Shang Style Xing Yi Quan
Xing Yi Quan (形意拳; pinyin: Xing Yì Quán) translates to Form-Intention Boxing. While Xing Yi Quan is not common in western countries it is very popular in China. It is one of the first Martial Arts to be promoted for its health benefits as well as its martial effectiveness. Xing Yi Quan naturally complements Traditional Tai Chi due to the fact that they are both designed to make the practitioner healthy by moving internal power.
Xing Yi Quan is an internal art, like Traditional Tai Chi, though the martial nature is more notably apparent in this style. The movements of Xing Yi Quan are mostly linear. The idea is to involve the entire body in one sudden motion that acts as both an offensive and defensive movement. The name (Xing Yi) implies that the mind (or intention) leads the body (or form). Shang Style Xing Yi Quan, the specialized branch Master Yun instructs, has six basic movements often refereed to as the Six Harmonies. The Six Harmonies describe the mechanics used in this style. The three external harmonies are: wrists-ankles, elbows-knees, shoulders-hips; and the three internal harmonies are: xin-yi, yi-qi, qi-li or emotional mind (xin), harmonies with your intention (yi), intentions harmonies with your breath and physical momentum (qi), and breath and physical momentum harmonised with your physical strength (li).