Forms are considered as ‘problem sets’ that you have to apply in order to understand the Principles that underlie our System. In our System additional forms, such as the animal forms in Hsing I, simply give you an additional, more difficult set of questions to answer, therefore if you actually understand the principles and their application, the doing of these additional forms becomes less relevant. The linking form within our School not only comprises linking the Wu Hsing together but also has a form comprised of some of the animal sequences. The animal sequence linking form is there to give you a foundation for the animal forms, in a similar manner to Pi Chuan in the Wu Hsing, but is also carried out in a number of specific ways, emphasising not only the releasing strength aspect of Hsing I but also it’s sinuous nature. Practice, therefore, becomes less about learning the forms but more about how you do them. Again, consistent practice with insight and more practice is the true secret of the Art. Forms are taught, within the School, by non-referral to external phenomena; fingers are not lined up with the nose for example in Pi Chuan. The form is learnt by reference to practical applications of the Principles i.e. Tools.
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