It is extremely rare to find a teacher who has an in-depth knowledge of this special internal martial arts system; and who can willingly demonstrate its effective combat applications. Doctor Kelly Lake is such a teacher.
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Baguazhang (Eight Trigram Palm) is a Martial Art who's creation is attributed to Dong Hai Chuan who studied many styles of martial arts throughout his life and synthesized his knowledge and experience with the Esoteric Daoist Arts when he learned the Circle Walking Meditations from a Daoist Monk in the mountains of AnHui Province. He went on to become a imperial guard and tax collector.
The art is known for its Elusive Footwork, Internal Mechanics, Coiling Movements, and Powerful Palm Strikes. Baguazhang is a martial art that is both empowering and liberating to practice as well as beautiful to watch. My teacher had once heard from another master that Baguazhang fighters were also sometimes referred to as "Rolling Thunder Boxers".
Nei means Internal or Inside. Gong means application of or skillful use of. Neigong empowers everything. In this Intensive we will be exploring the deeper layers of our body by exercising body, breath, and mind in order to bring about discovery of a type of strength that exist in the body intrinsically and can be cultivated and grown.
Shen means Spirit, Heart/Mind, or can refer to a type of Awareness or Way of Being. Gong, again, means application of or skillful use of. Shengong, Skill of the Spirit, is a type of development that focuses on exploring and applying the non-physical aspects of our being by exercising Attention, Intention, Imagination, and Sensation as a way of orientating yourself with confidence, clarity, intuition, and enhanced perceptual awareness. As you grow in awareness you notice more. When you discover this new terrain then you can begin to navigate it and learn to use it in your martial arts. Shengong enhances "Knowing without Knowing".
Originally I wasn't exactly keen on teaching online. It wasn't until I was getting request from across the world for my Daoist Mysticism course that I decided to open up and give it a try.
Now keep in mind, this class is much more than meditating and studying the ancient texts. This class has a lot of physical elements to it as well.
When I had the opportunity to test many of my Distant Students in person I was beyond pleased!
It would seem that if you teach in such a way that you provide the student with methods of validating whether they did the exercises correctly, then there is a good chance that the student can achieve good results!
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, we at Baguazhang Online are confident that you will succeed in deepening your understanding of Baguazhang and Martial Arts in general.
Whether your goal is to learn a system from the ground up, or to add to your current knowledge, Baguazhang Online is a deep well of intricacies, detailed instructions, and traditional practices that have been collected in one place for your benefit.
With our step-by-step instruction, online community, and suggested training routines, you are bound to feel empowered.
Perhaps your teacher wants you to adhere to their specific curriculum as they have particular results that they embody and are hoping to see manifested within you.
When this is the case I do suggest that you heed the advice of your teacher.
My other answer is that if you practice another art already, these teachings should work to enhance your understanding and increase the proficiency of the martial arts.
The reason this is so is because our training focuses on the development of principles and the development of attributes. Attributes are attributes. They don't have a past or future, they simply just are to the degree that they currently are. And attributes and principles can be applied everywhere.
My teacher had made it his mission to truly master the art of Baguazhang. In his endeavors he had come to study with many different Masters and Practitioners throughout the United States and China.
Having assimilated the teachings of many different schools of Baguazhang, Professor Jerry Alan Johnson had taken all he had learned and systematically laid out the curriculum and training progressions one was to take if they were to Master Baguazhang.
This curriculum prioritizes certain schools of Baguazhang over others (which is less important as that is just the outer appearance of the art) and focuses heavily on the 64 Chapters of Neigong from our Book of "Wooooaaaahhh..." that are to be installed within the various shapes and transitions of the Baguazhang Drills, Forms, and Partner Practices - resulting in a complete overhaul of the body tissues, body mechanics, and perceptual awareness.
What is most important is the discovery and development of the internal mechanics, and the expression and sustaining of such mechanics within movement regardless of inner or outer distractions.
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Professor Jerry Alan Johnson
D.T.C.M., D.M.Q. (China)
"The ancient Chinese internal martial art system of Baguazhang combines the very best fighting applications of the Buddhist Shaolin and Daoist Wudang monastery traditions. Famous for their elusive coiling dragon patterns and powerful crushing palm ability, the Bagua fighters were often known in ancient China as Rolling Thunder Boxers.
Because many instructors nowadays only teach hand-forms, it is extremely rare to find a teacher who has an in-depth knowledge of this special internal martial arts system; and who can willingly demonstrate its effective combat applications. Doctor Kelly Lake is such a teacher. Not only is he competent in its eight animal martial arts training and applications, but he also embodies the ancient Daoist mystical teachings that originally accompanied this unique martial arts system. The fact that he is a doctor of Chinese energetic medicine seals the deal when searching for an authentic teacher who embodies this ancient Daoist practice.
Dr. Kelly has been studying with me in both group and private classes, and under my careful mentorship has effectively mastered Chinese Internal Martial Arts, esoteric Daoist Mysticism, and Chinese Energetic Medicine. Having trained him for over 10 years, it is with great honor that I highly endorse Dr. Kelly as a Sifu (Master Teacher) in these ancient traditions, and applaud his great achievements as an accomplished teacher and true lineage holder."
Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal
JKDAA Founder, Author, Speaker, & High Performance Coach
Sifu/Dr Kelly Ryan Lake is a rare find. He is the last Disciple of Sifu Jerry Alan Johnson and fully embodies the Martial , Medical, and Mystical teachings of the Daoist Internal Martial Arts. His mastery over internal principles and body mechanics is only second to his ability to teach these secret esoteric principles. His openness and willingness to fight test these principles under stress is a refreshing breath of air. We constantly box, wrestle, and spar these principles to embody them under pressure.
The internal martial arts have an endless well of knowledge, you need someone to guide you and to touch hands with you and show you how, why, and when to apply the principles, concepts and strategies, and I can’t recommend any one more than Sifu Lake. We both belong to the same lineage under Sifu Johnson, and I am blessed to have Sifu Lake in my life, as a dear friend and senior Kung Fu brother. We continue to train, and experiment together, and there is no way I would be able to realize my internal martial arts potential without him.
He is the best Bagua man I Have seen, his movements are smooth, crisp, and powerful. Don’t miss an opportunity to train with a real master that embodies the traditional and is open to the modern.
As a healer and a priest, he is my medical Qigong doctor and my Daoist Magic teacher. Being a professional martial artist requires a lot of time, energy, blood and sweat. Dr. Lake is an integral part of my recovery, and has allowed me to sustain my training at the highest levels possible.
Kelly Ryan Lake
Kelly Ryan Lake is 65th generation Daoist Priest of the Tianshi sect of Zhengyi Daoism and a 81st generation priest of the Shangqing (Maoshan) Tradition of Daoism, Doctor of Medical Qigong Therapy (China), Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California, and Sifu of Baguazhang and Yang style Taijiquan under Professor Jerry Alan Johnson.
Kelly Ryan Lake is the founder of the Temple of Original Thunder, a Daoist Academy that offers instruction locally and online to those seeking to learn Internal Martial Arts, Qigong Healing, and Utilization of Daoist Mysticism for Self-Cultivation.
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