LEAN OF THE HORSE TO INQUIRE THE WAY – 3 ZONES OF CONTROL
Baguazhang’s posture Lean on the Horse to Inquire the Way uses the 3 zones/fists of control to elicit a response from my opponent. My opponent’s forearm is three fist widths long from the wrist crease to the elbow. When i cross wrists with my opponent at the first “fist” i can be easily swept away by my opponent’s defensive reaction. i coil from the first to the middle fist which puts me in control of both ends of the forearm. i can continue to coil up with a facing out palm to Concealing Flowers Under Leaves without giving up control. The name Lean on the Horse to Inquire the Way suggests a possible application. When testing a horse for purchase, the purchaser can tell a great deal about a Horse’s personality by pressing your weight into it’s flank to observe it’s response. Once my palm coils to the second fist my opponent will feel oppressed and will likely respond unconsciously . Some will yield, some will stay, and some will resist in the most elemental terms. This example has my opponent resisiting my palm by pushing it outward. This anxious action ( personality) opens the door for my threading palm to slip into the void created by his hasty defense. Even if my opponent resists a little it, he will still fall open to my yielding palm , giving up the near for the far. This is accomplished by yielding my forward palm while coming up from under my elbow with the rear palm and threading up inside my opponent’s elbow bridging up to the neck . This action can be defensive or i can thrust my palm offensively at my opponent’s eyes or throat to elicit a response . Let the forward step join with the direction of the palm to support the wedging force.