tense, the breathing will come up and his movement will slow. This is why push hands andsensitivity training are important.5. Regarding speed. If the opponent doesn't move, you must be still. If the opponent moves just a little, quickly attack, faster than he. The hand must be flexible and sharp. The stepmust be light. Forward, backward and turning you must be light, like a cat. The body must be straight, balanced. The qi must be in the Dan Tien. if one thing moves, everything mustmove. When you contact the opponent, you must be like a tiger or a wolf. This means themind must make speed by copying what an animal is like that strong, that fast. This hasnothing to do with technique.6. Angle. when sparring, you should use both hands to protect the center line at all times. Becareful of attacks from left and right angles. If a punch comes from a straight line, youshould cross the bloc. If a punch comes from across, go straight in. (If, however, you are toolate to go in, go straight back - regardless of whether the cross attack is high or low.)when fighting, either attacking or defending, you must have three points together. Nose, toesand fingers (or fist) must point in the same direction. If they are not in the same direction, atcontact you will lose balance and have no power.7. When sparring, try to use timing and opportunity. When a punch comes, do not just block; punch back at the same time. That means punch and block together. If you just block, theopponent will continue to attack. That is why you must use the timing and opportunity for attack to keep the opponent busy with defense. The idea is block and hit, control and hit atthe same time. That will make you fast, him slow.8. Footwork. The main point in the bagua style is the footwork. If specializes in footwork.When sparring, the spirit must concentrate. If the opponent just moves, your foot mustimmediately move. The first thing you learn is bagua is to run. If you move too late, you arelike a heavy bag.In regard to the footwork, with each step the place of the body changes. This place change protects you, and at the same time you can attack the opponent. This is why running thecircle practice is so important. But how to run fast? First you must understand single weightand the mind not focusing. If you are double weighted you cannot be, as the classics say,smooth like water, strong like a mountain.9. Know yourself, know the opponent. You must analyze your opponent's fighting idea. For instance, if he is tense, focused, always careful about his balance, changes the angle of attack, show you different open spots, moves around a lot, and such. In yourself, you mustconsider how to defend and attack. Sun Tzu's
Art of War
says, "Know yourself.Know your opponent. One hundred times fight, one hundred times win." You must trainvery hard to catch this. If you do not really understand, do not fight.