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Hsing I Ch'uan (Xingyiquan) Example Martial Applications of the Five Fists

The Five Fists of Hebei (12 Animals) Style Hsing I Chuan: METAL

In the Five Phases cycle, Metal splits Wood but is smelted by Fire, generated by Earth, and can be transformed into a liquid (Water-like phase). The practice of Hsing I Ch'uan is built on the Five Phases and the use of the art is organized through Five Fists.

Xingyi's Metal (or, Splitting) Fist is primarily associated with movements that press or strike downward and split like an axe. Its nature corresponds to Metal, one of the Five Phases (or Five Elements) of Chinese Medicine and Philosophy as articulated in the Yellow Emperor's Classic on Medicine. Metal is usually the first of the Five Fists taught.

  • Fire - Pounding
  • Wood - Bursting
  • Earth - Crossing
  • Water - Drilling Nei Jia (Internal) kung fu Martial Application Example

Splitting is associated with an Axe-like downward motion in Xingyiquan
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Hsing Yi Ch'uan (Xingyi Quan) Five Phases Example Application: METAL

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