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Baguazhang Animal Forms: Qi Awaking

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Bear Form:

The Bear represents the Mountain. He is steadfast, powerful and one of the earth. The bear is ferocious when protecting its young, but gentle at home. His organ is the stomach so this form works upon the ST meridian mainly. The family member of the Bear is the ‘Youngest Son’.

Stand facing N. in a back sitting stance left foot forward and hands held in the ‘Bear’ posture. P1. Spin around on your left heel in a counter clockwise direction and plonk down onto your right foot as you look in the opposite direction.  Notice that the arms are held slightly outward so as to open the ‘Kua’. Both palms are sort of in a line with each knee.  Looking to the South. The look on your face is one of ‘kill’! You are now protecting your ‘young’! The Martial Application for this posture is; he attacks with a left strike to your lower area. You do the spin and crash his arm with your right forearm as you sit down next to him. A1.

From P1, shake your waist in a fa-jing shake, firstly right, then left then centre. This will cause your right palm to attack to the rear with great power. The Application, is that you do exactly that. As soon as you have defended against his attack, your right palm will now attack to his lower abdomen or groin. A2.

 

Next, your right palm will be thrust forward by the action of your waist fa-jing, left, Right, Left. This is a real fa-jing shake where the whole body comes off the ground for a split second it is so violent! P2. Application is that he attacks with a straight punch to your head. Your right palm will come up and crash into his forearm; A3. It then continues that motion to attack to his face. A 4.

 

Next, you will spin around again exactly the same as above to end up again facing to the N. P3. The difference this time, is that your next attack will be from your Left Palm, thus giving a different perspective on the fa-jing of this posture. P4.

Now you will ‘snake’ your left palm back into your body as in P5. The application of this is that we break his neck by taking around the rear of his neck and jerking forward with great power! A5.

Spin around on your right heel to the South, as your left palm continues snaking around to the rear. P6.  You will end up as in Photo P7.  Notice that the left foot is still off the ground. This is because this is done very quickly and the foot in only off the ground for a split second before the next move takes place. You have taken at attack from the rear with your left palm. A6.

Your right palm immediately comes underneath your left palm pointing down,  P8. Your right palm continues to take over that blocking movement onto his left forearm as your left palm slams out to the left to defeat any left handed attack. P9. A7.

You now slap down with your left foot as both of your palms attack up into his neck. P10. A8.

Come back into the Bear posture by lowering your arms to the Bear Posture still facing South. P11. Now spin around backwards on the right heel so that your left foot goes behind, still facing to the South. P12. Now attack exactly the same as before using your right palm, this gives you the opposite of the last left palm strike. A9. Now sink back into the bear posture and you should be facing the opposite direction and on the other foot ready to do the whole thing on the other side.

 

Monkey Form:

The Monkey is of the Lake, so he represents the ‘Earth’ part of water. His movements are fluid and sprightly.  He compacts his body so that he can get in and out quickly. He strikes and then gets out of there. He attacks with relentless energy and this is shown in his eyes. The organ that this form works upon are the kidneys. The family member of the Monkey is the ‘Eldest daughter’.

Stand in the ‘Monkey’ posture as in P13. The left foot is forward and he hands are hanging but not completely relaxed. You are breathing deeply and slowly.

And attacker comes at you with a right attack. You leap backward as if startled (like a monkey) into a left toe stance and crouched slightly with a ‘C’ back. The fingers of the right palm are held with the thumb and ring fingers touching. The palm is bent backward and the first and longest fingers are spread out ready to attack. P14.

The left palm is drawn in violently to avoid his attack. A10.

Now you will slap your left foot forward in a two finger attack to his neck, taking out ST 9 and CV22. P14. A11.

He might still attack with his right this time, so your left palm catches it and slides up his arm in a ‘Slip Block’ to attack his neck or temple. Your right foot has taken a step behind your left and your right palm is around your back. P15. A12.

You spin around on your left heel and right toes as your right palm is thrust out into his lower abdomen. P16. A13.

He might again attack with his right hand so your left hand slaps his forearm down as your right palm is drawn back slightly. P17. You now use the power of your wait and fa-jing, to slam him into the side of the neck with your right back palm, thus taking our the vagus nerve causing death or in the least knock out. This HAS to be a fa-jing shake! P18. A14.

