Xing Yi Quan (Chinese: 形意拳; pinyin: Xíng Yì Quán; Wade–Giles: Hsing I Ch'üan) is classified as one of the Wudang styles of Traditional Chinese martial arts .The name of the art translates approximately to "Form-Intention Fist", or "Shape-Will Fist".
Xing Yi is characterized by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power that's most often applied from a short range. A practitioner of Xing Yi uses coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending. Methods vary from school to school, but always include bare-handed fighting training (mostly in single movements/combinations and sometimes in forms) and the training of weapons usage with similar or identical body mechanics to that used for bare-handed fighting. The most basic notions of movement and body mechanics in the art were heavily influenced by the practice of staffs and spears. Historically and technically related martial arts include Dai Xin Yi Liu He Quan, Liu He Xin Yi Quan or Yi Quan.
Characteristic Elements Edit
- San Ti Shi (三體勢)
- Zhan Zhuang (站桩)
- Chicken Stepping
- Shi Li (試力) / Mo Jin
- Five Element Fists (Wǔ Xíng 五形)
- Pi Quan 劈拳 (Chopping Fist) Metal Element
- Zuan Quan 鑽拳 (Drilling Fist) Water Element
- Beng Quan 崩拳 (Arrow Fist) Wood Element
- Pao Quan 炮拳 (Cannon Fist) Fire Element
- Heng Quan 橫拳 (Crossing Fist) Earth Element
- Twelve Animal Shapes (Shí'èr Xíng 十二形)
- Ba Zi Gong