Hsing-I , Integration, and How All Martial Arts Use it

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    I’ve been using the five fists as my warm up for months. It is my preferred container for learning and practicing neigung at the moment. (Before I started trying to find wu ji, I used Bagua palm changes. Bagua has some advantages.)

    The 16th neigung element is “Integrating and connecting each of the previous 15 components into one, unified energy.” All martial arts could be reduced to this one element. Basically, you are trying to maintain integration and you are trying to disrupt your opponents ability to stay connected and integrated.

    IMO, the Chinese martial arts have taken this concept as far as it can go. Jing, Chi, shen wu, tao is the progression toward ultimate integration with the all and everything. But, before you reach that lofty goal, most martial arts use a simple strategy of manipulating the relaxed side of the body to disrupt their opponents integration. If you don’t know what this is about, you really need to find someone who understands the concept and can teach it. I learned it from Bruce Juchnik’s tapes (yes, video tapes not DVDs).

    Integration ultimately comes from many, many elements simultaneously. Neigung breaks them down into manageable pieces. Every Hsing-I fist can contain every neigung element. You just have to know what the material is and then use the movement to practice it.

    From a martial arts perspective, the more you learn the more integrated you can be. The trick with all of the Chinese martial arts is to find the mechanism that gives you access to all of it at once.

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