training tool of Bagua Practitioners. The traditional Bagua saber was smaller and designed for large scale melee and fighting mounted enemies. The larger, heavier design which ATS manufactured was designed by He Jinbao as an oversized training weapon to build core strength, arm endurance, and harmony of movement at speed. Its non sharpened blade, however allows poor habits and unrealistic moves that are not possible with sharpened weapons; and the lesser quality steel meant the tip bent easily.

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He Jinbao
He Jinbao

Born in 1955, He Jinbao began studying martial arts in his early teens in Beijing. Showing great aptitude, his teacher felt Jinbao needed train with Beijing’s best and introduced him to Xie Peiqi. Along with several other young students, He Jinbao trained hard and continued to distinguish himself as a talented practitioner. One day training in the park, Jinbao met Dr. Xie’s most famous student, the late Liu Fang. Dr. Xie encouraged He Jinbao to train with Liu Fang full time, and the two became very close until his passing in 1984. With Liu’s passing, He Jinbao returned to training with Dr. Xie before spending several years outside of Beijing for work. Upon his return, Dr. Xie asked him to help train Andrew Nugent-Head and work with the Association for Traditional Studies to systematically document Yin Style Bagua’s martial arts. Between 1996 and 2003, He Jinbao was the principal teacher and documenter for the martial side of ATS’ efforts to record the full art of Yin Style Bagua—medicine, internal cultivation and martial arts. With Dr. Xie’s passing in 2003, He Jinbao went on his own to continue documenting Yin Style Bagua as he feels it should be practiced and has created an incredible legacy. He is truly one of China’s greatest practitioners in modern times. His early material is featured here by ATS, later material can be found on his personal website: www.yinstylebaguazhang.com

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