Master Liu Xiao Ling
Liu He Ba Fa Form

The Beginning of the Liu He Ba Fa Form

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Three Stances refer to stances of different heights when one is practicing. The classics have the following sayings: at the high stance, one can walk so fast as if he ischasing the wind; at the middle stance, one is moving like a swimming dragon; and at the low stance, one is very strong and demonstrates ones real internal strength.

Twelve Postures refer to the single posture practice method, and are named after twelve different animals.Since each type of animal has its own characteristics and special techniques for fighting for survival, martial artists have borrowed these techniques from various animals.The twelve postures show up in various parts of the Liu He Ba Fa system.

The energy movement of Liu He Ba Fa is very complex, and we can only briefly discuss it here.The important aspect of Liu He Ba Fa is to focus on intention rather than on physical strength.One's mind, intention, spirit and qi should coordinate with the external body movement.When one part of the body moves, the whole body is set into motion. When one part of the body is still, the whole body is still.The movement should be the movement of the mind, intention, spirit and qi.In other words, one should have the "Six Harmonies." The energies expressed include hard energy, soft energy, spinning energy, rotating energy, whipping energy, pinning energy, hooking energy, sinking energy, shaking energy, and springing energy.The change of energy includes both blocking and attacking, storing and discharging, slowing down and speeding up, and emptying out and filling in.It circles around, extends out and withdraws, and opens and closes unpredictably.Sometimes the movement is relaxed and other times it is tight.

Students should first try to have the correct external postures. They then slowly learn the internal energy movement so that they gradually master the Six Harmonies and Eight Methods.

The theory of Liu He Ba Fa is quite deep.It has certain internal aspects of Xin Yi Fist, the empty and full change of Ba Gua stepping method, and the soft and hard energy of Tai Chi.Thus, it includes the Yin Yang exchange of all three internal martial art systems.At one time, Liu He Ba Fa was listed as one of the standard courses at the Chinese Central Martial Arts Institute and was highly regarded by many famous martial artists.

Mr. Zhang Zhi-Jiang, the head of the Chinese Central Martial Arts Institute, wrote a poem for Master Wu Yi-Hui: to lead the body with the mind and intention, one should start from the Eight Methods; hard and soft energies should be both employed so that Yin and Yang can be harmonized; when the body movements and the applications are understood and coordinated, the whole body is full of springing energy; one should be circular, extended, relaxed, harmonized and calm to cultivate the qi; to move like a swimming dragon externally and to store the precious qi internally; it is Master Wu that we depend on to spread and develop the great Liu He Ba Fa art.

Some of the students of Master Wu from the earlier years went abroad and brought the Liu He Ba Fa system with them.As a result, Liu He Ba Fa has been taught in places such as Singapore, southeast Asia, Brazil, England and the U.S.

I was very fortunate to be able to study with Master Li Dao-Li and Master Liang Qi-Zhong, two of Master Wu's disciples. Because oflimited space and time, I can only briefly discuss Liu He Ba Fa here. I hope to receive feedback and comments from my colleagues in the martial arts community so that we can all contribute what we can for the development of the great Liu He Ba Fa system.

By Xiaoling Liu