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Flowing with Gold
Left: Xingyi’s "Metal Fist"
Right: Chinese Calligraphy (Jin)
Applying the internal arts very often relies on flexibility and precision to neutralize and redirect an opponent’s aggression. Surprisingly, Xingyi’s obvious linear movements contain a barrage of angles and arcs. While the Metal Fist is simply associated with "splitting like an axe," the act of splitting wood with an axe has at least a few variations besides vertical swinging, and swinging itself is better performed by going with the flow , emphasizing accuracy, and concentrating on precision. The character for Metal (or Gold) contains a mineshaft above with gold nuggets under the earth (tu), giving further susbstantiation that the application ought to be a combination of upper and lower level actions, which split the opponent’s standing position in more ways than one. However, that said, brute force will be met with as much, so the concept of going with the flow that is central in forming the characters, and is a constant variable in the practice of Taiji and Bagua, as well as Xingyi, would likely be met with much less resistance.
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