Linear in nature, Xingyi Quan (Hsing I Chuan), pronounced ‘Shing Yee Chwan’, drills a variety of different striking techniques, mostly with the hands, in precise and powerful combinations. The style is based upon the three Levels – Heaven, Earth and Humanity and Five Elements of Chinese philosophy – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, in combination with 12 Animal Postures – Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse, Crocodile, Rooster, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Snake, Tai-Bird, Eagle and Bear.
Since its development in the 1700’s, three different provincial locations have further contributed to the formation and variety of the style. The especially popular ‘Hebei branch’ stresses sturdiness and expansive movements with forceful strikes.
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Master Wang Deming in Longxing ‘Dragon Posture’
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Master Tyler J. Rowe in Zuanquan ‘Drilling Fist’