Welcome to the new release of Hsing-i for Health and Martial Power - Volume 2: Water Fist and Volume 3: Wood Fist. These programs follow Volume 1: Santi & Metal Fist and I Chuani Standing Postures.
When I first experienced the power and healing properties of hsing-i, while in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, I was amazed by what this internal art could do. All of the best internal martial artists that I knew practiced it and many attributed their success in building incredible chi to the practice of hsing-i. I created this training program in the hope that one of China's most effective healing and internal martial systems would continue to benefit future generations.
The practices contained within these DVDs are linked to the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The ancient Chinese found that each of these five elements corresponded to specific mental and emotional states within human beings. By strengthening and harmonizing these elements within oneself, one can achieve a deep sense of health and well being. Understanding of the five elements through hsing-i practice will help to enhance other mind/body practices such as tai chi, bagua, qigong, energy healing, massage, and even yoga.
I call hsing-i the 'Fastest Way to Build Chi' because it is extremely efficient in uncovering and overcoming weaknesses within yourself and others. It is one of the few movement forms that enables you to be more effective in all aspects of life because you learn how to directly engage your mind, will and intent. It develops follow through, concentration and focus.
My primary teacher and Taoist sage, Liu Hung Chieh, started his daily practice session with hsing-i. Why? He said it was because it made him vibrant, strong and healthy (especially important as he aged)--it was the perfect compliment to his other energy practices.
Traditionally these practices were closely guarded and tremendously hard to find. These are the DVDs that I wish were available when I was younger and I hope you find them useful.
The Goals and Training Methods of Hsing-i Chuan
Hsing-i Chuan is a powerful internal martial art that focuses on yang (hard) internal energy.
Hsing-i’s goals include:
- Cultivating yang methods of internal power for martial arts
- Developing incredible will and intent of the mind
- Allowing chi to flow vigorously and smoothly in the body to build strength and vibrant health
Hsing-i is extremely useful in developing a success-oriented competitive spirit and self-discipline, and in restoring a positive self-image to someone who exhibits a weak or damaged ego. Hsing-i is like a mountain, a solid immovable force, with light and agile footwork. Hsing-i has a powerful and aggressive penetrating energy that can go through the arm/hand defenses of an opponent like a hot knife thorugh butter.
"Hsing-i is an excellent bridge from the external martial arts to the internal." Bruce
Nine techniques and training practices of Hsing-i:
- Energetic and combat intent behind a movement is emphasized more than the physical movements of the form.
- Functional power in each and every movement.
- Movements are designed primarily from the viewpoint of effectiveness.
- Bu hao kan, hen hao yung is a classic phrase that means hsing-i does not look pretty, is just works well.
- A prime strategy of never retreating.
- A mentality that is completely goal-oriented.
- A primary focus on developing yang, not yin, methods of internal power.
- Developing the outside of a practitioner's body to feel extremely hard to someone touching it.
- A main philosophical orientation toward developing internal strength and unwavering focused intent.
Hsing-i Chuan for Health and Martial Power
Volume 1: San Ti and Pi Chuan - 7 DVD Set
In this DVD training set, recorded live in Berkeley, California, Bruce covers the fundamentals of both San Ti—the core standing posture of hsing-i—and Pi Chuan or Chopping Fist.
San Ti—the trinity posture—is at the heart of the practice of hsing-i and its Five Elementsi. A common story about the best people in hsing-i describes how they were made to do San Ti for between one and three years before being allowed to learn anything else. San Ti cultivates five critical processes involving:
- the breath;
- the legs and waist;
- the arms; and
- unifying the connections within the practitioner both externally and (5) internally.
"Standing builds the foundation for successfully learning all the other advanced methods of qigong and internal martial arts. Further, standing creates the context to move chi at will." Bruce
According to Taoist cosmology, the Five Elements are in effect the five energies that comprise the energy matrix in the universe. Hsing-i’s Pi Chuan (Chopping/Splitting Fist) technique is linked to the metal element.
Pi Chuan’s focus is to make the spine extremely strong and the hands as hard as steel. It is also considered a powerful health system because it builds chi and enables energy to flow correctly in the body.
