In Lo's system the primary vehicle used to develop a foundation in Pa Kua Chang fighting technique is the straight line practice or Hou T'ien Pa Kua Chang. In performing the 64 straight line sets of the Hou T'ien Pa
Kua the student will condition the body, develop internal strength, and ingrain the correct principles of movement, structure, body integration and alignment while learning the major aspects of Pa Kua Chang's approach to fighting. While each of the 64 sets may be thought of as "techniques," Lo discourages the technique oriented approach. Again, he feels that the movements inherent in the Hou T'ien Pa Kua are expressing principles of motion, not single "techniques." If the student can discover which principles of motion each set develops, then he or she can learn to apply that principle in a variety of situations. If the practitioner grasps the principle and the body is developed in accordance with that principle of motion, then the principle can be applied in numerous ways.
When approaching a fighting situation, Lo states that it is important to have a quiet mind. If the mind gets flustered, the body will lose continuity, connection and power. There is an old martial arts phrase which says: "If the enemy doesn't move, I don't move. If the enemy moves, I move first." Lo interprets this to mean that in "not moving" the heart is calm and the body is in "standby." He says, even when the body is in motion, the mind is quiet and aware. As soon as the opponent is ready to set up for an attack, you attack first and beat him to the punch.
When sparring, Lo likes to take the initiative and do something to ellicit a response from the opponent. He then seeks the fastest angle of attack based on the opponent's reaction. He says, "You create the situation and then control the situation." He continues by saying that in a fighting situation, an opponent will usually have his body pretty well protected. In order to get inside you will first strike to the outside (the hands or arms) to illicit a response, fluster the opponent, or grab something and use it as a handle to offset the opponent. Once the opponent has been flustered or offset, then you can move in and apply your striking, kicking, locking, or throwing
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