Turning your waist to your left slightly, your right palm raises like grabbing around the back of someone’s neck. P19. A15.  You now slap your right palm down onto your left forearm as they come together violently, P20. Thus slamming his neck in between. A16.  You now do a violent left, Right, Left fa-jing shake this breaking his neck.

The above has all been to the same direction or there about the N. Swivel around to the South on both heels and bring your both palms in front of your as shown in P21. Continue the swivel as your palms open out under your chin in the ‘Monkey Offers Food’ posture. P22. This is a blocking type of movement from the rear with both hands. It can either be high or low. A17.

Step forward violently with your left foot slapping down onto the ground as both palms thrust outward thus attacking both sides of his neck. Ending up sitting on your rear foot. P23. A18. You now take one step to the direction you are facing with your right foot and you should now be in the opposite  direction that you began in with the opposite foot forward ready for the other side.

 

The Phoenix:

The Phoenix is that mythical bird that tries to fly into the sun. However, the Chinese Phoenix has his feet stuck to the ground so never quite gets off. He represents the Lungs and the lower lumber vertebra. His element is Wind/AIR. His attacking method is ‘windmill palm’. The family member of the Phoenix is the ‘Eldest Daughter’.

Stand in the Phoenix Posture as shown in P24.  Right foot forward to the North, hands slightly raised like two wings.

Inhale and as you exhale, slam your right back palm downward to your left side turning your waist to your left for power. As you do this, your left palm will raise. P25. A19. You have struck into his inner forearm/inner elbow at LU 5, using the back of your palm. Your right palm will now continue its C/W circle downward as your right palm turns and whips upward. P26. A20.  Continuing, your right palm will now gouge downward into the eyes and face of the attacker as your left palm moves in a C/W circle again upward ready to strike the neck. P27. A21.  The left palm will now strike downward across the Carotid Sinus or ST9 Point, As your right palm is lifted up ready to strike in the same way. P28. A22.  Strike across the neck with your right knife edge palm and draw both palms inward facing up. P29.   Now, using the two ‘Phoenix fists’ , slap your right foot forward as both palms attack to both sides of the throat. P29. A23. Warning: you could damage your wrists if you do this move incorrectly! The pressure is actually in toward the inside of the neck so that your wrists aren’t bent backward.

Swivel on your right heel and stepping to the rear with your left foot, your left forearm turns like you are looking into a mirror, as your right palm swings around to strike using the power of the turning and the waist. P30. A24. You are blocking an attack from the rear onto his right arm while your right palm attacks to his neck or temple.

Using a right left right shake of your waist, execute a fa-jing movement by turning over your left palm to take his wrist as your right palm hooks over his elbow and pulls violently thus breaking his arm. P31. A25. Using the momentum of the last strike, your right elbow now comes back into his throat. P32. A26.

Lower your arms into the Phoenix position and now you are ready to do it all again on the other side facing the opposite direction. P33.

 

The Snake Form:

The Snake represents Water and the organs are Bladder, Liver, Kidneys and Spleen. The Snake flows with the force in order to defeat it, he slips in anywhere without your knowing! The Snakes’s family member is the ‘Second Son’.

Stand in the Snake position as in P34. Turning your waist to your left, your right palm will snake outward as in P35. A27.  Your right palm makes a C/W circle as your left palm is moving upward ready to take over. Your waist is now turning right. P36. A28. Your left palm now pulls over to your left with the turning of your waist and your right fingers are ready to strike. P37. A29. Your waist now does a fa-jing movement by turning violently to your right, left and right again. Your right fingers will be thrust out at great power into his CV22 point in the neck. P38. A30.

Now you will step to the East (you started to the North) with your right foot and block downward with your right Snake Palm. P39. A31. As your waist turns to your left, your right palm will snake around to the other side of his wrist and pull it over to your left. P40. A32. Your waist turns back to the right as your right palm rolls over to again attack the inner forearm with a knife edge blow as your waist turns to your left again. P41. A33. Now as the waist turns right L R, your right snake fingers will again attack to the CV22 point. P42. A.34.