Here are the Table of Contents:
- Introduction [Standing postures and San Ti; martial relationship between hsing-i and bagua; mental attitudes and their effects; relevance to spirituality]
- Alignments and Movements
- Basic Principles
- Four Points Alignments
- Knee Alignments
- The Spine and Lower Tantieni
- How Alignments Increase Power
- Making a Proper Hsing-i Fist
- Initial Fist Movement
- Hsing-i Mind
- Second Hand Movement
- Third Hand Movement
- Importance of the Lower Body
- Improving Your Stance
- Chi Should Both Rise and Fall
- Partner Exercise to Raise Chi and for Martial Arts
- Opening and Closing Your Feet
- The Ankle
- The Power to Do
- How the Hands Split in Pi Chuan
- Twisting the Arms Inward and Outward
- Focus on the Upper Body
- Strength, Internal Power and Your Body
- Basic Hsing-i Principles
- "Ko" or Hooking
- The Tiger's Mouth
- Upper Body Alignments
- Review and Q&A
- Standing and Preventing Your Body's Chi from Becoming Stagnent
- Mind Holds the Chi and the Body
- Pi Chuan Martial Applications
- Half Steps or Worm Walking
- Martial Applications - Closing Distance Gaps and Planting Your Opponent
- Where Does Body Movement Originate?
- Different Hand Movements
- Movement of Pi Chuan
- Why Liu Heng Chieh Began His Day with Hsing-i
- The Three Holdings
- Gaze and Breathing
- High, Medium and Low Levels of Hsing-i Breathing
- Breath, Energy and Mind Become One
- 3 Fallings or Sinkings
- Chi Falls to the Lower Tantien
- Shoulder Edges Sink
- Elbows Dig Downward
- Other Principles of Hsing-i
- 3 Different Styles of Beng Chuan
"In this comprehensive set Bruce goes into incredible (sometimes maddening) detail on every aspect of the postures. But frankly if he didn’t go into it you could be practicing for years and be doing nothing more than walking through the motions...or worse. This course will separate the true student from the dilettante, the committed from the interested, and the player from the spectator. Worth more than its price."
I Chuan Standing Postures for Power - 4 DVD Set
"In I Chuan, the emphasis on holding a standing posture is to develop fa jin. Fa jini is the internal martial arts technique of issuing power so that it passes through an opponent, moving him in space just as a gust of wind blows dust away." Bruce
The eight standing postures work with chi and are practiced at heights ranging from above the head to the lower tantien (near the navel). The poses are derived from Taoism’s 200 original postures and are used to bring out the innate power of the body. These I Chuan postures have several main purposes:
- To open up the energy channels
- To rebalance the energies in your body
- To strengthen any energetic weaknesses
- To unlock the body’s latent potentials and capacities.
In this DVD training set, recorded live in Berkeley, California, Bruce Frantzis demonstrates the eight core standing postures and explains the I Chuan system and its objectives.
Here are Table of Contents for the I Chuan DVDs:
- Introduction to I Chuan
- The Three Tantiens
- I Chuan Standing Posture 1
- I Chuan Standing Posture 2
- Opening the Joints in Standing Postures
- Guided Practice Session (9 min)
- Transitioning into Postures
- Guided Practice Session - Growing from the Tantien (15 min)
- Variations in Postues
- I Chuan Standing Posture 3
- Opening the Midriff
- Stabilization Points in the Body
- Guided Practice Session - Into and out of the Tantien (25 min)
- Guided Practice Session - Standing on One Leg (19 min)
- Posture Energetics
- I Chuan Standing Posture 4
- I Chuan Standing Posture 5
- I Chuan Standing Posture 6
- Opening the Energy Channels
- Guided Practice Session Postures 1-4 (7 min)
- Martial Applications of I Chuan
- Traditional Training Methodolgy
- I Chuan Standing Posture 7
- Moving into Higher Postures
- Feet Width Variations
- I Chuan Standing Posture 8
- Guided Practice Session (7 min)
NEW RELEASE #1
Hsing-i Chuan for Health and Martial Power
Volume 2: Water Fist (Tsuan Chuan) [6 DVD Set]
This training program teaches the fundamentals of the water fist of hsing-i chuan, also known as tsuan chuan or drilling fist.
The physical motion of tsuan chuan goes from down to up and uses peng, an expansive internal energy. The internal pressures that tsuan chuan generates within the body during execution of the technique, in addition to its basic chi work, directly and positively affect the kidneys and the whole vitality of the body.
Tsuan chuan is represented by the water element, and focuses on making the hands able to move around an opponent's arms like water moves around a rock.
These DVDs show you all the internal aspects of this fist.
