It gives me great pleasure to announce that Lloyd Keane has today successfully completed the necessary apprenticeship and demonstrated the technical requirements for becoming an instructor of the Baguazhang solo forms and methods that I teach: Stationary & Moving Qigong, Circular Solo Set from the Jiangrongqiao traditiion, Core Linear Fighting Methods, Solo Staff, Bro adsword, Straight Sword, Double Knife & Semi-Circular Knives Forms as well as a variety of two-person training methods for both empty hands and weapons-play. One of the challenges and joys of teaching is passing on one’s skill and experience to a younger generation of practitioner/instructor who can use what is taught to research the art to develop their understanding and make it their own while still staying true to the origins of the art and those who taught them their basics.
I have every faith that Lloyd will continue his study and teaching of this discipline for many years to come. A thanks is owed to Lloyd for his patience with me over the years and for having been a good training partner. A good teacher can only become that way by having students who challenge and stimulate their understanding of whatever martial discipline they choose to teach.
Thanks also to Justin Dickie who trains with Lloyd for having agreed to witness today's testing process. I trust that it will stimulate him to continue his studies now that he has seen almost all “the secrets” in the near-two hours that he spent sitting patiently while Lloyd and I worked.
Michael A. Babin, Baguazhang Instructor,
[Certified in 1994 by Erle Montaigue, R.I.P]
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