Take your right palm around his neck. P43. Now, stepping into the SW corner, violently jerk his head and neck into that corner. P44, A35. Your right arm will wrap around so that you can now attack using your right forearm across his neck. P45, A36. You now take a step with your left foot into that SW corner and attack him again across the neck with your left forearm. P46, A37. Immediately step behind your left leg with your right foot, P47. And spin around to face the SW slamming him in the back of the head with your right Hammer Palm. P48, A38.

From the North comes another attack by foot low. Your right heel will kick backward into his standing knee as your right palm will slam into the inner part of his thigh. You have to kick backward and drop your weight instantly. P49, A39.

If he should try to move backward, you immediately rise up circling your right palm C/W and then slapping him in the groin. P50.

Another attack from the South, so you swing your left lag around to behind you as your right palm slams down onto his right forearm. P51, A40. Immediately grab his wrist and jerk him violently forward as your left palm slams into his temple. You have also made a Change Step so that your right foot comes back and your left foot forward. P52, A41. Slide your left palm back along his arm to control it as your right palm again attacks to his neck. P53, A42.

You are now in the opposite position to do it all again on the opposite side.

 

The Unicorn Form.

The Unicorn is of the clouds and earth, he turns like a tornado and the organs affected are the whole right side of the abdomen including Gall Bladder, Colon and Pancreas. He is regal and powerful attacking with front hooves as well as rear. The Unicorn’s family member is the ‘Mother’.

Begin in the Unicorn Stance as shown in P54. (Facing N.)Spin on your left heel to block an oncoming low attack. The weight is still on the rear foot. P55. A43.

Four things have to happen together here so it is quite difficult showing it in photos. You must lock his left arm, P55, A44.  You must also kick him into the side of his front knee. P56, A45. You must also bring up your left foot just after your right has made contact (both feet will be off the ground at the same time momentarily) and kick him into the inner upper thigh or abdomen using the ball of the left foot in a pushing type of motion to break his leg. P57. A46. And your left Palm will strike upward into his nose. P58, A47. You must lock his arm first by twisting your right palm under his left arm as shown. Then you leap into the air for the two kicks thus shaking him violently from his shoulder.

Now you are again attacked from the rear (South). You again leap into the air and turning around, kick to the rear with your right foot into his knee using the heel of your foot. P59, A48. At the same time, your both arms have come around in an arc to block his hand attack. Your left foot now attacks to the side of his knee using the ball of the foot just as before. This happens as your right foot is landing. P60, A49.

Your left foot places after its kick. You now lock his right arm P61, A50. and step around behind your left leg with your right. Your left palm will attack to his face. P62, A51. You will now spin around to attack the back of his head with your right elbow or palm. P63, A52. You are now facing to the S.

Your right palm will now snake around as your left palm raises ready to strike down. P64, A53. You have also taken a step forward with your left foot and have turned back around to the N. Your left palm now slams down as your right fingers poke upward with a fa-jing shake, thus breaking his neck. P65, A54. The right palm moves down on the outside of the left as it pokes upward.

Taking a right step to your NE, your left No. 1 palm will extend outward in a blocking type of motion thus blocking any attack from your side. Your left fingers would also strike into his neck. P66, A55. Your left foot has also taken a step into the NW corner as you do this. So you have taken two steps diagonally.

Now, slam down onto his forearm with your left palm as your step into the NW corner with your right foot. And attack to his neck with your right No. 3 palm. P67, A56.

Swivel on the heel of your left foot into the NE corner taking a step there with your right foot as your right arm makes a p’eng, while the left makes a hinge. P68, A57.

Now there is a violent fa-jing shake, Left, Right Left Right Left. As you do this, your right elbow will strike to his neck, P68, A58. As you turn to your right, your right hand will attack to his temple as your left attacks just slightly after, to his neck. P69, A59. Your waist shakes back to the left as your right elbow again attacks to his neck. Shake back to the right as you repeat the above two palm methods. Shake back to the left as your elbow again attacks to his neck. So you have 3 elbow strikes to his neck in all.

