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(Introduction to Shaolin Seven Star boxing)
Shaolin Seven Star boxing was originally the guard fist of the Seven Star sect of Shaolin. It is also one of the foundations of Shaolin martial arts. It belongs to the small frame fist category with Changhu Xinyi sect. It is known as the son mother fist. The Seven Star boxing is short, powerful, flexible, and has the characteristics of hitting a lying cow. There is a rhyme: the step is like a chicken, the head is like an ape, the body is like a dragon, and is intended to heaven. There is a thousand kilograms of spare power hidden in it. It can also use the power to fight for an instant. It can show its skills in the land of lying cattle. It is exquisite and agile Seven Star boxing.
Seven Star boxing is the most popular routine in Shaolin Temple area. It moves like a cat and walks like a tiger. It is positioned according to the compass Saturn in the world. Its movement posture is composed of its unique step type and footwork. The step type requires two feet to stand on the same line, which is called “small contraction”. This action is also a test of the depth of Shaolin martial arts masters’ Kung Fu when practicing Shaolin boxing. The action is open and close, and the momentum is threatening, so there is a tendency that the thunder can’t hide its ears.
The style of this fist is characterized by its fierce technique, changeable and magical leg techniques, natural and ingenious body techniques, open and wide range of skill frames, and generous stretching. Its hands, eyes, body methods, steps, essence, Qi, spirit and internal skills are integrated into one, just like the overlord of Chu. It is powerful.
Action Essentials: stand with two legs in parallel, with two hands forming pliers hands, place both sides of the thighs, raise your head, lift your chest, and retract your abdomen (Figure 1).
1. pliers hand
Action Essentials: put your legs together and bend your knees into a half squat step, with the left ear pad and the right knee pad, looking forward (Fig. 2).
Easy to make mistakes: knees bent down, too much space between knees.
Correction: bend your knees together.
2. lunge punch
Action Essentials: form two legs into a right lunge, punch forward with the left fist, hold the right fist to the waist, and look ahead (Figure 3).
Easy to make mistakes: the fist is not in place.
Correction: bend the elbow with the right arm and hold the right fist to the waist.
3. turn back and smash the fist
Action Essentials: bend your knees into a horse step, hold your left fist to your waist, protect your knees with your right fist, and look ahead (Figure 4).
Easy to make mistakes: the horse steps are too high.
Correction method: keep your legs horizontal during the horse step, keep your chest up and look up.
4. three broken hands
Action Essentials: turn your legs into a half squat step, and then turn the upper step into a horse step. Use your right fist to protect your knees, move your center of gravity forward, and then bend your elbow to the top, forming a bow step wrench (Figure 5).
Easy to make mistakes: the movements of upper and lower limbs are not clear.
Correction method: the movements of upper and lower limbs should be coordinated.
5. retracting pliers
Action Essentials: strike with the hands at the same time when the two legs bounce. The two legs are in a squat shape, with the right ear protection and the left knee protection. Look ahead (Fig. 6).
Easy to make mistakes: the spring legs are not straight and the force points are not accurate.
Correction: keep your toes straight when bouncing.
6. chicken step
Action Essentials: hit the right foot with the left foot, turn to a half standing step, with the right foot in front and the center of gravity behind, and look ahead (Fig. 7).
Easy to make mistakes: the half standing step is inaccurate, and the body leans forward.
Correction method: raise your head, hold your chest out, close your abdomen, and stand firmly on both legs.
7. three steps
Action Essentials: lift the left knee to push the right hand, lift the right knee to push the left hand, and then lift the left knee to push the right hand, three times in total, looking ahead (Fig. 8).
Easy to make mistakes: uncoordinated knee lifting and hand pushing.
Correction method: attack with hands and feet at the same time.
8. retracting pliers
Action Essentials: stand up with the right elbow pointed upward, hold the right fist with the left palm into a half squat step, protect the left ear and the right knee (Figure 9).
Easy to make mistakes: the center of gravity of half squat is unstable.
Correction: bend your knees and squat with a stable center of gravity.
9. upper step three punch
Action Essentials: punch the left fist with the upper left foot, punch the right fist with the upper right foot, and stand with two legs in a lunge (Figure 10).
Easy to make mistakes: weak punching.
Correction method: straighten the punching with two arms and coordinate the movement.
10. retracting pliers
Action tips: turn around and lift the right elbow upward with the tip of the right elbow upward, with the left hand in the right ear and the palm outward. The right knee pad, legs into a squat step (Figure 11).
Easy to make mistakes: the force is not smooth and the action is not coordinated.
Correction method: the half squat step should be stable, and the body should turn to the position.
11. lunge punch
Action Essentials: take a half squat step with two legs, combine the left fist with the right elbow, get up and swing the right leg into a right lunge, punch the left fist out, and close the right fist to the waist (Figure 12).
Easy to make mistakes: the leg swing is not in place.
Correction method: strengthen the decomposition practice of actions.
12. three broken hands
Action tips: turn into a horse step, hold the left fist at the waist, protect the knee with the right fist, shake the foot and smash the fist, and top the elbow into a lunge wrench (Figure 13).
Easy to make mistakes: broken fist is not in place.
Correction: hold the fist tightly at the waist.
13. spring leg wrench
Action Essentials: hit your hands and feet at the same time, take a half squat step with your legs, protect your ears with your right hand, and protect your knees with your left hand (Figure 14).
Error prone: hand type error.
Correction method: use five fingers separately.
14. two legs
Action tips: get up and hit your feet, turn your legs into a footstep, turn into a lunge and cross punch (Figure 15).
Easy to make mistakes: hitting the foot doesn’t sound.
Correction: keep your toes straight and pat your feet hard.
15. retracting pliers
Action tips: take the left leg into a squat step, the right ear step, and the left knee step (Figure 16).
Easy to make mistakes: hand ear protection is not in place.
Correction: shrink and elbow shoulder.
16. horse step pliers
Action Essentials: punch with the upper step, first with the left fist, then with the right fist, turn around and close the right foot into a horse step, protect the jaw with the left hand and the crotch with the right hand, and look ahead (FIG. 17).
Easy to make mistakes: walking too high and uncoordinated.
Correction method: multi decomposition exercise.
Action tips: get up with your left leg closed, clap your fist to your waist, swing your head to the left, and look at the left side (Figure 18).