Rooted Kick & Stepping – Xing Yi Day 391

Start with Pi Chuan.

Keep the moving leg extended (but not locked.) As you step the foot slides along the floor building pressure until it shoots outward. The leg should have an unbending quality with your entire body weight in it.

Work this until you can do it quickly, smoothly and repeatedly with all 5 fists.

Shock Step – Xing Yi Day 377

Take any of the 5 Fists. On the inward gathering part of the movement breath in.

Make sure you feel the entire body fill with breath from head to toe.

On the outward movement, exhale with a highly pressurized shhhh sound. Just as the breath filled the entire body the sound should come from the entire body.

The squeezing pressure of the sound will propel you forwards adding power and speed.

Make sure you can do this with all 5 Fists.

Double hit with the whole body – Xing Yi Day 300

Try this with Pi Chuan.  The whole body moves up, forwards and then down.

Strike on the down. Let the energy & momentum cycle around a second time. Up, forwards and then down for a second hit.

With a little practice this should deliver two very rapid strikes with one movement. Just remember to stay relaxed and ride the momentum.

Now train this with the other 4 fists.


Earth Finds and Joins the Opponent – Xing Yi Day 260

Stand in “earth” with your outstretched fist facing your opponent.

With just a tiny bit of movement and adjustment on your part the opponent should be unable to get to any part of your body except for that fist. That fist should ideally be pointed right at their face.

Use this position when you’re 15 feet or so from your opponent.

Run towards your opponent while maintaining this position. This posture is very alive. As you close on them keep tracking them with the outstretched fist so that they have to deal with that before they can get to anything else.

As soon as you feel contact, either your fist hitting them or them hitting your arm, use your crossing fist movement to adjust the angle, parry and bring that other fist out while you run them over with whatever other Xing Yi stuff you feel is appropriate.

This is using both the Decoy and the Hide the Movement principles we talked about earlier.

They should never see the second hand coming.

Pheonix Eye Fist – Xing Yi Day 286

Next we have a couple different hand positions.

Day 286 - Phoenix Eye Fist

Make a fist with your thumb on top of the first finger and extend that first knuckle slightly.

This hand position is used as a glancing, raking our gouging type of strike.

Use this idea and play with all 5 fists and your various applications.

Day 289 – Li Gui Chang Hand Positioning

In this hand position your thumb is tucked behind the first two fingers (not inside.)

As with the last one this is mostly used for raking and gouging type strikes.

This position can feel a little awkward at first so work it with all 5 elements and you’ll find it has some nifty effects on the opponent.

Overwhelming your opponent with a continuous barrage – Xing Yi Day 252

Xing Yi is about overwhelming your opponent with a rapid and continuous barrage of strikes as you collide with them and run them over.

In this case we are using Crushing Fist with the kicking we talked about earlier.

Start walking forward slowly and smoothly. Each step is a kick.

Now begin throwing Beng Chuan (crushing) type punches smoothly and continuously without interrupting your forward movement.

Work out the timing so you can throw 3 punches for every step / kick.

Then speed it up and drill it until you can use this tactic to run over your opponent.

Kicking with all 5 fists – Xing Yi Day 226

This kick is done with the whole leg moving as one piece. It should be relaxed and have your body weight in the kick.

Each time you step with any of the 5 elements you turn that step into a kick. This should almost look like a slightly longer slightly higher step.

There is no chambering, no wind up, no preparation of any kind. your step simply becomes a kick in one smooth motion.

Think about running to kick a soccer ball. if you hesitate or pause to adjust your footing before you kick someone will take the ball. Your step and your kick must be one and the same.

No take all 5 fist and work out the timing until you can flow with all of them while kicking.

Why you should shake hands with your attacker. Xing Yi Decoy – Day 223

The use of bait and decoy is an important aspect of many martial arts and none more so than the Kun Tao and Silat arts form Indochina.

A Decoy is a person, an object or an event that is ment to distract or draw the attention of your prey or your opponent so that you can gain an advantage.

This principle is centuries old and is used in many different ways by game hunters, the military, criminals, law enforcement and many others. Most of the arts from south-east Asia use decoy and many have refined this tactic to a very advanced level of skill.

Even an art like Xing Yi which has a very aggressive, direct, straight-forward, attacking type of approach still uses the principles of decoy.

Shaking Hands

The ‘Shaking Hands’ exercise is a great way to begin learning about the use of decoy in Xing Yi and it is an important tactic in many situations.

Pick any of the 5 fists. Stand in that posture. Now extend your forward hand as if you want to shake hands with your opponent.

Timing is critical

As you close on your opponent (Xing Yi is a closing art) you extend your hand as if to shake hands.

If you do this too early your opponent will have time to see what you are doing and respond appropriately. If you extend your hand too late your opponent will never see it. They’ll already be responding to you.

The correct timing is usually about 2 full steps away from your opponent. You want to give your opponent just enough time to see your hand but not enough time to fully process it.

Work with a partner who can give you feedback and help work out the timing.

Gain the Advantage

Your opponent will either ignore the hand (simply hit them with it) or they will respond. They might flinch away from the hand. They might attack the hand. They might even shake your hand.

As soon as you feel contact with the front hand you simply continue with whichever fist you are using or whichever is most appropriate and run them over with it.

While your opponent is responding to the decoy (your front hand) you are doing something else.

Work this with all 5 fists and remember to hide your movement. Your opponent should never see your other hand coming.