Thirteen Posture Long Boxing
Translated by Zee Wen from the
book by Mah Yueh Liang and Wu
Ying Hwa "Wu Style Taichichuan
- Forms, Concepts and Application
of the Original Style"
Long Boxing, which deonotes
the serial forms, is like the
flow of water in a great river
or sea, running without end.
The thirteen kinetic movements
are: peng (warding), lu (diverting),
ji (pressing), an (pushing),
tsai (plucking), lieh (twisting),
chou (elbowing) and Kao (leaning)
which are connected with the
eight trigrams, and jin (stepping
forward), tui (stepping backward),
ku (look to the left), pan (look
to the right), and zhong ding
(central equilibrium) which
coincide with the five elements,
namely, metal, wood, water,
fire and earth. Peng, lu, ji
and an are called the four straight
direction manipulations which
are toward the south, west,
east and north respectively.
Tsai, lieh, chou and kao are
the four diagonal manipulations
toward the four corners of northwest,
southeast, northeast and southwest
(Original annotation: This
is the work of the late Chang
San-feng of Mt. Wu-Dang, who
wanted the "heros"
in the world to prolong life
and not solely for martial arts).