Yiquan (I Chuan)
History of Yiquan
Yiquan, also known as Dachengquan, is a system created by Wang Xiangzhai (1890 - 1963) after a lifetime of practice and research into martial arts. Wang Xiangzhai trained in Xingyiquan under a famous master Guo Yunshen. After Guo's death, Wang travelled extensively around China looking for top teachers. He became dissatisfied with the way martial arts were taught. In his opinion, far too much time and effort was spent on empty forms. He therefore created Yiquan (Mind Boxing) to re-focus on internal energy training.
The late Prof. Yao Zongxun was designated by Wang Xiangzhai as his successor. At present, Prof. Yao’s son, master Yao Chengguang teaches in Beijing.
What is Yiquan?
Yiquan is mostly known for the standing postures, Zhan Zhuang, which are the main training practice for those interested in health only. However, the complete training consists of seven sections:-
- Zhan Zhuang - standing postures
- Shi Li - testing of strength
- Mo Ca Bu - friction step
- Fa Li - release of power
- Tui Shou - pushing hands
- Shi Sheung - testing of voice/breath
- Ji Ji Fa - combat practice
Benefits of Yiquan
The system is designed in such a way that students can progress in clearly defined steps from learning how to unify their body to acquire whole-body strength, through learning how to handle their opponents using this new way of moving through to fighting applications.
How we teach Yiquan
Our school follows the teaching of master Yao Chengguang:
For more information (including classes), go to www.yiquan.org.uk