Here are Table of Contents for Volume 2: The Water Fist (Tsuan Chuan):
- The three kinds of internal martial arts
- Hsing-i is composed of 2 concepts
- Five elements and the five fists
- A review of the Metal Elementi
- Introduction to the Water and Wood Elements
- Important Metal Element Principles Related to San Ti or Holding Pi Chuan
- The Metal Element overview
- Metal Element refined with hsing-i principles
- Recognize Real and False Energy
- Hsing-i Preferences
- Shock, Gapping, Hesitation & Paralysis
- Basic Principles (kidneys, knees, spine and health; sound and emotion; sound warfare; psychic sound and sensation)
- Movement Qualities of the Water Fist: Down Causes Up
- Kidneys and Awareness, Fear-Depression and Courage
- Take Shock on the Back of your Forearm
- How to Make a Hsing-Ii fist:Twisting and Eagle Claw
- What is Spiraling and Twisting?
- Aspects of Drilling
- Static and Moving Strength are Different
- Strong and Weak Angles
- Go to Where Strength is Not
- Fist Comes up the Centerline and Learn to Evenly Twist and Not Freeze
- Principles of Centerline Control and Movement
- Useable Power and Angle Changing
- What Drives Hsing-i’s Twisting and Internal Power
- Regarding the Hand Movements
- Technical Points
- Battlefield and Bodyguard Arts Differ
- Technique: Hands Going Out and Returning
- Finer Details Regarding the Hand Movements
- Lock Chi in your Lower Tantien
- Close Range Fighting Considerations
- Safe 2 Person Head Shot Exercise
- More points regarding Hsing-i
- Small Medium and Big Style Internal Martial Arts
- Safety Precaution: Initially Twist the Arms First and Legs Later to Protect your Back
- Descending Hand Martial Considerations:
- Negotiating 2 Centerlines: Your Waist and a Sphere
- Intersecting and Contact
- Hsing-i Never Retreats and Defeating Anxiety
- 4-Part Footwork Stepping Sequence
- One Hand Goes Down as the Other Goes Up
- 80% close and 20% open
- Precise Hand Movement in 4 Parts
- Up and Down Internal Movement: Find and Feel the Cable
- Hsing-i does not do snapping punches
- Single, Double and Triple Impact Strikes
- Functions of Front Foot Stepping
- Worm Walking and Fa Jin
- Waist Turns Both Ways
- Importance of Connection
- Four Critical Points to Connect in the Water Fist
- Differing Degrees of Hand Height and Waist Turn
- Follow and Stop Punches in Hsing-i
- Large Style Water Fist
- Partner Exercise: See and Track the Opponent
- Essential Points and Common Errors
- Why Hsing-i Only has Few Physical Movements
- Water Fist Turn Around
- Technical Points: Edge of Hand and Protect Occiput
- Martial Arts Morality
"Its main aim is to nurture qi and develop the body, and is unconnected with fighting...I was formly of weak constitution and always taking medicine, but after engaging in this practice for only a year, it was as if my sickness had disappeared. I now benefit from continued good health and deeply believe that the ancient worthies do not deceive us."
Lui Zibin, Forward to The Xingyi Boxing Manual, [Year 1923]
NEW RELEASE #2
Hsing-i Chuan for Health and Martial Power
Volume 3: Wood Fist (Beng Chuan) [6 DVD Set]
This training program covers the fundamentals of the wood fist of hsing-i chuan, also known as beng chuan or crushing fist. Beng Chuan is represented by the wood element and it is often compared to the force of a powerful plant growing and expanding through concrete with a steady, inexorable force. The wood element is linked to energy of the liver and relates to taking action and moving through obstacles in the world.
