(一) 要靜/1st Essential Calm
Calm is not the calm of nothingness, the idea is that it must be concentrated, that is the genuine character. In stillness while seeking movement, moving while seeking stillness. Like rivulets of water babbling as they gather at the foot of Dashan, the peaceful seclusion of the mountain range standing alone as a tiny stream threads & flows, a single strand of movement, the tiny stream’s threading flow again contrasts with the towering Dashan’s undivided stillness.
(二) 要鬆/2nd Essential Loosened
Loosened is the whole body is relaxed, the whole body’s joints are relaxed, in order to obtain naturalness, first loosen then Qi & Blood will flow unimpeded. Loosening then is like the meditation ability to calm the Qi, loosening is also able to sink the shoulders & drop the elbows.
(三) 要塌/3rd Essential Settled
Settled is required to be downward, loosened, sunken, settled Jing. The waist loosens, sinks down, & settles. The center of gravity moves down, then the Qi naturally sinks to the Dantian. The shoulders drop into the waist, the waist drops into the kua, & the Kua drops into the knees. Then the Qi sinks, the shoulders sink, the elbows sink, the waist & hips drop & sink. This method causes the whole body, above & below, to mix & yet turn into one round lump of spirit. It is used to attain the Three Reals, that is the Xin is Real, the Spirit is Real, & the Qi is Real. To make the Qi not unconsolidated, Primordial One Qi, condense it into a ball & gather it at the Dantian.
(四) 要扣/4th Essential Arc
That is, Arc the foot to close the knee. The foot Arcs & the knee closes, only then can you grow Wrapping Jin, & obtain Combined Li. The crotch section can then be strictly protected, & the Gudao can then withdraw & collect.
(五) 要提/5th Essential Lift
That is, Lift the anus, & raise the tailbone. The anus must have the intent to lift, only then can Qi go to the Dantian for use in making the Du Vessel free-flowing.
(六) 要頂/6th Essential Thrust
That is, Thrust the tongue up toward the palate, the head Thrusts toward Heaven, & the Palms thrust forward are the Three Thrusts. The tongue thrust up toward the palate is able to connect the Ren & Du two vessels, this is called Building a Magpie Bridge, that is linking together the front & rear for the Small Circulation of Heaven’s gong; the Head Thrusts toward Heaven & then the brain’s Qi is able to resonate. When the brain’s Qi resonates the you’re glowing with health & vigour. The Tailbone gate can then be open & upright, & the Li of the neck & back can grow. Just as the Song Secret says: When the Tailbone Gate open & upright the Soirit threads through the crown; the Palms thrust forward then the Qi & blood can flow unobstructed & unimpeded. The idea is arrival, that is the Qi’s arrival, the Qi arrives & at once the Li arrives.
(七) 要裹/7th Essential Wrap
This is the elbow & upper arm’s Inward Wrapping Jin. Only after the elbow & arm have Inward Wrapping Jin will you attain an empty chest & tight back & give birth to Closing Wrapping Li. It’s like completely wrapping up an object tightly, wrapping success in exactly this type of Jin, collecting together the whole body above & below into a single lump of spirit.
(八) 要垂/8th Essential Drop
This is sinking the shoulders & dropping the elbows. When the shoulders drop the Qi sinks, when the Qi sinks then the Li is real; when the shoulders sink then the elbows drop, when the elbows drop then the wrist settles, when the wrist is settled then the center of the Palm is contaied, & when the center of the Palm is contained then the Palm & fingers become heavy & solid.
(九) 要穿/9th Essential Penetrate
Penetrating Palm is Baguazhang’s sole expert Hand Method. Interlocking Penetrating Palm’s changing pattern is able to leave the enemy unprepared, with eyes confused & spirit bewildered, unable to resist. It is like the Song Secret says: Even experts fear the Three Penetrations.
(十) 要縮/10th Essential Contract
The chest must be contained, both shoulders & both hips contract with Inward Closing Jin, the whole body above & below is like a spring, contracted to store up Li, on the verge of issuing.