KEEPING KUNG FU REAL THROUGH INTERNAL ARTS.
Internal kung fu does not rely on hard (external) methods to develop physical strength or using brute strength to overcome opponent.
However do not think of Internal Kung Fu as soft, the training can be strenuous and quite exhausting. You'll spend a lot of your time dealing with control, focusing the mind and breathing.
Taijiquan today has spread worldwide
Taijiquan usually moves slowly, movements are translated directly into fighting application yet endeavors to always avoid meeting any opposing force.
Often shortened to t'ai chi (pinyin: tàijí), taiji or tai chi in English usage, t'ai chi ch'uan or tàijíquán is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.
It can be said that Taijiquan teaches sensitivity, yielding, sticking and redirection.
Baguazhang contains a wide variety of forms and techniques which make it exceptionally difficult to master
Baguazhang is made up of Pre-Heaven and Post-Heaven forms with the main focus being change. Bagua has a bit more martial training than Taijiquan and much of the forms and training methods contained are also directly translated into fighting application and attacks.
Baguazhang can attack and defend equally well, and is particularly great at teaching stepping, throwing and striking.
Practising Baguazhang can help with many aspects of developing ones mind and body and undoubtedly leads to better health if allowed.
Oldest of the three Internal kung fu systems is Xingyiquan and just happens to also be the most basic and martial.Characteristics of Xingyiquan are explosive straight line attacks that may intend to overwhelm an opponent, again there is a direct relationship between form and fighting techniques.
Xingyiquan is characterized by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power
Xingyiquan simultaneously attacks and defends mostly at close range, it teaches structure and timing very well and out of all three Internal kung fu systems is perhaps the most practical for fighting with. Many people believe that Xingyi derived from spear fighting which would explain the directness and simplicity of its movements and strikes.
"Xingyiquan honors Yuefei as the founder of its school, its origin can be traced to Ji Jike of Shanxi in the early Qing dynasty. It is said that Ji Jike created Xinyiba and was also proficient in the Liuhe Spear method. Later, he also obtained the posthumous martial-arts chronicle of Yuefei, wherein he employed the execution of the Big Spear, as fist methods and united it with his original study of Xinyiba to create this martial art." Luo De Xiu
Internal Kung Fu is extremely challenging and usually attracts people with a good foundation in martial arts.
Taiji, Bagua and Xingyi is much more than exercise or fighting, it can affect your entire life. Through practising Internal Kung Fu one can develop many varied skills and improve the health of their mind and body.