Hsingi Chuan

Usually attributed to General Yueh Fuei in the early tenth century A.D., Hsing-I is perhaps the oldest of the so called internal systems. It is a practical, time tested, and highly effective system of self defense with an emphasis on directness and efficiency; an taking the fight directly to the opponent, and seizing control of the situation in as few moves as possible.

The foundation of the Hsing-I is Chinese five element theory; the five elements being metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. The elements are associated with a distinct physical actions which, in turn, have specific martial applications. In addition each element is associated with a set of internal organs. Because of this duality, five element training not only develops a sophisticated fighting ability, but also enhances the overall health and longevity of the practitioner. Complementing five element training is a set of twelve forms (the animals) which incorporate the actions of the five elements with the qualities, temperaments, and fighting styles of creatures both natural and mythic.

With physical conditioning as a key component, the emphasis during training is on the practical. Known as the "seven deadly stars" the student learns to strike effectively with the hands, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders, and head. The student also acquires skill in the use of traditional weapons, as well as in the application of various grappling and throwing techniques, Also, the student will engage in various levels of push hands training and two-person drills, as well as receiving instruction in Chin-Na, the Chinese art of seizing and locking.