XING YI QUAN
Martial arts practitioners often say that “you do not leave your teacher even after learning Taichi for ten years, but you can kill after learning Xing Yi for one year”. This saying describes how easy it is to learn and practise Xing Yi. The principle of Xing Yi is to use your heart to express your intention, and is also known as “the Fist of Acting on Intention”. It requires a practitioner to be true to his intent and express it through his body, thereby acquiring unity of the internal intent and external form. Its basic rule for practice is the unity of the three internal elements (i.e. unity of the heart and mind, mind and qi, qi and strength) and the three external elements (i.e. unity of hands and legs, elbows and knees, shoulders and hip). The basic routines are five elements Quan and twelve styles Quan.
The special features of Xing Yi Quan are:
(a) simple forms with deep meaning;
(b) clever use of force and strict application;
(c) mindful of both internal/external elements and transfer of body weight;
(d) attacking while defending with alternate softness and strength.
Master Gao teaches the Hebei style of Xing Yi Quan, which focuses on the training of “three-body form” of Hun Yuan stance, plus pushing hands and testing force. This enables students to experience the power of the whole body, training the coordination and agility of mental and physical power. Students usually improve a lot within a short period of time, and find it useful in fighting.
The Level 2 course will build on this foundation and teach five elements Quan and twelve styles Quan. The Level 3 course applies the work of Level 2 to the use of weapons such as sabre, spear, sword and deer horns.
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