(Form Intention Fist)
Xingyichuan, or Xing Yi for short, was developed by General Yue Fei (24 March 1103 – 27 January 1142) who was famous in the Han Dynasty. He is often considered a folk hero in China and was most noted for his supernatural abilities of using the bow staff, spear-fighting, and military tactics. General Yue Fei also became most noted for 2 martial arts, Eagle Claw Boxing and Xingyiquan. It was said that he taught his general army Eagle Claw, and his officers Xingyiquan.
Due to General Yue Fei’s inclination toward Spear and staff, he used these principles in developing Xingyiquan giving it its unusual form. Simple, straight forward, and to the point, Xingyiquan is known as a no nonsense art when it comes to self-defense.
However as in any Internal Martial Art there are many health benefits involved. The 5 ‘Elements’ of Xing Yi are based on the Chinese 5 Element Medical theory and when practiced in specific orders are said to generate energy in the body and to cleanse and stimulate each of the 5 related organs. For example, Metal element corresponds to the Lungs and Central Nervous System. When the Metal Element Fist is practiced often, the lungs are stimulated and purgesd of toxins through the physical motion causing increased energy flow through the lungs and the emotions of sadness and grief which are associated with the lungs are cleared.
Each ‘Fist’ or element has an effect on your health, on an organ, and has a martial art principle. The 5 fists are known as:
Metal Fist – Pi Chuan -Splitting Fist
Water Fist – Tsuan Chuan – Drilling Fist
Wood Fist – Beng Chuan – Crushing Fist
Fire Fist – Pao Chuan – Pounding First
Earth Fist – Heng Chuan – Crossing First
After one learns the 5 Elements of Xing Yi then you can continue to go on and learn the 12 animals of Xing Yi.
The Xing Yi that will be taught is based mostly on the Sichuan and Hebei styles. Xing Yi is ultimately great for all levels and is often taught first before Tai Chi or Bagua. It is especially good for those who want to develop their will power, focus, immune system, and internal power.