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Master Chen Quan Gong on Xing Yi Quan Theory and Training: Part 1

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A rare treat!! Li Gui Chang’s senior disciple, Chen Quan Gong, leads an in-depth discussion of Xing Yi Quan theory and training. Master Chen talks freely and openly about how to train Xing Yi correctly and the subtle changes that take place in the body during the practice of San Ti Shi and the Five Fists.

Originally posted online in Chinese, this English translation is offered by Huang Guo Qi, Tom Bisio and Martin LaPlatney. 

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Master Li Gui Chang On Xing Yi Quan

Speech of School Uncle Chen Quan Gong, at Taiyuan Tai Ji Quan Association

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Li Kui-Yuan Discusses Xing Yi Quan

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We are pleased to be able to share one of the most succinct and cogent discussions of the correct practice of Xing Yi Quan by Master Li Kui-Yuan, a student of the famous Guo Yun-Shen.

In four short sections, Master Li discusses the levels and layers of Xing Yi training, the profound depth of the art, how to train correctly and the common pitfalls in training. Excerpted from The Real Explanation of Boxing Meanings by Sun Fu Quan (Sun Lu Tang).
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Xing Yi Quan Five Element Spear (Wu Xing Qiang)

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The Spear (Qiang) is the quintessential Xing Yi Weapon. The Five Element Spear (Wu Xing Qiang) demonstrated here by Tom Bisio was passed down from Liu Wen Hua to Dong Xu Sheng and Li Gui Chang. Master Li in turn passed the Xing Yi Spear on to Song Zi Yong, who taught it to Tom Bisio.
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Xing Yi Quan’s Twelve Animals: Excerpted From ‘A Detailed Collection of the Xing Yi Quan Skills’ by Liu Wen Hua (Part 1)

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Liu Wen Hua was the son of the famous Xing Yi Boxer, Liu Qi Lan. Liu Wen Hua’s book, A Detailed Collection of Xing Yi Quan Skills, is a gem. More than a mere how-to manual showing posture and form, the book gives practical descriptions on the internal actions and feelings inherent in the physical movements.

This first excerpt begins Liu’s discussion of the 12 Animals of Xing Yi Quan.

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Essential Points of Xing Yi Quan: The Five Organs (Zang) 要論 五臟

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This is an excerpt from Xing Yi Quan Shu by Li Jian Qiu. Li Jian Qiu was a disciple of Li Cun Yi. Li describes his lineage as follows: Li Kui Yuan taught Sun Lu Tang, my granduncle, Li Wen Bao, and my father, Li Yun Shan, both of whom also learned from Li Cun Yi and Zhou Ming Tai. I received it [Xing Yi] because it was handed down in my family.

Translated by Huang Guo Ji and Tom Bisio.

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Essence of Boxing Science Interview with Mr. Wang Xiang Zhai – Part 1

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In the early 1940’s Wang Xiang Zhai was interviewed several times by reporters from Beijing newspapers. Those interviews have been collected and reproduced in various books on Xing Yi Quan and Da Cheng Quan under the title Essence of Boxing Science. Read More…

Xing Yi Quan’s Twelve Animals – Excerpted From ‘A Detailed Collection of the Xing Yi Quan Skills’ by Liu Wen Hua (Part 2)

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Liu Wen Hua’s book, A Detailed Collection of Xing Yi Quan Skills. is a gem. More than a mere how-to manual showing posture and form, the book gives practical descriptions on the internal actions and feelings inherent in the physical movements.

This second excerpt from Liu’s discussion on the 12 Animals, covering Hawk, Swallow, Snake, Tai Bird, Eagle and Bear, plus a discussion of Training the 12 Forms, completes our discussion of the 12 Animals of Xing Yi Quan. (Read Part 1 here). Read More…

Xing Yi Quan’s Twelve Animals: Excerpted From ‘A Detailed Collection of the Xing Yi Quan Skills’ by Liu Wen Hua (Part 1)

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Liu Wen Hua was the son of the famous Xing Yi Boxer, Liu Qi Lan. Liu Wen Hua’s book, A Detailed Collection of Xing Yi Quan Skills, is a gem. More than a mere how-to manual showing posture and form, the book gives practical descriptions on the internal actions and feelings inherent in the physical movements.

