岳飛八要論/Yue Fei Ba Yao Lun – Yue Fei’s Eighth Essential Thesis

身法維何,縱橫高低,進退反側而已,縱則放其勢,一往而不返,橫則裹其力,開拓而莫阻,高則揚其身,而身若有增長之勢,低則抑其身,而身若有攢捉之形,當進則進,殫其身而勇往直冲,當退則退,領其氣而回轉伏勢,至于反身顧后,后即前也,側顧左右,使左右無敢當我,而要非拘拘焉為之也,必先察人之強弱,運我之機關,有忽縱而忽橫,縱橫因勢而變遷,不可一概而推,有忽高而忽低,高低隨時以轉移,不可執格而論,時而宜進,故不可退而餒其氣,時而宜退,即當以退,而鼓其進,是進固進也,即退而亦實以賴其進,若返身顧后,顧其后而以不覺其為后,側顧左右,而左右以不覺其為左右矣,總之機關在眼,變通在心,而握其要者,則本諸身,身而前,則四體不令而行矣,身而却,則百骸莫不冥然而處矣,身法顧可置而不論乎。 What is the Body Method? Vertical, Horizontal, High, Low, Advance, Retreat, Reverse, & Lateral, nothing more. Vertical is releasing the power in one direction so…

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形意拳七疾/Xingyiquan Qi Ji – Xingyiquan’s Seven Quicks: The Long Version

七疾者, 眼要疾, 手要疾, 腳要疾, 意要疾, 出勢要疾, 進退要疾, 身法要疾也。習拳者具此七疾, 方能完全制勝。所謂縱橫往來, 目不及瞬, 有如生龍活虎, 令人不可捉模者, 唯持此耳。 The Seven Quicks are The Eyes must be Quick, The Hands must…

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形意戰略: 抓住主動權/Xingyi Zhanlue: Zhuazhu Zhudong Quan – Xingyi Strategy: Seizing the Initiative

Recently, while perusing Twitter, I happened upon a retweet from the illustrious Ed Latimore regarding Offensive Strategy. Here's the tweet in question: Now, I'm a…

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岳飛六要論/Yue Fei Liu Yao Lun – Yue Fei’s Sixth Essential Thesis

心與意合,意與氣合,氣與力合,內三合也,手與足合,肘與膝合,肩與胯合,外三合也,此為六合,左手與右足相合,左肘與右膝相合,左肩與右胯相合,右之與左以然,以及頭與手合,手與身合,身與步合,孰非外合,心與眼合,肝與筋合,脾與肉合,肺與身合,腎與骨合,孰非內合,豈但六合而已哉,然此特分而言之也,總之一運而無不動,一合而無不合,五形百骸,悉用其中矣。 The Xin & Yi combine, the Yi & Qi combine, the Qi & Li combine, are the Internal Three Harmonies. The Hands & Feet…

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An Excerpt from Li Cunyi’s Five Phases Manual: 第二節: 變化/Di Er Jie: Bianhua – Section Two: Variations

第二節: 變化/Di Er Jie: Bianhua -Section Two: Variations 拳雖有五而寔有神妙之功用自其變化言之則。劈拳有六, 鑽炮横各有七, 崩拳有九, 共三十六套。以下分述之凡前所有者皆列每段之首。 Although there are only Five Fists, it is said that the spiritually subtlety…

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