Thanks to my student Mohammed for sharing this article on the 8 Postures stances with me. I assume it was prompted by my admission of not being taught the 8 different postures when learning the XIngyi 8 Postures form directly from master Luo Dexiu. As of Jan 2023, I’m back in Taiwan to ask about these 8 postures and record the postures with Lou; Updates are coming soon.
The first thing to establish is whether these traditional 8 postures are directly connected to the Xingyiquan 8 Postures form.
The Ba Shi postures
- QI MA SHI – THE HORSE STANCE
- GONG JIAN SHI – THE BOW-AND-ARROW STANCE
- XI SHI – THE EMPTY-LEG STANCE
- PU TUI SHI – THE LOW LEG-STRETCHING STANCE
- DU LI SHI – THE SINGLE-LEG STANCE
- ZUO PAN SHI – THE SEATED-ON-OWN-TWISTED-LEG STANCE
- SAN QI SHI – THE 30-70 STANCE
- SI LIU SHI – THE 40-60 STANCE
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On returning to Taiwan, I met with my teacher Lou Dexiu. I asked him about the eight postures mentioned in this article and their relationship with our Xingyiquan form called 8 Postures.
He got very animated with the question and quickly dismissed the association. I argued that surely the postures have some bearing on the Xingyi 8 postures form, but he was adamant “no way” he said, “8 postures is made up of four elements and four animals only”. He then tried to explain that the postures I was referring to were part of a more external kung fu training system and that they were not developed as a pre-requirement for use with the Hebei Xingyi Bashi form. Also, my teacher went on to express a current theme of his, which is that form is there to teach movement and not to teach you to be still. In his words, “if you stop, you die!”.