Eight Diagram Turning Palm discusses Yin Yang,
the Five Phases & Six Harmonies are hidden within.
The Seven Stars, Eight Steps, & Nine Palaces are fixed,
the Two Aspects & Three Powers observe Soft & Hard.
The Primordial One Qi cultivates the basis,
The Four Sides & Four Corners control the Eight Directions.
Falling Step, Three Sections, Swinging Hooking Steps,
The Four Tips issue strength through Bending & Turning.
The lead hand is both Empty & Solid, with an Ox Tongue shape,
The rear hand is hidden below the elbow, ready to ambush.
Advance the steps correctly & Retreat methodically,
Change & Transform Reverse & Straight Palms with Yin Yang.
Bent, Straight, Horizontal, Vertical, Inclined, Upright face,
The waist controls Flipping over, Turning, Coiling, & Whirling
Internally, emphasize distinguishing the Five Phases in the Four Tips,
Externally, there are five motions that strengthen the Eye Method.
Internally, emphasize the Qi connecting each component of the Three Sections,
Externally, there are Hand Methods divided into Yin & Yang.
The Footwork walks a circle, consisting of Eight Words,
The Body Method, Intent, & Qi are carefully detailed.
A Soft Body Transforms infinite power,
High or Low, Near or Far, with unlimited capacity.
The Waist Method must harmonize the Four Tips,
The Eye Method must harmonize the order of the Eight Directions.
The Hand Method must harmonize feeling & variation,
The Application Method must harmonize left & right in order to defend.
The Arm Method must harmonize with Yin Yang to transform,
The Body Method must harmonize Twisting & Turning strongly.
The Hip Method must harmonize with Close Body usage,
The Knee Method must harmonize with advancing the body to the side.
The Footwork must harmonize quick Advance & Retreat,
When Dodging, Extending, Rising, or Shifting, the waist inclines forcefully.
In usage, the strikes follow the waist’s movements,
Either Rising or Falling, always stand with center.
Tread the Center Gate to steal position,
The palm moves in with quick Upper & Lower Straight Penetrating.
When Hand Striking, the lead hand blocks whether Rising or Falling,
When Elbow Striking, aim for the chest.
Tighten the back, empty the chest, & lift the “gu dao,”
Shoulder & Hip Striking combine Yin & Yang.
The Body Method maintains & depends on unrivaled Qi,
Both hands always conceal the front of the chest.
Pushing, Lifting, Carrying, & Leading follow the body’s strength,
Moving, Capturing, Chopping, & Entering Above & Below quickly.
The Eight Postures & Eight Mothers are generated from Turning,
Use the Palm as the mother to comprehend the saber & spear.
Scholars comprehend the brilliant Principles of the Eight Diagrams,
Fighters demonstrate the Theory of Change with equal brilliance.
The First Teacher’s Palm Method has been transmitted to the present day,
But few people can truly acquire it.
Don’t blame your conservative elders,
Blame your own lack of deep skill.
To illustrate this principle consider this thought,
A tree with many lush branches must have deep roots.
Ba Gua originally started with Turning Palm,
Thoroughly research its Method to obtain its truth.
Raise the head, hang the shoulders, & move the Qi downward,
Evenly Exiting & Entering the Dan Tian.
The Arm Method must distinguish the Three Sections in use,
The Four Tips are balanced when the body’s motion stops.
The steps walk a circle divided by Eight Diagrams,
Following the body & hands with one spirit.
The Original Qi must rise from the anus,
Ape Arms, Bear Shoulders, Dragon & Tiger Body.
When two people fight, they seek victory in the wrist.
In a fight it is meticulous footwork that controls victory.
Upper & Lower, Front & Back, Left & Right must all be used.
The shoulders, elbows, knees, & thighs are round inside & out.
The Leg Method is : “Put forth the leg without it being seen.”
In Ba Gua, the “Rising & Falling Leg,” is the root.
The Front, Back, Left, & Right have Thirty six variations.
The Horizontal Leg is advantageous, Lifting & Cutting are real.
Advancing, Retreating, Hooking, & Lifting clarify the “Hidden Legs,”
Interlocked with Yin Yang & combined with Turning Body.
Treading, Stomping, Limping, Stamping, Bending, Filing, & Tripping,
When practiced until mature & simple, become spontaneous.
If your martial arts are perfected but can‘t be taught,
Students waste their effort, thinking in vain & taxing their minds.
Study martial arts until your gong fu is complete,
When your skill is proficient no one can control your body.
Surpassing skill gains everyone’s respect,
Superior knowledge makes you stand out.
There’s no Way to seek, no end to learning &
No advance after an urgent retreat from pursuit.
To be the best isn’t a difficult matter,
Simply adopt a life of diligent hard work.