八卦掌的三盤/Baguazhang De San Pan – Baguazhang’s Three Basins
Baguazhang is divided into Upper Basin, Middle Basin, & Lower Basin Type Training Methods, under the general name Three Basins Training Method.
The Upper Basin Training Method is: the Body is upright, the Walking Rising Step Method is next, it’s just like an ordinary person walking, without the downward Sitting Hips.
The Middle Basin Training Method is: both legs bend at the knees & slightly crouch, the upper body & waist focus on falling into both legs from above, the Walking Rising Step Method is next, it resembles Wading in Mud or Wading in Water generally. In Walking the Quick Step is the most appropriate for Upper Basin & Middle Basin Training Methods to use.
The Lower Basin Training Method is: Baguazhang’s most challenging Training Method, its requirements are: the legs must make a supreme effort to bend the heel to the buttocks, the knee must succeed in making it a single triangle, the Whole Body’s focus falls into both legs from above, in Walking the Steps are exceedingly slow & exceedingly proper.
In Three Basins Training Method using the Middle Basin is the most appropriate, nowadays practicing Baguazhang is entirely Training Middle Basin, only by practicing Single Frames at a time, are you able to Train Lower Basin Kung fu.