Dui Trigram – Monkey System

DuiMonkeyThe Dui Trigram is represented by the Monkey. The energy of the Monkey System is characterized with the Enfolding Energy or Compacting the Body Force, in which the body contracts in on itself to generate power. The Monkey System may utilize a downward squatting force to drive an opponent to the ground or various leg techniques ranging from powerful kicks to interlocking takedowns. The Monkey guard posture stems from the cross arms which compress and expand with an inward and outward flex. The arm techniques favors multi-dimensional fist and segmented strikes for defending, grasping, or attacking - containing both obvious and hidden leg techniques. It's striking methods are: Bending, Stomping, Straightening, Hip, Chopping, Swinging, Stopping, and Ending.

 

 

 

 

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Zhen Trigram – Dragon System

The Dragon System is known as the lifting and holding palm. The Zhen TrJDragonskigram represents Thunder, generating the most powerful, Shocking force, throughout. The characteristic guard posture of the Dragon is natural, dominant, with the principal of hand protects the elbow, elbow protects heart. The palms press and claw open, ready to pierce or grasp if necessary. The Dragon System's striking methods are: pushing, lifting, carrying, leading, moving, capturing, chopping, and entering. The Dragon's movements are confident, powerful, capable of subduing an opponent while controlling his center. The Dragon's power is constant and flowing, with force emitted through a forward motion of back and waist utilizing the spinal wave, springing from the legs.

 

 

 

 

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Li Trigram – Rooster System

The Rooster System is characterized as the crouching/ lying palmRoosterArt, which has a strong and solid external frame while being soft and flowing internally. The quadrants of the dantian is in constant motion, empty to solid, and the chest concaved which originates from the shape of li trigram.The martial system of the Rooster methodically dodges and shifts the whole body with deep footwork keeping the practitioner's center of gravity close to the ground. It will dodge its body down and around an opponent using extreme height changes and long, low steps known as the Lying Step. The Rooster generates segmented power through the elbow symbolizing the broken line in the middle of the trigram. The Li trigram Rooster system utilizes single/double arm spherical rotations and short force with the palm strikes. The core palm may be held flat for pressing, or hollowed for tearing and scratching an opponent. The chest is kept concaved and pulled back protecting the vital organs from attack, and to move the core and torso out of danger first while the extremities follow during neutralization. The Rooster's striking methods are: Dodging, Extending, Rising, Shifting, Entering, Whipping, Rushing, and Piercing.

 

 

 

Kun Trigram – Unicorn System

The Unicorn/Qilin isunicorngrey the opposite of the Lion, representing pure Yin energy. It is known as the mother of the trigrams and animal systems of Baguazhang. The unicorn is characterized as the Reversing the Body Palm, capable of yielding and attacking with a whirling, whipping force. This system develops appropriate change in response to outside forces, the method of yielding and sticking to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force. The Unicorn's striking methods are: sticking, adhering, soft, following, hip, striking, chopping and cutting. It generates segmented force by utilizing all joints, to produce a flexible, snapping power capable of dissolving, redirecting, and striking an opponent.

 

Qian Trigram – Lion System

The Lion System develops pure Yang energy, and evolves the muscles and tendons most rapidly out of all the animal systems ofliongrey Yin Style Bagua. This system is Men Baozhen, Yin Fu's Grand Disciple's, preferred fighting style and represents the strongest and fiercest of the animals. It is also known as the father of all the trigrams and animal systems of Baguazhang. The Lion System is characterized as the Interlocking Palm, capable of generating the most powerful and severing horizontal and vertical forces. The Lion generates direct force through an opponent, without retreat, and strikes continuously in succession, utilizing solid waist power to generate whole body force through the extremities. The lion's characteristic striking methods are: sweeping, cutting, chopping, hooking, shocking, blocking, seizing and grasping.

 

Bear System – Rushing

1. Utilizing the four point step system in Yin Style Bagua, starting from the back side of the circle, step out with the left foot and strike diagonally downward with the left arm into a Downward Stamping Rushing Strike.

2. Diagonally advance with the left foot and strike diagonally upward with the left arm into an Angled Rushing Strike.

3. Step back diagonally with the right foot and strike diagonally downward with the right arm into a Downward Stamping Rushing Strike.

4. Diagonally advance with the right foot and step back with the left foot, while pulling with the left arm and striking horizontally with the right arm into a Pulling Rushing Strike.

5. Advance open step with the right foot and strike horizontally with the right arm into an Open Step Rushing Strike.

6. Advance with the left foot and strike horizontally with the left arm into an Advance Step Rushing Strike.

7. Diagonally advance with the right foot and strike horizontally with the right arm into an Inward Rushing Stike.

8. Advance with the left foot and pierce with the right arm towards the center of the circle, into a Penetrating Strike.

Gen Trigram – Bear System

The bear system is characterized by Turningrey bearg the Back Palm and takes advantage from a losing position, achieving victory from retreat. The Bear's striking methods are: rushing, penetrating, withdrawing, carrying, leaning, shocking, soft and following. The Bear's power is generated from the dantian to the back, with a blunt, full body stopping force. The bear utilizes a short distance shocking force issued from the back, distinguished by a "Second Energy" differing from other animal systems of Yin Style Bagua. The opposing arm guard structures of the Bear System protects the front and back sides of the body, revolving in horizontal, diagonal, or vertical planes providing a 360-degree spherical guard around the practitioner. With addition of turning the waist and torque of the legs, the Bear Guard structure defends and strikes multiple directions simultaneously.

 

Kan Trigram – Snake System

Yin Fu, nicknamed "Thin Yin" hawsnaked a long and thin build, his outward appearance concealed his true internal strength. He was famous for his use of footwork in evasion and in applying fierce strikes utilizing the "ox-tongue" palm, as well as short powerful kicks. His quick hand work was best applied in adhering, deflecting, and striking, his power (or fajin) was bold, springy, and explosive. He had sensitive and agile legs, with elite footwork, capable of locking, trapping, or unbalancing an opponent with his legs. Yin Fu could grab an opponent's wrist with great strength- his index, middle finger, and thumb were so strong that the opponent could not break free from his grasp. Using this Snake System technique, Yin Fu could easily crush an opponent's wrist and tendons, as well as defeat the opponent with precise strikes to pressure point areas.The Kan Trigam Snake System's striking methods are: shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, thrusting, binding, entrapping, and grasping. The style is characterized by a coiling, smooth, and flowing moving with the force palm, with many of the strikes targeted at vital organs. Yin Fu utilized grasps and binding techniques capable of sealing and constricting an opponent's martial structures and breath.

 

 

Yin Fu – Imperial Bodyguard

Yin Fu (1840-1909) was senior Baguazhang disciple of Dong Haichuan responsible for the creation of Yin Style Baguazhang. Yin Fu was the earliest disciple of Dong Haichuan and served in the Imperial Security Guards in the palace of Prince Duan of Beijing, China. After Dong Haichuan retired from service, Yin took over as the supervisor of the security guards, working for the emperor in the Forbidden City. Yin Fu served as senior martial art instructor and personal bodyguard of Emperor Guang Xu and Empress Dowager Cixi. The Dowager Cixi is the Great Aunt of Pu Yi, the Last Emperor of China. Yin Fu was considered the most methodical and skilled of Dong Haichuan's students. In 1900, he was responsible for escorting the Empress Dowager out of Beijing when the city was under siege from foreign military.