Shanxi Hsing-I is one of the oldest of Chinese kung fu styles, tracing its roots back to approximately 1130 A.D to the Sung Dynasty’s famous military General – Marshall Yueh Fuei. Although he is accredited as the founder, he always gave credit to a wandering Taoist Monk who he learnt from. The founder of the Sung Style of Shanxi Hsing-I is attributed to Grandmaster Sung Shi Rong.
This style is famous for its Wu Hsing (5 elements) which represent:
- Pi Chuan (Metal);
- Tzun Chuan (Water);
- Beng Chuan (Wood);
- Pao Chuan (Fire); and
- Heng Chuan (Earth).
These five seemingly simple elements require complete mind and body integration and take years to master. The art requires three stages of learning: the mind talks to the body, the mind and body become one, and the harmony of mind and body move as one. The use of the mind is so fundamental that the ‘I’ in Hsing-I is usually translated as Intellect or Mind.
This system is only taught to the most senior of the School’s Wing Chun students, which includes training in the weapons:
- Hsing-I Tao (two handed sword); and
- Hsing-I Jern (long spear).