Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts
- Discipline of Body, Mind & Spirit that based its Foundation on Qigong -
What is Xingyi Quan / Hsing-Yi Chuan (Forms & Mind Boxing)?
Xingyi Quan is famed for its angular linear entry and the issue of explosive internal power. Created 800 years ago by Marshal Yeuh Fei as a means to prepare his soldiers for the battle field. There exist today two main branches of Xingyi Quan. Each with its own unique blend of flavour and characteristic:
- the 5 Elements & 12 Animals System from the region of Shanxi and Hebei.
- the 6 Harmonies & 10 Animals System from Henan.
Both systems develop hard energy on the outside that is complemented by soft energy on the inside - the exact opposite of Taiji Quan which aims to develop the energy dynamics known as 'Cotton Needle' - soft on the outside but hard on the inside.
To see video footage of Lama Dondrup Dorje demonstrating forms and applications from the Chinese Martial Arts please visit the Pathgate Theatre Page.