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This is a teasure trove of the art of Li Yulin through his son, Li Tianji and the capable hands of Andrea Falk. The instruction of the forms such as the Five Elements and the Twelve Shapes is accompanied by back detailed explanations on these practice methods. The book is basically divided into the following parts: Background Theory Basic Techniques The Five Elemental Phases: the key to Xing Yi with some nice details on execution and form The Twelve Animals: Not just instructions but notes on the spirit and flavor of each animal
"Don't underestimate the chicken just because it is one of the more mundane animals in the list. I spent way too much time playing with them in China, and found them to have an extraordinarily fast, powerful, and accurate attack." Solo Forms: the famous ZhShiChui and others. Two Man Forms: One of the most practical in Kung Fu, An Shen Pao and a smaller two-person Five Elements duet Stance Training for Health Reference Materials Songs and Explanations: This is where you find the secrets but you have to dig them out yourself. Dozens of classic instructions and codes.
Andrea Falk is a dedicated teacher of Xing Yi and Bagua. She has also contributed to the art by a number of translations in clear and straight forward books. She is a teacher of the Ma Gui style of Bagua Zhang.
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