In our Xingyiquan, when you first begin there are two very important things to learn: the mother posture (母式) and the mother fist (母拳). The old saying is "万法源于三体式" - 10,000 methods all originate from San ti shi. The mother posture is called Santi Zhuang Gong, a type of standing meditation. It seems simple and boring but Xingyi Quan ancestors have always insisted that " Santi Zhuang Gong is a treasure. Only when you have mastered it could you become any good". M Shang equally focused on its importance setting very specific requirements for its practice. He was concerned that whilst many imitate they do not understand the internal and structural mechanics that allow Zhuang Gong to be truly effective for combat or health.

The practice of Santi Shi (Xingyi's fundamental stance) is crucial for anyone wanting to study Xingyiquan. However the requirements to practice it correctly are very specific and many guiding principles were passed down from our ancestors as to take note when practicing. There are three key poems to help in this practice this includes the Eight Character Poem and the Three treasures nine postures song. However whilst they guide some aspects there are additional principles. 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. Thus the Eight Characters each have three types, divided which relate it’s differences:

八字为:顶、扣、圆、敏、抱、垂、曲、挺、是也。

 

一曰三顶

头向上顶:有冲天之雄,周身之主,后三关易通(养性)

手掌外顶:有推山之功,气贯全身,力达四梢(肢体)

舌上顶:有吼狮吞象之意,上升之气下行入丹田(固命)

五曰三抱

丹田要抱:气不外散,击敌必准。

心气要抱:遇敌有主,临变不变。

两肋要抱:出入不乱,遇敌无险。

二曰三扣

两肩要扣:前胸空阔,气力到肘。

手、足背要扣:气力到手,桩步力厚。

牙齿要扣:可使筋骨紧缩。

六曰三垂

气要垂:则气降丹田,身稳如山。

两肩要垂:则臂长而活,肩搥肘前。

两肘下垂:则两肱自圆。

三曰三圆

脊背要圆:其力催身,使尾闾中正,精神贯注。

前胸要圆:两肘力气,心窝微收,呼吸通顺。

虎口要圆:勇猛外宜,手有裹抱力。

七曰三曲

两肱宜曲:弓如半月,则力富。

两膝宜曲:如半月力厚。

手腕宜曲:力灵,伸缩自如,劲不断。

四曰三敏

心要敏:如猛狸扑鼠,能随机应变。

眼要敏:如饥鹰捉兔,能顾视察机。

八曰三挺

颈项挺:头部正直,精神贯顶。

脊骨要挺:力达四稍,气敛全身。

膝后挺:气恬神怡,如树生根。

 

 

 

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