八卦轉掌论阴阳,五行六合内中藏。
Eight Diagram Turning Palm discusses Yin Yang,
the Five Phases & Six Harmonies are hidden within.

七星八步九宫定,两仪三才见柔刚。
The Seven Stars, Eight Steps, & Nine Palaces are fixed,
the Two Aspects & Three Powers observe Soft & Hard.

混元一气培根本,四正四隅按八方。
The Primordial One Qi cultivates the basis,
The Four Sides & Four Corners control the Eight Directions.

落步三盘掰扣步,发行四梢弯转强。
Falling Step, Three Sections, Swinging Hooking Steps,
The Four Tips issue strength through Bending & Turning.

前掌虚实牛舌样,后手埋伏肘下藏。
The lead hand is both Empty & Solid, with an Ox Tongue shape,
The rear hand is hidden below the elbow, ready to ambush.

进步有门退有法,变化反正掌阴阳。
Advance the steps correctly & Retreat methodically,
Change & Transform Reverse & Straight Palms with Yin Yang.

屈直横竖斜正面,翻转盘旋腰主张。
Bent, Straight, Horizontal, Vertical, Inclined, Upright face,
The waist controls Flipping over, Turning, Coiling, & Whirling

内讲五行分四梢,外有五行眼法强。
Internally, emphasize distinguishing the Five Phases in the Four Tips,
Externally, there are five motions that strengthen the Eye Method.

内讲气通分三节,外有手法分阴阳。
Internally, emphasize the Qi connecting each component of the Three Sections,
Externally, there are Hand Methods divided into Yin & Yang.

步法走转分八字,身法意气仔细详。
The Footwork walks a circle, consisting of Eight Words,
The Body Method, Intent, & Qi are carefully detailed.

柔身转换不定势,高低远近无限量。
A Soft Body Transforms infinite power,
High or Low, Near or Far, with unlimited capacity.

腰法要合分四梢,眼法要合定八方。
The Waist Method must harmonize the Four Tips,
The Eye Method must harmonize the order of the Eight Directions.

手法要合情变化,用法要合左右防。
The Hand Method must harmonize feeling & variation,
The Application Method must harmonize left & right in order to defend.

膀法要合阴阳变,身法要合扭转强。
The Arm Method must harmonize with Yin Yang to transform,
The Body Method must harmonize Twisting & Turning strongly.

胯法要合挨身使,膝法要合进身旁。
The Hip Method must harmonize with Close Body usage,
The Knee Method must harmonize with advancing the body to the side.

步法要合进退快,闪展腾挪腰偏强。
The Footwork must harmonize quick Advance & Retreat,
When Dodging, Extending, Rising, or Shifting, the waist inclines forcefully.

头打去意随腰使,起落总须站中央。
In usage, the strikes follow the waist’s movements,
Either Rising or Falling, always stand with center.

脚踏中门抢地位,掌行直穿上下忙。
Tread the Center Gate to steal position,
The palm moves in with quick Upper & Lower Straight Penetrating.

拳打起落头手挡,肘打去意占胸膛。
When Hand Striking, the lead hand blocks whether Rising or Falling,
When Elbow Striking, aim for the chest.

背紧胸空提谷道,肩打胯击并阴阳。
Tighten the back, empty the chest, & lift the “gu dao,”
Shoulder & Hip Striking combine Yin & Yang.

身法全凭盖世气,两手只在胸前藏。
The Body Method maintains & depends on unrivaled Qi,
Both hands always conceal the front of the chest.

推托带领随身劲,搬扣劈进上下忙。
Pushing, Lifting, Carrying, & Leading follow the body’s strength,
Moving, Capturing, Chopping, & Entering Above & Below quickly.

八势八母总由转,以掌为母悟刀枪。
The Eight Postures & Eight Mothers are generated from Turning,
Use the Palm as the mother to comprehend the saber & spear.

文知八卦明道理,武晓易理亦生光。
Scholars comprehend the brilliant Principles of the Eight Diagrams,
Fighters demonstrate the Theory of Change with equal brilliance.

先师掌法传至今,世人鲜有得其真。
The First Teacher’s Palm Method has been transmitted to the present day,
But few people can truly acquire it.

莫说前人多保守,只怨己身功未深。
Don’t blame your conservative elders,
Blame your own lack of deep skill.

说明道理揆用意,树茂枝繁根必深。
To illustrate this principle consider this thought,
A tree with many lush branches must have deep roots.

八卦先从转掌起,精研其法乃得真。
Ba Gua originally started with Turning Palm,
Thoroughly research its Method to obtain its truth.

头顶肩垂行气下,直到丹田出入匀。
Raise the head, hang the shoulders, & move the Qi downward,
Evenly Exiting & Entering the Dan Tian.

臂间要分三节用,身法要停四梢匀。
The Arm Method must distinguish the Three Sections in use,
The Four Tips are balanced when the body’s motion stops.

步走圆圈分八卦,跟随身手一团神。
The steps walk a circle divided by Eight Diagrams,
Following the body & hands with one spirit.

元气须在肛门提,猿臂熊膀龙虎身。
The Original Qi must rise from the anus,
Ape Arms, Bear Shoulders, Dragon & Tiger Body.

二人对手腕中求,动手制胜步法分。
When two people fight, they seek victory in the wrist.
In a fight it is meticulous footwork that controls victory.

上下前后左右使,肩肘膝胯里外轮。
Upper & Lower, Front & Back, Left & Right must all be used.
The shoulders, elbows, knees, & thighs are round inside & out.

腿法出腿不见腿,八卦起落脚为根。
The Leg Method is : “Put forth the leg without it being seen.”
In Ba Gua, the “Rising & Falling Leg,” is the root.

前后左右三十六,横腿顺提又切真。
The Front, Back, Left, & Right have Thirty six variations.
The Horizontal Leg is advantageous, Lifting & Cutting are real.

进退勾提明暗腿,连环阴阳并转身。
Advancing, Retreating, Hooking, & Lifting clarify the “Hidden Legs,”
Interlocked with Yin Yang & combined with Turning Body.

蹬踹蹁踩屈搓绊,习之熟纯使无心。
Treading, Stomping, Limping, Stamping, Bending, Filing, & Tripping,
When practiced until mature & simple, become spontaneous.

武术虽精教无法,徒费心机枉劳神。
If your martial arts are perfected but can‘t be taught,
Students waste their effort, thinking in vain & taxing their minds.

学习武艺功夫到,得了艺业不压身。
Study martial arts until your gong fu is complete,
When your skill is proficient no one can control your body.

艺如出众人尊敬,学问高强自超群。
Surpassing skill gains everyone’s respect,
Superior knowledge makes you stand out.

莫道求学无止境,不进则退急追寻。
There’s no Way to seek, no end to learning &
No advance after an urgent retreat from pursuit.

世界之上无难事,一生之计在于勤。
To be the best isn’t a difficult matter,
Simply adopt a life of diligent hard work.

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