This first excerpt begins Liu’s discussion of the 12 Animals of Xing Yi Quan.

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Xing Yi Intensive 2016 with Tom Bisio

Intensive Training in Xing Yi Quan with Tom Bisio
Learn the Shanxi Xing Yi of Master Li Gui Chang

Li Gui Chang Performs Tiger Form

A unique opportunity to learn a rare Xing Yi method based on Daoist principles of self cultivation and internal energy circulation.

Instructor: Tom Bisio, Disciple of Li Gui Chang
Assistant Instructor: Valerie Ghent, Disciple of Song Zhi Yong

Class consists of 30 hours of detailed instruction over five weekends in 2016.

About Master Li Gui Chang & Shanxi Xing Yi:

The Xing Yi Quan of Master Li Gui Chang is a unique expression of the Shanxi branch of Xing Yi. Master Li’s teacher, Dong Xiu Sheng, was a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and spent most of his life traveling in Northern China studying martial arts and treating patients. Because of his travels, Dong was able to study and interact with many famous Xing Yi practitioners from both the Heibei and Shanxi branches, including Liu Wen Hua (the son of Liu Qi Lan), Geng Ji Sheng, and Sun Lu Tang. Li Gui Chang’s expression of Xing Yi emphasizes soft flexible hidden power (soft on the outside and hard inside) and overcoming firmness with gentleness, rather then relying on firm strength.

Xing Yi Quan Foundational Program:

This one-year program provides the student with key training methods, forms and internal development that are the essence of Xing Yi Quan as it was taught by the late Master Li Gui Chang. These seminars mirror traditional training in China, where the internal foundation is forged through intensive practice of Nei Gong, Tu Na, Standing (San Ti Shi), and Xing Yi’s Five Fists (Five Elements). Students will be given detailed instructions for intensive practice at home between each of the weekend seminars. Advanced training will be offered in 2017-2018.

Foundational Program:  Class 1

  • Xing Yi Nei Gong: 16 Exercises for Health and Internal Development
  • San Ti Shi (Three Body Posture)

Students will be guided through detailed and intensive practice of San Ti Shi, the fixed standing practice of Xing Yi Quan. Standing in San Ti Shi strengthens and roots the body while activating and concentrating Qi internally. Diligent and correct practice of San Ti Shi is necessary to develop a strong foundation in Xing Yi Quan.

Students learn and practice Xing Yi Nei Gong, a set of 16 exercises that works the whole body from head to toe, and is specifically designed to create the correct alignments and internal dynamics necessary for training in Xing Yi Quan.

Foundational Program: Class 2

  • Review
  • Splitting Fist (Pi Quan): Fixed Step Practice

In Foundational Class 2, students improve their understanding and refine their performance of Xing Yi Nei Gong and San Ti Shi. Students learn Pi Quan (Splitting Fist), the first and most important of the Five Fists (Five Elements). In Xing Yi Quan, Pi Quan is the seminal movement from which all other movements are generated. Pi Quan teaches one to enter, attack and uproot an opponent while simultaneously cycling Qi and Jin (refined power) internally.

Foundational Program: Class 3

  • Review
  • Four Breathing Methods (Tu Na Si Ba) 1 & 2
  • Splitting Fist (Pi Quan): Footwork variations
  • Busting Fist (Beng Quan)

Foundational Class 3 introduces Tu Na Si Ba, the four forms of Nei Gong breathing that form the “secret” internal training of this method of Xing Yi. Tu Na Si Ba gathers Qi internally while strengthening tendons and bones. The principles and power dynamics of Tu Na Si Ba are present in every aspect of Xing Yi, and are a key element in developing the relaxed, yielding and elastic power that characterizes Shanxi Xing Yi Quan. Students continue to explore Pi Quan and learn Beng Quan (Bursting Fist), the second of the Five Elements.

