Qi Xing Quan Taolu Seminar with Shifu Shi Yanjun at Zen Martial Arts Academy in Erithreea, Greece.
Qi Xing Quan 七星拳 is a traditional form of Shaolin Kung Fu 少林功夫. The translation in English is: Seven Stars Fist. This form was named after the stellar configuration ‘Big Dipper’ which contains 7 stars. It imitates the places of the stars in the North Pole Sky. This integrates the human being in the celestial nature. This is one of the thoughts for the name of this form.
Another name comes from the 7 parts of the human body which are used as weapons: head, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knee and feet.
In general Shaolin forms are practiced in straight line and from left to right and back. Qi Xing Fist has routines which includes moves to the front and back. The will of the practitioner will determine the movements. The punches are soft and hard depending on the attack.
The from starts with the specific greeting used in Shaolin Temple by the Shaolin monks. The palms press against each other in front of the chest where is the sternum. The eyes look straight ahead. This form has a specific way to keep the palm – Qi Xing palm or cup like. Qi Xing squatting stance protects the knee.
The form uses the following stances:
- Horse Stance 马步
- Bow Stance 弓步
- T-step Stance丁字步
- Semi Horse Stance半马步
- Feet Together Stance 并步
- Flat Stance 扑步
- Qi Xing Stance 七星步
At the seminar participated students from four Kung Fu Academies : Zen Martial Arts Academy in Erithreea, Athletic Club Shaolin Wugong, Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu Club Acharnes and Flow Kung Fu. All students trained hard and were able to perform well the moves of the form. What they require further is to continue training, develop their speed and find the connection between the body, mind and heart.
We hope next year to see the students performing at high level.