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  • Posted by schmuhl on 5/24/2008 11:32am | 8 Replies

    What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    In chapter 5 of the Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang, Park Bok Nam and Dan Miller introduce basic palm exercises like "tou chang" and the "dragon back." The slow sets are easy to practice, and even the fast sets have come in time, but when it comes to actually hitting and feeling the strikes, what should I practice on? I don't know that my sparring partner is willing to take that many hits.

    What do you practice striking on?

  • Posted by Walk the Torque on 5/24/2008 1:19pm

    RE: What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    My advice for what its worth is to practice on heavy bags, pads and padded up partners. If your present partner isn't willing to take a few hits for the greater good, then go find some who will. There are quite a few out there. You don't need to try and make every shot a killer, but it is important to practice your strikes on a moving target.

    I have also had good results walking around and doing combinations on a pole that has a little give in it.

  • Posted by bobbozhang on 5/25/2008 12:07pm

    RE: What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    Has anyone here built a striking/practice dummy for there BGZ practice? I plan on making one soon and haven't decided what qualities I desire for it.

  • Posted by KTS on 11/02/2008 9:10pm

    RE: What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    for some time i have considered making myself a hanging sandbag. i have used the back-padding of my gym quality captains chair/sit-up bar. it weighs a decent 135 lbs and has a good feel as if palm striking someone's chest.

    using a persons shoulder is an OK way for your partner to get a feel for your strike without a chance of being seriously injured.

    it is also good conditioning practice if u combine it with fight drills and use their shoulder to replace their head if u have no equipment.


    i am not the biggest fan of heavybags ulness they are suspended to the ground as well and not just hung from the ceiling.

  • Posted by triumph on 3/24/2009 4:33pm

    RE: What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    For a beginner: hang a heavy bag filled with rags on the bottom, and styrofoam peanuts the rest of the way.

    THe bag will be heavy enough to hit, yet light enough for you to practice your internal striking skills with out getting hurt as a beginner.

    Once you master the skill, move on to a heavy bag that is completely filled with rags.

    Hope that helps!

  • Posted by Taoist on 6/29/2009 9:58pm

    RE: What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    Hey, it was always interesting for me to wonder about hitting bags as a beginner of BaGua. From what I've read it is really important to practice hitting in the air for a long time before moving onto apparatus training. If you start too early you could either hurt yourself and create bad habits that won't make a true internal strike. I'd always recommend asking your sifu if he thinks you're ready or not for that type of training. All of the students in our school practice a few years before moving onto the bag(the bag is always light too).

    -Taoist

  • Posted by bobbozhang on 10/16/2009 6:13pm

    RE: RE: What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    Well I built my practice space. Here is a picture.

    <table style="width:194px;"><tr><td align="center" style="height:194px;background:url(http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/transparent_album_background.gif) no-repeat left"><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/bobbozhang/BaguaPracticeCircle?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_WuLSid8fLcQ/StjvmOhZvcE/AAAAAAAAABc/xDDMczabNfI/s160-c/BaguaPracticeCircle.jpg" width="160" height="160" style="margin:1px 0 0 4px;"></a></td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px"><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/bobbozhang/BaguaPracticeCircle?feat=embedwebsite" style="color:#4D4D4D;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;">Bagua Practice Circle</a></td></tr></table>

    If that doesn't work here's the link

    http://picasaweb.google.com/bobbozhang/BaguaPracticeCircle?feat=directlink

  • Posted by bobbozhang on 10/17/2009 3:26pm

    RE: RE: RE: What are the best ways to practice palm strikes?

    RE the striking post

    It has a 1 foot extruding steel post buried in concrete with the post wrapped in foam and then a 6 foot pipe placed over that giving the some dull feedback when struck. Then the 8 inch pvc pipe is mounted by 4 springs coming from its outside circumference meeting at a steel ring in the center this is done top and bottom. Both rings rest on bearings and locked in with collars allowing the entire pvc pipe to rotate freely. The springs provide sharp feedback when the pvc pipe is struck. Then I covered the entire thing with closed cell foam for comfort of the hands. I like it so far although it doesn't spin as fast as I hoped.

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