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In Student’s Corner, practitioners Ba Gua and Xing Yi, students at New York Internal Arts, and those participating in our online learning programs will find support materials and articles that will aid them in learning and understanding Internal Martial Arts.This includes the names of the movements in the internal forms, photos and video footage and advice from famous masters on correct training methodology.


Xing Yi Quan Linking Forms

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Presented here are the names of the movements in the Xing Yi Linking Forms as they are practiced in the Xing Yi Quan of Master Li Gui Chang. Knowing the names of the movements helps one to remember and understand them.

Also included is a poem detailing the key points of the Chicken Form Four Method Fist and a list of Xing Yi Quan’s Eight Words and Six Harmonies (Liu He and Ba Zi), which are the basis of the Six Harmony or Catalog Fist Form: Mu Lu Quan.
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Pre-Heaven Eight Animal Palms of Gao Ji Wu

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The names of the movements in the Pre-Heaven Eight Animal Palms (Xian Tian Ba Gua Zhang) of Master Gao Ji Wu.
Xian Tian Xiang Xing Zhang 先天象形掌
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Ba Gua Zhang Thirteen Elbows 八卦掌十三肘

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The names of the movements of the Ba Gua Zhang Thirteen Elbow form as taught by Zhang Hua Sen, disciple of Li Zi Ming.
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12 Animal Poems of Xing Yi Quan

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The poems relating to the Twelve Animals of Xing Yi Quan give the practitioner insight into the internal dynamic and Jin (energy, strength and spirit) of each animal. These insights ai correct performance and application.

The poems are presented here in translation, with the original Chinese characters, plus commentary by Tom Bisio. Read More…

Songs of Xing Yi Quan: The Five Fists

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These classic Chinese poems relating to the Xing Yi Quan’s Five Fists give the practitioner insight into the internal dynamics and Jin (energy, strength and spirit) of each of the fists. These insights aid correct performance and application. The poems are presented in translation with the original Chinese characters and commentary. Read More…

Gao Zi Ying Annotation on the Sixty Four Hands of Ba Gua Zhang

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八卦六十四手直趟 Ba Gua Zhang Liu Shi Si Zhi Tang

Annotation and Commentary by Gao Zi Ying.

Starting Position:  Old Monk Upholding the Alms Bowl

Start with old monk upholding the alms pattern in training every line of sixty-four forms of eight diagram palms.

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The 64 Hands (Liu Shi Si Zhang)

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直趟八卦六十四掌

Straight Line Eight Diagram Sixty-Four Palms

郭古民 Guo Gu Min

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Lao Ba Zhang 老八掌: Old Eight Palms

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The names of the movements for the Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang) as taught by Master Wang Shi Tong.

Opening

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Xing Yi Quan’s Oral Tradition: The Eight Word Song and the Eight Necessities

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Like Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan also employs rhymed verses and mnemonics in order to help the student remember the key body alignments and points for attention in practicing the forms and movements  and understanding their function as a Nei Gong practice and as a method of self-defense. This first installment of Xing Yi’s oral tradition presents two short mnemonics for remembering the body alignments and body patterns of San Ti Shi and the five fists. Read More…

Training methods of ba gua zhang – part 2

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八卦掌的锻炼方法

Translated by Huang Guo-Qi and Edited by Tom Bisio

1. Straighten neck, uplift vertex, Smooth buttocks, hold anus.

To straighten the neck means to keep the neck naturally straight and erect. In training, do not lift the head backward and do not lower the head. Do not tilt the head leftward or rightward. To uplift the vertex means to take in the chin and uplift the head vertically. To smooth the buttocks means to contract the buttocks downward and inward. In training, the tailbone does not stick out as much as a hair’s-breath. To hold the anus means to contract and control the muscle of the anus, and not to have it relaxed. Read More…

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