Xingyiquan 8 Postures

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Thanks to my student Mohammed for sharing this article on the 8 Postures stances with me. I assume it was prompted by my admission of not being taught the 8 different postures when learning the XIngyi 8 Postures form directly from master Luo Dexiu. As of Jan 2023, I’m back in Taiwan to ask about these 8 postures and record the postures with Lou; Updates are coming soon.

The first thing to establish is whether these traditional 8 postures are directly connected to the Xingyiquan 8 Postures form.

The Ba Shi postures

  1. QI MA SHI – THE HORSE STANCE
  2. GONG JIAN SHI – THE BOW-AND-ARROW STANCE
  3. XI SHI – THE EMPTY-LEG STANCE
  4. PU TUI SHI – THE LOW LEG-STRETCHING STANCE
  5. DU LI SHI – THE SINGLE-LEG STANCE
  6. ZUO PAN SHI – THE SEATED-ON-OWN-TWISTED-LEG STANCE
  7. SAN QI SHI – THE 30-70 STANCE
  8. SI LIU SHI – THE 40-60 STANCE

Read the rest of the article here:

http://wutanalaska.com/library/articles/bashi/bashi.html

Update 21/02/2023

On returning to Taiwan, I met with my teacher Lou Dexiu. I asked him about the eight postures mentioned in this article and their relationship with our Xingyiquan form called 8 Postures.

He got very animated with the question and quickly dismissed the association. I argued that surely the postures have some bearing on the Xingyi 8 postures form, but he was adamant “no way” he said, “8 postures is made up of four elements and four animals only”. He then tried to explain that the postures I was referring to were part of a more external kung fu training system and that they were not developed as a pre-requirement for use with the Hebei Xingyi Bashi form. Also, my teacher went on to express a current theme of his, which is that form is there to teach movement and not to teach you to be still. In his words, “if you stop, you die!”.

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Ollie

Certified Yizong Instructor Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan with a background in external kung fu and western boxing.