Xing Yi Quan | KaiMen. XING YI CHUAN or XINGYIQUAN. Both are pronounced HSING EEEE CHWAN and literally refer to the Shape (Hsing) of the Intent ( I ) or Will. Simply put, the idea is that the mind of the practitioner creates an instantaneous attack and or defense from the mutable changes of the moment. (See Heritage Chart at the bottom of this article.) ORIGIN: DIVERSE STORIES There are a number of speculations on the origin of Xing Yi, one of Chinese most recognized martial arts. Some say it was developed in the Sung Dynasty and attribute it to the famous protector general Yueh Fei who almost single handedly retarded the progress of the invading Mongols. Everyone agrees that Xing Yi is a dynamic and powerful style of martial arts. A number of scholars, and some solid historical evidence also trace Xing Yi to around 1600 and attribute its creation, or at least drastic restructuring, to one Ji Long Feng (Ji Ji Ke).
Each of Xing Yi’s Five fists is similar. THREE BRANCHES FROM ONE TREE See Branches. Resources: Guo Yunshen. Guo Yunshen (simplified Chinese: 郭云深; traditional Chinese: 郭雲深; pinyin: Guō Yúnshēn) (1829 - 1898) was a famous Xingyiquan master. He represented the xingyi martial philosophy of preferring to become highly proficient with only a few techniques rather than to be less proficient with many techniques.
His skill with one technique Beng Quan was legendary : it was said from him that "with his 'half-step bengquan,' he could fight anyone under heaven without finding an equal. " (banbu bengquan da yu tianxia wu dishou), and earned the nickname "the steadfast" (bu daota). Although it is not historically reliable, he is said to have fought Dong Hai Chuan, the founder of baguazhang, whereby neither was able to defeat the other. His teaching was based on the "three truths" (san li), the "three capacities" (san gong), the "three methods" (san fa) and the single/double weight notion (danzhong/shuangzhong) during santishi standing practice.
Martial Arts Institute / Hsing-I Tales Article. Throughout the history of Hsing-I, Pa Kua and Tai Chi Chuan there have been many masters of legendary stature. The stories about them, while not always based in verifiable historical fact, are nonetheless important for what they tell us about the sp irit of each master's art, as well as giving us a wonderful glimpse of times and traditions of a bygone age. Through Hsing-I Tales, I hope to make available as many of these anecdotes as possible. Hope you enjoy them! Kuo Yun-Shen Kuo Yun-Shen's given name was Yu-Sheng.
Kuo was a violent man who loved to fight. In the beginning, he wanted to study Hsing-I, and so went to pay his respects to the famous master Li Luo-Neng in hopes of becoming a student. At the time it so happened that Peng Chuan was very popular. One day, Kuo again went to pay his respects to LiLuo-Neng, and showed him Peng Chuan as he had been practicing it. Among the great masters of Hsing-I, there are more stories about Kuo Yun-Shen than any other. "The Tiger Fist"
Steve Cotter. Steve Cotter is a martial artist and strength and conditioning instructor. He is the owner of FullKOntact Kettlebells and Full KOntact Fitness. Steve is also director and founder of the International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation, with certified instructors in every continent: www.ikff.com.  Professional Background Steve Cotter began formal training in physical development when he was 12 years old with the Internal Chinese Martial Arts system called hsing-I ch’uan (xingyiquan).
He trained full time throughout high school and into his mid twenties. Cotter fought for the USA Full Contact Kuoshu team in the World Championships in 1996 after winning national tournaments in 1995 and 1996. The U.S. team finished third in the tournament. Biography Cotter lives in San Diego. Professional Accredations References External links Official Website. Steve Cotter One Leg Pistol Table Jump. Utah Valley Hsing-I Chuan/XingYiQuan Training. Xingyiquan. 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 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. Origins Legends The exact origin of Xing Yi is Taoist. Tang Shou Tao.
Hung I-Hsiang (L) teaching Tang Shou Tao system in Taibei, Taiwan (c. 1970s) Tang Shou Tao (唐手道, Hanyu Pinyin: Tang Shou Dao, lit. "Chinese Hand Way") is a system of Chinese internal martial arts training founded in the 1950s and 1960s by Hung I-Hsiang (洪懿祥, Hanyu Pinyin: Hong Yixiang), a well-known Taiwanese internal martial artist. The system was further modified by Hung's student, Hsu Hung-Chi (許鴻基, Hanyu Pinyin: Xu Hongji) under the name Shen Long Tang Shou Tao (神龍唐手道; lit. "Spirit Dragon Chinese Hand Way"). Tang Shou Tao is not a separate style of martial art, but rather a practical, step-by-step, systematic approach to learning internal martial arts and developing highly refined levels of skill. It incorporates elements of all three of the major Chinese internal arts (xingyiquan, baguazhang, and taijiquan) as well as Shaolin kung fu and qigong. However, the emphasis of this system is on xingyi and bagua.
References Miller, Dan, Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 5, No. 4. Hsu Hung-Chi. Hsu Hung-chi Hsu Hung-Chi or Xu Hongji (simplified Chinese: 许鸿基; traditional Chinese: 許鴻基; pinyin: Xǔ Hóngjī) (1934-1984) was a Taiwanese martial artist who specialized in the internal Chinese arts of xingyiquan, baguazhang and taijiquan. Hsu was born in Taibei, Taiwan in 1934 to a family of six brothers. In school, he was very athletic and participated in swimming, soccer and judo. He began his study of Shaolin kung fu with his father at an early age. He also learned boxing and became a skilled street fighter.
After studying the external styles of shaolin for many years, he discovered the unique effectiveness of the internal martial arts and began training with Hung I-Hsiang, a master of all three of the major Chinese internal arts, xingyiquan, baguazhang and taijiquan. After many years of training, Hsu opened his own martial arts school. It incorporates elements of all three of the internal arts (xingyi, bagua, taiji) as well as Shaolin kung fu and qigong. References North American Tang Shou Tao » Shen Long Xingyiquan. Shen Long Xingyiquan is the core system of xingyiquan taught within the association. It comes to us through Hsu Hong-Chi of Taipei, Taiwan.
Master Hsu was a senior student of Hung I-Hsiang, who founded the original Tang Shou Tao Association in Taiwan. Hung I-Hsiang received his xingyiquan and baguazhang training from Zhang Junfeng. Zhang Junfeng studied baguazhang with Gao Yisheng and xingyiquan with Li Cunyi in Tianjin, China, before moving to Taiwan in the late 1940′s. Vince Black studied with Hsu Hong-Chi from 1973 until the latter’s death 11 years later. Little Nine Heaven - Internal Kung Fu School.