Xing Yi Quan
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(also spelled: Hsing I Chuan, pronounced shing ee chwan)

An internal style of kung fu from China. There are three styles of kung fu from China that traditionally bear the label of "internal", the other two are called Tai Ji Quan and Ba Gua Zhang.

Xing Yi is world renown for its intensity of spirit and for its ability to create power within short distances from its target as well as its linear movements. Xing Yi is a mostly hands style that tries to keep its kicks low, a strategy that is very hard to defend against.

Xing Yi goes back thousands of years in China’s history and is supposedly founded by a legendary general of high moral standing and military genius named Yue Fei. It has many divergent lineages today, but the one taught through this school is of the Tang Shou Tao line, and traces through Taiwan. We divide all of our forms into basically four (4) sets of forms – elemental, animal, soldier, and the 8 set forms. While the elemental forms are the primary foundation of the style, the animal forms are major pillars that has given the style a great deal of variety in its movement. The 8 set forms are primarily beginner forms that incrementally develop someone from no martial ability all the way to being ready for the more abstract and difficult movements of the more complicated forms later. It is the 8 set forms that make it so easy for people who are naturally more awkward and less athletic to smoothly transition into some of the movements that make kung fu such a distinctive art form in the world of martial arts.

This school is affiliated with - but not a member of - the American Tang Shou Tao Association, an association of schools and teachers who delineate from Xu Hong Ji through Dale Akio Shigenaga. The association was established to safeguard the integrity of the style and to promote it as it was learned from Master Xu himself.

This style, while focusing on fighting from a standing position includes a complete regimen of technique from qin na (joint manipulation) to tumbling to simple block and counter techniques. In my personal experience working with a wide variety of different styles, I have always been able to take what I have learned and apply it to their unique style and approach.