Our eBooks cover the Twelve Animals Form together with a guide on its underlying concepts and applications, as well as a guide to the concepts and techniques of Hsing I.
One of the fundamental forms of Hsing I, the Twelve Animals Form chains together the Five Elemental Fists in twelve distinct themes based on twelve animals to be applied in combat (see description below).
Vol. 1 covers the first five animals of the form: Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse and the Water Lizard (sometimes known as Alligator), as well as Chi development drills as taught in classes in China
Vol. 2 covers the last seven animals of the form: Rooster, Falcon, Swallow, Snake, Tai Bird, Eagle and Bear, as well as harmonization drills as taught in classes in China
For each animal, we cover how to meditate on the form, power generation and training, tips on breathing, and how to apply the form in combat.
Majestic and aggressive – The spirit of the form is to imitate the flowing and sweeping movements of the celestial creature as it soars to the heavens and dives from the skies.
Considered to be at the top of the animal food chain, the ferocity of the tiger is expressed in the Twelve Animals Form through the motions of the predator as it pounces on its prey and tears it apart.
One of the most agile creatures in the wild, the monkey sequence in the Twelve Animals Form focuses on the speed, evasiveness and agility of the monkey. The kicks are low and aimed at the groin. The finger darts go to the throat and eyes and are combined with forceful lunges.
The horse sequence is based on the prancing of the hoofs as it knocks into an enemy. The hoof is shaped like a phoenix fist – i.e. the impact area is centered upon the second joint of a slightly-raised index finger of a clenched fist.
This is the mythical water dragon of Chinese folklore, akin to a giant alligator or crocodile. Extending to over 10 feet in length, it can sink ships and wreck havoc in coastal rivers. The movements of the Water Lizard form mimic the water spout firing from the mouth, and the clawing of the lizard’s claw as it thunders into its target.
The hanging stance of Hsing I (Xing Yi) is inspired by the rooster standing on one leg. The rooster form is characterized by the parting of the hands, symbolizing the spreading of the rooster wings. The darting of the hands represent the pecking of the rooster, and in a fight the relevant target areas are the eyes, throats and pressure points of the enemy.
Considered one of the fiercest predators of Chinese folklore, many moves in kung fu have been inspired by this majestic bird. The falcon sequence in this set focuses on the forward movement of the falcon as it dashes through the forest to attack is prey.
The form mimics the flight of the swallow as it darts up and down. The swallow is a highly agile and acrobatic bird with quick evasive moves. It is given life in the form through a powerful blend of soaring and squatting techniques.
The snake form is inspired by the characteristics of a snake in the wild: Attack the tail, the head would bite. Attack the mid-section, both ends would retaliate. Attack the head, the tail would hit out in defense.
A mythical bird of Chinese folklore, the Tai Bird is thought to be one of the fiercest predators in the skies. The Tai Bird sequence mimics the flapping of the wings as it taunts, blocks and strikes at its enemies and prey.
Eagle & Bear:-
“Eagle & Bear” shares the same pronunciation in Chinese as Hero, and is therefore a fit way to conclude the form. Eagle relates to attack in the form, whilst Bear relates to defense.
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The illustrations for the forms itself comprise of over 137 and 180 carefully created color diagrams for Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 respectively in addition to the many illustrations in the main body of the eBooks.
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Our eBooks contain detailed instructions written by our expert editors in a friendly, easy to read style. All text is in English.
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Multiple angles of the technique are covered in the diagrams where applicable so that you can see the technique from all perspectives.
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