Take a left step forward to the North, then swivel around on your heels to the South thus having your right foot forward ready to begin on the other side.

 

The Lion:

The Lion is the most violent of all the Bagua animals. He is solemn, explosive and aggressive. His power is awesome and his organ is the head/mind. He represents ‘Heaven’. His family member is the ‘Father’.

As with all of these animal forms, even in their Qi Awaking state, you must always keep in mind the animal they represent. You cannot simply do these movements as human beings. That is why the movements were formatted the way they are, so as to bring out the animal in us for self defense.

This form above all others will lead one into the contact with their ‘Reptile Brain’. IN order to do this form correctly, the Reptile Brain must be used. There is also a Qigong associated with this form for activation of the Reptile Brain.

For this form, I always like to think of those pictures where the lion is leaping at a wilder beast as it goes by or turns. He/she is absolute aggression.

We begin with the Lion Qigong method.

Stand with your left foot forward facing the North. Hands pressing downward slightly with the backbone in a ‘C’ shape like a lion ready to pounce. The normal Lion position is in P70. The right (or left) hand is pointing upward and the fingers are pointing to your left. The same is for the left palm which is  lower, about shoulder height.

As you inhale, both palms will tense slightly. The tongue is placed upon the hard palate and you inhale through your nose. As you do this, a tiny amount of weight is moved forward onto the KD1 points on the ball of the front foot. As you exhale, place the tongue down onto the lower palate and exhale through the mouth. Your palms will now relax as you do this and move your weight back onto the rear heel. This will be performed 4 times during the form. It is the resting period between violent periods.

 

From the starting posture, your palms will rise up in to the ‘Lion Posture’ (as above). You will also have to leap into the air and kick with the lower leg. Throw both palms up in to position as your right leg is swung around to the S, thus spinning you around. Both feet are off the ground at the same time landing on the right leg with the left leg landing a split second later weight on the front leg. You are now facing to the South. Make sure that you actually kick with your right leg. P71, A60. P72, A61.

Now, you will make four clawing motions in to the face and head of the attacker. These happen in a split second with fa-jing. Your waist will turn violently to your right as your right palm strikes into his temple, followed closely by your left to his neck. P73, A62.

Your waist now turns back to the left and you repeat that to make 4 strikes in all.

Now, you move to the opposite side of his head and repeat, the only difference is that your right palm still begins first but is now on the bottom ending up as in P74, A63.

Your right palm now, snakes around the back of his neck, P75, A64. Your right palm will continue that inner circle to thrust outward as your left palm begins underneath the right. P76, A65.

Your left palm will now make a circle in to out. P77, and continue inward and then thrust forward as the right one just did. P78, A66, A67. Make a slap step forward with your right foot as both palms will now attack to the back of his head at GB20. P79, A68.

Now, there is a rest period where the lion is again crouching ready to pounce. This is done for no longer than 3 inhalations and exhalations. Now you will repeat the whole thing on the other side only everything will be in the opposite direction. You will end up as in P80. Left foot forward facing the N. and both palms striking.

After the 3 breath rest period as before, step to your right to the East with your right foot as both palms come together and strike upward using the fingers to strike into either sides of his neck. This is done explosively. P81, A69. Violently and without stopping, take your right palm around the beck of his neck, P82, A70. Turning your waist violently to your right, jerk his neck forward followed by an explosive elbow to the front of the neck. P83, A71.  Using the flow from the last two moves, your right palm in a No. 3 shape will attack to the side of his head just under his right ear. This is very dangerous! P84, A72. AS soon as the momentum of the last attack in being felt, your left palm will push under the left forearm as your right foot swings around to cause you to face to the South. Your left palm will strike outward with the palm hooked. P85, A73. From this position, you will do the rest time of 3 breaths again. P86.

Violently leap out to your right with your right foot and again thrust both palms upward thus defeating his two handed attack and attacking to his neck. P87, A74.

This time it is different, your both palms will now do opposing circles, Right palm C/W from up to down. P88. They will end up, locked in as in P89, A75. You have locked both of his arms tightly. From this position, you will violently and in fa-jing shake your waist L,R,L,R thus ripping his arms off and completely dislocating his upper body structure. Follow this by 4 right elbow strikes to his left side under his arm. These happen in a second. P90, A76.