Foundational Program: Class 4

  • Review
  • Four Breathing Methods (Tu Na Si Ba) 3 & 4
  • Drilling Fist (Zuan Quan)

Foundational Class 4 continues the process of recursion and refinement of the techniques and principles taught in classes 1-3. Students learn the third and fourth forms of Tu Na Si Ba and the third of the Five Elements, Zuan Quan (Drilling Fist).

Foundational Program: Class 5

  • Review
  • Cannon Fist (Pao Quan)
  • Crossing Fist (Heng Quan)

In Foundational Class 5, students complete the Five Elements, learning Pao Quan (Cannon Fist) and Heng Quan (Crossing Fist). Students review and further refine San Ti Shi, Pi Quan and Tu Na Si Ba – three practices that are the key to Master Li’s expression of Xing Yi Quan.

Dates:

Jan 16-17    Xing Yi Foundation 1
March 5-6  Xing Yi Foundation 2
June 11-12  Xing Yi Foundation 3
Sept 24-25  Xing Yi Foundation 4
Nov 19-20  Xing Yi Foundation 5

Time: 10am-1pm

Location: NYC (Manhattan)
Cost: $1000

 Class size limited to 25 – register soon!


REGISTER for Xing Yi Foundational Intensive 2016:

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Advanced Xing Yi Intensive 2016 with Tom Bisio

Intensive Advanced Training in Xing Yi Quan with Tom Bisio
Shanxi Xing Yi of Master Li Gui Chang

Li Gui Chang Performs Tiger Form

A unique opportunity to further develop the Xing Yi method of Master Li Gui Chang!

Instructor: Tom Bisio, Disciple of Li Gui Chang
Assistant Instructor: Valerie Ghent, Disciple of Song Zhi Yong

Class consists of 30 hours of detailed instruction over five weekends in 2016.

Xing Yi Quan Advanced Program:

This program is open only to those who have previously studied Xing Yi Quan with Internal Arts International-New York Internal Arts in our  2-Year Xing Yi Intensives.

In this advanced program of Xing Yi training, participants review key elements of foundational training with an emphasis on application. New material includes Ai Shen Pao (“Close Quarter Body Cannon”) 2-person set, the Xing Yi Straight Sword (Xing Yi Jen) and the Combined 12 Animal Form, which introduces alternative expressions and applications of Xing Yi Quan’s 12 Animals.

Completion of the Xing Yi Advanced Program is a pre-requisite for applying to the Xing Yi instructor Training Program in 2017-2018.

Advanced Program:  Class 1

  • Review Tu Na Si Ba
  • Review San Ti Shi
  • Review Wu Xing (Five Fists)
  • Applications of Five Fists
  • Uprooting
  • Wu Hua Pao & Applications

Advanced Program: Class 2

  • Pi Wu Xing & Applications
  • Lian Huan Xing Yi Quan (Linking Form) & Applications
  • 12 Animal Forms & Applications: Part 1

Advanced Program: Class 3

  • Ai Shen Pao (Close Quarter Body Cannon): Two-Person Exercise
  • Ai Shen Pao (Close Quarter Body Cannon): Tactics and Applications

Advanced Program: Class 4

  • 12 Animal Forms & Applications: Part 2
  • 12 Animal Linking Form

Advanced Program: Class 5

  • Basic of the Xing Yi Jen (Straight Sword)
  • Wu Xing Jen  (Five Element Sword)
  • Lian Huan Jen (Linking Jen)

Dates:

Jan 16-17    Xing Yi Advanced  1
March 5-6  Xing Yi Advanced 2
June 11-12  Xing Yi Advanced 3
Sept 24-25  Xing Yi Advanced 4
Nov 19-20  Xing Yi Advanced 5

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location: NYC (Manhattan)

Cost: $1000

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Class size limited to 20 – register soon!

REGISTER for Xing Yi Advanced Intensive 2016:

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