There are many distinct methods in practicing Kung-fu and sending out one’s force in playing Xin Yi Liu He Quan, summoned by successors from generation to generation and passed down with in thousands of years. Here we will introduce some of the experience and understanding of Kung-fu by the successors of Xin Yi Quan.
Yu Hualong is a famous Xin Yi Quan master of the day, when he was young, he bound out to several Xin Yi Quan masters and then went to Shanghai to make a living with his Kung-fu accompanied him throughout his life. He believes that those people, knowing how to exert their force or how to use their force, are not playing Chinese traditional Kung-fu, instead, they are doing gymnastic exercises.
Master Yu is 88 years old now. He is able to follow his inclinations to exert and emit his forces, while those heart-stirring struggle scenes of the past cannot be reviewed.
Yu Hualong said:
"In the past, as the elder generations were objected to their hard lives, they did not have much time to practice Kung-fu, they summarized the process of Kung-fu through their experiences in their lives, and made the Kung-fu playing closer to our daily living. The elder generations emphasized that standing, walking, sitting, as well as sleeping, cannot live without "This ", and "This" referred to playing Kung-fu. For example, Long Diao Pang (making two shapes of spheres with your hands, one is in the front and the another the back), is a kind of Kung-fu which can be played while you are doing business, formworks, as well as carrying burdens on the shoulders, and Yi Tou Sui Bei (to break a stone with your head hitting once only), is another that can be practiced when you are doing farm works or hoeing in the field. The elder generations could practice Kung-fu in the past while they were sitting, standing, walking, and sleeping. Master Yang Dianqing practiced Si Ba Chui (punching horizontally, grasping the opponent's collar, knocking, and pouncing like a hawk) when she was sitting. In this case, we can practice a lot of Kung-fu at any time in our daily lives without any restrictions for places, and we can practice our inner strength and external force without any time limited. Therefore, compared with the skills which are mastered in a short time for competitions, Chinese Kung-fu has to be accumulated day by day, once there is no specific time to practice, then you can give it up, and it is never called Kung-fu any more.
Mr. Wang Baofu from Gushi, Henan province has his own understanding of Xin Yi Quan
Any or all the movements of the Quan or any function I played have been seriously demanded to be practiced over and over again in order to have me achieving the necessary flexibility of all my joints of bones, ligaments and tendons. I practice the Quan in focusing and exerting my inner strength followed by bringing my greatest power into hitting force in real fighting in order to enhance my capability of handling emergencies from my opponent. I have been developing the quality of my internal body and limbs continuously for ages. My teacher has taught us how to link Quan skills and movements from one to another as mastering the link is the best way to enhance our flexibility. In the end of the exercises, I can attack my opponent with my head, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees or feet whatever as if each of them has been turned into various fists.
Practicing Xin Yi Quan might not be used for the practical, or exactly speaking, one doesn't use whatever of Xin Yi Quan he has practiced when he is facing his opponent even in fighting to death. Xin Yi Quan is not practiced in combating with the opponent but on up-and-down actions, body stretch, Guo (wrapping), Suo (drawing back), Cai (stepping), Pu (pouncing), Deng (kicking), and with my strength or force so confronting my opponent, I can use any Kung-fu skill or style of the Quan freely as I like
Li Shaocheng, who is the successor of Henan series Xin Yi Liu He Quan(hear and mind six combines boxing) says:
"The Ning Jing(twist force) in Xin Yi Quan runs throughout the whole process in many Dan Ba(single hold) practices. Ning is the process that you twist and rotate your body in the center part and then passing the force to your upper arm, then from the upper arm to the lower and to your wrist, and your fist or palm. It is a quick and coherent process which should be done in a flash. That is also the whole process of Liu He(six combines), one of the concrete expressive form of it''.
We should see that the Liu He emphasized in Xin Yi Liu He Quan is not just as the literally explained one at present, instead, it is the concrete Liu He that fully performed and freely used by those boxing masters. Liu He would be showed under the practical attacking-defending situation otherwise it would lose its real significance advocated in school of Xin Yi Liu He Quan.
Xin Yi Quan was famous by its fierceness and rabidity in sending force in the field of Kung Fu all the time. The inheritors of Xin Yi Quan constantly take Liu He and the sending of Zheng Ti Jing(entire force) as the essential component in inheriting the Kung Fu skills. The pursuing goals of those sincere Kung Fu learners are, how to achieve to the degree of beating ruthlessly and accurately, and how to Hua(release), Zhuan(rotate) and finally save oneself. Of course if they are learning just for some Tao Lu(sets of Quan movements) or just for fun, it is no use to learn the series skill in sending force very hard.
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