Xingyi Quan is a form of boxing known for its strong combat effectiveness. It is widely acknowledged for its simplicity and quick mastery; some may develop considerable fighting ability within a year, while others might achieve it in just a few months. However, many Xingyi Quan enthusiasts today possess minimal combat skills, and there have been instances where individuals practicing for years have been severely beaten in street fights. Why hasn't the effectiveness of "being able to fight within a year" been demonstrated in these cases?
Over the years, the art of bare-handed fighting has been rapidly developing internationally, displaying a vibrant and flourishing trend. Particularly, Western Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Thai Boxing, and Japan's K-1, with their frequent events, powerful attacks, and shocking promotional effects, have swept the world. Similarly, Chinese martial arts Sanda is also being actively developed just like international combat sports. Whether it's domestic "Sanda King Contests" or Chinese Sanda facing off against American professional boxing, Thai professional Muay Thai, or confrontations with French Free Fight and Japanese Karate, for a time, martial arts competitions between China and abroad were frequent, with victories widely celebrated, truly dazzling and overwhelming to the public. However, a calm analysis of the current state of Chinese martial arts Sanda reveals many deficiencies that need to be improved and perfected.
The Eight Great Divine Dragon Palms are an entry-level technique of the Daoist Kunlun School's Antarctic Gate, a blend of soft body techniques and hard qi gong. This method was…
Requirements for Techniques: First, techniques should be relaxed, flexible, and devoid of any stiffness. Only by maintaining this state can one remain constantly adaptable and easily neutralize the opponent's force, transitioning from extreme softness to extreme firmness in an instant, thereby maximizing explosive power. Avoid any stiffness or rigidity in techniques. Second, techniques should be delivered elastically. This method allows for maximum speed: when attacking, the strike automatically springs forward, catching the opponent off guard; when retracting, it springs back, making it difficult for them to follow. It also ensures coordination between rapid striking methods and agile footwork, resulting in cohesive and concentrated force.
Mr. Zhuge Jiabao, an early disciple of Mr. Guo Gumin, one of the second-generation leading figures of Liang-style Baguazhang, is highly respected in the Liang-style Baguazhang community for his decades of dedication. One day, while visiting "Wu Soul" magazine, I discussed Mr. Zhuge's situation with the editorial staff, who hoped I could help interview Mr. Zhuge, mainly to understand how the Baguazhang predecessors taught and practiced, and the extent of their skills. I found the topic proposed by "Wu Soul" meaningful for exploring, inheriting, and promoting Chinese traditional martial arts, so I gladly accepted.
Indeed, routines like the Eight Major Palms are core to Baguazhang, but many fail to realize that basic exercises are also an essential part of Baguazhang. Like the foundation of a skyscraper, although basic training is slow to show results and time-consuming, if it is solid, the main structure will be stable. Therefore, practicing basic exercises is necessary. Although it may seem tedious at the beginning, with real dedication, one can deeply understand and appreciate the essence, which changes one's perception and understanding: masters of Baguazhang from older generations all emphasize the cultivation of basic skills.
This training session involves combining the six palm attack techniques learned previously for balanced training on both sides. The goal is to master the six palm strike techniques more smoothly and fluently. Start with slow combination training to understand the connection and the principles of exerting force. As proficiency increases, add strength and speed. Once the patterns are mastered, any palm technique can be combined with another, forming a complete attack combination.
"For the past five thousand years, Chinese martial arts have been renowned for their practical combat effectiveness. However, why do some people deny the practical combat functionality of traditional martial arts today? Why do some individuals directly refer to Chinese traditional martial arts as 'dance arts'? The main reason lies in the increasing theatricalization of martial arts, especially in the past few decades.