Meihua Quan Ba Gang Bu (8 Direction)



If the steps are not tight, the hands will be slow; if the steps are not smooth, the hands will be loose; if the steps are not steady, the hands will be confused; if the steps are not fast, the hands will be difficult to change; if the footwork is not flexible, the whole body is not smooth, and the skills are useless.

A boxing proverb


In Ba Fang Bu, the feet pattern moves the body first, followed by the feet and hands reaching the correct position. Training the Ba Fang Bu in pairs develops the ability of the eyes to follow the opponent and the ability closely and carefully for the hands to move quickly.

In ancient times, Ba Fang Bu was practiced on the Meihua poles. This original work of the feet trains one to move in all directions with great flexibility is typical of the style of the Meihua Quan on the poles and is one of its main strengths.

Ba Fang Bu Method of Training

The Ba Fang Bu is divided into three main types:

  •  Xiao Ba Fang Bu (Small);
  •  Zhong Ba Fang Bu (Middle);
  •  Da Ba Fang Bu (Big).


The small Ba Fang Bu is an exercise technique of working the feet, allowing the practitioner to become familiar with the shifting of the body weight on three fixed points on the ground, without raising the feet excessively from the ground, to do not offer the opponent opportunities for a possible attack. Since the small Ba Fang Bu is relatively simple, one usually starts immediately with learning the medium Ba Fang Bu, which is then the model used in the preordained training routine of Cheng Quan, practiced on five points instead of three. The big Ba Fang Bu, on the other hand, consists in the work of the feet wholly free and without patterns that are the basis of “free combat.”

Boxing in 8 Directions

the mother of Sanshou

The Meihua Quan Pile Ba Fang Bu or Group Step is the mother of Sanshou and is the most distinctive practical footwork of the Meihua Quan Pile. The steps must change depending on where the enemy strikes. In application, one can advance or retreat, attack or defend, move like a hawk and a rabbit, and be as quiet as a virgin defending the body.

Footwork in Ba Fang Bu

In actual combat, footwork plays a significant role. Attack and defense depend entirely on the movement of the foot because:
1. Rapid and flexible footwork movement to take an advantageous position;
2. The performance of each technique starts from the rotation of the waist and the transformation of the footsteps;
3. By constantly adjusting the footwork, it becomes a unified whole with the technique and bodywork.

Movements Characteristics

When doing Ba Fang Bu, the center of gravity moves steadily, avoiding leaning forward or backward. The movements include shoulders and hips, elbows and knees, hands and feet, up and down, and left and right coordination. When landing, one must reach the hands to the feet and the feet to the body. In this way, the movements will not be scattered. The strength will be smooth. The rise can be swift, and the landing can be firm, making the enemy unable to fight back.

Practice Meihua Quan

Ba Fang Bu

The Meihua Quan Pile Ba Fang Bu can be practiced alone, in pairs, or combined into boxing in attack and defense. It is necessary to be good at using footwork combined with movement to approach the opponent and adjust the distance with the opponent in time to know how to advance and retreat.