Xingyiquan Five Elements

Ollie Smith training Xingyi Quan Dragon

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.

NAME CHINESE PINYIN ELEMENT DESCRIPTION
Chopping Metal Chopping forward and over, downwards like an axe.
Drilling Zhuān Water Drilling forward and upwards diagonally.
Crushing Bēng Wood Striking out to the front, like an arrow.
Exploding Pào Fire Exploding outward like a cannon.
Crossing Héng Earth Crossing across the line of attack while turning over.

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