Xingyiquan - Basic Training

Xingyiquan (Will/Mind Boxing) is the oldest of the internal arts. It predates Ba Gua and Taiji. The art has its roots in the use of weapons. Its founder, Ji Long Feng was an expert in the spear. It is said that he was always able to defend himself against numerous assailant with the spear. Later he realized that without his weapon of choice, he was defensless and created Xingyiquan to protect himself.

As a martial system, xingyiquan is not very flashy as other styles of Gung Fu. But its simplicity is what makes it one of the most effective fighting arts from China. The system consists of 5 primary fists (Wuxing Quan) which are based on the Daoist philosophy of the 5 Phases (often translated as “Elements”) namely Metal (Pi Quan = Splitting Fist), Water (Tsuan Quan = Drilling Fist), Wood (Beng Quan = Smashing Fist), Fire (Pao Quan = Pounding Fist) and Earth (Heng Quan = Crossing Fist).

As in other styles of Chinese boxing, xingyiquan includes within is training 12 Animal forms and a method of self-cultivation and internal strength development known as San Ti Shi or Trinity Posture. In fact, San Ti Shi serves as the foundation for all xingyiquan training and a considerable amount of time is dedicated to its practice within our school.. There are several other forms that combine the various fists and animals and several two-man practice drills.

Xingyiquan is a very aggressive style of Gung Fu and offer a no-nonsense approach to self-defense through the use of quick and effective methods of attack. It is not a sport and it is the only of the internal arts that has been tested in the battlefield.

The xingyiquan curriculum at SDSGF also includes forms from the Shen Lung Tang Shao Tao system as taught to me by William Brizendine . These are essential for establishing a solid understanding of striking, kicking and footwork.