Dive into the dynamic world of Xingyi, an ancient Chinese martial art known for its explosive power and direct, efficient techniques. Our center offers specialized classes in Xingyi, where you can learn to channel your energy into powerful martial arts applications.


Xingyi, or Xingyiquan, translates to “Form-Intention Fist” and is one of the oldest internal martial arts, with a history that intertwines with Chinese military tactics and Daoist philosophy. It is characterized by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power. A practitioner of Xingyi uses coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending.


The art is traditionally attributed to the famed Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD) general Yue Fei, who is said to have developed Xingyi’s techniques from spear fighting. According to legend, throughout the Jin, Yuan and Ming Dynasties few individuals had studied this art, one of them being Ji Longfeng (1588-1662) of Shanxi province. Ji Longfeng is the first person which all agree had both existed and practiced the art. Nowadays, many believe that the style Ji Longfeng was taught had been Shaolin Xinyiba (a style which still exists today, and bears minute resemblance to Xinyi liuhequan.) Some speculate that during that period of the development of the art, Ji Longfeng had a connection with monks at the famous Shaolin Temple on Song Mountain. There exists a martial art called “Xinyiba”, which is still taught at the general location of the temple, and bears a few similarities to Xingyi-related styles. Some claim that Shaolin Xinyiba had been taught to the Shaolin monks by Ji Longfeng’s line, while others hold the view that Ji Longfeng was taught martial arts by the Shaolin monks. However, the earliest written records trace back to the 18th century, attributed to Ma Xueli (1714-1790) of Henan Province and Dai Longbang (1713-1803) of Shanxi Province.

The art remained fairly obscure until Li Luoneng (1807-1888) learned the art from the Dai family in the 19th century. After learning Dai-style Xinyi for a number of years, Li left the Dai and traveled across Shanxi and Hebei provinces, teaching for many years his own elaboration on the art, now called “Xingyiquan”. No reasons were ever recorded for the many changes Li made to the art. It was Li Luoneng and his successors who would popularize Xingyiquan across Northern China.


Xingyi’s techniques are based on the Five Elements Fists (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water) and imitate the movements of twelve animals, each offering unique strategic insights and fighting methods. This combination of elements and animal forms creates a rich, varied practice that enhances both physical ability and tactical acumen.


In our classes, you will learn to integrate your body and mind, focusing your intention with each movement. Xingyi training is rigorous, emphasizing continuous forward motion, coordination of the hands, eyes, body, and feet, and the cultivation of Qi, and internal energy.


While deeply rooted in tradition, Xingyi is highly applicable to modern self-defense scenarios. Its direct approach and emphasis on simultaneous attack and defense make it a practical choice for those looking to develop real-world martial arts skills.

Join us at our Kung Fu & Meditation Center to master the art of Xingyi. Whether you’re seeking to improve your health, learn self-defense, or explore Chinese martial arts, Xingyi offers a path to empowerment and resilience.

The third generation of Xingyiquan, Master Zhang Zhankui (1865-1938.)
He is the successor of of Master Liu Qilan (1832-1905) who is the disciple of Master Li Luoneng.
The fourth generation of Xingyiquan, Master Zhao Daoxin (1908-1990), the
successor of Master Zhang Zhankui.
The fifth generation of Xingyiquan, Master Guo Jiming (1952-2021), the successor of Master Zhao Daoxin.

Xingyiquan – Master Yin Yan