My father's focus was on using Xing Yi as a fighting art. One of the things he emphasized was the ability to deliver a very powerful blow from a short distance. He said that winding up a strike or using a lot of brute strength was just a waste of energy. With the proper body mechanics, timing and momentum, a very strong blow can be issued from a distance close to the target. My father's stance was somewhat higher and smaller than many others, he emphasized mobility. Beginning students can start with larger movements, but at a higher level motion should be natural and compact.
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