掌分八勢轉為根,左旋右轉要縮身。

二人相戰腕中求,動手取勝步法分。

The Palm divides into Eight Patterns with Turning as the root, both Left Whirling & Right Turning must have Contracting Body. When two people fight each other they seek victory in the wrist, instead use the Footwork to set about distinguishing victory. 

八卦奧妙要學真,走穿擰翻人難進。

任他巨力來打我,旋轉變化到彼身。

Truly study the mysterious subtlety of Bagua, Walking, Penetrating, Twisting, & Overturning make it difficult for people to Enter. No matter how tremendous the power he uses to come & strike me, the variations of Whirling & Turning bring me close to his body. 

八卦八形陰陽生,六十四掌藏真情。

練至筋骨通靈處,周身貫氣縱橫行。

Bagua’s Eight Shapes are born from Yin & Yang, the Sixty four Palms conceal the truth. Train until you arrive at the point where the physique connects to the spirit, the whole body is threaded together by Qi moving vertically & horizontally. 

先天之氣要練習,剛柔相併細推尋。

八卦掌法留意記,不怕猛漢力千斤。

The Congenital Qi must be practiced, the Mutual Combination of Hard & Soft should be carefully examined. When Baguazhang’s Method is carefully noted & memorized, you need not fear a ferocious man with strength to lift a thousand Jin. 

外重手眼身法步,内修心神意氣根。

昇降開合練内功,丹田有寳妙無窮。

Externally attach importance to the Hands, Eyes, Body, Method, & Steps, Internally cultivate the Mind, Spirit, Intent, Qi, & Root. Ascending & Descending, Opening & Closing all train the Internal Skill, the Dantian is a mysterious & inexhaustible treasure. 

哼哈意合吞吐妙,霹靂一聲使人驚。

乾坤艮巽分四隅,坎離震兑八卦成。

Hen & Ha Intent combined with the subtlety of Swallow & Spit, results in a Thunderbolt Sound that can be used to startle people. Qian, Kun, Gen, & Xun are distributed to the four corners, Kan, Li, Zhen, & Dui complete the Eight Signs. 

練功須明三步妙,上下二氣不離中。

八卦掌法貴三盤,三盤三節各分三。

You must understand the subtlety of the Three Steps when Training the Skill, neither the Upper or Lower Qi leave the Center. Baguazhan’s Method values the Three Basins, the Three Basins & Three Sections all divide by three. 

三盤功夫全在腿,趟泥步法意存丹。

上下三丹水火濟,掌中力從湧泉行。

The Three Basins’ Gongfu is located entirely in the legs, the Mud Wading Step Method, & keeping the Intent in the Center. The Major & Minor Three Centers are aided by Water & Fire, the Palms’ striking power travels from the Yongquan. 

練藝精心求其妙,證悟斯道得長生。

Train the skills with utmost care to to seek their mysteries, long life is the proof that that you’ve comprehended this Dao. 

軟中求硬好,縮小綿軟巧。

Softness within that seeks Hardness is good, Contacting, Smallness, Softness, & Flexibility are skillful. 

要講九節勁,言明得知曉。 

You must emphasize the Nine Sections Jin, state them clearly to understand them clearly. 

掌拳肘和腕,肩腰胯膝腳。

Palms, Fists, Elbows, & Wrists, Shoulders, Waist, Kua, Knees, Feet. 

手眼身法步,此是武藝招。

Hands, Eyes, Body, Method, & Steps, these are the implements of Martial Skill. 

周身要整勁,慢慢往里走。

The whole body must have orderly Jin, which slowly moves toward the inside by Walking. 

左右變化廣,動對賽猴貓。 

Left & Right the variations are numerous, moving as a pair is superior to a monkey or cat. 

旋轉穩健步,站如泰山牢。

Whirling & Turning with firm Steps, stopping is as stable as Mount Tai. 

蠅蟲不能落,輕時如鴻毛。

Flies cannot land on you when you’re as light as goose down. 

學會八卦掌,比人招法高。

Learning Baguazhang makes your method of use superior to others. 

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