形意拳
Xingyiquan

Shifu Wang Qi performs Xingyiquan

Xingyiquan (“Form Intent Boxing”), on the surface, appears to be a model of simplicity. It’s core curriculum consists of five methods of applying power called the Wuxing (“five elements”) and contains no hand techniques. However, the internal body method that creates the Wuxing is intricate and complex, allowing the outward simplicity to be useful, like a power drill with five different drill bits.

The creation of Xingyiquan is generally credited to Ji Jike in the 1600’s, though it was not until the time of Li Luoneng in the 19th century that the art would begin to gain popularity and resemble the current styles. Li produced several disciples who would become giants in the annals of Chinese martial arts society, including Guo Yunshen, Song Shirong, Che Yizhai, and Liu Qilan. Some notable later masters of Xingyiquan include Li Cunyi, Xue Dian, Zhang Zhaodong, Shang Yunxiang, and Sun Lutang.

Our Xingyiquan is the Hebei style, which traces its history to Liu Qilan through Li Cunyi as well as to Guo Yunshen.

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