"Beng Chuan is often considered to be the most powerful straight punch in all the Chinese martial arts." Bruce
Here are Table of Contents for Volume 3: The Wood Fist (Beng Chuan):
- Liver, Wood Element, and Classic Practice
- Differing Qualities of the Water and Wood Fists
- How to Make a Wood Fist
- Basic Arm Motion
- Two Person Exercise to Check for Proper Shoulder-Armpit Movement
- Centerline Martial Arts
- Lower Hand Height Either at Midriff or Lower Tantien
- Different Kinds of Footwork and Leg Weighting
- Technicalities Accurately Determine Function
- Smothering, Spear and Expanding Actions
- Tearing Silk and What Tears What
- Tearing Silk and the Legs
- Twist the Legs and Energy Channels
- Footwork Cable Pulley of Different Kinds of Beng Chuan
- Hung i Hsiang Method - “Spine Penetrates the Foot”
- Pressing Ball of Foot has Multiple Energetic Effects
- Sex and electrical diagrams of how chi flows in the body
- Partner Exercises
- Moving the Hands and Specific Coordinated Bodily Actions
- Opening an Opponent and then Hitting
- Crushing Downward with Forearm on Top
- Fighting Angles and How Low Does Your Hand Go
- Liver Chi Rising and Bringing it Down
- Hand and Arm Sensitivity
- Practice Session
- Sit, Visualize and Beng Chuan Important Points
- Partner Exercise with Beng Chuan Above and Below Opponents Arm
- Hsing-i Never Fakes or Retreats
- Two Person Exercise with a Half Beng Chuan
- Hung i Hsiang’s Beng Chuan Continued
- Capture the Second Punch and Wang Shu Jing Variation
- More on the Wrist-Forearm Circle
- Importance of the Back Capturing Hand
- Important Masters’ Views on What is Important in Beng Chuan
- Wang Shu Jing’s Beng Chuan
- Hsing-i and Spiritual Martial Arts
- Health and Martial Arts Vis a Vis Masters Hung and Wang’s Beng Chuan
- Wild Cat Climbs the Tree
- Big Differences Between Major Hsing-i Branches and Stances
- More on Rubbing the Arms and Connecting to Grabbing Chi
- Partner Exercise to Develop not Being Pulled and Maintain Balance
- Liu Hung Chieh’s Flying Step Beng Chuan
- Partner Feedback Exercise
- Way of Tantien Practice and Energy Mechanics
- Implications for Daily Life
- Hsing-i Principles (Projecting and linking the tantien, hands and feet, closing the distance gap: various offensive and defensive scenarios,closing and silent rear foot stepping)
- Another Style of Beng Chuan
- Q & A
- Fighting Principles and Strategies
- Traditional Story about the Importance of the Tantien
- Defensive and Offensive Styles of Beng Chuan and Invoking Terror
- Turning Around in Beng Chuan
- More About Practicing the 5 Elements
- 5 Elements Progressively Develops the Space of the Mind
- Why and How: Connect the Metal, Wood, and Wood Fists
- Hsing-I and Spiritual Martial Arts
- Conclusion (Liu Hung Chieh’s advice for those who do Tai Chii and Bagua)
Longevity Breathing Lessons
Downloadable files accessable immediately after purchaseCONTENTS:
1: Feeling Your Breath
2: Learning to Avoid Holding Your Breath
3: Becoming Aware of Distraction
4: Breathing Along the Central Channel of Your Body
5: Breathing Down the Central Channel to Your Lower Tantieni
6: Stabilizing the Breath and Energy of Your Lower Tantien
7: Letting Your Breathing Drop From Your Chest to Your Belly
8: Breathing From the Sides of Your Body
9: Simultaneously Breathing From the Front and Sides
10: Lower Back and Kidney Breathing
11: Upper Back Breathing
12: Breathing Energy Into Your Lower Tantien
Longevity Breathing teaches you the core Taoist breathing methods so you breath with your whole body. The practices of Hsing-i and I Chuan offer an incredible entry point to feeling and building chi. Together they are a powerful health and healing combination.
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Hsing-i Chuan for Health and Martial Power:
A) Volume 2: The Water Fist (Tsuan Chuan)
B) Volume 3: The Wood Fist (Beng Chuan)
Hsing-i for Health and Martial Power:
A) Volume 1: Santi and The Metal Fist (Pi Chaun)
B) Volume 2: The Water Fist (Tsuan Chuan)
C) Volume 3: The Wood Fist (Beng Chuan)
D) I Chuan Standing Postures Set
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"If you are thinking about purchasing the new Hsing-I Chaun DVDs, I can't recommend them highly enough. I'm not sure if you can learn the material from the DVDs alone, but it is the single most concise presentation of Bruce's system that I've ever seen. Whether you want to learn Hsing-I, Tai Chi, or Bagua, the material is applicable to all of the internal martial arts as well as Bruce's 16 part neigongi program and meditation."
"Just finished watching the I Chuan DVD's...by far the best presentation of Neigong and standing I have ever seen/heard. Immediately useful and practical, something that people can actually do. In my 30 years of studying the arts, I have to give credit where credit is due. You are doing the best job teaching genuine practices that actually work, by far, no one is even close. Not saying that to gain favor (which I know you don't go for that BS anyway), I am saying it because it is true. Thank you for generously teaching publicly and best wishes in succeeding in getting the real deal out there..."
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