Hsing I Chuan (Xingyiquan)
Hsing I is an internal martial art which can express aggressive shocking attacks and direct footwork along with energizing Qi movements . The linear nature of Hsing I hints toward military origins. Despite its hard, angular appearance, cultivating soft internal strength or Qi is essential to achieving power in Hsing I.
Students of Hsing I use coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending. Forms include barehanded sequences and versions of the same sequences with a variety of weapons.
These sequences are based upon the movements and fighting behavior of a variety of animals. Training methods allow for progress through increasing difficulty in form sequences, timing and fighting strategy.