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12 Animals of (Hebei style) Xingyiquan: TIGER

Xingyiquan ( Hsing I Ch'uan)

The Tiger is the second of the 12 Animals, and its movements imitate a tiger as it stalks and pounces on its prey. The hands work together and form the shape of a tiger's mouth, sense by feel, and pounce with fa-jing when explosive force is released. The movement trains the shoulders and scapular muscles to become more flexible and pliable, in order that explosive force can be released at will and flow forth without hindrance.

The Tiger form is based on the Fire element, and its footwork is also like the Pounding Fist which employs an angular, side step, as well as the chicken stance and following steps for stability and to support the release of fa-jing. The shape of the movement and the main form emulate the shape of the second written character in the Chinese calligraphy for Tiger. This particular form from the Tiger shape is called, "Tiger Rolls the Ball."

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) Tiger take down (Jiang Rong Qiao style)

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