Xing Yi Quan: wikipedia article and Ba Gua Zhang: wikipedia article and Tai Ji Quan: wikipedia article
We teach the internal styles of kung fu from China. There are three styles that traditionally bear the label of "internal", they are Xing Yi Quan, Tai Ji Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang. KWA teaches all three systems.
Xing Yi is world renown for its intensity of spirit and for its ability to create power within short distances from its target as well as its linear movements. Xing Yi is a mostly hands style that tries to keep its kicks low, a strategy that is very hard to defend against. It goes back thousands of years in China’s history and is supposedly founded by a legendary general of high moral standing and military genius named Yue Fei.
Ba Gua Zhang is the youngest of the three internal arts and focuses on circular, evasive footwork to find the best angle of attack. While Xing Yi is very direct and linear in its footwork, Ba Gua will turn, spin, walk, and redirect away the attack until it is ready to counter attack. Founded by Dong Hai Quan, it is a very sophisticated method of fighting and not easy to master. It focuses intently on being in constant motion, constant change, and lots of footwork. Very effective by itself if trained properly, paired with Xing Yi and Tai Ji, it is even more so.
Tai Ji originated in Chen Village in china and is one of the most popular forms of martial art today, unfortunately, it is primarily seen as a form of exercise and has lost its martial origins in its translation to most people. We practice a form of Chen style taiji known as HunYuan Chen Tai Ji, and we teach it as a martial art. Tai Ji focuses on slow motion training to ingrain the proper mechanics and timing in the motions. It is a strong close range art that uses balance disruption and takedowns to defeat its opponent.
We divide all of our forms into basically five (5) sets of forms – xingyi, bagua, taiji, soldier, and the 8 set forms. While the elemental forms are the primary foundation of the xing yi style, the animal forms are major pillars that has given the style a great deal of variety in its movement. The 8 set forms are primarily beginner forms that incrementally develop someone from no martial ability all the way to being ready for the more abstract and difficult movements of the more complicated forms later. It is the 8 set forms that make it so easy for people who are naturally more awkward and less athletic to smoothly transition into some of the movements that make kung fu such a distinctive art form in the world of martial arts.
This style, while focusing on fighting from a standing position includes a complete regimen of technique from qin na (joint manipulation) to tumbling to simple block and counter techniques. In my personal experience working with a wide variety of different styles, I have always been able to take what I have learned and apply it to their unique style and approach.
This school is affiliated with - but not a member of - the American Tang Shou Tao Association, an association of schools and teachers who delineate from Xu Hong Ji through Dale Akio Shigenaga. The association was established to safeguard the integrity of the style and to promote it as it was learned from Master Xu himself.
KWA is primarily a black sash academy, working students through a sash progression starting with either xing yi or ba gua curriculum. As the students progress eventually they learn all three regardless of where they began. Individual training in all three arts for those not seeking black sash ranks are also available upon request.
(also spelled: Hsing I Chuan, pronounced shing ee chwan; Pa Kua Chang, pronounced bah gwah dj-ang; Tai Chi Chuan, pronounced tie jee chwan)