Xing Yi Quan – Chinese Martial Arts Style
Xing Yi Quan (or Form-Intention Boxing) is a Chinese martial arts characterized by explosive power and linear movements. It is classified as an internal Wudang style.
According to Shen Wu, “Xing Yi Quan is the oldest of the ‘internal’ martial arts, and the only internal art proven effective on the battlefield. Based on the movements of the spear, the strategies and techniques of Xing Yi Quan are designed to subdue an opponent in the shortest possible amount of time (as prolonged exchanges were not conducive to survival in mass battle situations). The basic fighting strategy of Xing Yi Quan dictates an aggressive “take no prisoners” attitude, with the goal of incapacitating an opponent as quickly as possible. There are no flashy or overly complicated techniques; the art is a study in practical efficiency. The fact that Xing Yi Quan fighters have been among the small percentage of the most elite for the past four hundred years in China lends credibility to the Art’s efficacy in training, strategy and application”.
- Shen Wu, Xing Yi Quan, http://www.shenwu.com/hsingi.htm