The Eight Characters are Thrust, Arc, Round, Agile, Embrace, Hang, Bend, & Straight. The Stake Method type of Boxing is standing for fixed periods of time. These Eight Characters are must have, therefore, so as to store up Li & nourish Qi, causing me to have no handles for the enemy to use. And so the Eight Characters each have three types, divided to to relate it’s differences:
一曰三頂/the 1st is Three Thrusts
What are the Three Thrusts? The Head Thrusts Upward, with vigor as imposing as Heaven, the Head is the whole body’s master, & the upward Thrusting eases the opening of the Back’s Three Gates, the arm Qi causes it reach the Niwam when used for Spiritual Cultivation. The Palms Thrust outward, having Pushing the Mountain Skill, with the Qi threading through the whole body, & Li reaching the Four Limbs. The Toungue Thrusts upward, this is to have the appearance of a Roaring Lion Swallowing an Elephant, it is able to lead the Kidney Qi to ascend & descend returning to the Dantian to be used to solidify life. This is the meaning of the Three Thrusts.
二曰三扣/The 2nd is Three Arcs
What are the Three Arcs? Both shoulders must Arc, then the chest can be empty & broad, & the Qi & Li can reach the elbow. The back of the hand must Arc, then the Qi & Li can reach the hand, & the Stake Step Li will will rich. The teeth must Arc, then the physique will tighten, this is the meaning of the Three Arcs.
三曰三圓/The third is Three Rounds
What are the Three Rounds? The spine must be Round, it’s strength urges the body, then the tailbone is centered & upright, & the Essential Spirit threads through the crown. The chest must be round, then the Li of both elbows will be complete, the Xin’s nest will be slightly collected, & the breathing will be smooth. The Tiger’s Mouth must be round, so that bravery & fierceness are on display, then the hands will have wrapping holding Li, this is the meaning of the Three Rounds.
四曰三敏/The fourth is Three Agiles
What are the Three Agiles? The Xin must be Agile, like an angry fox catching a mouse, then it’s able to change according to the situation. The eyes must be agile, like a hungry eagle clutching a rabbit, then it’s able to prepare by inspecting the circumstances in advance. The hands must be agile, like a hungry tiger seizing a sheep, then it’s able to gain the initiative by striking first, this is the meaning of the Three Agiles.
五曰三抱/The fifth is Three Embraces
What are the Three Embraces? The Dantian must be Embraced so that the Qi does not disperse, & striking the enemy will be accurate. The state of mind must be embraced so that in encountering an enemy there is a “master,” & you face change without changing. Both upper arms must embrace so that Coming & Going are without confusion, & the enemy may be received without danger, this is the meaning of the Three Embraces.
六曰三垂/The sixth is Three Hangs
What are the Three Hangs? The Qi hangs & so the Qi falls to the Dantian, the body is as stable as a mountain. Both shoulders hang down, then the arms are long & lively, with the shoulder urging the elbow forward. Both elbows hang down naturally rounding out both of the upper arms, & it’s able to solidify the ribs, this is the meaning of the Three Hangs.
七曰三曲/The Seventh is Three Bends
What are the Three Bends? Both of the upper arms should Bend, arcing like half-moons, then the Li will be abundant. Both knees should bend, bent like half-moons, then the Li will be thick. The wrist should bend, bent like a half-moon, then the Li will be collected. In all cases adjust the amount of extension or contraction accordingly, he idea is to use Jin continuously, this is the meaning of the Three Bends.
八曰三挺/The Eighth is Three Straights
What are the Three Straights? The neck is straight then the head upright, & the Jing Qi threads to the crown. The spine & waist are straight, then the Li can reach the Four Tips, & the Qi threads through the whole body. The knees are straight, then the Qi is calm & the Shen is harmonized, like a tree growing roots, this is the meaning of the Three Straights.