The “songs” or rhymed verses of Xing Yi Quan give the practitioner insight into the essential internal and external actions of the movements. This post covers three verses pertaining to Pi Quan (Splitting Fist).
Splitting Fist (Pi) is like an axe and is attributed to Metal,
It is wonderfully unsurpassed in generating drilling (Zuan) and overcoming bursting (Beng).
The Lung is moistened, the nose opens and Qi circulates smoothly,
Rise, drill, fall, and overturn, there must be twisting (Ning) power (Jin).
Jin (劲) can means force, energy and even spirit. In internal martial the arts Fa Jin (发劲) – literally “emitting force” refers to a sudden shocking emission of power. Ning Jin is “Twisting Power/Energy.”
Splitting Fist belongs to metal, and exemplifies its sharp, cutting property,
Its Qi emits from the lung.
A slight exertion of the sinews opens up the lungs,
Therefore, Splitting Fist is able to nourish the lungs.
Discussion of the Rising & Falling of Pi Quan
From the mouth, come the two fists closely held,
Up to the eyebrow drills the fore-fist.
Close behind follows the hind-fist,
Both arms embrace the ribs as the heart unites.
Qi follows the body movements and sinks to Dan Tian,
The two hands sink together as the back foot follows.
The fingers spread and Hu Kou Is round,
Fore-hand is at the height of the heart.
Hind-hand is hidden beneath the armpit.
Hand, nose, foot form the “3 points set.”
The small finger turns upward to the eyebrow.
Pi Quan striking method drills upward,
As hands and feet sink, upthrust the tongue.
Advance, change styles, and the Yin hand sinks.
 3 Point Set: hand, nose and foot in a line.