"Lizard Climbs the Wall" is an exercise that develops the external softness and the internal hardness. It can be found under another name PA BI - "Climbing a Wall" or GUA HUA - "A Hanging Picture". After acquiring this skill a trainee can "glue" his back to a wall and move on the wall in any direction by using the force directed to his elbows. If a trainee demonstrates the desire to learn and will, he will be able to move on walls as easily as a lizard can do. A lizard has two names - "BIHU" or "SHOU GONG", but sometimes "lizard" in the name is changed with "scorpion" (XIEHU), therefore the name of this exercise is conventional in many respects.
It is not easy to learn this art. Only two or three men out of a hundred who start to acquire the movements succeed in mastering the technique to perfection. The procedure of the exercise is as follows: it is necessary to lie on the back with the face upward, lean the elbows on the surface with the use of muscles, raise your body and fix it that position. Then, it is necessary to move, just as a skolopendra jumps, applying force, on the surface with jerks to the side to which your head is turned.
There are the following methods which can be called as methods that help to perfectly acquire this art. During the first year or even during two years some disciples can only move on the surface, coiling like a snake, and only after acquirement of this part they start to train this exercise on a brick wall. The surface of the wall should not be smooth, it should have both concave and convex parts. Concave parts can be one CHI (30 cm) long and convex, up to one CUN (3 cm). A training method for this art is as follows: it is necessary to press elbows and forearms to a wall, the back as if is glued to it, take a deep breath with the stomach, draw in the breast to make the chest as flat as possible1, and start gradually moving. At first, it is not advisable to overcome more than one or two bricks. Don't worry about injuring your feet, it is necessary to count your movements.
Those who have been learning this kind of art for a long time must have received a positive experience. If they were not lazy in the process of learning, they are capable of moving on uneven vertical surface downward and upward as well. Later on they will be able to acquire the technique of movement to the right and to the left.
For easier movement on a wall, the body can be rubbed with lead or sand. To achieve the best result, it is recommended to use a mixture of sand, lead, and pig blood to rub into the body. In that case a trainee will move on a wall comparatively easy.
To make the training process more complicate, one can knock on bulges of the wall to smooth the surface, level both bulging and concave parts. It is better to use a mixture of lead and sand when the wall becomes extremely smooth. When all those means are employed, movements of a trainee will not differ from those ones of a lizard on a wall. It is necessary to train oneself persistently during ten years without stopping for a minute. Training can be finished only when the highest level of skill is reached.
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