•Here’s a small selection from the Old Xingyiquan Boxing Manual, detailing the basic ideas of Wu Xing Quan, the Five Phases Fist. Enjoy!•

一、五行:

1. The Five Phases:
五行者,乃金、木、水、火、土

The Five Phases are Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, & Earth. 
配與五拳者,為劈、崩、鑽、炮、橫

Joined together with the Five Fists, they are Chopping, Smashing, Drilling, Pounding, & Crossing. 
二、五行(五拳)相生:

2. The Five Phases (Five Fists) Mutual Generation:
劈拳變鑽拳,為金生水

Chopping Fist becomes Drilling Fist, so Metal generates Water
鑽拳變崩拳,為水生木

Drilling Fist becomes Smashing Fist, so Water generates Wood
崩拳變炮拳,為木生火

Smashing Fist becomes Pounding Fist, so Wood generates Fire
炮拳變橫拳,為火生土

Pounding Fist becomes Crossing Fist, so Fire generates Earth
橫拳變劈拳,為土生金

Crossing Fist becomes Chopping Fist, so Earth generates Metal
三、五行(五拳)相克:

3. The Five Phases (Five Fists) Mutual Restraint:
劈拳破崩拳,為金克木

Chopping Fist breaks Smashing Fist, so Metal restrains Wood 
崩拳破橫拳,為木克土

Smashing Fist breaks Crossing Fist, so Wood restrains Earth
橫拳破鑽拳,為土克水

Crossing Fist breaks Drilling Fist, so Earth restrains Water
鑽拳破炮拳,為水克火

Drilling Fist breaks Pounding Fist, so Water restrains Fire
炮拳破劈拳,為火克金

Pounding Fist breaks Chopping Fist, do Fire restrains Metal

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