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Hsing Yi Chuan: The Twelve Animal Patterns and Their Applications

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Discover the simple, powerful fighting skills of Xingyiquan!

Performed and Directed by Master Liang, Shou-Yu and Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Xingyiquan (Hsing Yi Chuan) is a famous internal fighting style created by the Chinese general Yueh Fei around 1127 A.D. which imitates the fighting techniques of twelve animals—the Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse, Water Lizard, Chicken, Harrier, Swallow, Snake, Chinese Ostrich, Eagle and Bear. Mastery of these animal forms gives you a variety of simple and effective fighting techniques. Xingyi training also builds your Qi (internal energy) and muscular strength for incredible power and vitality.

This video presents each of the Twelve Animal forms individually, with martial applications. It also demonstrates the Five Fundamental Phases sequence and presents a special two-person exercise to improve your reaction speed and attack/counterattack skills. For more information on theory and training, please refer to the book "Xingyiquan" by Master Liang, Shou-Yu and Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, new edition published by YMAA Publication Center in October 2002.

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YMAA: Yang's Martial Arts Association was established in Boston, MA in 1982. With the intent of preserving traditional Chinese Gongfu (Kung Fu) and Qigong , Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming began training students in the rigors of Shaolin Long Fist and White Crane Gongfu as well as Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Yang also undertook his life-long dream of teaching and researching the Chinese arts and introducing them to the West through many books, videos and DVDs. YMAA Publication Center has been a publisher of high quality traditional martial arts and health books since 1984, and is a pioneer in the cultural exchange between the East and West. While the West has successfully developed the material sciences, the East is celebrated for its levels of spiritual cultivation. During this period of exchange, the building of bridges is critical for the successful integration of the achievements of both societies.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but disappointing Nov. 30 2002
I had expected to see master Liang himself demonstrating the forms described here. Instead, we see his head students going through the motions. Kelly McLean is good, however, the male student with the blue outfit needs a lot time to work on being more relaxed - this is after all an internal art. His back seemed stiff, rather than straight, and he was moving much too fast.
This is simply not good enough. If this is a master Liang tape, _he_ should be demonstrating all the forms, not the student body. Again, you buy these tapes not just to see the movements, but also to see the form of someone who has practiced them for many years or decades.
That said, this tape describes the animal forms that weren't included in the book of the same name, as well shows the forms "Xing Yi", the five fists and the five fist linking sequence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Xingyi book i've found... Oct. 10 2002
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This video (and book )by Dr. Yang and Master Liang is by far the best place to start your training.You have to see it for yourself-right from the start it goes deep. I hope to see more on Xingyi by these two masters together.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but disappointing Nov. 30 2002
By AK Van Deelen - Published on Amazon.com
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I had expected to see master Liang himself demonstrating the forms described here. Instead, we see his head students going through the motions. Kelly McLean is good, however, the male student with the blue outfit needs a lot time to work on being more relaxed - this is after all an internal art. His back seemed stiff, rather than straight, and he was moving much too fast.
This is simply not good enough. If this is a master Liang tape, _he_ should be demonstrating all the forms, not the student body. Again, you buy these tapes not just to see the movements, but also to see the form of someone who has practiced them for many years or decades.
That said, this tape describes the animal forms that weren't included in the book of the same name, as well shows the forms "Xing Yi", the five fists and the five fist linking sequence.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Dec 9 2003
By Hardcore Zen - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great companion to the book, and shows things that aren't in the book also. Master Liang's top students demonstrate very clearly. Together with the book, this is more instruction on Xingyi than you will find anywhere else.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as an instructional video Nov. 2 2005
By Paul B. Mylon - Published on Amazon.com
The program was good if this is the style you want to learn.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NO EXPLAINATION JUST SHOWING OFF A BIG MISTAKE Aug. 29 2005
By Bilal M. Thompkins - Published on Amazon.com
I THOUGHT THIS VIDEO SUCKED IT SHOWED ALL THE XINGYI FORMS WITH NO EXPLAINATION ON THE FORM THE PURPOSE OF THE FORM WHAT IT WAS USED FOR OR NOTHING THE VIDEO IS REALLY STUPID IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN FROM THIS VIDEO IF YOU DONT BELIEVE IT JUST BUY IT IN YOULL SEE HA HA
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