The Chinese New Year of the Fire Chicken, year 4714, will officially commence on January 28th, with celebrations beginning on January 27th and formally ending on February 2nd. This year could be rough if you try and take advantage of or bully others. Kindness can be contagious, so make sure to spread as much positive energy as is humanly possible. The internal arts of Bagua, Xingyi, and Taiji very often base their shapes on the Chinese calligraphy that depict the movements or the application most associated with the movements. Xingyi’s Fighting Chicken form, of the Hebei Xingyi 12 Animals style, employs an up and down action with the fists, palms, and feet so as to distract the opponent and create entries for linear and lateral attacks. In this case, the opponent’s arm is captured, and the opponent is lifted and lowered into the ground allowing the practitioner to follow or make an escape depending upon the situation. While the movements of the form are patterned after the Chinese character for Chicken (Ji), it is the gradual flow, central in forming the characters, that is a constant variable utilized throughout all the internal arts, engaging the opponent’s aggression with lightness and sensitivity, maintaining contact, and exploiting weaknesses in the opponent’s situation.
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