With detailed photographs and clear instruction for practice, this is the first book comprehensively to cover the history, development and training methods of this rarely taught esoteric internal martial art. The deceptively simple postures and movements of Yiquan are highly effective for achieving results for both health and combat, making it very appealing to martial artists, and Master Tang here reveals the secrets of a martial art still surrounded in mystery. He also provides a history of the origins and lineage of the Yiquan tradition, as well as detailed information on the stances and movements, weapons, and programs, grading and teaching.
This complete guide to Yiquan will be essential for anyone interested in Yiquan or oriental martial and internal arts more generally.
Master C S Tang is a senior Xingyi Quan, Bagua Quan and Yi Quan expert and researcher from Hong Kong, known for the depth of his knowledge and his skill in the internal systems. He studied Xingyi Quan with several Masters of the older generation, and has made a special study of collecting and researching the ancient training manuals of various Chinese martial arts systems. He lives in Hong Kong and is the author of The Mysterious Power of Xingyi Quan, also published by Singing Dragon.
Acknowledgements. Disclaimer. Foreword. Introduction. 1. History of Yiquan. 1.1. Origin. 1.2. Development. 1.3. Establishments. 1.4. Anecdote of Wang. 1.5. Bruce Lee and Yiquan. 2. My way of Yiquan. 3. Wang's valuable words. 4. System and Theories. 5. Quick Start - Liang's 3 Treasures. 5.1. Stance. 5.2. Dun Yao. 5.3. Tuo Yao and Cuo Yao. 5.4. Prostration. 6. Zhan Zhang - Static Stances. 6.1. Before practice. 6.2. Postures. 6.3. Effects. 7. Shi Li - Test Strength. 7.1. Test Strength Format. 7.2. 10 Combat Test Strength. 8. Mo Ca Bu - Footwork. 9. Fa Li - Emit Strength. 9.1. Fixed step Emit Strength. 9.2. Moving step Emit Strength. 10. Fa Sheng - Emit Sound. 11. Tui Shou - Push Hand. 12. Shan Cao - Punch. 13. Duan Shou - Combat free sparring. 14. Advanced Techniques. 14.1. Advanced Stances. 14.2. Big Step Stances. 14.3. Fist Stances. 15. Fist Dance. 16. Yiquan Weapons. 17. Special Features. 18. Arranging Programs and Grading. 19. Conclusion.