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Guo Gu Min’s Ding Shi Ba Gua Zhang: More Palms for Home Study

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Guo Gu Min’s Ding Shi Ba Gua Zhang changes are a great subject for home study. Guo’s emphasis on the Yao, is incredibly useful for the development of Shen Fa and power. Interpreting Guo’s Ding Shi movements from his writings and accompanying drawings is a fantastic exercise that opens up many avenues of research and internal development.

Moon Embracing Palm (抱月掌  Bao Yue Zhang)

1) Walk leftward along the circle turning leftward, as the arms bend and rotate inward to embrace in front of the chest with the palms facing outward and the thumbs pointing downward, while the other fingers face each other in opposition. Hu Kou spreads open and the two eyes look forward (Fig. 24).

Main Points: The two arms bend, curve, and embrace in front of the chest, assuming a round shape with the elbows, arm and shoulder level. The chest is empty and the back is taut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Yao, shoulder and knee turn as one toward the center of the circle, but without turning past the center of the circle (Fig. 25).

Main Points: When turning back toward the center, the whole body must be loose and relaxed. Do not employ stiff and sluggish force.

3) Walk the circle any number of times. To change direction, turn left and kou bu with the right foot. The eyes look forward (Fig. 26).

Main Points: Kou bu and turn the body. This movement must be coordinated and smooth

4) Bai bu with the right foot while the arms maintain the Moon Embracing Posture and move in front of the body, sweeping in a rightward arc, until they reach the level of the pubic bones. The eyes look forward (Fig. 27).

Main Points: Bai bu must be coordinated with the Moon Embracing Palms as the palms stroke in an arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Without stopping, continue walking along the circle by stepping forward with the right foot, maintaining the Moon Embracing Posture as the arms rise upward along the left side, stroking in an arc to embrace in front of the chest with the eyes looking forward (Fig. 28).

Main Points: In the Moon Embracing Palm, the elbows, arms and shoulders are level, the chest is empty and the back is taut.

6) Yao, shoulder and knee turn as one toward the center of the circle, but without turning past the center of the circle. The eyes look forward (Fig. 29).

Main Points: When turning back toward the center, the whole body must be loose and relaxed. Do not employ stiff and sluggish force.

7) Walk the circle any number of times. To change direction, turn right and kou bu with the left foot. The eyes look forward (Fig. 30).

Main Points: Kou bu and turn the body. This movement must be coordinated and smooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Bai bu with the right foot while the arms maintain the Moon Embracing Posture and move in front of the body, sweep in a leftward arc, until they reach the level of the pubic bones. The eyes look forward (Fig. 31).

Main Points: Bai bu must be coordinated with the Moon Embracing Palms as the palms stroke in an arc.

9) Without stopping, continue walking along the circle by stepping forward with the right foot, maintaining the Moon Embracing Posture as the arms rise upward along the left side, sweeping in an arc to embrace in front of the chest with the eyes looking forward (Fig. 32).

Main Points: In the Moon Embracing Palm, the elbows, arms and shoulders are level, the chest is empty and the back is taut.

10) Yao, shoulder and knee turn as one toward the center of the circle, but without turning past the center of the circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heaven Pointing Ground Drawing Palm (指天划地掌  Zhi Tian Hua Di Zhang)

1) Walk around the line of the circle without stopping as the left palm raises upward along the left side, while the right palm rotates and pierces downward and leftward stretching outward across the front of the body. The two palms now form a vertical line with the palm centers facing in opposite directions. The eyes look forward (Fig. 41).

Main Points: Coordinate the raising and lowering of the two palms. Jin Li issues from the root of the shoulder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Yao, shoulder and knee turn as one toward the center of the circle, but without turning past the center of the circle. The eyes look forward (Fig. 42).

Main Points: When turning back toward the center, the whole body must be loose and relaxed. Do not employ stiff and sluggish force.

3) Walk the circle turning leftward any number of times. To change direction, kou bu with the right foot and turn left. The eyes look forward (Fig. 43).

Main Points: Kou bu must harmonize with the body turn; the movements must be coordinated.

4) The left arm does not move as the wrist bone spirals leading with the little finger so that the fingers spiral upward together so that the hand revolves upward through the center of the palm with fingers pointing rightward (Fig 44).

Main Points: The wrist bone is the axis of rotation for the left palm; the rest of the body does not move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Bai bu with the left foot and the left arm follows the bai bu step by rotating inward from above with the palm center facing outward and the fingers pointing to the right. The hand pushes outward and the eyes look forward (Fig. 45).

Main Points: Bai bu must unify with the movement of the palm.

6) Kou bu with the right foot in front of the left foot forming Ma Bu (Horse Stance) with the back facing the center of the circle. Simultaneously, the left arm bends and spirals inward to stretch rightward above the right arm, while the right arm bends and spirals inward to stretch leftward toward the left armpit underneath the left arm. The eyes look toward the right palm (Fig. 46).

Main Points: The arms spiral inward and outward. Rotating force is maximally employed when the palms stretch outward. Wrapping Jin (Guo Jin) is initiated from the spine.

  1. Continue the form, walking around the line of the circle clockwise without stopping as the right palm goes from the left spiraling inward and rising upward. The left palm spirals from the right going downward and rightward. The two palms now form a vertical line with the palm centers facing in opposite directions. The eyes look forward (Fig. 47).

Main Points: Coordinate the raising and lower of the two palms. Jin Li issues from the root of the shoulder.

8) Yao, shoulder and knee turn as one toward the center of the circle, but without turning past the center of the circle. The eyes look forward (Fig. 48).

Main Points: When turning back toward the center, the whole body must be loose and relaxed. Do not employ stiff and sluggish force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9) Walk the circle turning leftward any number of times. To change direction, kou bu with the left foot in front of the right foot as you turn left. The eyes look forward (Fig. 49).

Main Points: Kou bu must harmonize with the body turn; the movements must be coordinated.

10) The right arm does not move as the wrist bone spirals leading with the little finger so that the fingers spiral upward together so that the hand revolves upward through the center of the palm with fingers pointing rightward (Fig 50).

Main Points: The wrist bone is the axis of rotation for the right palm; the rest of the body does not move.

11) Bai bu with the right foot and the right arm follows the bai bu step by rotating inward from above with the palm center facing outward and the fingers pointing to the left The hand pushes outward and the eyes look forward (Fig. 51).

Main Points: Bai bu must unify with the movement of the palm.

12) Kou bu with the left foot in front of the right foot forming Ma Bu (Horse Stance) with the back facing the center of the circle. Simultaneously, the right arm bends and spirals inward to stretch rightward above the left arm, while the left arm bends and spirals inward to stretch rightward toward the right armpit underneath the right arm. The eyes look at the left palm (Fig. 52).

Main Points: The arms spiral inward and outward. Rotating force is maximally employed when the palms stretch outward. Wrapping Jin (Guo Jin) is initiated form the spine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Continue the form, walking around the line of the circle clockwise without stopping as the left palm goes from the right spiraling inward and rising upward. The right palm spirals from the left going downward and leftward. The two palms now form a vertical line with the palm centers facing in opposite directions. The eyes look forward (Fig. 53).

Main Points: Coordinate the raising and lowering of the two palms. Jin Li issues from the root of the shoulder.