Baguazhang: White Ape

Baguazhang: White Ape

monkey king

The quality of Lake or Dui trigram is reflected in the action of laughter, congregation and community activities (bartering, competitions, and socializing) in its most benign and malefic manifestations. It is also important to note that monkey contains the qualities of metal within the Chinese Five Elemental Theory which are splitting, separating, and dividing. In the physical dimension, and regarding the Chinese cultural context, this crystallizes into the monkey or ape.

The monkey is an animal who mirrors myriads of human-like characteristics, and in truth a creature we likely share a distant common ancestor. The monkey, like a lake, is often shallow but can be dangerous as well as unexpectedly deep. The monkey wears its emotions on its sleeve. Monkey is highly excitable, easy to rile and expressive in its displays of surprise and wonder. The monkey or ape is not far off, emotionally, from the wild exhilaration by a man when he first made fire (perhaps the defining moment when “man” split from or defined himself as distinctly separate from the monkey )  However, monkey or ape, is exceptionally bright, even devious. Like the Lake mentioned above are unexpected depth, monkey’s intelligence can be deceptively complicated, his plans submerged and agendas hidden beneath the surface. Such is the military strategy of monkey.

The Lake or Dui trigram reveals the dynamic structure an individual adopting the monkey or ape should assume. The Dui trigram is a yin line setting atop two yang lines. This means monkey requires an open, and intelligent mind, able to adapt on the fly. However, both the upper and lower body of the monkey is yang, ready to enact mental machinations with power, and speed. Other than Lion, the only monkey has yang lines for both it’s upper and lower body. It is easy to confuse monkey as concerning creature. But in Wong family Baguazhang, the monkey is actually the Monkey King, or White Ape, able to shrink or grow to a fantastic array of sizes. One moment monkey is a pygmy marmoset and in the next monkey is King Kong. Same tactics, but different applications depending on the size of both the person and, at high levels, the “energetic” size the person is assuming.

Monkey, like man, is a tool user and thus prominent handwork is expressed in the fighting methods employed by the monkey. Hand strength, and in particular pinching strength of the fingers, is of importance. The movements and postures of monkey martial strategy appear playful as if engaging in familiar social situations such as offering, and receiving goods (trading), flirting and conversing. However, all these gestures can cause grievous injury.

Monkey or ape is notorious for grabbing, twisting, and ripping the enemy’s hair, nose, lips, ears, fingers, genitals, and skin. Pinching flesh and separating muscle from bone. Monkey or ape tactics call for gouges, digs, and drills with his fingers into the enemy’s nerve cavities, eyes, temples, ear canals, nostrils, and throat. Monkey strikes with open hand chops and slaps which double as grabs to latch onto the enemy. The kicking of monkey martial strategy targets ankles, knees, groin, and stomach.  Monkey likes quick sharp kicks and purposely stepping and stomping on toes to impede the enemy’s movement as well as distracting.

Very similar to Lion’s “rolls the ball,” Monkey’s iconic “offers the peach” specializes in manipulating the enemy’s head, and controlling the opponent through steering them by the ears. More connections between monkey and, Python, and Lion. Monkey is a link between Lion and Python. If the monkey were more aggressive or yang in his thinking, he would become Lion, but if the monkey were more yielding or yin in his upper body, he would become Python. While developing skill in one (lion monkey or Python), you are building ability in all three.

In Wong family Baguazhang, the Lake trigram, or monkey or ape, serves as an essential cornerstone in both martial and spiritual functions, especially in terms of “mimicry” or “reflection.” Chinese magic or sorcery (Wu), belongs to the Lake trigram. A lake reflects or mirrors the celestial procession above it. Entering into a still body of water, you are entering into the “other world” influenced by the present astrological conditions being reflected atop the water’s surface. Monkey corresponds to Lake due to his innate perchance for mimicry (monkey see monkey do). In Wong family Baguazhang the monkey is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. This further deepens the mystery of Laktrigam and its effects.

Sun Wukong is a spiritual entity and cultural hero featured in many legends, traced back to the Song dynasty. Sun Wukong was a monkey born from a stone (probably jade) who acquired supernatural powers through Daoist practice.

The Monkey King knows seventy-two transformations (shapeshifting), into numerous animals and objects. There is a circle walking set demonstrating these seventy-two changes. Each of his hairs possesses magical properties, capable of making clones of himself (splitting or dividing himself), weapons, animals, and other objects. He knows incantations to command wind, part water, conjure protective circles against demons, and freeze not only humans, but demons, and gods. Sun Wukong likely originates from the White Ape legends of the Chu Kingdom who revered gibbons (primarily white ones). Sun Wukong was canonized as a Daoist immortal before being incorporated into Buddhist myths. It is also likely  Sun Wukong shares similar origins with the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman.

Holding monkey or ape upper body shape, while integrating it with either one-legged standing postures or circle walking, conjures vitality up from the naval (lower dantian) into the heart center (middle dantian), pooling in the lungs and filling the cupped hands. This postures opens and widens the upper back and deepens the breathing capacity of the lungs. The pooling of energy in the cupped hands drains down to the feet through the torso, sexual organs, and the legs. Lastly, the power in the cupped hands shows the energetic reflection of the person’s face and strengthens the eyes, ears and third eye (upper dantian). Over time monkey increases a person’s physical strength and psychic senses, as well as improving breathing/respiratory functions.

In the spiritual dimension, practicing the monkey or ape calls forth blessings of prosperity and occult power from the Monkey King’s attention. The upper body shape is both a specific frequency and transmitter, while the strain and 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 monkey or ape shape and meditating on its qualities, you (I believe) are enticing Sun Wukong’s spirit to draw near, making him more aware of you, and placing yourself in his auspicious purvey. Those who have found the Monkey King’s favor discover many of their earthly needs aided by fortuitous means and the ill designs of demons or ghosts laid on them sufficiently meddled (monkeyed) with as to be effectively useless.

-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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