Leap into the air and striking the back of his left leg with your right foot, your right palm will throw backward, thus throwing him onto the ground. P91, A77. You will end up facing to the S, with your right foot forward ready to do the whole thing on the other side.

 

The Falcon (or Rooster).

The Falcon’s element is ‘Fire’ (some people call this animal the Rooster). His body part is the eyes. His family member is the ‘Second Daughter’. He is brave and courageous and fights to the finish to save his family. Spinning & Turning over, using a chopping method is his way of fighting.
Stand facing the North in the ‘Falcon’ posture with both hands held in a No. 7 palm down low near the hips. The ball of the left foot is touching the ground, weight on the right foot. P92.
Open both palms outward, the left palm will strike downward as the left will strike upward. The right palm is in a Yin shape while the left is in a Yang shape. Your left foot will heel kick low. P93 A78. Bring both palms downward firstly raising the left and making them both Yin shaped and then slam both downward in two No. 7 palms as your left ball of the foot slaps down onto the ground to gain some ground Qi through K1 point. P94, A79.
Now do a slap step forward with your left foot and strike using two No.5 palms to the attacker’s rib areas. P95, A80.
Next, take a right step to the North and turn to your left to the W, as your right forearm in a ‘Hinge’ moves over to your left. P96, A81. As your waist now turns to your right, your right palm will move in a C/W circle to strike to the inside of his left arm, P97, A82. This movement continues to now strike to the side of his neck along the Vagus nerve. P98, A83. Your left palm is sneaking up underneath as this is happening. Your waist has turned to the left.
Your left palm now takes around the back of his neck as your waist turns to the right again. P99, A84. Turn your waist violently to the left as your left palm jerks his head forward thus kinking his brainstem as your right No. 5 palm attacks to the side of his neck. P100, A85.
Facing the W, you now jump into the air turning right around to the S. and landing on your right leg followed by the left taking a step to the S so that you are now in a stance with L forward to the S. Both palms have also struck downward, Right then Left using the knife edges. P101, A86. Slap step forward with the Left foot and attack using both palms using the fingers to the S. P102, A87.
Roll both palms over so that the radius sides will be leading L palm up R palm down and take a step to the S with your R foot turning so that you now face the E in a pigeon toed stance. As you do this, both palms will strike downward to the N in a R to L arc using the Radius sides of the forearms. P103, A88.
Taking a step to the S slightly to make an L step with your left foot, that arc continues in CW direction up and past your face. P104. A89.  You adjust your right foot stepping to the N. and strike with both palms across to your left. P105, A89.
Turn to your left to the W, and take a pigeon toed stance and continuing that arc made with the palms, continue down across your body and up on the left side of your body to strike using the radius sides of your arms to his temple and neck. P106, A90.
Turn to the S and step backward with your left foot as your both arms circle up and over your forehead in a CW arc.  P107. Continue that arc with the hands and strike downward in a CW arc. P108, A91. Pull both hands in toward your body and continuing in a CCW arc, strike up to your right and over to your left to strike him in the temple and neck again. P109, A92. Take a small step to the S with your R foot and lowering your body, strike with both knife edges to his jaw and neck. P110, A93.
Turning your body to the E slightly and adjusting your right foot slam him into his temple and head with your right forearm/elbow. P111, A94. Swing your left leg around to the S as you turn to face the N and strike using a slip block with your right palm to his temple. P112, A95.
Take your right palm around the back of his neck, P113, A96, and stepping forward to the N with your left foot, strike under your right arm to his left with your left forearm. P114, A97. Swing your right foot around to the N as your body turns to the S again and taking your right palm under your left, again strike him across the other side of his neck with your right forearm. P115, A98. Spin around to the S and loading your left palm, take a step with your left foot and strike using a slip block to his temple to the S. P116, A99.
Take a left step forward to the S as your right hinge slams over to your left thus blocking his Left attack. P117, A100. As before, your right palm rotates under his arm and strikes to the inside of his arm thus throwing it away as your left knife edge strikes to his neck. P118, A101.
Your left palm now sneaks up under your right arm taking his left palm upward and over to your left as you take a left step to the S. and attack his groin with you right palm. The action is to the S, however, you are now back facing to the N. P119, A102.
Make the typical Bagua outside turn and attack the back of his head at GB20 with your left No. 3 palm. You are now facing to the S. P120, A103. Step to the S with your right foot and attack upward with both No. 2 palms. P121, A104.
You are now facing the South in the opposite stance that you began with ready to do the whole thing on the opposite side so you bring your right foot back into the typical starting posture to begin again.

