Song Xingyiquan

History of Song style Xingyiquan

Chinese martial arts have a very long history — they are one of the treasures of the Chinese people. Xingyiquan is one of the 4 most important martial arts from China and has a long, deep history of more than 1,000 years. The creators of Song style Xingyiquan were the brothers Song Shirong and Song Shide. Since childhood they demonstrated to be very intelligent, enjoying the old Chinese classics and being interested in many different kinds of arts. Besides being interested in the classics, they would often train in the martial art transmitted at their own home — Shaolinquan, Yi Jing and Xisui Jing. During their childhood they’d often travel from Beijing to Shanxi, where their father opened a store that repaired clocks, called “Yong Shan Xing”. In fact Mr. Li Luoneng was also in Taigu, where he had a bodyguard agency. It was there that the 2 brothers accepted Li Luoneng as their teacher and, under him, diligently studied for 10 years, and being favored by Mr. Li with his teachings, they reached a high level in the art.

After this the 2 brothers also studied Taijiquan and Baguazhang, and conducted several researches in different areas. As the result if it they have devised what is nowadays known as “Song style Xingyiquan”, a martial art that has particular views and training methods in internal energy and power generation methods. After this the art was further developed by many of the 1st generation disciples such as Ren Erqi, Song Huchen, Song Tielin, Jia Wengao and others, thus Song style Xingyiquan evolved into a more complete system of martial art.

Song style Xingyiquan theory and methods

The theory behind Song style Xingyiquan is basically the same as traditional Xingyiquan and this is in fact its basic point, but Song style follows the principles of Neigong Si Jing together with the creation and destruction motions of the 5 elements. Great emphasis is put in internal energy training, internal power issuing, the connection between “inside and outside” and the “spirit and the intention”. The fighting aspects of the art are as well stressed during training and all these is done according to the instructions contained in the “Neigong Si Jing”. Furthermore we place great importance on the changes of Yin-Yang, the “Yi Jin Jing” and the “Xi Sui Jing”. All begins with the “Nei Gong”, followed by the “Nei gua”; the “Shen Yun” perfects it and at the end all is brought together by the “Di Long” (These are all parts of the “Neigong Si Jing”. Following these methods the Song style practitioner is able to issue a very distinctive kind of force, that is explosive and elastic at the same time, becoming evident that this kind of power is very different from what is found in other Xingyiquan systems.

Theoretical part: Classics such as: “The Liuhe classic”, “Nine thesis”, “7 fists and 14 parts – usage methods”, “Neigong Si Jing”, “Xi Sui Jing”, “Yi Jin Jing”, “Quanshu Yun Yi” and others.

Basic techniques: Santishi standing, understanding the difference between “Yin” and “Yang” forces, High-middle and lower stances, single and double center stances, 5 fists and their different training methods, 12 animals and different training methods, Pan Gen method and others.

Training Song style Xingyiquan

Alex teaches private lessons and classes in Cambridge, UK, and his senior students run training groups in London, and Vancouver, Canada.
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