The core posture and core palm methods of Yin Style Bagua, are foundationally one of the most crucial structures for a fluent understanding of the eight animal languages in the system. The muscle group rotations in between transitions of the core posture determines the rest of the methods within the system. The snake core posture resembles a coiling of two arms, forming a two-headed snake. The lower arm is capable of trapping while the upper arm is ready to strike, or the lower arm is ready to strike, while the upper arm is trapping or defending. Both arms constrict inward yet remain taut with outward force. Base training application methods of the Snake System utilize the rotations and extensions of the core posture or guard position. For example the lower guard arm thrust strikes at an opponent, upon bridging, the upper guard arm binds to the opponent's left arm, and then underhooks, the lower guard arm then grasps the opponent's neck and pulls diagonally inward, returning to the core posture, setting up the next strike or attack.
The Xun trigram is symbolized by the "Wind". It's fighting technique is known as the "windmill" palm capable of flowing power continuously with great speed and accuracy. In training the Phoenix system, the body's movements will generate force similar to the wind wheel, turning and linking with no gaps in it's form or transitions. The system contains all of the wing strikes which birds use while defending or attacking in nature. The arm strikes will move independently of the body until the point of impact, for better velocity and snapping force. In the Phoenix system, force is emitted from the shoulders, and characterized by whipping and flowing movements. The Phoenix guard or core posture torques at the forearm for dissolving attacks, the fingers firm for piercing, the shoulders kept fluid for redirecting and power. The striking methods are: clearing, extending, chopping, shocking, transforming, removing, curling in, and cutting.