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12 Animals of (Hebei style) Xingyiquan: EAGLE / BEAR

Xingyiquan ( Hsing I Ch'uan)

The combined Eagle/ Bear imitates an Eagle swooping down on its prey on one hand and on the other a Bear standing up displaying its ferociousness. It has the most unique footwork of all 12 animals, with the rear heel raised off the ground when crouching down like an Eagle combined with the shuffling, following step (common to many of the steps in Xingyi's Five Fists) when standing up like a Bear. This shuffle step I'm referring to is very common when practicing the Five Fists with the "Chicken" step. The Eagle form often is characterized by a standing arm/elbow lock, while the Bear is often characterized as a drilling fist from the Five Fists. Although, the Bear form can be applied as a method which secures or "keys" the arm lock. The Eagle/Bear form is often thought to combine the Earth and Water phases of the Five Fists.

The shapes of the Eagle and the Bear both emulate the shape of the Chinese character for Eagle and Bear respectively.

This Hebei style of Hsing-I Ch'uan (Xing Yi Quan) is organized using 12 Animals that group and teach the martial characteristics of particular actions.

Sample Applications from the 12 Animals: Nei Jia (Internal) Kung Fu Martial Application Example

Hsing I (Xingyiquan) Eagle / Bear (1) take down (Jiang Rong Qiao style)

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The approach of Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang is to engage the opponent's aggression, maintain contact and exploit the weaknesses in the opponent's situation.
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