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Strong Back, Wings Drawn In

xingyi quan falcon

Left: Baguazhang, Mountain Palm
Right: Xingyi's 12 Animals, Falcon Shape

Bagua’s Mountain Palm and Xingyi’s Falcon Shape share as many commonalities as differences. Both emphasize the importance of integrating the back as a support, a pivot point, or even as a strike, and further utilize "flip over" techniques to both neutralize and eradicate an opponent’s aggression. "Wings Drawn In" refers to maintaining the elbows close to the body, in order to "stick to," stabilize, or support precise, compact use of the hands. While Baguazhang is more circular and, in this case, uses a combination of horizontal and vertical forces to capture the opponent's center, and Xingyiquan is linear, more direct and uses a tighter arc to turn the tables and directly upset the opponent's central equilibrium, both approaches engage the opponent's aggression with lightness and sensitivity, maintain contact, and exploit weaknesses in the opponent's situation.


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