Advance, Retreat, Empty, Solid,
Leap, Jump, Exit, Enter
Dodge, Cheat, Clear, Shift,
Open, Close, Take, Shut
Long, Short, Rise, Fall,
Hard, Soft, Stiff, Flexible
Each one has its place, be careful not to neglect them.
進退虛實/Advance, Retreat, Empty, Solid
Inside Advance & Retreat there is Empty & Solid, within Empty & Solid there is Advance & Retreat.
躥跳出入/Leap, Jump, Exit, Enter
Leaping is springing straight ahead, it has the subtlety of a flying squirrel taking off. Jumping is stamping the foot rising vigorously, it is surprising like a pellet leaving the bowstring, nimble & fast. Use full strength to rise evenly, alternating use of horizontal & vertical. Simultaneous Exiting & Entering are required.
閃賺騰挪/Dodge, Cheat, Clear, Shift
Dodging is like a lantern exploding in the blink of an eye, its form changes, disappearing without a trace. Palms, fists, elbows, & knees using it is suitable without exception. If you only regard it as evading, then your Dodge unworthy of this character. Cheating is deceiving. Clearing is putting aside. Shifting is removing. They all have the Dodging character within without exception.
開合收閉/Open, Close, Take, Shut
Opening is extending, Closing is joining hands in order to circle & open the posture. There is Big Opening & Big Closing, Small Opening & Small Closing, Reverse Opening & Straight Closing, Straight Opening & Reverse Closing. The Body Method & Footwork follow the hands & vary. Taking is unexpectedly going out & suddenly returning. Shutting is closing the door & making it impossible to enter. Returning has the potential to go out, Shutting conceals the chance to Open. Opening & Closing are strung together with Taking & Shutting. However, when discussing horizontal then it’s Opening & Closing, when discussing verticle it’s Taking & Shutting.
長短起落/Long, Short, Rise, Fall
Long & Short are suddenly Long & suddenly Short. Maybe one hand is itself Long & Short, maybe both hands are mutually Long & Short. Short changes to become Long, Long transforms to become Short, while also simultaneously Exiting, Entering, Advancing & Retreating too. Rising is striking below & overturning above, Falling is going out above & taking below. There is center Falling & center Rising, one side Falls & one side Rises, center Falling & side Rising, side Rising & center Falling, left & right are interlocked, don’t deliberate over where they begin & end.
剛柔硬軟/Hard, Soft, Stiff, Flexible
Hardness cannot be bent, Stiffness cannot be broken, Soft is like a willow branch in the wind twisting with no escape, Flexible is like flowing water soaking powder with nowhere too small to enter.
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