Xingyiquan (Chinese: å½¢æ„æ‹³; Pinyin: XÃng yÃ¬ quÃ¡n; Wade-Giles: Hsing I Ch’Ã¼an) is one of the three major “internal” (nÃ¨ijiÄ) Chinese martial arts. The other two are T’ai Chi Ch’Ã¼an and Baguazhang. Xingyiquan translates approximately to “Form/Intention Boxing”, or “Shape/Will Boxing”, and is characterised by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power.
Its origins are traceable to the 18th century. There is no single organisational body governing the teaching of the art, and several variant styles exist.
A Xingyiquan fighter uses efficient coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending. Forms vary from school to school, but include barehanded sequences and versions of the same sequences with a variety of weapons. These sequences are based upon the movements and fighting behaviour of a variety of animals. The training methods allow the student to progress through increasing difficulty in form sequences, timing and fighting strategy.
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