Baguazhang: Lion

Baguazhang: Lion


The quality of Heaven or Qian trigram is that of pinnacle “yang” with all attributions in fullest concentrate. These pinnacle qualities, or associations, are uncompromising strength, courage, power, creativity, and audacity. In the physical dimension, and in Chinese cultural context, these traits culminate into the Lion. The Lion is a fearless animal who has the full expectation of victory in every conflict. His commanding personality is one of absolute righteousness, albeit wrathful, and sometimes short-tempered. The Fu Dog funnels anger into his martial prowess.

The Heaven or Qian trigram of the I-Ching is represented by three yang lines. It is filled to the brim with nothing but raw power and unlimited potential. If we break down the three lines to express the mind, and the upper and lower body of a human, we see someone who is fully committed and oozing confidence. Their upper and lower bodies are primed for action. Ready to conquer whatever comes their way.

This is the expression of the Lion.

The military strategy of the Lion is uncomplicated. He believes might makes right, as the Lion is without peer regarding physical strength, and tenacity. The Lion’s martial methodology is simple; utter domination of the enemy. Lion seeks to hook, catch, or seize in order the brutalize his enemy, break bones, dislocation joints, separate muscle from bone, and tear the skin. Lion invades and occupies his enemy’s space, controlling their balance, and giving them no quarter, no time for rest, or recompose themselves. He is ruthless and relentless.

The Lion is extremely heavy handed. He utilizes headbutts, elbows, and knees to punish his adversaries at close range further. Employing low kicks and crushing stomps he looks to pulverize the structure of the opponent, dismantle their knees and injure their feet. Lion likes quick, powerful sweep kicks, hooking his enemy’s ankle and bring them to the floor. Fu Dog is prone to wrestling, throws, and slams. While grappling, the Lion is not hunting for submissions in the “sports application” sense, but rather incapacitation. Snap not “tap.” Enemies are often rattled by his ferocity. Puffed up “tough guy” agonists quickly assume quivering fetal positions to survive Lion’s startling and appalling talent for violence.

If the above did not fully encapsulate Lion’s aggressiveness, his fondness for grasping and manipulating his enemy’s head might be the Lion’s most fearsome application. The Lion is frequently depicted demonstrating stewardship of a ball. The ball is, in a sense, the entire world. In martial application, a person’s head is essentially their whole world. Through the violent, and sudden grasping, seizing, or turning of a person’s head, their senses become scattered. Their strategies lost in a jumble of confusion and fear as their world is, quite literally, turned upside down.

Holding the Lion upper body shape, while integrating it with circle walking, creates a heady blood-oxygen mix forcing circulation up into the elevated hands from the legs (placed under duress) stimulates all major energy channels. Energy is cycled up and down through the central channel (macrocosmic orbit) resulting in denser bones, stronger muscles, and more durable tendons.

The Lion shape, also known as “holding the ball” (mimics holding a ball between both hands) has another remarkable energetic effect: a field within a field. A person’s body emits an aura or field of energy, surrounding the physical body. The bigger and brighter a person’s aura, the healthier the person tends to be. The Fu Dog or Holding the Ball shape, creates another more condensed field (inside the primary area), between the person’s palms. A polaric yin/yang energy construct. In the Lion shape, because the hands are held near or above the chest and head, the person’s brain, heart, and lungs fall within the radius of the energetic ball. Thereby all areas mentioned above gain even further dynamic enhancements.

In the spiritual dimension, practicing the Lion calls forth the immense protective and fortuitous attentions of this rough but righteous spiritual creature. The upper body shape is both a specific frequency and transmitter, while the duress in the legs acts as the power to broadcast said particular frequency. Daoist circle walking creates a portal, by defining the radius of the wuji or void, within the physical world. Holding the Lion shape and meditating on its qualities, entices the Lion spirit to draw nearer and near, thereby making it aware of you, and placing yourself in its beneficent purvey.

Those who have found Lion’s favor (through sustained and committed practice) will discover that evil despises to be in their presence, their fortunes improve, and both ghosts and demons bow to their authority.

-Kevin Wikse

Kevin Wikse is a near 30-year student of the Chinese Daoist martial art known as Baguazhang. Inherited from the Wong family, he has successfully used this fast, fluid and ferocious martial art to protect himself and others from elements of the 1990’s gang culture, from Neo-Conservative nutbags during the Bush-era nightmare while being followed home from 9-11 Truth movements and early 2000s Tea-Party rallies (before the co-opting). Most recently Kevin Wikse has used Dragon, Tiger, Lion, and Hawk body Baguazhang methods to literally mangle the vile idiot left and its agents. Stepping in to put Antifa and Satanic/Nazi-themed paramilitary on the ground, or under it (as the situation dictated), when they attacked the elderly, woman or engaged in terrorist activities against this country.

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