Yiquan (I Chuan)

The page Internal Arts gives more information on theory and benefits. What follows below is a short overview of Yiquan. For a more detailed explanation see our other website - www.yiquan.org.uk

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:

Picture of Hun Yuan Zhuang standing ready to start Yiquan
Hun Yuan Zhuang
Chinese man doing martial arts and standing on one leg
Chicken Stands on One Leg
Chinese man doing the descending dragon pose leaning forward with hand above head
Descending Dragon
Chinese man doing the taming a tiger pose with hands lowered and legs wide apart
Taming A Tiger

For more information (including classes), go to www.yiquan.org.uk