The Martial Arts Path
I am now entering my fourth decade of study of the Oriental martial arts and as I write am
on the eve of flying to Beijing to meet my Baguazhang Master, Gao Jiwu. I first met Master
Gao in 1984 and after learning the first line of Bagua’s 64 palms with his father the late
Master Gao Ziying, I was entrusted to the care of Master Gao Jiwu. From him I learnt not
only the rest of the 64 palms but also Dinshi Ba Zhang, Youshen Baguazhang, Lianhuan
Baguazhang, Baxing Baguazhang and Xingyiquan.
Master Gao was my first authentic Chinese master. But then I lost contact with him and for
the last seventeen years I have been the worst of students; one who makes no contact and
shows no gratitude to his teacher. Finally in the last few months I obtained master Gao’s
phone number and contact was re-established……………………..
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