from Baji Boxing Cultural Notes
Baji Xiao Jia, Small Frame, has the most fixed mode of performing. It is also Baji's fundamental form.
A Baji songs states-, "The 10 toes grab the earth, the head firmly supports heaven: arms like holding a baby, elbows like a mountain peak."
It is suggested that both shoulders sink, the Qi is carried in the Dan Tian, the chest is "swallowed" but the back is raised, the knees and crotch form a circle, the coccyx is straight. Don't slant or lean, both eyes look straight ahead, breathing is natural.
During practice of fa jing pay attention to the Liu He (Six Harmonies):, namely; hand and foot unified, elbow and knee unified, shoulder and hip, unified, these act as the Three External Unities: eyes unify with heart, heart unifies with intent, intent unifies with qi, qi unifies with strength: forming the Three Internal Unities.
You want to use Intent to move qi, qi promotes power, raising and lowering are in mutual interplay, internal and external act together, body and mind witness one another. There is "swallow and spit", there is relax and release.
When using elbow or hand actions,internal-external, rise and fall completely integrate, energy is unified.
To issue jing you must move qi, then qi impels strength, the feet are the root, issuances comes from the legs,control from the waist, everything arriving at the four limbs.
If strength and qi go together, one movement is echoed in a hundred variations.
It is also said that there are three "hurry's": fast feet, fast body and fast hands.
The shape may stop but the powers continue advancing, the jing may break but the intent does not, the form may be disjointed but the spirit is continuous.When practicing fist and elbow striking the upper body remains erect, the lower body must bend. With open hand or fist use power, the advancing strike is like piling into a mountain; the retreating hand like pulling a tiger's tail. Therefore all movement contains stillness, and stillness has movement at its core; in essence halting seems like moving and moving resembles halting. Never be stagnant or diffused; never tardy or disjointed.
Issuance must be urgent, changes must come quick, when fixed you must be steady, issue with explosive power, move like a dragon, act like a tiger; your footwork should resemble the actions of a monkey, mixing the substantial and the shadowy, appearing quickly like a wild goose.
You must understand the five elements and preserve eight intentions. The Five Elements are: actions from the heart come like a wildfire, liver gives the movement of a flying sword, lungs add the sound of thunder, spleen and kidney are tightly interdependent. The five elements work in unison, then the power of qi can penetrate heaven. The Eight Intentions are: alarming, frantic, ruthless, poisonous, fierce, violent, spirited and urgent.