Si Ba

Si Ba is the basic form of Xing Yi and Xin Yi systems. Si Ba means Four Seizes or Four Strikes. It is a deep and rich short story where the most important principles of the art are expressed through many of the foundational movements.

Lines

Si Ba is done on a line, a long skinny piece of property. You either move to the right or to the left on that line. Let’s call the first direction left; that is the way the first move–Bear Comes Out of the Cave–is facing.

Directions

CC means a counterclockwise turn to get to your next stance.
C means a clockwise turn to get to your next stance.
You are standing on the clock. If you looked down, you could see the time.
All turns are 180 degrees. Si Ba could be practiced in a hallway of about 20 feet in length.

After the 5 lines and 4 turns of Si Ba, you should end in exactly the same spot that you started, facing the same direction.

Moves

A move marked as “right” means that the right hand is in front.
A move marked as “left” means that the left hand is in front.

Ending Stances

A stance marked as “right” means that the right foot is in front.
A stance marked as “left” means that the left foot is in front.

Line

Direction

Move

Ending Stance

Line 1

Left

Bear Comes Out of the Cave Left back stance, toes up
    Left Tiger Holds It’s Prey Left empty stance
    Left Tiger Pounce Hop to right chicken stance
    Left Tiger Sits on a Mountain Hold the right chicken stance
    Right Horizontal Punch Left empty stance
    Left Tiger Holds It’s Prey Left bow stance
    Left Tiger Pounce Hop to right chicken stance
    Left Tiger Sits on a Mountain Hold the right chicken stance
    Right Horizontal Punch Left bow stance
    Half Step up with right leg Left Dempsey stance
Line 2 C to Right Turn About to Hawk Wraps its Wings Right Dempsey stance
    Phoenix Greets the Sun Left short step, tall back stance
    Six Harmonies (right chop with right raised knee, left raise palm) Crane Stance
    Pick Up the Neck Right bow stance
    Right Paste the Poster Feet together stance
    Left Tiger Holds It’s Prey Left empty stance
    Left Tiger Pounce Hop to right chicken stance
    Left Tiger Sits on a Mountain Hold the right chicken stance
    Right Horizontal Punch Left bow stance
    Left Tiger Holds It’s Prey Left empty stance
    Left Tiger Pounce Hop to right chicken stance
    Left Tiger Sits on a Mountain Hold the right chicken stance
    Right  Horizontal Punch Left bow stance
    Half step forward Left Dempsey stance
Line 3 CC to Left Snake Turns its Head Left bow stance
    Left Tiger Holds It’s Prey Left empty stance
    Left Tiger Pounce Hop to right chicken stance
    Left Tiger Sits on a Mountain Hold the right chicken stance
    Right Horizontal Punch Left bow stance
    Left Tiger Holds It’s Prey Left empty stance
    Left Tiger Pounce Hop to right chicken stance
    Left Tiger Sits on a Mountain Hold the right chicken stance
    Right Horizontal Punch Left bow stance
    Half step forward Left Dempsey stance
Line 4 CC to Right King Bao Surveys His Kingdom Left bow stance
    Right heel kick/right upper punch Left leg stable
    Needle at the Sea Bottom Left back stance, right toes up
    Right low Swallow Double Strike Left low stance, feet on a line
    Present the Pan (“YE!”) Feet together, heels up
    Right Short Paste the Poster Feet together
    Tiger Holds Prey Left bow Stance
Line 5 C to Left Turn About to Bei Jing Right bow stance
    Eagle-Tiger Hop Left bow stance
    Step Back and Close Feet together
    Or- slide foot back to Bear Comes Out of the Cave to begin another round Left long empty stance, toes up
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