[The Eight Character Skills] get their beginning from Returning & Revolving: the Outgoing Pattern uses Chicken Shape, Revolving Body & Tiger Supporting, the Receiving Pattern is Retreat Step Crossing Fist, Returning Body Clouding uses the body’s returning when power reaches its utmost; Revolving Body Clouding relies on keeping the power within the body’s revolving when reaching the extremity of openness, both types are similar & yet different, why?
[Orthodox School Eight Character Skills] has Eight Character secrets as follows:
Zhan/Extend: Extending, the idea is broad, that is expanding & opening the hands & feet.
Jie/Cut: Cutting, it is cutting off, that is cutting off the retreating enemy’s hand, this is the best Observing Body Method.
Guo/Wrap: Wrapping, it is completely enwrapping an object, wrapping an enemy’s hand can make it miss it’s mark, the body whirls & the power is soft, that is the wonder of using softness to conquer strength.
Kua/Stride: Stride as if in Horse Riding Pattern, which is talking about its form, but actually supporting the Kua completes the pattern.
Tiao/Raise: Raising’s power is located in the shoulder & leg, with a Snake Shape mutually reciprocal power that slightly lifts up the hand.
Ding/Thrust: Thrusting’s power is located in the head, therefore using a straight head to hang the shoulders from is good.
Yun/Move: “Shuo Wen” says: [Yun, from ‘Yu Yun/rain cloud,’ it imitates the shape of a cloud’s turning around.] In modern usage, we borrow the idea of it’s turning around motion. It is both Palms swiftly moving around like clouds.
Ling/Lead: Leading, it is receiving, taking advantage & receiving gain.
[Unorthodox School Eight Character Skills] has Eight Character secrets as follows:
Zhan/Sever: Left & Right Chopping Hanging Severing adds Overturning, Forward Step Tiger Pouncing adds Head Drilling.
Jie/Intercept: Seize & Capture the elbow in the middle of the arm to intercept the shoulder, One Yin One Yang, Left & Right exchanging.
Guo/Wrap: Wrapping Elbow Scrapes the Earth adds an elbow hammering, the elbow strike’s meaning is in the waist.
Kua/Hips: Shoulder & Elbow striking ideas are closely linked, Left Raise & Right Elbow is not ordinary.
Tiao/Raise: Scraping Leg, in the midst of rising forward, adds a Knee Thrust, it’s an authentic traditional technique.
Ding/Thrust: From the Crane Spreads Wings Left & Right Overturning, link & connect the elbow during the wrapping & raising.
Yun/Move: Hang Above, Scrape Below, the hands & feet connect, additionally, both can thrust becoming Horse Fist.
Ling/Lead: Left & Right Leading Hand Yin Yang exchanges, Drilling Above & Striking Below has the ability to use the fists.
Qi Men Ba Zi Lianhuan Quan Ge Jue/The Unorthodox School Eight Character Interlocking Fist Song is as follows:
Beginning Hand Eagle Seizing is authentic tradition, Hook & Hang in the midst of clutching the enemy & Sever. Forward Step Crossing Elbow’s idea is cutting off, Retreat Step Wrapping Elbow’s origin is “Three.”
Elbow & Hip, both moving laterally has ferocious intent, Golden Rooster Mounts Frame Raising’s idea is Overturning. White Crane Spreads Wings Changing Step thrusts, Cloud Leading Pattern in the midst of Interlinked legs.