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Boxing emphasizes three things: skill, medicine, and art.
Skill, medicine, and art are the three performances of Wushu. To exercise Wushu is to combat, so all kinds of Wushu are centered in skills; all emphasize the methods of skills, which is the attacking character. At the same time, the exercising of Wushu can strengthen our body, regulate the functions of all organs, heal some diseases, so as to keep healthy and prolong the lifespan. Healing bones, hitting points, massage, guiding of Qigong, are indispensable parts of Wushu, which is the medicine character. Wushu is an art of his own, is a unity of these beauties, strength, speed, rhythm, skill, shape, which is the artistic character of Wushu.

Exercise Wushu without exercising the waist, Gongfu can be high.
The waist is the king of all the body; when the waist is flexible, all the body is flexible; when the waist is rockbound, all the body rockbound. The waist play is the key to display all the body's movement. The movements of shoulders, elbows, wrists, legs and kneels all depend on the management and cooperation of the waist. So we say that the waist is the axis of the body. If we can exercise the waist as soft as a snake, we can freely perform all kinds of acts. On the other hand, the waist play is the base for attacking acts. So if we can exercise the waist play well, we can succeed in learning Wushu.

Exercising Boxing without a stake, just as building a room without a pillar.
Stake work, one of private Gongfu, is the work that all schools of Wushu emphasize. Stake work is one method to regulate the breath so as to strengthen our strength by standing stilly. To name it stake is because that the exerciser should stand there as still as a pole; after a long time exercising, the exerciser can stand on foot as steady as the stake of a pole. Stake work has two kinds: regimen stake work and attack stake work. If a boxing learner lacks of stake work, his acts will be powerless; so the opponent will easily hit him down.

Exercise boxing without real effect, he gets no result in the end.
To exercise boxing is not same to exercising Gongfu. Boxing refers to the way of exercising, the Gongfu the real effect of exercising. He, who just pays attention to the ways of exercising but not the real effect, will learn Gongfu in a skin-deep way, with any value of use. Exercising Gongfu has many purposes, such as increasing strength, improving softness, enhancing alertness, exercising endurance, expanding lung capability, and boosting reaction speed. Only exercise both the way and the Gongfu, can we learn real Gongfu, so that we can overcome the others.

As steady as Mount Tai, as quiet as a virgin.
This saying emphasizes that when fighting, we should be in a calm mood; only this can make us calm and easy enough to grasp his intention, without being cheated by the opponent, so that we can make correct reactions to defeat him. When fighting, we can be excited, for in a excited mood, we will make us in disorder so as to let out our shortcomings, even be defeated by the opponent.

Poking away one-thousand-kilogram attack by a four-tael force
This saying emphasizes that we should use wisdom to defeat the opponent when fighting. Wisdom refers to being good at changes, so as to well deal with surprise attack. Only these masters who are good at Wushu and has many experiences can deal with surprise attacks in a wise manner. When get to the wisdom stage, we can defeat the attack in a wise manner, or with the opponent's strength. The bigger the attack of the opponent is, the more violent the attack hit back, and the worse the opponent is. We deal with the violent attacks in a small strength, as the saying ? ˇăPoking away one-thousand-kilogram attack by a four-tael force?

Pay 70 percent attention to the feet, 30 to the hands.
70 percent and 30 percent refers to the relations between the major and the minor. When one fights with the other, he should pay more attention to the opponent's feet and minor attention to his hands, because that the direction and speed of the opponent are related to his pace. If his proper pace is held by the opponent, he is doomed to be defeated by the opponent before the opponent begins to attack. The direction of the opponent's feet and kneels forecasts his direction to attack, so attention to the opponent's feet is very necessary. This saying offers a good method to take the initiative and overcome the rival in a very easy way.

Attacking where, look where; looking where, attack where; attacking and looking the same way, we can make a powerful act.
This saying explains the three methods to cooperate one's hands, feet and eyes in fighting. When Wushu masters can deal with the opponent's attack in a wise way after many practices, they also can make subconscious reactions to surprise attack. The movements of hands and feet often go before that of eyes, so the eyes should follow hands and feet quickly, which is that attacking where, look where. In fighting, the clever masters can sense the opponent's intention by a look, and make relative reaction, which is that looking where, attack where. When one's Gongfu comes to a very high level, the speeds of hands, feet and eyes are nearly the same, with high veracity and agility.

Wait still for the opponent's act, strike only after the enemy has struck.
Here the still refers to that we should give a relative still performance so as to regulate our strength and wait for the attack in a casual way, compared to the opponent. The still also refers to that we should have a calm mood to watch carefully all the movements of the opponent. Here the act refers to such unimportant and false movements made by the opponent so as to cheat us, and the attacks of the opponent earlier than ours. In fighting, we should first wait still for the attack of the opponent, then look for his mistakes, so that we can find a chance to defeat him, which is the meaning of the saying.

Wait still when the opponent is still; hit him earlier when he makes a small movement; make reactions later than the opponent, but hit him earlier than he does.
It is very right that he takes the initiative by a early attack in fighting, but there often has many miraculous effect when strike only after the opponent has struck. Many schools of Wushu and masters propose to strike only after the opponent has struck. Striking only after the opponent has struck doesn't refer to that the speed should be lower than that of the opponent, but that making reaction later and hiting the opponent earlier. This means that when strike after the opponent, our speed must be quicker than that of the opponent. Wait still when the opponent is still, which means that we should not make movements earlier than the opponent. Hit him earlier when he makes a small movement, which means that when the opponent shows his intention, direction and attacking skills, we should make proper reactions at once so as to defeat him before his attack. Make reactions later than the opponent, but hit him earlier than he does, in other words, make reactions later, but reach the target and defeat the opponent than he does us.

 

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