There are many good ways of stepping in various martial arts that will help keep your balance such as; the heal-first step in Aikido and Tai-Chi, the twisting step of Ba Gua dragon step, the leaping steps of Monkey, and the slipping steps of Ba Gua snake step (excellant for slippery surfaces).

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

When you are driving a car, if you put on the brakes slightly before stop, the car will jerk forward a little, before it stops and hit with a lot of force.

If you are moving forward, and halt your step just before you hit something; it will add to the destruction since it propels your whole body weight forward.

When playing basketball, and someone stops a little too late before colliding, it will send the other player flying.

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, wtih the front foot directing and shaping the force issued by the rear foot.

If the arm is correctly connected to the whole body stance, with Qi/piezoelectric (or whatever you call the non muscular connection from the ground to your hand);
your whole body will be moved back in place, without leaning, such as an electric football player on the surface of the vibrating field.

If you only rely on kinematic wave propagation, your hand could be damaged.

If your root is too deep, only Golden Palm will help.

This effect causes the momentum of the striking ball to be transferred to the struck ball, which is sent moving.

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

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

You 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.

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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