The five basic actions of Xingyiquan.
The five basic actions are based on the five primary earthly elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, Earth
Each element generates the next as follows: Metal generates Water, Water generates Wood, Wood generates Fire, Fire generates Earth and then Earth generates Metal.
The 5 Elements movements are both regarded as natural as well as dangerous.
|Chopping||劈||Pī||Metal||Chopping forward and over, downwards like an axe.|
|Drilling||鑽||Zhuān||Water||Drilling forward and upwards diagonally.|
|Crushing||崩||Bēng||Wood||Striking out to the front, like an arrow.|
|Exploding||炮||Pào||Fire||Exploding outward like a cannon.|
|Crossing||橫||Héng||Earth||Crossing across the line of attack while turning over.|