Xingyiquan traditionally is an integral part of wudang kungfu. At the Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School, Xingyiquan will, just like baguazhang, be teached as one part of many other martial skills. Many don‘t know that xingyiquan is of big importance to the basic skills and stepwork of wudang kungfu. At our school it has the traditional role as a basic skill, which helps to develop great energy for the stepwork. It aims to develop a fine but strong „whole-body-force“ instead of using a huge amount of coarse physical force.
Every long term kungfu student will learn the simple, very powerful, but not easy steps and attacks in the tradition of the xingyi five elements boxing. These five elements are 1. Pi - chopping fist, 2. Zuan – drilling fist, 3. Beng – smashing fist, 4. Pao – exploding fist and 5. Heng – rolling fist. Considered as the very foundation of Xingyiquan, these five basic applications are much older than what was later called Xingyiquan. Now it still forms the indispensable basis of today‘s xingyiquan and a big, important part of wudang stepswork and boxing.
Our wudang xingyiquan forms range from basic to advanced, from pure xingyiquan to wudang style forms, which already integrate more and more other wudang elements. The basic xingyi stepwork and application is considered a basic skill and integral part of wudang kungfu. Later this foundation will change through the years of training to become what is called wudang quan. It will be added with advanced step work and much softer application.
The way of wudang kungfu is a long one and students will need a while only
to finish their training of the first basic five elements and the first xingyi form.
Six Harmonies Of Wudang Kungfu:
Most often the six harmonies are related to xingyiquan and for this reason we list them here. Nevertheless the six harmonies are important and substantial for all of the wudang kungfu styles. The six harmonies are so important for the development of a full-body-motion and full-body-force that many kinds of sports could benefit getting better body- & motion-structure from researching the principles of the six harmonies.
The three external harmonies:
1. jian yu kua he - shoulder - hip-harmony
2. zhou yu xi he - elbow - knee-harmony
3. shou yu zu he - hands - feet-harmony
The three internal harmonies:
1. xin yu yi he - heart/emotion in harmony with the mind/will
2. yi yu qi he - mind/will in harmony with the "qi"/vital energy
3. qi yu li he - "qi" in harmony with the strength/power
Advanced students will learn the five elements form
and the dragonshape xingyi of the dragongate lineage.