X ing Yi Quan translates as Mind-Form Boxing and is the oldest of the internal arts of China. It has a reputation for being the secret fighting art of the Chinese military developed by General Yue Fei and later expanded by Ji Ji Ke. Its applications are characteristic of rapid and explosive power with continuous forward attacking movement. Even in stepping back, the exponent is still attacking.
In Xing Yi the practitioner learns the six harmonies (Liu He), 3 internal and 3 external. It utilises body shape or form with ‘mind’ intention to release internal power.
The core practice of Xing Yi is based on San Ti Shi (specific standing practice to develop the 6 harmonies); the five element fists – Metal; Water; Wood; Fire and Earth; and the 12 Animals – Tiger; Dragon; Tai (often referred to as the Chinese Ostrich); Horse; Alligator; Snake; Swallow, Sparrow-hawk; Bear; Eagle; Chicken and Monkey. In addition to these core forms, there are several connecting forms and advanced sequences; 2 person sparring practices (Dulian/San Shou Pao) and weapons forms.
Traditionally, Xing Yi is initially taught with hard obvious power (Ming Jing) and refined to softer, less obvious internal ‘hidden’ power (ang Jing) and eventually development of Hua Jing. (Neutralising power).
At the Academy Of Eastern Arts, the complete syllabus of Xing Yi is taught and from the very beginning, ‘Ang Jing’ principles are introduced. Whilst the appearance of Xing Yi can look very physically demanding, it is infact a very suitable practice for people of all ages and can be adapted to one’s own abilities.