TAI CHI CHUAN  太極拳  The Taijiquan of Li Fangchen (also known as Li Jing Lin) who was a friend of Du Xinwu, is an old boxing style created by Yang Luchan (1799-1872). Yang Luchan was forced to teach the imperial court (the Manchus) which he loathed, so he changed the art he taught and removed the internal training. He kept the real art secret and transmited it behind closed doors to his family. Yang Jianhou (1837-1917) who was a disciple and youngest son of Li Fangchen, learned the old form of the boxing which remained alive but hidden. Yang Jianhou also popularised exercises for health based on the movements of their family art.     In the modern version of Taiji taught in most schools today we start learning the form which is just a long choreography inspired by the martial art it once was and is lacking in any other aspects and training of the old art.  In the old art, as in all the internal boxing schools, there are many li gong (strength training), of nei gong (internal strength training) and combat exercises to practice before you start practicing a form.     The health aspect of the form comes from the practice of nei gong and you must know that the martial aspect is not contained within.

TAI CHI CHUAN

太極拳

The Taijiquan of Li Fangchen (also known as Li Jing Lin) who was a friend of Du Xinwu, is an old boxing style created by Yang Luchan (1799-1872). Yang Luchan was forced to teach the imperial court (the Manchus) which he loathed, so he changed the art he taught and removed the internal training. He kept the real art secret and transmited it behind closed doors to his family. Yang Jianhou (1837-1917) who was a disciple and youngest son of Li Fangchen, learned the old form of the boxing which remained alive but hidden. Yang Jianhou also popularised exercises for health based on the movements of their family art.

 

In the modern version of Taiji taught in most schools today we start learning the form which is just a long choreography inspired by the martial art it once was and is lacking in any other aspects and training of the old art.

In the old art, as in all the internal boxing schools, there are many li gong (strength training), of nei gong (internal strength training) and combat exercises to practice before you start practicing a form.

 

The health aspect of the form comes from the practice of nei gong and you must know that the martial aspect is not contained within.

XING YI CHUAN  形意拳  The Xing Yi Quan from our tradition comes from the lineage of Li Cun Yi (1847-1921) and it’s name roughly means “Form Intent Boxing”.  It’s one of the three most popular internal martial arts styles of China the others are Taiji Quan and Ba Gua Zhang.  Li Cun Yi was a disciple of Liu Qi Lan and also studied Ba Gua Zhang with Dong Hai Chaun.  He mastered both these arts, but is most well known for his Xing Yi Quan.  Li’s school is characterised by being very fluid and relaxed with very clear motions with no empty or flowery forms or movements.  His approach is very precise, developing power and a very strong body.  First through static positions and Nei Gong, followed by the Forms of the 5 Fists , then later the 12 animals and the many other exercises and forms from the tradition.  We start by working on a more formal structure and we progress to a more relaxed and natural way to move and express the force.   Li Cun Yi said: "Xing Yi Quan develops the power (solo training) and the exchange expresses the power (partner training)."

XING YI CHUAN

形意拳

The Xing Yi Quan from our tradition comes from the lineage of Li Cun Yi (1847-1921) and it’s name roughly means “Form Intent Boxing”.

It’s one of the three most popular internal martial arts styles of China the others are Taiji Quan and Ba Gua Zhang.

Li Cun Yi was a disciple of Liu Qi Lan and also studied Ba Gua Zhang with Dong Hai Chaun.

He mastered both these arts, but is most well known for his Xing Yi Quan.

Li’s school is characterised by being very fluid and relaxed with very clear motions with no empty or flowery forms or movements.

His approach is very precise, developing power and a very strong body.

First through static positions and Nei Gong, followed by the Forms of the 5 Fists , then later the 12 animals and the many other exercises and forms from the tradition.

We start by working on a more formal structure and we progress to a more relaxed and natural way to move and express the force.


Li Cun Yi said: "Xing Yi Quan develops the power (solo training) and the exchange expresses the power (partner training)."

BAGUA ZHANG  八卦掌  Zhang style Ba Gua Zhang is the evolution of a master of Xing Yi Quan to a master of Ba Gua Zhang.  Zhang Zhao Dong was already an expert in Hebei Xing Yi and it is said that he combined the Fa-Jins of Xing Yi and Ba Gua. But he actually adapted the Xing Yi Fa-Jins to the Ba Gua moves.

BAGUA ZHANG

八卦掌

Zhang style Ba Gua Zhang is the evolution of a master of Xing Yi Quan to a master of Ba Gua Zhang.

Zhang Zhao Dong was already an expert in Hebei Xing Yi and it is said that he combined the Fa-Jins of Xing Yi and Ba Gua. But he actually adapted the Xing Yi Fa-Jins to the Ba Gua moves.

ZIRANMEN  自然門     Throughout the Da Xuan tradition we find the idea of 'Ziran', the natural.  We have the concept that within us all is a spark of the universe, a perfect unadulterated reflection of the Tao.   Ziranmen, the natural boxing, is the famous fighting art transmitted from the legendary Du Xin Wu.  Famous for his work as a bodyguard , Du Xin Wu transmitted his art to several notable students, most notably Wan Lai Shen .  The Ziranmen practices develop qualities and concepts for fighting in the place of structured forms or techniques, with a focus on power, spontaneity and the capacity to act. The qualities are what separates Ziranmen from many other styles.

ZIRANMEN

自然門

 

Throughout the Da Xuan tradition we find the idea of 'Ziran', the natural.  We have the concept that within us all is a spark of the universe, a perfect unadulterated reflection of the Tao. 

Ziranmen, the natural boxing, is the famous fighting art transmitted from the legendary Du Xin Wu.  Famous for his work as a bodyguard , Du Xin Wu transmitted his art to several notable students, most notably Wan Lai Shen .

The Ziranmen practices develop qualities and concepts for fighting in the place of structured forms or techniques, with a focus on power, spontaneity and the capacity to act. The qualities are what separates Ziranmen from many other styles.

Basic Hands   The beginning  practice of Da Xuan ,  students will learn the basic hands that will bring out the qualities that all of the internal arts have in common. These simple exercises look simple in nature, but through thorough investigation and practice, one will begin to see the huge benefits these exercises contain.  

Basic Hands

The beginning  practice of Da Xuanstudents will learn the basic hands that will bring out the qualities that all of the internal arts have in common. These simple exercises look simple in nature, but through thorough investigation and practice, one will begin to see the huge benefits these exercises contain.