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The `hammer' fist comes from the heart (mind).
The fist follows the intent.
And, in general, one should know himself and the opponent, and adapt to changing conditions.

When the heart and the qi emit, the 4 extremities should move, the legs rise and move to a certain place, move and turn to a certain position, either stick & move together, connect and follow, jump and dodge, turn over and leave empty, ward and roll, push and press down.

The fist strikes within 5 feet but beyond 3 feet; if far, do not use the elbow; if close, do not use the hand.
No matter if you move forward, backward, to the left or right.

One step one strike.
When you meet the enemy, catching him is the standard.
And not showing the shape (of your strike) is the excellence.

The fist method is like military tactics:

Attack where he is not prepared, hit where he has no intention.

Take advantage of attack and hit, take advantage of hitting and attack.

First empty and then make solid, first solid and then make empty, avoid solid and attack empty.

Take root when you ask for branch.

If you meet multiple opponents who suround you, appear strong like a living dragon or tiger, and then attack one opponent, with the power of big a cannon booming straight.

The top, middle and botom should be handled by one qi.

Body, hands and legs move according to your established practice; Like it is bound by a rope, hand should not rise empty neither fall empty.

The sensitivity of the spirit is completely in agility.

Good at moving out and coming back, hardness and softness, moving forward and backward.

When he does not move, he is like a mountain, difficult to know as Yin and Yang, limitless like heaven and earth, full and substantial like a granary, vast like four seas, dazzling like three lights, watching the coming force to find opportunity, able to estimate advantages and disadvantages of the enemy, awaiting movement of the opponent with stillness, handling stillness with movement.

Only if the above conditions are met can one talk about real boxing methods...

The method of borrowing your opponent's power is easy, the method of advancing is difficult, yet the method of advancing is the most principal.

Writings on tactics say that the attacking hand should be bold and powerful.

Do not attack the extremities, facing the opponent take his middle hall, like a tiger grab the upper part of his body or grab the lower, similar to eagle or hawk capturing chicken from above.

One does not have to hurry in overturning rivers and seas, the most powerfull is Red Phoenix Facing Sun; clouds flow in the light of sun and moon heaven meets earth.

Only when 2 martial artists fight, one with the other can see weak and strong sides.

Taking a step and entering, one must advance the body, as the movement is only real if body and hands arrive together; Once you understand this principle, you will realize just how miraculous it is.

Also, what is called striking, what is called protecting, protecting is striking, striking is protecting, just a hand movement.

The heart, or mind, is like gunpowder and the hands are like bullets.
The `brainwaves' are like a bird.
The body is like a bowstring and the hands are like arrows.
The bowstring sounds and the bird falls down.
This shows miraculous skill of the archer.

Rise the hands fast like flash of lightning, as there is no time even for one to close thier eyes when lightning flashes; strike the enemy like rapid thunder, as there is no time to cover ones ears when thunder strikes.

When moving to the left, you must come from the right, and when moving to the right you must come from the left; the hands hit from inside of the heart, and then fall forward.

The strength rises from the feet, and the feet rise just like fire (from the heart) does.

So, if you want to advance to the left, you should first enter to the right, if you want to advance to the right you should first enter to the left.
But make sure to step heel first touching the ground, ten toes should grasp the ground, steps should be steady, body should be serious and heavy.

When moving out withdraw the hands, when reaching the opponent the hands should clench into fists or palms, upper and lower qi should all stop.

In coming out and entering, the body should dominate; no deficiency, no shortage, no reaching, no leaving.

The fist strikes from the heart, hands are hastened by body, one extremity moves and all bones follow.
Once you bend close, the whole body also bends; Once you extend open, the whole body should also extend; extending should be to the limit, bending should be tight.
It is like loading a cannon, the tighter it is loaded, the more power the explosion has.

No matter - if you strike using lifting, pressing, attacking, pounding, arms, elbows, hips, legs, head, hands, if you hit high, low, along, horizontally, with a step forward, with step a backward, or if you are borrowing qi, stopping qi, as well as with a hundred of methods of striking up and down, generally speaking all of the body should form one coherent whole - literally - be penetrated by one qi.

When moving the body, first take to favourable positioning - this is an important formula of tactics.
The joints of bones should be adjusted, otherwise there is no strength.
The hands should grasp with agility, otherwise the situation may change unexpectedly.
The hands should issue forth fast, otherwise they will be delayed.
Be ferocious when striking, otherwise there is no benefit.
The feet and hands must be alive, otherwise one will face danger.
Perfectly observe and cherish intent, otherwise you will be fooled.

When issuing body forth, you should be fierce and courageous like araising eagle; do not fear and hesitate.

Make sure to examine the coming movement of the opponent, how he kicks with legs and advances with head, strikes with fists and spreads his arms.
Step forward with your side to the opponent, first bend the body and then rise and hit.

If the opponent kicks and the leg arrives, lift your knee; if fist arrives, move it aside with elbow,  attack horizontally if the opponent strikes straight.
Ward off and press down a horizontal attack, receive the attack coming from the left with your right, meet the attack coming from the right with your left, and on long distance use hand, on short distance use elbow, on long distance kick, on short distance use knee.

If one wants to get the upper hand in fighting, look around and examine the shape of the ground - look around you - hands must be fast, feet light, examine the opponent's movements like a cat, heart (mind) must be in order and clear.

When the body and hands arrive at the target together, this is the beginning of success; if hands arrive and the body does not, then this is striking without excellence.
If hands arrive and body also arrives at the same time, then defeating enemy is like smashing a weed.

Those good at fighting, first look at the opponent's footwork and only then strike with hands.
High strike throat, low strike groin.
Left and right Ribs as well as center-line.
While advancing striking about 1 foot is not considered far, striking in close range is within one inch.

Practice as if there were enemy in front of you.
Though when facing a real enemy although there is opponent, fight as if there were nobody there.
If a hand comes in front of your face do not look at it, if elbow comes in front of your chest do not look at it.
When hands rise feet should fall, when feet fall hands should rise.

The heart (mind) must take the lead, the intent must conquer the opponent, the body must attack him, your steps must pass through him, the head must look up, the chest must be present, the waist must be upright, the dantian must must move, the body from feet to nape must be one coherent whole.

It is said that those who are terrified will never achieve victory.
Those who cannot examine the situation will never protect themselves.

Moving first before the opponent is called master, moving later, after the opponent is called younger brother, teach to advance do not teach to retreat.
Bold but cautious, secrets of movements and applications, everything is simply in one heart (mind).
One moves into 2 energies (qi), transmitts to three joints, appears in four extremitites, unites in five elements.

Practice all the time, move and transform everyday.

It is difficult at the beginning but becomes natural after a while.