To strike, the practitioner pushes forward with his/her trailing leg and strikes before the leading foot hits the ground. This ensures that the landing of the front leg does not cushion the force of the strike.
Hsingyiquan forms are characterised by their linear movements and direct stepping. However, this 'direct' style disguises the 'soft' internal power that is the cornerstone of all internal styles (taijiquan, qigong, baguazhang and hsingyiquan).
The 5 elements of Hsingyiquan are as follows:
|Splitting||劈||Pī||Metal||Like an axe chopping up and over.|
|Pounding||炮||Pào||Fire||Exploding outward like a cannon while blocking.|
|Drilling||鑽||Zuān||Water||Drilling forward horizontally like a geyser.|
|Crossing||橫||Héng||Earth||Crossing across the line of attack while turning over.|
|Crushing||崩||Bēng||Wood||Arrows constantly exploding forward.|