Xing Yi Quan



Fimages-1ounded by Ji Jike between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, xing yi, the style of “form and intent”, is the third among the main Chinese internal martial arts, together with taiji and baguazhang. Not too aesthetically pleasing, xing yi is a difficult style, training in which develops an irresistible force in the trainee after a quite harsh and repetitive beginning: the attack, which is always frontal, doesn’t concern itself with the opponent’s response, it overwhelms him instead with the power of groundedness and its five basic punches – pi quan (cutting punch), zhuan quan (piercing punch), heng quan (transversal punch), beng quan (destructive punch), pao quan (exploding punch). Read more

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