Internal Martial Arts are collectively referred to as Nei Jia Quan (內家拳), which literally means “inner family boxing”, or “inner school boxing.” The term Nei Jia Quan refers specifically to styles of martial arts that in English we call “internal.” Today, the Internal Martial Arts are considered to include Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, Tong Bei Quan, and Liu He Ba Fa. Many teachers of internal martial arts never really say what an internal art is. The nature of something ‘internal’ is sensed and experienced internally, rather than perceived externally.
Chinese Internal Martial Arts focus on relaxation, mind-intention, stillness and natural movement. Rather than stressing techniques and developing muscular strength, speed and athletic prowess, training looks inward. Internal focus is an important part of the Internal Martial Arts for building and maintaining health, flexibility and refined strength. Additionally, training principles of the Internal Arts are completely congruent with the principles of Chinese medicine. This includes a deep understanding of the unified nature of the body, mind and spirit, and their connection to the natural world.
Want to start learning an Internal Art? We teach Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine, in seminars and classes and via online programs. We look forward to training with you!