Xingyiquan’s Five Elemental Fists

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit demonstrating Thrust Palm (also known as Splitting Fist) from the Five Elemental Fist set in Xingyiquan. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit demonstrating Thrust Palm (also known as Splitting Fist) from the Five Elemental Fist set in Xingyiquan. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

I had a brief discussion with some pals about Xingyiquan after showing them the videos posted below. Here’s what I had to say about this art. One of these days, I’ll have to get my brother (who actually practices Xingyiquan) to make a guest post here…

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Cross training and sparring methodology

Free sparring is used to test, not train, fighting skills in Shaolin Wahnam. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

Free sparring is used to test, not train, fighting skills in Shaolin Wahnam. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

Back in mid-May of 2013, I posed a question to the G+ Martial Artist community regarding cross-training and sparring methodologies used in their schools. After a few responses, someone asked my opinion on their situations. Here’s what I replied with:

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Harmonies and planes in kung fu stances

A discussion on the G+ forums turned towards stances and directions used in different styles of kung fu. There are certain difficulties involved even in discussing different types of kung fu thanks to certain phrases meaning different things to different people. One example in this thread came from the Three Body stance of Xingyiquan:

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The historical relationship between Eagle Claw and Xingyiquan

Golden Leopard Trains Claws, an exercise from the Eighteen Lohan Art force training set used by many Northern Shaolin kung fu systems, including Eagle Claw kung fu. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

Golden Leopard Trains Claw from the Eighteen Lohan Art set, from which internal force training in Eagle Claw kung fu is derived. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

One of my kung fu “uncles” has been on a Youtube uploading frenzy lately and recently compiled the Fifty Sequences of Eagle Claw kung fu as practiced in Shaolin Wahnam to his Youtube account: 
鷹爪五十路連拳 50 Sequences of Eagle Claw Kung Fu

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Power generation in kung fu

"Single Whip" is a famous Taijiquan pattern that is often used to practice exploding force. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

“Single Whip,” demonstrated by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, is a famous Taijiquan pattern that is often used to practice exploding force. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

There was a G+ question about how power is generated various styles of martial arts on 2013 May 11. Here was my response, from the kung fu paradigm:

Power generation comes from what’s called “spiral force” in kung fu. By rotating the waist (in addition to maintaining other harmonies), force is transferred from the abdomen to the fist (or foot, shoulder, etc.) This is most often expressed in the phrase, “Striking force begins in the heel, is guided by the waist, and manifests in the fingers.”

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