4 Word Secret Formula (四字秘訣 武禹襄)

by Wu Yu Xiang – Translation Steffan de Graffenried

覆者,运气于己身,敷布彼劲之上,使不得动也。

To Spread (Fu) – Utilize the Qi in your body, spread it over the opponent’s Jin so that he cannot move.

盖者,以气盖彼来处也。

To Cover (Gai) – Utilize Qi to cover the point of the opponent’s incoming attack.

对者,以气对彼来处,认定准头而去也。

To Confront (Dui) – Utilize Qi to match [the opponent’s Li] precisely.

吞者,以气全吞而入于化也。

To Swallow (Tun) – Utilize Qi to swallow and neutralize [the opponent’s Jin] completely.

These four words are formless and soundless. Only when one understands Jin and can he achieve
a high level and know the meaning of what has been said concerning Qi.
Only when one cultivates his Qi properly so that it disperses to the four limbs will
he be able to respond to the soundlessness and formlessness of these four words.