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 Pao Quan (Cannon Fist).
Pao Quan is similar to a cannon and attributed to Fire,
It is excellent and unparalleled in generating transverse (Heng) and overcoming splitting (Pi).
Walk diagonally, charge and ward off, defend, and strike simultaneously,
Rub the tibia, jump and change forwards.
Pao Quan belongs to fire and exemplifies its sudden and fierce eruption.
Its Qi comes from the heart.
One must have force at the tip of the blood
in order for the heart blood to be nourished.
Discussion of the Rising & Falling of Pao Quan (炮拳起落論)
The two elbows embrace tightly as foot lifts up,
Two fists yang must move closely together.
Front hand moves transversely, rear hand straight,
The two fists embrace at the navel.
Qi follows Shen Fa and enters Dan Tian,
Hands and feet fall together, and three points set.
The fist strikes outward high as heart,
Front hand tiger’s eye pushes upward.
Rear fist drills up to the brow,
Tiger’s eye faces down and elbows hang down.
Pao Quan striking method, foot lifts up,
As the foot sets down, front fist drills up.
Fists and feet fall together in the crossing step,
Rear foot is transverse and follows closely.
 顾 Gu – can mean “to look around” or “attend to”, “respond to” or to “take into consideration”. In martial arts texts it is often used to refer to defensive movements that adjust or adapt to the specific energetic signature of the opponent’s attack.
 This refers to the body and head hair as being the ‘tip” or “extremity” of the blood.
 Three Points Set: hand, nose and foot in a line.
 頂Ding: means to push upward from below and to “gore” or “butt” upward.
 十字步 Shi Zhi Bu: Literally the “character ten step.” The ideogram for ten (十) forms a cross.