Hsing I Chuan

Mind Form Boxing

Hsing I Chuan at Dharma Way Dojo

Hsing I Chuan known as mind/form boxing is another one of the big three internal martial arts of China along with Tai Chi Chuan and Baguazhang. The origin of this martial art is credited to the legendary Chinese General Yue Fei of the Song Dynasty.

Hsing I Chuan is also the only martial art which began with weapons techniques, notably the spear, from which the empty hand forms were created. Most martial arts developed with empty handed forms first, then progressed to weapons.

Hsing I consist of shocking straight line attacks, and direct footwork. This art was mainly taught to the military, therefore its goal is to blast power straight through the opponent and quickly end a fight.

Most pure Hsing I schools teach a type of stepping called “inch” stepping, sometimes referred to as “worm” stepping. The syllabus starts out with the five shapes: Pi ( cutting or splitting), Tsuan (drilling), Beng (Pounding), Pao (exploding) and Heng (crossing).

Each shape is related to one of the five classical Chinese elements: Pi= Metal, Tsuan= Water, Beng= Wood, Pao= Fire, Heng=Earth. When a student begins to understand the energies of these shapes, the shapes are then put together into a five element linking form.

There are 12 classical animal styles taught in Hsing I along with the five classical elements. They are: Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse, Water Lizard, Chicken, Sparrrow Hawk, Wedge tailed Hawk,  Snake, Swallow Eagle, Bear.

At Dharma Way Dojo our emphasis in Hsing I Chuan is focused primarily on the five elements, the five element linking form, and only a few animal forms, not the entire range. We are more of a Baguazhang and Tai Chi school, and in keeping with tradition the linking form is taught with baguazhang.

However, our entire 5 level self defense certification course is a version of the five elements of Hsing I. Steve believes that the five elements is really all you need to be very effective in Hsing I applications. But we do teach a few of the animals and a Hsing I staff form.

The five classical elements were the only Hsing I Chuan taught until the 19th century, many schools begin to teach animal shapes to compete with Shaolin based schools who taught many forms. Many students then, as today, believe the more forms you know the better, but in reality, quality always trumps quantity.

Steve, while only practicing a few of the animal forms has focused his study of Hsing I Chuan deeply within the internal development of the art. Hsing I Chuan at its heart is about the development of power. There are 3 powers a practitioner strives to build.

The first is called Ming Jing, obvious power. The second is called  An Jing, subtle power, and the third is called Hua Jing, or refined inner/ mysterious power.

While there are many forms within Hsing I Chuan, weapons and empty hands, Dharma Way Dojo and Self Defense Solutions concentrates on only a few, but a few is enough. As Steve often says, “Better to do a few things with quality, than do many things half way.”

Come give Hsing I Chuan a try, it is a great art for developing self defense skills and health. See for yourself the difference quality instruction will make to  your progress.

Call: 021 151 3273

Email: steve@selfdefencesolutions.co.nz