Eric has practiced Liang style Ba Gua Zhang for fourteen years under Tom
Bisio. He assisted Bisio in teaching for several years and am certified by him to teach foundational Liang style Ba Gua Zhang.
Eric's engagement with Ba Gua Zhang began as a result of learning a series of Qi Gong techniques in order to recover from a serious illness.
It became quickly apparent to him that practicing Ba Gua Zhang as a martial art augmented and greatly enhanced the health benefits and efficacy of the Qi Gong exercises.
Today, Eric uses Ba Gua Zhang techniques to open wine bottles, pull down shades, screw in lightbulbs, as well as avoid cars or bikes unexpectedly rounding corners, or folks barreling heedlessly out of subway cars as they text.
Though Ba Gua Zhang is a powerful self-defense form, one of its benefits is its movement principles begin to permeate one’s everyday life. BGZ’s emphasis on the continuous change of one’s “moving root,” has made negotiating the unpredictable streets of New York as a pedestrian and bicyclist a vastly more pleasurable (and safer) experience than he could have imagined thirteen years ago.