Eight Directional Rooted Stepping Drill of Feng SHou-Gongfu

The Lishi Feng Shou-Gongfu or “Hand of the Wind Boxing” teaches its practitioners to use fast evasive footwork to not only evade from either single or multiple attackers punches and kicks. But to also position themselves in the most advantageous position to effectively score with their own counter attacks to quickly finish the fight.
Through the practice of the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise (Ba Fang Gen Bu) for which all of the students of the Feng Shou-Gongfu learn to develop their fast evasive footwork skills, is taught by imagining that you are walking on the symbols of the Eight Trigrams or “Bagua” symbol which uses the same directions as that of the compass. The Eight Trigram symbol associated with the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise is known as the “Post-Natal Eight Trigram Symbol” or (Houtian Bagua) which is based upon the principle of (Yi) Change.
Each of the Eight Trigrams Symbols have names associated with them such as Heaven (Qian), Wind (Xun), Lake (Dui), Thunder (Zhen), Earth (Kun), Mountain (Gen), Fire ( Li) and Water (Kan). Within the practice of the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise students are taught eight different footwork methods or sets of exercise that teach them to move around the Eight Trigram Symbol allowing them to position themselves to the rear of their opponent. My teacher the late grandmaster C. Chee Soo also used to call the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise “The Clock Face Evasions” as he said it was easier for westerners to understand the directions better by associating them with the numbers of a clock then teaching them to learn the Eight Trigram Symbols and names. Once you have learnt to move around the Eight Trigram Symbol skilfully using various footwork methods to evade your opponents strikes and kicks. You are then taught to do the same Eight Directional Rooted Stepping drill with various weapons such as the Staff, Broadsword or Spear.

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