Dragon is always the first of the animals. The dragon has to do with spiritual things. Qualities that a dragon has are: The dragon follows fire and goes inside. Dragons make clouds and clouds follow dragons. The sleepy dragon soars to heaven. With nine appearances among the clouds, you see the head, yet you don't see the tail. Its hidden appearance is unfathomable. The spiritual dragon changes. It is able to go high or low. It is good at contracting and letting go. The dragon has the awesome power of shaking and trembling, the method of searching out bones, the skill of swimming in the air, reaching its claws and winding its bones; the hibernating dragon overturns waves.
The dragon form has twisting the waist
and folding the body, it needs young strength. It is active and quick.
Of the 12 forms, the dragon has a left and a right leaping up, like a fierce
dragon rising to heaven. The body hangs in mid air then comes down splitting,
falling like a thunderbolt striking the ground. In the front leaping
kick and right zuan quan, the wrist is like a dragon spitting out a pearl.
With the zuan, kick, seize, and grab, spread the four limbs like
the shape of a dragon's claw. In the
left and right falling to the ground, both hands are like dragons' wiskers. In practicing the dragon form there is rising and falling. Rise straight and wind as you come down. In leaping, both feet must be high; in falling, the feet coil into a sitting position. Twist the waist and fold the body, the upper body presses close to the ground. The body method must be strong and quick. Rising and falling must be quick, not sluggish. The hand method is rise, drill, fall, and overturn. Everything must twist inward and not be slack. In the dragon form practice, the quality of the motion is very big. When the body is low the strength is in the legs and both knees must be strong. Rising comes from the waist and the waist must be strong to be able to wind and straighten. The body method has the appearance of waist
energy. The body method uses the waist to dominate. The waist creates looseness, looseness leads to being empty, empty and yet has spirit. The waist needs softness, it needs to be soft and yet strong. It is important to avoid obstructing the chest. Drumming the stomach is used to transmit the waist strength to make a hard body. You must also use the strength of the whole body.
Dragon, in Baguazhang, corresponds to the zhen gua. In the body it is yang, but in martial arts it is yin.
In the body it makes Li gua. It corresponds
to the heart, and the heart corresponds to fire. In fighting, the
outside is hard and fierce, the inside is soft and flowing. If you
practice the dragon form for a long time, the effects of this form control
victory and the whole body, tendons and bones, will profit. If the
postures are done correctly, then the mind empties and the heart's fire
descends, the xinqiao (heart key) is open and wisdom created. Instantly
the daojia is refined inside the dantian. If the form is not
done correctly, then the main and collateral channels won't flow freely,
the fighting will be wrong and the tendons and luo channels become hard
to stretch, you won't appear lively and the the body's yin fire is burned.
If this form is pure then the spirit has authority. The spirit and
will are expressed through the eyes, and awesome power is created in the
claws. It is complimentary with the Tiger form. In the two
forms, one rises and one descends. The body rises and falls, the
hands bend and reach, the stepping has leaping and jumping, turning and
Dragon form practice is not only outer but also inner. The whole body uses strength, and brings qi to the dantian. Everywhere is lively and vivacious, both arms calm, the five centers coordinated, up and down harmonized, all connected by one qi.