八卦轉掌論陰陽,五行六合內中藏。
Bagua Turning Palm discusses Yin Yang,
the Five Phases & Six Harmonies are hidden within.

七星八步九宮定,兩儀三才見柔剛。
The Seven Stars, Eight Steps, & Nine Palaces are fixed,
the Two Aspects & Three Powers observe Soft & Hard.

混元一氣培根本,四正四隅按八方。
The Primordial One Qi cultivates the basis,
The Four Sides & Four Corners control the Eight Directions.

落步三盤掰扣步,發行四梢彎轉強。
Falling Step, Three Sections, Swinging Hooking Steps,
The Four Tips issue strength through Bending & Turning.

前掌虛實牛舌樣,後手埋伏肘下藏。
The lead hand is both Empty & Solid, with an Ox Tongue shape,
The rear hand is hidden below the elbow, ready to ambush.

進步有門退有法,變化反正掌陰陽。
Advance the steps correctly & Retreat methodically,
Change & Transform Reverse & Straight Palms with Yin Yang.

屈直橫豎斜正面,翻轉盤旋腰主張。
Bent, Straight, Horizontal, Vertical, Inclined, Upright face,
The waist controls Flipping over, Turning, Coiling, & Whirling

內講五行分四梢,外有五行眼法強。
Internally, emphasize distinguishing the Five Phases in the Four Tips,
Externally, there are five motions that strengthen the Eye Method.

內講氣通分三節,外有手法分陰陽。
Internally, emphasize the Qi connecting each component of the Three Sections,
Externally, there are Hand Methods divided into Yin & Yang.

步法走轉分八字,身法意氣仔細詳。
The Footwork walks a circle, consisting of Eight Words,
The Body Method, Intent, & Qi are carefully detailed.

柔身轉換不定勢,高低遠近無限量。
A Soft Body Transforms infinite power,
High or Low, Near or Far, with unlimited capacity.

腰法要合分四梢,眼法要合定八方。
The Waist Method must harmonize the Four Tips,
The Eye Method must harmonize the order of the Eight Directions.

手法要合情變化,用法要合左右防。
The Hand Method must harmonize feeling & variation,
The Application Method must harmonize left & right in order to defend.

膀法要合陰陽變,身法要合扭轉強。
The Arm Method must harmonize with Yin Yang to transform,
The Body Method must harmonize Twisting & Turning strongly.

胯法要合挨身使,膝法要合進身旁。
The Hip Method must harmonize with Close Body usage,
The Knee Method must harmonize with advancing the body to the side.

步法要合進退快,閃展騰挪腰偏強。
The Footwork must harmonize quick Advance & Retreat,
When Dodging, Extending, Rising, or Shifting, the waist inclines forcefully.

頭打去意隨腰使,起落總須站中央。
In usage, the strikes follow the waist’s movements,
Either Rising or Falling, always stand with center.

腳踏中門搶地位,掌行直穿上下忙。
Tread the Center Gate to steal position,
The palm moves in with quick Upper & Lower Straight Penetrating.

拳打起落頭手擋,肘打去意占胸膛。
When Hand Striking, the lead hand blocks whether Rising or Falling,
When Elbow Striking, aim for the chest.

背緊胸空提谷道,肩打胯擊並陰陽。
Tighten the back, empty the chest, & lift the “Gu Dao,”
Shoulder & Hip Striking combine Yin & Yang.

身法全憑蓋世氣,兩手只在胸前藏。
The Body Method maintains & depends on unrivaled Qi,
Both hands always conceal the front of the chest.

推托帶領隨身勁,搬扣劈進上下忙。
Pushing, Lifting, Carrying, & Leading follow the body’s Jin,
Moving, Capturing, Chopping, & Entering Above & Below quickly.

八勢八母總由轉,以掌為母悟刀槍。
The Eight Postures & Eight Mothers are generated from Turning,
Use the Palm as the mother to comprehend the saber & spear.

文知八卦明道理,武曉易理亦生光。
Scholars comprehend the brilliant Principles of the Eight Diagrams,
Fighters demonstrate the Theory of Change with equal brilliance.

先師掌法傳至今,世人鮮有得其真。
The First Teacher’s Palm Method has been transmitted to the present day,
But few people can truly acquire it.

莫說前人多保守,只怨己身功未深。
Don’t blame your conservative elders,
Blame your own lack of deep skill.

說明道理揆用意,樹茂枝繁根必深。
To illustrate this principle consider this thought,
A tree with many lush branches must have deep roots.

八卦先從轉掌起,精研其法乃得真。
Ba Gua originally started with Turning Palm,
Thoroughly research its Method to obtain its truth.

頭頂肩垂行氣下,直到丹田出入勻。
Raise the head, hang the shoulders, & move the Qi downward,
Evenly Exiting & Entering the Dan Tian.

臂間要分三節用,身法要停四梢勻。
The space between the Arms must distinguish the Three Sections in use,
The Four Tips are balanced when the body’s motion stops.

步走圓圈分八卦,跟隨身手一團神。
The steps walk a circle divided by Eight Diagrams,
Following the body & hands with one spirit.

元氣須在肛門提,猿臂熊膀龍虎身。
The Original Qi must rise from the anus,
Ape Arms, Bear Shoulders, Dragon & Tiger Body.

二人對手腕中求,動手制勝步法分。
When two people fight, they seek victory in the wrist,
In a fight it is meticulous footwork that controls victory.

上下前後左右使,肩肘膝胯裡外輪。
Upper & Lower, Front & Back, Left & Right must all be used,
The shoulders, elbows, knees, & thighs are round inside & out.

腿法出腿不見腿,八卦起落腳為根。
The Leg Method is : “Put forth the leg without it being seen,”
In Bagua, Raising & Lowering the Foot is the root.

前後左右三十六,橫腿順提又切真。
The Front, Back, Left, & Right make Thirty-six,
The Horizontal Leg is advantageous, Lifting & Cutting are real.

進退勾掛明暗腿,連環陰陽並轉身。
Advancing, Retreating, Hooking, & Hanging clarify the “Hidden Legs,”
Interlocked with Yin Yang & combined with Turning Body.

蹬踹蹁踩屈搓絆,習之熟純使無心。
Treading, Stomping, Limping, Stamping, Bending, Rubbing, & Tripping,
When practiced until mature & simple, become spontaneous.

武術雖精教無法,徒費心機枉勞神。
If your martial arts are perfected but can‘t be taught,
Students waste their effort, thinking in vain & taxing their minds.

學習武藝功夫到,得了藝業不壓身。
Study Martial Skills until your gong fu is complete,
When your skill is proficient no one can control your body.

藝如出眾人尊敬,學問高強自超群。
Surpassing skill gains everyone’s respect,
Superior knowledge makes you stand out.

莫道求學無止境,不進則退急追尋。
There’s no Way to seek, no end to learning &
No advance after an urgent retreat from pursuit.

世界之上無難事,一生之計在於勤。
To be the best isn’t a difficult matter,
Simply adopt a life of diligent hard work.

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