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I) Basic posture
In this section the student learns how to form basic combat posture by following the procedures below :-
a) Eyes look level
b) Chin tucked
c) Body upright
d) Hands on back
e) Pull back shoulders
f) Sit into shoulder width stance
g) Feet parallel
h) Balance 50:50
This stance is known as the Leung Yi Ma (Dual Polarity Stance)
II) In-situ body turning
This section teaches the proper way of turning the body while standing in the same spot.
a) Assume the Leung Yi Ma
b) Turn body to the left until the left shoulder is at the centerline
c) Shift the balance from 50:50 to 70:30
d) Next turn body to the right
e) Repeat (b), (d) and so on
III) Theory of facing
In Pok Khek we use the principle of “an inch longer, an inch stronger“. In order to conform to this principle we learn to turn our body until one of the shoulder is turned towards the direction of attack.
Repeat the exercise for (II) but now as your shoulder is turning towards the centerline consciously look at where your imaginary opponent is.
IV) Basic stepping pattern
Now that we have learned how to turn the body and face the opponent, we next learn how to do basic stepping.
In Pok Khek the basic stepping pattern is performed using the Leung Yi Ma. This requires that we step forward while following the pattern of a zigzag. We refer to this stepping as Leung Yi Bo (Dual Polarity Stepping). The picture below demonstrates stepping to the left from (i) to (v) and stepping to the right from (vi) to (ix).
How to perform the Leung Yi Bo :-
a) Assume the Leung Yi Ma
b) Step forward to the left while turning the body to the left
c) Next step forward to the right, body turning to the right
d) Repeat (b) and (c) as many times as desirable
e) When you reach the end of the room turn and face back the direction you began from and repeat the stepping exercise
I would recommend that you work on Leung Yi Ma for 50 reps each time at least once a day for 1 week. If you can practice twice a day that would be better.
Start the practice by familiarizing yourself with the movements involved. As you become more well versed you can try to move faster.
The key to mastering the use of Leung Yi Ma is to make it part of your natural way of moving. It is no use to be able to do the stepping fast when doing solo drilling but find yourself unable to use it freely when practicing with a partner giving you some resistance.
The Leung Yi Bo exercise seems simple enough, however, Master Leong spent 3 months practicing it before being allowed to learn how to punch. As a result, Master Leong has excellent footwork which he paired with the long range strikes of Pok Khek for effective striking.
An example of how Leung Yi Bo can be used is found at 0:09 to 0:10 in the video below.
Basically, this part of the video is discussing how the Tai Chi straight sword movements can be translated into emptyhand applications.
Observe how the use of a backward stepping Leung Yi Bo is used to gain a position in which I can apply the Yum Chui introduced in Module 2 here. Note that the training for backward stepping Leung Yi Bo is not taught in BajiLite to keep the learning simple.