Improve your grace and agility, uplift your internal power (chi), intensify your intentionality (yi) & create an exponential increase of momentum (shi) with the Xing Yi 12 Animal Forms
The FIVE ELEMENT forms are the essential building blocks of the Xing Yi Chuan art, without which none of the other treasures are imbued with true foundation – once you’ve inculcated those into your neuro-circuitry, the next stage before being able to learn the long form, in which all the information of Xing Yi is carried, is learning the twelve animal forms.
Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse, Rooster, Dove, Turtle, Swallow, Snake, Hawk, Bear, Eagle
Each of these contains a multitude of practical martial applications, and between them provide an effective way to exercise the body and increase psycho-physical power and develop and harness intention.
But the deeper benefit still is acquiring the skill of embodying the nature or spirit of each of the twelve animals in a totemic sense, whether in an actual fight or engaged in the challenging throes of the day to day.
Learn to embody the twelve animals or even just one of them and you acquire a power in daily life that is too strong to underestimate.
The power the dragon form lends you is the ability to land on your opponent from a great height.
Then comes the tiger, with its sudden claw swipe no one could withstand.
The monkey is tricky and unpredictable.
The horse’s hooves are impossible to stand up to when they kick out.
The rooster’s uppercut palm-strike would wake up the sleepiest of souls.
The wild sweep of the dove’s wings followed by a double claw strike would fell the hardiest opponent.
The unexpected sideswipe of the turtle’s little turtle feet could knock you right over at ten paces.
But what exactly is Xing Yi Chuan?
Xing Yi teaches you to project your power towards your goal and bypass any obstacle as if passing right through it – like walking through walls.
To learn it properly, begin by learning the five element forms, link here to find out specifically about the five elements, then the twelve animal forms, and once you know all those it’s relatively easy learning the long form.
The twelve animals form –
helps you develop the fighting advantage of each animal and imbuing you with the spirit of the animal in a totemic way.
This is incredibly helpful when you need a bit of extra push in a situation.
What does the Xing Yi 12 Animals Form Training comprise?
The training is online via a series of short, easy to watch, fun to follow videos. You have lifetime access to the training and can download the videos to your device, so you can learn anywhere you happen to be.
For each, you watch a short video explaining and demonstrating each of the forms. Watch one video a day – once you can make the movements without following the video, set aside approximately ten, maybe twenty minutes to practice and make it your own.
Practice is key, particularly if you’re intending to progress to the long form.