Taoist internal martial arts lie at the heart of all Taoist practice – moving meditations to focus the mind within the body along optimal lines.
Xing Yi (pronounced Shing Yee) – like Tai Chi & Pa Kua – is one of those internal martial arts.
Tai Chi teaches you how to roll this way or that, yielding to life’s pressure without being pressed upon.
Pa Kua teaches you the power of circles and the ability to constantly get behind a situation hence always in command.
Xing Yi teaches you to project your power towards your goal and bypass any obstacle as if passing right through it – like walking through walls.
I teach Xing Yi (exactly how I do it myself every day) in a series of trainings:
The five elements form – five distinct fighting forms each relating to a different element – metal, water, wood, fire and earth – these are the five main martial arts moves required to stay safe in a fight and extrapolated into everyday life to keep you covered from all sides.
The twelve animal forms – helping you develop the fighting advantage of each animal and imbue you with the spirit of the animal in a totemic way which is incredibly helpful when you need a bit of extra push in a situation.
The Xing Yi long form – the real reason to learn the five element forms and the twelve animal forms – consists of a complex combination of the five elements and twelve animals and takes each far further in terms of expression and range of movement – it’s a super-graceful dance that feels like it’s occurring in a different dimension – and that’s because it is. It’s the closest thing to flying I’ve ever found.
Who will benefit from Barefoot Doctor’s Xing Yi 5 Elements Form?
Anyone, unless you have a physical impairment which means you’re unable to stand or move easily. The beauty of this training is you don’t need to have done any other martial arts, you don’t need to be fit even – you merely need to get started and it will get you fit and able to defend yourself without you having to do anything more than the daily training.
If you’ve ever studied martial arts with other teachers, what you’ll find strikingly different here and may have to make accommodation, for is the high degree of fun involved. I’m not suggesting having fun learning something is the most efficient way for everyone to learn, but it’s the only way I know how and over the years I’ve found it to be effective for most people.
In terms of how it fits with all the other Barefoot Doctor trainings, whether the internal mastery you learn in School For Warriors, Qigongo, Pa Kua, or Tai Chi – they all depend on the same set of internal principles, and being abreast of those via the other trainings, as well as having developed the physical dexterity acquired in all the Qigongo trainings – you’ll find Xing Yi like coming home.
Myself I practice qigong and all the martial arts forms every day and would most strongly advise however that if time is a constraint, or you’re not willing to alter your schedule to accommodate it, you can always simply do qigong every day as the basis, then one day do the Xing Yi, the next the Pa Kua, the next Tai Chi and so on.
What does the Xing Yi 5 Elements Form Training comprise?
The training is online via a series of short, easy to watch, fun to follow videos. You have lifetime access to the training and can download the videos to your device, so you can learn anywhere you happen to be.
The Xing Yi 5 Elements Form won’t take you long to learn – you watch an introduction followed by a short video explaining and demonstrating each of the forms/fists. Watch one video a day – once you can make the movements without following the video, set aside approximately ten, maybe twenty minutes to practice and make it your own.
Practice is key, particularly if you’re intending to progress to the next two trainings in the series.
Barefoot Dctor’s Xing Yi Power & Intention Training
Part 1 – The Five Elements Form