The Dragon Qi Awaking Animal Form:

The Dragon is unpredictable; he leaps, twists and undulates. His organ is the whole of the middle of the abdomen and associated organs. His family member is the eldest son and his attribute is Thunder. Because he represents the ‘centre’ the dragon also represents the whole body joining the spiritual (shen) with the earth.
Facing the North you stand in the Dragon Posture, not unlike the normal walking posture using the double Dragon palms. Step out to the West as your left palm strikes/blocks and on-coming attack. P.  A.  Immediately rotate your left palm  counterclockwise so that the fingers now are pointing up with palm facing you. Notice also that your right palm is loaded ready to strike. P.  A.  Your right palm now slams into the back of his head while your right foot is swept forward to the South thus sweeping his leg and attacking the back of his head. P. A.  The momentum of your right foot continues so that it is placed down to the East as your left palm snakes around your back ready to strike to the W again to his head. P.  A.  You now strike to his head with your left palm. P.  A.  
Your left foot turns out by 45 degs, as your right palm now slip blocks another attack from a different attacker from the West and your right foot will now sweep his leg again to the South as your right palm will violently thrust in the opposite direction to the North. P.  A. 
Your left palm will snake around to the rear (North) P.   And as it takes a block from the rear from his right attack, your right heel will kick to his right knee. You have spun around on the ball of your left foot to now be facing to the North. P.  A.  You immediately take both palms over your right shoulder to take a double handed attack from the rear. P.  A.  And as your both palms rotate over, your right heel kicks backwards to his knee and your right palm attacks to his groin. P. A.  The action is to the South. Now, your right palm swings up to the North as your left palm comes underneath it to block and attack to his neck or eyes and your right foot again sweeps his standing leg. P  A.  Your right foot is placed down to the West and you make an outside turn to attack to his head with great force. P.  A.
Step with your right foot to make an L step facing to the W as your Right outer forearm glances upward thus blocking his left handed attack and attacking to his eyes with the No. 8 Palm.  P.  A.  Step behind your right foot with your left foot and attack again to his eyes or throat with your right Dim-Mak Claw. P. A.  Make an outside turn and attack to the back of his head with your left 3 palm. P.  A.  
Take a right step to the North as your right forearm thrusts downward thus blocking his low attack. P.  A.  Step again to the N. with your left foot as your right palm strikes into his neck (palm down) and then your left palm comes up to take the closest side of his head while your right palm take around his neck and you break his neck. P.  A. 
Take a further step to the N with your right foot behind your left and perform an outside turn to attack with your right dragon palm. P.  A.   Scoop your right palm (around his neck) and step with your left foot to the N as your left palm raises up ready to strike. P.  A.  You now strike down across his neck as your right palm thrusts upward. P.  A.  You are now facing to the S. Your Left palm moves under your right as you take a step with your L foot to the South and perform a single pounding Dragon palm to the South. Again perform a single pounding palm change to the South taking your right foot forward. P.  A.  You are now facing the South with your right palm forward ready to begin on the opposite side.

 

The Bagua Animal Entering Methods.

The Hawk: OPEN SIDE: Begin facing your opponent. He is standing in a strong on-guard stance that would normally be quite difficult to penetrate using conventional methods. With you right foot forward, we perform the ‘Hawk’ method by slamming his left forearm with your right hinge. P. A. This has the effect of placing his mind onto that point thus allowing you a keyhole to get in. However, we take a step further by continuing that movement so that your  right palm will now turn underneath his forearm to strike the inside of that forearm thus forcing it outward. P. A.  That movement continues so that your right knife edge palm can now slam him into the left side of his neck. Notice also that your left forearm has rolled up and over the top of his right forearm as your right palm is slamming the inside of his forearm. As you strike his neck, your left palm will force his right arm outward thus opening him up for your main attacks.

