Xingyi Song: The Eagle
and Bear strive together
This makes the fighting method
Yin and yang are combined
This is the source of Xingyi.
Therefore in Xingyiquan the true source is the eagle and bear double form.
In using the four limbs and 100 bones, expanding makes yang, and contracting makes yin. Yang is the eagle posture. Yin is the bear posture. Rise, drill, fall, and overturn form the eagle. Pushing up the top of the head and keeping the neck erect form the bear. Advancing makes the eagle. The guarding form makes the bear. Within each single form you cannot separate yin and yang. You cannot separate attack and defence. You cannot separate rise, drill, fall, and overturn from pushing up the top of the head and keeping the neck erect. With each form you cannot separate eagle and bear. In the twelve forms, the Dragon and Tiger come first and the Eagle Bear Combined Form is always last.
In single practice, the eagle form is like
pi quan, only when the splitting goes out this pi quan is done low and
moreover contains eagle claw seizing. Chen Pan Ling said, " The two forms,
eagle and bear, originally were a combined form. It separates into
eagle form and bear form, but the useage must match the character of the
combined form. This is the reason for the combined form. There are
12 forms, but only 11 sections. Therefore one must cut eagle and bear to
get 12 sections."
The Eagle form raises the yang qi. The Bear
form brings down the yin qi. In combining the two forms the two qi's also
combine. The qi rises to make yang and descends to make yin. Then
yin and yang mix. At the start there are the Dragon and Tiger forms.
At the end there are the Eagle and Bear forms. If you understand
the starting and ending double forms, then the middle forms will be easy.