In the beginner's group, of which I am a member, we worked on the First Palm Change (Crouching Tiger) and the Double Palm Change (Snake Crawls Through the Hole, 360 Turn).
Keep moving at all times
Turn the hands to the middle at the very end
Keep the weight in the back leg more
Walk like your sneaking up on someone
Attention to keeping feet closer
Flowing, turning, collapsing, coiling/uncoiling, evading, folding, untwisting
Index finger of forward hand points directly up to the sky
Push up from below with open hand using the legs and waist, not just the arms
Practice with arms rounded in front to work on fluidity with leg movements
Be sure to turn with the waist
Practice movements in linear as well as circular manner
Walk a smaller circle of about 6" in diameter, one full step from center of circle
Ba Gua Staff
I watched the Chen Pan-Ling Baguazhang staff form performed by his son Chen Yun-Ching. Shifu Howard told me that he studied this form.
Bagua Swimming Dragon Staff Form. Created by Chen Pan-Ling. Demonstration DVD by his son, Chen Yun-Ching. No. 1: Dragon Lifts His Head. No. 2: Dragon Emerges from the Sea. No. 3: Dragon Turns Its Body. No. 4: Dragon Looking Behind. No. 5: Dragon Shakes Its Tail. No. 6: Dragon Playing Roughly. No. 7: Dragon Rolls Over. No. 8: Dragon Displays Its Invincible Prowess. This a long staff set of 6:32 seconds. The staff is an eyebrow staff length.
Bagua Nine Posts Training
Professor Hermann Bohn, from the National Kaohsiung First University for Science and Technology, Taiwan, was kind enough to send me the following information about bagua training using a group of nine posts set into the ground.
Baguazhang Training Notes of Mike Garofalo
Baguazhang: Bibliography, Resources, Notes, Guides