The Basic Daily Practice in Eight Words

Xingyi’s Eight Words on Standing in San Ti Shi

八字诀 Ba Zi Jue Eight Word Song

頂扣圓敏, 抱屈垂挺
Ding, Kou, Yuan, Min, 

Bao, Qu, Chui, Ting 
Twenty four Points on San Ti Shi

三頂 San Ding/Three Presses

The head presses upward,

The hands press forward,

The tongue presses the palate.

三扣 San Kou/Three Arcs

The shoulders laterally arc,

The backs of the hands and feet evenly arc,

The teeth arc closed.

三圓 San Yuan/Three Rounds

The back is rounded & stretched,

The chest is rounded & contained,

The Tiger’s Mouth is round.

三敏 San Min/Three Sensitives

The Xin is sensitive,

The eyes are sensitive,

The hands are sensitive.

三抱 San Bao/Three Embraces

Embrace Dantian,

Embrace Xin qi,

Embrace the ribs with the elbows.

三屈 San Qu/Three Curves

The arms are curved & extended,

The knees are curved & firmed,

The wrists are curved & settled.

三垂 San Chui/Three Sinkings

The qi sinks to the Dantian,

The shoulders sink & settle,

The elbows sink & point down.

三挺 San Ting/Three Extendings

The neck extends straight

The spine is extended vertically, 

The knees are extended their strength internally.


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