Intersection of Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Intersection of
Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Japanese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Okinawan Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts

Hebei Hsing-I Chuan

Wood: Crushing Fist    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 Chi Chuan.

    For more information, please contact Sifu Douglas Lawrence at, or visit his website, The Internal Arts Association of Michigan.

Classes Held at the

Hannah Community Center
East Lansing, MI
Friday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Sunday 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Sifu Douglas Lawrence may also be contacted at for Private Lessons in the East Lansing, Michigan area.