Hsing-I by Robert W. Smith
Chinese Internal Boxing (Chinese Martial Arts Library)

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Unlike most martial arts, Chinese internal (soft-style) boxing does not depend on muscular strength. The secret behind its power lies in the cultivation and practical application of internal energy--ch'i, There are basically three soft-style martial arts: T'ai-chi, already well known worldwide, and Hsing-i and Pa-kua, relative newcomers to the West. Although they are not essentially fighting arts but living arts, they are devastating as systems of self-defense.

This book outlines the history of Hsing-i--a style of boxing given form (Hsing) by the mind (i)--and gives a thorough account of the philosophy behind the techniques. It also presents to the West for the first time the orthodox style of the late Chinese Hsing-i master Ch'en P'an-ling.

Described here in great detail and fully illustrated are the basic techniques, the five fists of Hsing-i, a linked form of the five fists, and the twelve animal styles.

About Robert W. Smith

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Robert W. Smith was the dean of Western martial arts writers and researchers. He published many classic books on the martial arts, including, "T'ai-Chi: The ?Supreme Ultimate? Exercise" and "Secrets of Shaolin Temple Boxing. "Allen Pittman, Smith's senior student, collaborated on this book after several years of study in Taiwan.
Published July 15, 1990 by Tuttle Publishing. 104 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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