Hawk CLOSED SIDE: With your left foot forward, move slightly to your left as your right outer forearm slams his forearm and your left palm will strike to his temple. P. A. Your left palm will now slide down his right arm flicking it out to your left as your right palm now slams into his left side neck. P. A. Your right palm will now force down onto his right shoulder and arm pushing it into his body thus jamming him up as your left palm attacks to his temple. P. A. This all happens of course in a split second thus not giving him any time to react. And the work that you have done on his forearms will sub-consciously take his mind off what is about to happen.

The Dragon: OPEN SIDE: With your right foot forward and he again in a strong on-guard stance, use your ‘Dragon Palm Shape’ to slam the inside of his right forearm at ‘neigwan’. Notice that your left dragon palm is already coming up underneath your right palm. Just after your right palm has struck, your right foot will kick to the inside of his right knee. Of course this all has to be done at fa-jing power and speed so although I say ‘after’ it is only a millisecond after! P. A. Now your left hand will also attack to the inside of his forearm, P. A. Your right foot will now kick across to your right to attack the other leg on the inside of his left knee just before your right palm comes back over to your right to attack to the inside of his left forearm. P. A. Your right heel will now cross kick to his left knee thus breaking the two tendons and placing it down, your both palms will attack to either side of his neck. P. A. This is probably one of the most difficult as it involves both sides of your brain working in harmony and you must have fa-jing in order to execute it correctly in a split second.

Dragon: CLOSED SIDE: With left foot forward, slip block his right forearm with your left dragon palm to strike to his right temple as your right palm raises ready. P. A. Slam down onto his CO12 point just above his elbow and then your left palm slides down to control that arm as your right palm attacks to his neck and your right foot cross kicks to his rear leg to break the knee. P. A.

 

 

 

Two Person Training.

 

Snake:

B attacks with a right straight. A uses a left No. 3 palm to slip block his attack and also attack to his temple. P   A.   A’s left foot has turned inward so that you are now in the typical Bagua ‘L’ step. A steps behind with his left leg as his left palm grabs down onto B’s elbow and his left elbow will also strike to B’s neck. P   A.  

As A now spins around to the rear, his right palm will come underneath his left palm and attack to B’s back of his head with either an elbow or No. 3 palm. P   A.  

B, in defense, takes a left step straight ahead to his South. His right leg will again spin around to the S thus putting B facing the N and the back on A. He now blocks and attacks the back of A’s head with both palms. P   A.  

In defense, A will take a left step forward and spin around to the S. while snaking his right palm inward and backward. P   A.   A now continues that movement so that his right palm snakes around the left wrist of B. P   A.    A’s Left palm comes underneath to take the left wrist while his left palm will be on B’s elbow so that he can now break it. P   A.    A’s left palm will now take over that block onto B’s left arm while his Right palm attacks to B’s face making A now the initial attacker so that B can get a go at doing the other side. P   A.  

 

Phoenix.

Stand in the ‘Phoenix’ posture as shown in  As B throws a right punch, your right foot cross steps to your left as your right forearm firstly loads and then slams into the oncoming attack. P  A  From this position, you should leap into the air changing your foot position so that the left is forward and at the same time, your left palm will make a arc so attack to his temple. P  A  A now controls B’s right elbow with his left palm as his right pounding palm attacks to B’s neck. P   A  

B will bob down under this attack taking both of his arms in a C/W circle (referenced to himself) to block the attack also taking a change step so that his left foot is forward. P   A  B’s right arm will continue that circle so that his right palm will attack the lower abdomen of A. P   A   A steps to his left slightly with his left foot, adjusting his right foot accordingly and blocks downward to block the attack. P  A   A now continues that movement, circling his right palm around B’s wrist as his left palm will be on B’s elbow to break that elbow. P  A   

A continues with a left elbow to B’s neck. P   A  B will block that elbow with his left palm as he takes a step to outside of A’s left leg, P  A  B now takes a step to behind his right leg with his left P  A   and spins around in the typical Bagua manner to attack A’s back of the neck with his left Pounding Palm. P  A 

Seeing this, A takes  a step forward with his left foot, then with his right swinging around so that he is now facing the opposite direction. He then takes a left cross step to his right and blocks the attack using the same method as the very first movement only in reverse. P  A  The whole thing can continue on the opposite side.

