Yin Fu school program (1)
A Sunday training in Ritan Park, Beijing.
The program of the Yin Fu
school of the Wudang Kungfu Center of Lucca is mainly centered on the Yin school
of Zhu Baozhen but it was also enriched with other teachings. For instance,
in the 1994 Liu Jingru it taught me the 8 basic positions of the Yin
school (very similar to those of the Cheng school ) plus other eight palms that subsequently I verified as very similar to those of Zhu Baozhen (in fact also Liu had studied for some
time under He Zhongqi, one of the teachers from which it derives the Zhu tradition
). He told however that he had studied only a little of this school since when
he had known He Zhongqi this man was already old (look at the 1972 photo under, drawn from: Liu
Jingru:Baguazhang, 1999, p.11), he was bringing in the body the wounds
received during the Cultural Revolution and he was sick; he had therefore forgotten many
taolus that he didn't practice anymore.
The Yin Fu school has as basic the going around the circle, to the peer of every school of Bagua (as it regards walking the circle, cfr "What I have understood of the Baguazhang"). It has therefore Bashi (or: Dingshi bazhang, bashi zhuanzhang etc.) that is 8 static positions that are held walking the circle. This is considered part of the jiben gong or basic work and it is important because it acts as a sort of Zhanzhuang ("to be firm as a pole") in movement. In the difficulty of this walking the circle holding these positions turned toward the center, the legs, the breath, the relaxation, the focusing and the correct posture are practiced. Therefore it is an important practice. In the Zhu school these eight positions are held statically too, around 5 minutes for each; the student passes therefore around 40 minutes in these positions of zhanzhuang. About twenty minutes he passes thenwalking the circle, or walking in a straight line or performing the 12 kicks. After this the techniques, the taolus or the weapons are practiced. Here below, three of the Bashi are represented .