Baguazhang’s training is divided into three types: Fixed Frame, Lively Frame, & Variable Frame.
The first step trained must always be Fixed Frame, this is the foundational step of Baguazhang Striking. Fixed Frame is like “One Steps, One Hastens.” Move very slowly, in strict accordance with Baguazhang’s moving training, it must not be quick.
The second step is Lively Frame. Lively Frame is training the Footwork without ceasing. When changing forms the Footwork must not stop, but should go forward quickly as the step arrives. When every form changes the steps in this way you’ll have completed the change into Lively Footwork. In Baguazhang’s Lively Frame, Walking begins like a swimming dragon, like a flying phoenix: very gentle & yet very brave, floating & fluttering, very artistic & pleasing to the eye.
The Third step is Variable Frame. Variable Frame is changing at will. Sometimes the First Palm ends practice, sometimes the Eighth Palm is regarded as the first Palm practiced, & sometimes the Fourth Palm is regarded as the second Palm practiced. Altering the training at will in this way, you will be able to change constantly without end.