 

The Bear.

Stand in Bear Posture with R foot forward. He attacks with a right straight. You should jam him up by moving in with your right foot and using R. P’eng slide up his arm to his neck with the back of your right palm as your left palm closes his right shoulder, your right foot is on the outside of his right foot because you have moved to your left slightly. P  A   You leap into the air changing the position of your feet to opposite as your left palm slams into his neck and your right palm controls his right elbow. P  A  In retaliation he will now make a change step as his right forearm blocks my right attack and his left palm blocks my left elbow. P  A.  His right palm will now continue that arc and bounce off and into my neck. His left foot is now forward P  A.   He will continue by taking his left hand over my left forearm and bring his Left foot back. He now takes his Right foot forward and slams into my lower left rib area with his Right palm. P  A. 
I will now use the typical Bear Posture Movement by slamming his Right forearm with my left ‘Bear’ Arm as my left foot is dragged back. As my Right foot is stepped forward, my right outer forearm slams into his whole centre-line. P  A.   
He will now block my right forearm with his left palm as he steps in with his left foot and then steps around behind his own Left foot with his Right foot. His Right palm now controls my right shoulder as his left palm attacks low to my groin. P  A. 
I will now take a shuffle step backwards keeping my Right foot forward and using my right palm, will snake it under his left arm and onto the top of his shoulder to take an arm bar type of lock and then will poke my fingers of my right palm into his neck as the fighers of my left palm poke into his lower rib area. This is a typical Bear Posture representing the Bear’s mouth. P  A.   
His left palm will now strike me into my Right side of my neck as his right palm blocks my low Left attack as he turns to face me by taking a Right step forward. P  A.  I will now attack low with my right palm to his lower rib area. He now reverses both palms so that his left is underneath the right and executes also the Bear Posture on me thus blocking my Right low attack and attacking me in the neck with his right fingers. He has also taken a further step around with his left foot so that his Right foot is now forward P  A. 

My left palm will block his right attack by slipping in on the inside of his forearm and attacking to his neck. P  A.    He now does a change step to bring his left foot forward and strikes me with his Left Fist. I will block that using a Right slip block to his temple. P  A.   He now does a change step to bring his right foot forward as his right palm comes on to the outside of my right attack and he is now executing the beginning defensive move on the other side. So we have just reversed the whole thing where I am now the attacker and he is the defender and the whole thing continues.

 

 

Monkey:

Partner A stands with left foot forward and weighted back. B throws a right attack to A’s head. A leaps backward into the typical Monkey posture and defeats B’s attack and attacks to the eyes using the ‘Monkey Fingers’. A then slams the back of his right palm into B’s temple and makes a change step so that his right foot is now forward. B will now do the same method that A has just done; the only difference is that B will have his right foot forward already.

A now does a change step bringing his right foot back and left forward as both arms throw outward completely jamming B’s attack and attacking to his face and neck with continuous downward palm strikes.

B will use the Monkey Offers Food posture to defeat this attack by bringing his both palms up underneath A’s arms and attacking firstly downward onto A’s inner forearms then to the sides of his neck.

A now blocks that attack with his left palm as his right firearm comes up underneath to take over that block and strikes to B’s eyes. His Left palm again takes over as his right back palm attacks to B’s temple. B will change his stance so that his left foot is forward and slam down onto A’s inner elbow at the LU 5 point. The momentum of that strike continues as his left palm bounces upward into A’s neck.

A will block this using right hinge, His right palm now rotates to the inside of B’s arm and strike it at HT 3. Continuing this momentum, A’s right hand now attacks the temple of B using the Monkey back-palm. This is the first attack again so the whole thing can repeat only with A the aggressor. So B will jump backward blocking with his Monkey Fingers and continue.

 

 

 

The Bagua Palms Training Methods.