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By Robert W. Smith

An historic and "internal" martial paintings, Hsing-I makes use of chi to accomplish potent highway combating prowess. This seminal textual content deftly covers historical past, philosophy, education units, and two-person combating suggestions. additionally integrated are quotations from the traditional chinese language masters that aspect the psychological disposition of the boxer, in addition to plentiful photos and illustrations. This primer approximately Hsing-I has been generally sought by way of creditors because the book's first booklet nearly 30 years in the past.

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As you turn, take a short step forward with your left foot, clenching your fists and bringing the right fist back 21 past the right side. Then, as you pull your left fist, palm up, back 36 THE FIVE BASIC ACTIONS to your left side, shoot your right standing fist over it directly forward ahead of (but on a level lower than) your nose. Simultaneously, your right foot follow-steps and is put down on its toes beside your left foot. Your knees are well bent, close together, and the punch is focused low at the opponent's stomach, proceeding like an arrow.

Simultaneously, lower your right hand near your left (near your lower waist), and then stretch your left in a fist, palm up, above your toed out left foot, the right hand palm down near your left elbow. THE HEART OF THE MATTER 35 12 13 14 15 Repeat the same three movements going in the opposite direc- 16-20 tion. Thus, three movements forward, turn, and three movements returning. ) 2. CRUSHING (PENG-CH'UAN) Peng goes straight and true like an arrow and symbolizes wood of the Five Elements. Continuing from the previous posture, which ended with your right palm and foot forward, turn as before (pivot right foot on heel, 60° to the left).

Heng's target is the opponent's upper body. In sum, going one way p'i is done three times; peng, four; tsuan, three; p'ao, four; and heng, four. To illustrate the orthodox style, Master Wang Shu-chin does the five basic postures: p'i, figures 50-56; peng, figures 57-60; tsuan, figures 61-63; p'ao, figures 64-67; and heng, figures 6871. 50-71 Let us briefly compare the two styles. In the orthodox method, peng is used to strike the opponent's upper body; in the modified, it is directed against the navel or groin.

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