Hsing-Yi or Mind Intention Boxing is one of the oldest Chinese martial arts that is still practiced today. It was created by a famous general for use on the battlefield.
Hsing-i encourages the student to accept the incoming energy that is being offered in an attack, and turn that energy around without thought into an effective counter attack.
Mr. BP Chan (above) was one of the first to bring Hsing-i Chuan into this country in the mid 1970's.
Rich Raab was one of Mr. Chan's original students
I've been fortunate to know Rich since my childhood.
My teacher now for over 40 years. I've had the pleasure of learning Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Hsing-i Chuan, I Chuan, and Qigong from him.
Hsing-i Chuan (pronounced shing yee) roughly translates into Shape Mind Boxing, or Mind Intent Boxing and basically refers to the creation of a shape through the intention of the mind. When utilized properly with this intent, there is no gap or hesitation when performing the intended move or posture.
This creates a very efficient fighting system that is all about results. You won't see any wasted movement, or hesitation in this system.
We use the ability of the mind to create an idea and project it into the body, creating a functional physical outcome.
To the outsider the techniques of this very effective fighting system look very basic and linear, when in fact what is taking place is the body is making many small tight circles and unseen movements that come together to totally overwhelm your "enemy" thus creating a highly effective fighting style. This creates many planes of force and directions that are difficult for the opponent to deal with.
Hsing-i also incorporates the qualities of The Twelve Animals into it's repertoire, mimicking the nature of these animals gives rise to the "Ten Thousand Things"
When the Twelve Animals of Hsing-I are combined with The Five Elements, wondrous things are created. These forces go beyond mere words, and must be felt and absorbed into the body over many years, if not decades!
Of all the Internal Martial Arts, Xingyi Quan is the most direct. I've heard it said that it's the simplest to learn, but the hardest to master.
Known as a hard-hitting and direct style, Xingyi Quan is immediately effective in taking and controlling the center-line while quickly advancing into the opponent's center or stepping back while stealing the opponents momentum and energy, and then cutting the angle into the center or side gates to gain entry.
There is no retreat in Hsing-I Chuan. We might advance to the rear while maintaining control of the center, giving no quarter.
Xingyi Quan forces us to learn good body mechanics. Using connected movement and whole body power .
If you're looking for relatively faster results for self defense while at the same time want to follow a balanced healthy practice this just might be just what you're looking for.
What's so unique and wonderful about all these Fine Internal Arts of China is that at the Center of all the practices is the main goal of Self Improvement, energy cultivation and refinement.
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I had pain shooting down my arms and legs...I didn't know what to do. I was desperate, and ready to try anything.
Bruce taught me one of his "standing sets" to help me release the tension in my neck, and back.
Over time gravity helped to separate the space between the discs in my spine. This helped the impingement of the nerves that was causing me so much pain.
I had been away from practice for a few years and was starting to feel stiff, and out of sorts for awhile. I took a chance and started working out at Bruce's School. My Tai Chi Form is taking on so many new dimensions, and layers of understanding. You see what's great is that Bruce just doesn't teach sequences of moves, he teaches principles that you can immediately apply to your art.
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