Master Eric Sbarge, Master at the “Peaceful Dragon” in Charlotte, wrote a article about Paqua: Walking the circle. From him we are learning that “Paqua is the next art in the internal trinity. It is sometimes referred to as the "center art" because it forms a link between Tai Chi, the softest internal art, and Hsing-I, the hardest. If Paqua has a single theme, that theme is the circle. Most movements in Paqua stem from the circle, and straight-line movements are few and far between. The student of Paqua must learn to "walk the circle," which refers to walking in a circle using Paqua's unique stepping patterns. This circular form is called Da Mu Hsing or the "great mother form," and is the foundation from which the rest of the art stems. Specific techniques are practiced while walking this circle, and the ability to move around an opponent is cultivated by this stepping. Moving around an opponent is the prime strategy in Paqua.
Paqua also offers a student martial secrets not to be discovered in the other internal arts. Spiraling and twisting energies are among these secrets. Spiraling refers to spinning the body or limbs while moving up or down, and twisting refers to twisting the waist for added power. Twisting the waist is found in the other internal arts and in Shaolin chuan, but it's focused on most intensely in Paqua . Often the stylist's waist is twisted to its extreme, generating a strong, recoiling power not found common to other arts.”
An interesting article regarding Asian medicine reflects the similarities of eastern and western traditions. “East meets West “explains “People belonging to Asian cultures are accustomed to relying on distinct health practices and beliefs that are significantly different from those of native born Americans and other immigrants.” However, from my personal studies, that is not the case when referring to the Native American Nations.“Walking in Step with The Greater Circle” is the title of chapter six in “Walking on the wind” book, written by Michael Garrett. Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Medicine Man once said “ You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round…. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were.” From Mr. Garrett we are discovering that many Native Americans believe that “ as a sacred symbol, the Circle is a reminder that what we often sees as progression or growth is, indeed, circular in nature or, rather, cyclical, representing a spiral motion that can take on a particular direction through choice...It is the circle of life energy who surround us , live within us, and represents relationships of our way of life. Each individual has its own circle with components as body, mind and spirit.
Native American culture considers that all things have spiritual energy and all are important in the Circle of Life. From M.Garrett we learning that” the components of the Circle of Life, depicted as the ordinal compass points in the Circle, include mind, body, spirit, and the natural environment as a way of representing the aspects of Medicine….Traditional Native American views of health and wellness emphasize the necessity of seeking harmony within oneself, with others, and with one’s surroundings.” As a Cherokee tradition friends and families gather in circle, “leaving an opening in the direction on the east, which is where the sun rises, bringing with it clarity and honesty.” Chants and music, rattle and drums are creating a peaceful atmosphere, helping the body to relax, clearing the minds and spirits. When dancing, is always a circle; people using small steps are also spiraling creating their own energy circles.
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