The Xingyi Boxing Manual, Revised and Expanded Edition
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Famed for promoting health and longevity, as well as for its effectiveness as a fighting art, Xingyi is practiced by enthusiasts in China and in the West. Designed as a primer or introductory reader and filled with photos, illustrations, and descriptive text, this authentic manual introduces the Five Elements of Xingyi—Splitting Fist, Drilling Fist, Smashing Fist, Pounding Fist, and Crossing Fist—outlining the basic theory and history of the art. Coming directly from an eighth-generation practitioner of a famous lineage, The Xingyi Boxing Manual is a distillation of the knowledge and experience of many of the major figures in the history of Xingyi boxing. Translator John Groschwitz includes previously unavailable materials from the complete original book making this revised and expanded edition an essential guide for today's practitioner of this traditional martial art.
the power as the officers and infantry. If the qi is not full, then the power is insufficient; although the mind may have a plan, it is useless. Therefore, if qi intention is trained well, later one may externally command the power intention and internally accord with the mind intention. In connecting the three intentions, one should especially regard qi as the first concern. The five elements must flow: The external five elements are the five fists: Splitting, Smashing, Pounding, Drilling, and
lights. Observe the opportunity of incoming force, and assess the enemy’s weakness and strength. Stillness used to handle movement contains an advancing method. Movement used to deal with stillness contains a borrowing method. Borrowing methods are easy, advancing methods are difficult, but advancing methods still should be foremost. When meeting one who is brave, do not contemplate mistakes. Those who contemplate mistakes take inch steps and find it difficult to move. Rise like an arrow
business, and my body became weak and I had many illnesses. I was told that if I could obtain the teachings of Xingyi boxing, I could eradicate this weakness and illness, so I began searching for a teacher. Now, while those who are skilled in Shaolin or Wudang arts are numerous, very few are skilled at Xingyi. Those who do know, if they are not arrogant, are tight-lipped, so I traveled around and around until I finally reached the two masters, Shang Yunxiang of Leling County and Sun Lutang of
fighting art, but it also strengthens tendons and bones and enlivens the blood and vessels. Formerly I was plump and my movements hindered. Mr. Jin has trained me for two winters and summers without cease, and I now feel that my spirit is lively and my gait light and easy, proving that this boxing art has endless advantage for people in terms of physical cultivation. It should be regarded by all people as a great treasure. I submit these few words of record as accompaniment to the text. Sheng
Splitting. Its form is like an axe. It corresponds to the metal element. Of the zang organs, it nourishes the lungs. Using the fist, it must clench tightly. Using the palm, it must have qi. Do not bend forward or lean back. Do not tilt to the left or slant to the right. The intention fills the entire body. Movement is in the footwork. The two hands come and go. The postures are like a string of pearls. Beng Quan—Smashing Fist The second10 is called Smashing. Its form is like an