Living the Martial Way
Living the Martial Way
A balancing act of discipline, focus, and physical training
British instructor and coach, Edward Hines, has been a martial artist for over 30 years. His passion began in the early nineties while studying Tai-Chi under the Taiwanese Master Luo DeXiu. He is valued for his serene, meditative and calming presence and contagious enthusiasm for martial arts, movement and physical training. He seamlessly transmits his knowledge, passion for learning and desire to coach individuals that come his way.
Edward set up I-Bagua in Paris, a school to develop movement skills and physical training for the mind, which predominantly focuses on Bagua, a Chinese martial art that first appeared in 19th century Beijing. It is an internal style of Kung-Fu that uses a set of circular and spiral movements to develop power and a solid foundation for a wide range of striking, locking and throwing techniques. Through weekend seminars and weekly classes, he also provides instruction in Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong and self-defense. To balance his daily training routine, he also coaches CrossFit at the box, a program that builds strength and conditioning through varied, high-intensity functional movements to improve overall physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness.
Whether he is at home with his family or at the gym training, instructing or coaching, he emphasizes the importance of developing self-awareness and understanding movement. He reminds us "at its best, martial arts link health with mental development, with social interaction, and deep insight with some joyful experience.”
Edward develops his physical strength, coordination and mental focus with ring dips. 
Inside the Crossfit Original Addicts gym before early morning training 
Edward coaches a student during Crossfit training. 
A crossfit student feeling exhausted after completing his one-hour round. 
Edward marks the whiteboard with final training times for each student. 
As a former student to Taiwanese martial artist master Luo DeXiu, Edward and Luo coach students together at the 2014 seminars hosted at the Espace des Sept Arpents in Pantin with. Master Luo DeXiu, 59, has over 30 years of training. He specializes in the internal Chinese styles of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, and Taijiquan. 
Edward demonstrates the softer more graceful side of Bagua, an internal form of Chinese Kungfu. 
Edward teaches Bagua, an internal form of Kungfu at the I-Bagua school. 
Edward discusses Bagua techniques at his home with Taiwanese master and teacher Luo DeXiu who specializes in the internal Chinese styles of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, and Taijiquan. 
Edward speaks to his daughter Jyoti on his cell. 
Edward practices partner yoga with Aister at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. 
Edward shares a playful moment with his daughter Jyoti at his home. 
Edward at home with his six rat snakes. 
Snake skins and family photographs inside Edward's home. 
Edward with Lokita, an Elaphe Carinata. She is one of six rat snakes in his home. 
Le Code Moral du Judo magnets on the refrigerator door in the kitchen. “L’Honneur, Le Respect, Le Courage.” 
Edward enjoys time at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont with his partner Aister. 
Edward at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont sharing a moment with his partner Aister.
Edward rides his bike to the Crossfit gym to begin his early morning training session with students. 
With a calm and serene presence, Edward warms up at the Crossfit gym as a part of his daily training routine. 
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Living the Martial Way

Living the Martial Way

A photo-documentary on the life of British martial artist and coach, Edward Hines in Paris, France. Living the Martial Way: A balancing act of Read More

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