Hsing Yi 12 Animals
Class Schedule:
Monday 8.30pm. Thursday 7pm.
£12 per class or £180 for 3 months (twice a week).

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Hsing Yi Chuan roughly translated means mind and body form. In practice, the student trains the mind (Xing) to control the body (Yi). This connects the inner, internal power (Nei Gong) with the outer, external shape (Wai Xing). the form or "shape" of the movements is the outward, physical manifestation of the "shape" of one's intent.

In application, the practitioner strives to be aggressive and to develop an active and explosive offence. The direction of the movement forms is direct and linear. According to the principles of this style, attacking with clear intent serves as the best defence, and attack and defence occur simultaneously. Action and movement are tight and compact, limiting any openings for counterattack.

Grandmaster Sun Lu Tang 1861 - 1933

The style that is taught here is again from the Su Lu Tang system known has the 5 element and 12 animal forms. There are three primary styles of Hsing Yi Chuan are practiced in different regions of China. The styles (or families) are the Shanxi, the Hebei, and the Henan. Each style of Hsing Yi Chuan is distinctly different in essence and in appearance. The Shanxi and Hebei methods are based upon the five elements and the twelve animal styles, although the names of the animals sometimes vary a bit from family to family. The Henan style does not emphasize the five elements and only ten animals.
Just like the Ba Gua Paul Whitrod places great emphasis on application of all the techniques through out the system leaving no room for guessing what a technique is for. The motto is Understanding through application.
Animals of Hsing YI

Snake (Sair) / Chicken (Gai)
Bear (Hoon)
Eagle (Ying)
Tiger (fu)
Horse (Ma)
Swallow (yan)
Monkey (hou)
Mythical Bird (Tai)
Sparrowhawk (yao)
Turtle or fish or Crocodile (Yue or gao)
Dragon (loong)

Each of these animal forms have their particular skills for self defence, These forms are not just to mimick the animal in a copycat fashion but to truly understand the inner most feeling of becoming of its characteristics, some of these forms are very short. So in Hsing Yi is the will or intent that is the crucialstep of applying the animal in combat. More info will be added on this subject later.