Hsing I Chuan means "Shape-Mind Boxing," and is often considered the
most aggressive of the Internal Chinese Martial Arts. Its creation is
primarily credited to Marshall Yueh Fei, a very famous and formidable
military commander who lived in the early to mid 1100s.
Hsing I Chuan begins with the study of the Five
Element Forms: Metal, known as the Splitting Fist; Water, known as the
Drilling Fist; Wood, known as the Crushing Fist; Fire, known as the
Pounding Fist; and Earth, known as the Crossing Fist. Each form teaches
a method of body mechanics that eventually lead to efficient and very
explosive expressions of physical energy. Following an understanding of
the Five Element Forms, one begins to study the twelve animal forms,
which are a collection of techniques and tactics that use the mechanics
of the Five Element forms as a base.
Hsing I Chuan is often taught together with Ba Gua Chang
to compliment its circular
movements, or as a companion to Tai
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