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Chinese New Year Class Photos

Thanks to everyone who attended the open class! We had a great time, ate some excellent hummus, and got two new black belts! Congratulations to Master Estherly Colton and Master Ragina Billings! Here are some photos.

A Focus on Pa Kua

This month I'm writing about something more practical and less philosophical. What is Pa Kua? When I come to a class, what am I studying? Pa Kua is translated into "Eight Changes." Pa meaning "eIght," and kua meaning "changes." The Chinese character on our logo above is Pa Kua written in Chinese text. The circular symbol is the

Chinese New Year Open Class 2016

Come one come all to our annual open class! This Sunday from 2pm-3pm, just in time for you to make it to your Superbowl party! For those of you who are not football fans, join us in eating some food which will be made there for us all and stay until 4pm to chat and

Chinese New Year Open Class 2016

Come one come all to our annual open class! This Sunday from 2pm-3pm, just in time for you to make it to your Superbowl party! For those of you who are not football fans, join us in eating some food which will be made there for us all and stay until 4pm to chat and

A Focus on Material Things

This is the season when we give and receive so much. We show our affection and love for each other through the things we pass on to each other. Sometimes we make them, and sometimes we buy them, but the important part of the exchange is the affection that they show. In Pa Kua we call these gifts earth things.

A Focus on Ritual

The practice of Pa Kua is made up of many rituals. Some of them we call by name, some we do without thinking about it. The rituals are an important thing to do so we can train our minds to change in response to our actions. I have a ritual that I do, and that I

A Focus on Critique

In my experience as a teacher and student at the Pa Kua school, and in life in general, I've seen that people have a strong desire to be correct. People always want to be right. I cannot count the number of times that someone has asked. "How did I do?" "Where is my arm supposed to go?"

A Focus on Syntony

Pa Kua Knowledge has a great tradition of opposites. Of two opposing forces, which work against one another. Some traditional examples are day and night, hot and cold, movement and stillness, or attack and defend. In Pa Kua we call this Yin-Yang. I'm sure you have heard of Yin-Yang before, and you have seen the symbol all over.

A Focus on Mental Training

In June I talked about the idea of meditation and what it does for each of us. This week I’m going to propose some different exersizes to try, so that you can improve your willpower, focus, and discipline. Learn to like something you don’t like: Many of us have activities that we know we have

A Focus on the Warrior Mentality

Let’s think of the image of a good warrior in battle. One who manages to stay alive, to achieve the objectives laid out for him, and who protects those around him. What are his characteristics? Courage. He knows when the battle starts that many will be there to try to kill him or drive him

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