起式歌訣/Beginning Pattern Song
Erect Form Standing Pattern Palms used as the Fists, are suitable for controlling the timing of Yin & Yang’s sequence. Examine the pattern clearly to know Evading & Dodging, defend the body by laterally inclining to understand Level & Leaning. Advance to attack with Pushing & Lifting, the Steps are Stealing & Half, Stabbing, Striking, Chopping, & Penetrating, learn these valuable techniques completely. If you wish to avoid being put on the spot with the mind & hands confused, then make an effort to study this article while you have the time.
Propping Fist Lifting Palm is like wind & smoke, Chopping, Penetrating, Grabbing, & Controlling patterns are valuable from the oblique. When thrusting out or pulling back the legs are controlled & firm, Hooking, Moving, Wrapping, & Pulling are linked to Chopping & Paring. The Three Basins internally & externally must be genuinely trained, front & rear, high & low mixed strike everywhere. After three full years without missing a single day, you’re guaranteed the ability to overthrow a mountain.
The two eyes are full & open like bright stars, so the head may examine & watch clearly. Look out for the front & look after the rear as swift as lightning, use movement to contend like turning wheel. The second the enemy fixes his body, hand, or foot, take advantage of his emptiness to attack without mercy. When facing an enemy advancing is difficult, unless you completely gather the spirit into both eyes.
The head & face are upright with the hands evenly divided, vertically erect body rises while the legs protect the Yin. Stand obliquely with the feet separated into Ding or Ba steps, the appearance is like riding a horse or stretching a bow in form. When the legs & feet don’t float the body is stable, level rising & level falling allows for nimble movement. When the feet move the legs follow along in Advance & Retreat, the shoulders, waist, & buttocks simultaneously move. In Overturning Body withdraw the abdomen following stretching out & rolling up, obliquely dodge with a shifting pattern to continue the momentum. Practice as if you’re alone against many enemies, thrusting sideways & crashing forwards without stopping.
Profound subtlety exists within the depths of mystery, the Palm is transmitted by teacher & studied until expert. The Palm Methods have many categories to endlessly study, the many schemes are difficult to discuss completely. Where water flows a canal is formed after three years effort, steel must be refined before it can cut strongly. In short, mature practice gives birth to skill, little by little every part complements the others & is linked.
Both knees curve & step with natural strength, bend the front & straighten the rear training to become solid. When zigzagging follow Dodging with Shifting Step, stealthily pass through while obliquely striking to return to turning around the circle. Overturning & returning like a whirlwind, the shoulders stay level & firm, with strong knees carrying & connecting the lower legs.