Hsing Yi is the only method for adding the force of the step to every strike
with the Scissor Stepping: which not only focuses the whole body weight, but lets you 'hit with the ground'.

The Xing Yi Scissor Stepping is rooted as a sail boat's keel is. When a boat rocks, it will send a wave of motion upward to the mast; whipping the tip.

The two leg's rooted steps are the scissor handles of the scissor-stepping that are driving the martial motion. The force moves from the steps through one’s Lower Dan Tien (scissor’s axis pivoting point). This scissoring motion continues to the arms while the legs move forward. The arms act as the scissor’s cutting end, the hands the tip.

'In boxing when your right hand goes forward, the left hand pulls back as if tearing cotton or drawing a bow. This is done slowly, not abruptly. When your two hands go forward it is like pulling a cart. That is, just as your legs, not your hands, move the cart, it is your legs, not your hands, that impart sternght to your boxing. The rear foot holds strength as though you are going to leap off it across a ditch.',
Hsing-I: Chinese Mind-Body Boxing by Robert W. Smith, page 93.

Stomp while advancing; as a one would off a trampoline to launch a strike. This has a pedaling action forward, with the front foot directing and shaping the force issued by the rear foot.

Depending on the type of punch you are doing, you'll need to plant the foot first then punch, sometimes you'll need to establish the root before the punch in order to prevent sliding or the punch from throwing you off balance. If you do not anchor your foot with a low center of gravity, the force of a strike could move you backward, rather than penetrating the target.

Reasons for starting the step first and continuing it as you strike:

A canon is anchored to the ground, or when it is shot the explosion would be dissipated by the canon moving forward. The cannonball would not hit forward with as much force. If the canon was mounted on a jet going forward, it would hit with more force than when the jet was not accelerating. So too it is with starting the step first and continue stepping forward and punching. These actions are detailed in Newtonian Physics.

In gymnastics, a springboard is used for forward and upward movement in vaulting to spin a forward flip. Do not complete the step and then jump, you step slightly before the jump and continue it. This pedaling action of the springboard/vaulting board has the same mechanical principles as stepping first, continuing the step with the pedaling action, as you strike forward. A springboard will also increase the horizontal distance in the broad jump. Pole vaulting also uses the combination of adding to the step's energy to the body and arm for a launch.

It's possible to step first and keep much of the momentum, if the person adds it to other mechanics of punching such as the sports; football, lacrosse, and baseball. Watch a baseball pitcher before they throw the ball, they take a big step. When playing basketball, and someone stops a little too late before colliding, it will send the other player flying.

With Two section and Three Sectional staffs and Nunchakus, the bottom section starts first and continues the action as it passes the energy from one section to the other; increasing energy as it goes toward the tip. In the body the first section is the feet stepping and legs, the second section is the body, the third section the hands and arms. Stepping first before a punch, utilizes these principles.

Hsing Yi (Xing Yi) Stepping

Hsing-i has a unique scissor step for directing earth root and whole body power; With the foot steps, the true idea is to not fall into emptiness. Disperse the breath. The issuing is totally in the rear foot. Store up the intent. You need to protect the groin. If the beginning posture is good, then use ‘Sweeping the Ground Wind’.

In every movement, watch your Yi. When Yi generates the idea for movement, the Qi will be immediately led to the end section, starting the movement of the end section. The middle section follows and the root section urges the movement. This is not the same as Tai Chi, because the body in Hsing-i is more like rattan than water. Even though it is flexible, the body is hard so when the Yi is generated on the target, the tip can move first, and the power is pushed from the body and the root section.

A common internal concept is keeping feeling in the rear foot. This feeling, should be based toward the heel, and relates to rooting; and the propagation of the wave energy from the ground, throught the legs, directed by the Lower Dan Tien via the scissor-stepping unique to Hsing Yi.

The slowest part of moving forward martially is the turning of the front foot outward, before the step; so when it becomes the new back leg, it stabilizes the stance. Experienced fighters will see this, and know that the opponent is moving forward. To quicken the step forward, while most of the weight is on the rear leg; the body swings as it turns the front foot toe outwards. The swing continues as the momentum carries the step forward.

The power of the step goes from foot to knee to hip.

In Xingyi Earth stepping, the foot will spiral forward; twisting as it grabs the ground.

The front foot in Hsing-i Water, will squeeze the step; transferring the power upward through the front hand. It gushes upward like lightning.

While doing Hsing-yi Fire, the arm's have a pounding motion forward and upwards. The front foot pounds downward from the heel to toe, as it transfers the energy up through the Lower Dan Tien, and the arms.

Xingyi Earth's stepping will rock the sweeping front hand and reverse punch.

The body's weight will drop on the front foot, with the rocking axe action of the heel to toe in Hsing-i Metal.

The toe of the front foot is directed at the target.

Testing Your Power

Start with a small testing blow on a wooden surface; then go to ¼ strength; then increment after that. Later you can try concrete or steel. next you might try a wall or a small tree. Most start with padding, for these; I no longer do.

Advanced practitioners with Iron Palm, can use a pier telephone pole to move the telephone pole, by being on a large dock, with pole being 10-30 feet underwater, and 10 or more feet above the water. When I do this, I get the pole to move, and/or the higher suspended light fixtures to shake. A smaller dock, might move you in place, rather than the pole. Your hand must be filled with Qi; if you only rely on kinematic wave propagation, your hand could be damaged.

If you will look at the second to the last picture on the bottom of the page, you will see that the telephone pole's location on top toward the wire is unchanged;
whereas the telephone pole' location relative to the horizontally oval window in the boat has moved; documenting the bending, not moving of the pole.

Inserted text in photos have arrows directed to specific area of comparison.

More on Hsing Yi stepping in the book: Axe Hand; Hsing-i & Internal Strength Workout; available at publishler Lulu.com or at at amazon.com

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