Hsing-i

(Xing Yi, or Hsing Yi) 

 

The eyes must be venomous: acute, sharp and stern, with a mean and serious look. Your original Qi must be full and abundant in order to have these. Therefore, when practicing fist methods, it is training Qi and Li. Training Li is able to strengthen the body, and training Qi is able to enhance the spirit of vitality. Those whose Kung fu is deep, are able to gather the Qi at the Lower Dan Tien and the five internal organs are comfortable and expanded.


In Tai Chi the head is held as if slightly suspended from above, whereas in Hsing-i, the crown of the head gently presses upward, the bai hui point at the crown part of the head, has the feeling of being sucked inward.

In Hsing-i, the teeth are slightly clenched but Tai Chi has them only touching. 

A major difference of Hsing-i, is that the first mind, the so-called emotional mind, Xing, is not to be suppressed, rather it is cultivated since Xing Yi imitates the animal form, mind and spirit.  Most men in a fight; cannot match a wild animal half their weight.

In some other internal martial arts, and Qi Gong; the emotional mind is suppressed and dominated by Yi, the wisdom mind. This emotional mind is the fastest, as it is travels from the thalamus, then to the amygdale.

The renown researcher of the neurology of fear, Dr. Joseph DeLoux of New York University, in his book The Emotional Brain, found that there are two kinds of fear in the brain: fast fear and slow fear.

Fast fear travels the low road of the brain: senses to thalamus, then to the amygdale, which is located deep within the brain on the temporal sides; time 12 milliseconds.  Traditional philosophy represents this separation as horse mind (slow) controlling the monkey mind (fast). 

Slow fear travels the high road of the brain: senses to thalamus which sends it to the cortex (higher up); time 24 milliseconds.  Both systems occur simultaneously, with the same sense data, the theory being that you cannot have speed and accuracy on the same circuit.  Bear in mind, this is not the time to process the information, or physically move to react.

12 milliseconds or 1 hundredth of a second might not seem like much difference, but consider that there are some people that can beat a flash.  Beating a flash is blinking your eyes when a photo is shot with a flash.  The difference in speed between the flash, and camera shutter is one fiftieth of a second, or 2 hundredths.  I and others can beat it trying, and by surprise, some just by surprise.  Memory and choice have to go to the cortex, so they are slower; test your reaction theory with the flash. 

Hsing-i has a lot going into it before the strike. Steps position moving root, potential energy, and position the release of the kinetics.  This is like the unfolding of a folded paper object, that is pre-constructed with the fold lines in two dimensions; turning into a three dimensional hollow box etc.

This is done out of the focused view most have, and the opponent never sees the legs; which are the diving force that allows one to hit with their whole weight and the ground-root. 

Mountain climbing has a similar analogy in expedition hiking for long distances with heavy loads.  Supplies are carried and dropped off in stages at successive distances; then the hiker returns to bring another load a little further. After many trips, the last trip is done, and the supplies that were previously packed in, are consumed on the final ascent to the summit.  In management this is called backing into something.  When you do you move like a tank.

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’.   

Rooted steps are the scissor handles of the scissor-stepping that are driving the martial motion through one’s Lower Dan Tien (scissor’s axis pivoting point), that focuses the strike forward (scissor’s cutting tip).

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.

Stomp while advancing; as a one would off a trampoline to launch a strike. 

The highest level of achievement: the mind is mindless; you do nothing and have done everything. In the emptiness we find prenatal bodies. If you try too hard, it will elude you. Instead of trying to achieve it, pretend you already have it. The mind embodies your actions: therefore, Hsing-i is mind boxing. 

This can not be reached through force or simply imitating. When it is time to be calm, it is quite and transparent. In this position, you are steady like a mountain.  

In the beginning of the movement, the body remains soft so Qi can be led to the limbs.  Hsing-i Jin is similar to rattan, soft and bending, yet hard when it strikes.  The power is manifested like a cannonball exploding.

Learning Hsing-i:
in the beginning it will appear simple and easy,
when first trying the move it will appear complicated and difficult,
after mastering Hsing-i, it will become direct and simple easily executed. 

The Qi flows like the element mercury. 

Some Traditional Internal Chinese Martial Arts, will heat and redden the practitioner’s palms, Hsing-i can heat the entire room!

 


 

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