C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

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C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby tanglang on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:31 pm

Systematic and unpretentious, C S Tsang’s new book on Xing Yi Quan is a complete guide to the style’s theory, evolution, weaponry and unarmed fighting skills.

The opening chapter largely documents Tsang’s own history with Xing Yi, his relationships with teachers and martial brothers brought to life through photos, paintings and works of calligraphy. The writer’s openness in printing his various teachers’ advice, combined with the colourful anecdotes of Hong Kong cinema visits, Sumo matches and WWF wrestling demonstrations, makes for an entertaining read and establishes Tsang as an authority on the subject. The next section of the text explores the various legends associated with Xing Yi’s origins, from Southern Song Dynasty general Yue Fei’s adventures in northern China through to Li Cun Yi’s sabre-clad antics. Tsang includes numerous photos of famous masters through history, and key locations such as Boddhidarma’s cave and the Song Clan courtyard.

The real meat of the book however can be found from Chapter 4; a full curriculum of Tsang’s system with extraordinarily detailed dissection of San Ti’s subtleties, full description of its fighting techniques and tactics (from Five Element Fists, through the Twelve Animals, Elemental Evolving, Destroying and Linking forms, Ba Shi, Six Harmony form, Zashichui and Twelve Combat form) curative practices with descriptions of meridian lines and diagrams taken from Chinese Therapeutic Methods of Acupoints (Shaozhi, Xiaohong & Quon, 1998). Partner exercises detailed include San Shou Pao (three hands cannon), Wu Xing Pao (five elements cannon), Wu Hua Pao (five flowers cannon) and Fixed Step Wu Xing Pao. The final chapter deals with Xing Yi Quan’s sabre, sword, cudgel and the Twelve Dao Linking Form, complete with descriptions of interactions between the weapons and large demonstrative photos of Tsang wielding spears and swords with poise and composure.

A rare joy of the text lies in the theory, with meticulous descriptions of Xing Yi Quan’s creative and destructive cycles, energetic developmental stages, five forces generated in the art (distinct from the elemental energies), four stages, four extremities, three joints, six harmonies… etc. Tsang’s scrupulously researched work can be truly described as encyclopaedic. Yet despite the density of its content, the photos, drawings and unassuming writing style render this book both educational and entertaining.

For beginners in the neijia and hardened veterans alike, C S Tsang’s The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan is an essential addition to any martial library.

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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby cerebus on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:36 pm

And maybe a link to the book for those who might wanna order a copy?
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby tanglang on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:53 pm

I got my copy from Alex Kozma directly, but I'm sure it is available directly through Line of Intent Books or through Alex on here.
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby Fubo on Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:25 pm

tanglang,

Who is/are/were C. S. Tang's Xingyiquan teachers? His BGZ teacher is pretty well documented, but Hong Kong is not really known for high level XYQ practitioners, but that's not to say that there aren't any. Not trying to start any kind of friction here, or get into some kind of lineage debate, just interested because I'm from Hong Kong, and always interested in hearing about good quality practitioners there. Cheers!
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby kshurika on Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:29 pm

Line of Intent is a non-working website. So is everything else connected with A.K. listed on Google. Then, I became bored looking for him. He's quite the marketer.
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby Daniel on Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:55 pm

Just ordered my book from Alex yesterday, and really look forward to reading it.


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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby Simon on Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:22 am

Sure Alex will see the thread but until he does just PM him as retreats108 or go here: http://skydragoninstitute.webs.com/books.htm
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby tanglang on Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:29 am

Here is a short summary of Tsang's history for those interested in his teachers -

His first contact into the martial arts was through his father, a student of the Jing Wu Association and a practitioner of Dong Ying Jie's Taijiquan. However, Tsang's formal training in Xing Yi Quan began with Dr Chat Yuet Sun, a student of Lee Ying Ang, a Hebei man who studied with Bu Xue Kuan. Tsang learned Yang style Taijiquan and Yiquan from Ngai Wah (his teachers - Li Bai, Sun Dit, Lee Ying Ang and Lian Zi Peng). Tsang learned Chu Gar Praying Mantis with Chu Kai Ming, and three forms of Hung Gar, Wing Chun, old Hung Kuen, Choy Lee Fut, Dai Shing Pek Kwa, Lung Ying and Bak Mei. From Tse Man he learned Fong Gar Tong Long, from Yang Shou Chung he learned Yang Taijiquan, from Wong Yit he learned Yang and Fu Family Fists, Ching Wu forms and Crane Flying stance.

Tsang then started training Gao style Baguazhang with Ho Ho Choy, and learned the rare Xingyi Five Tigers Form from Sibak Zhang Chun Feng in Taiwan. Tsang later met up with his martial brother Lee Bo to train at the Eagle centre of Wan Chai, and trained in Xing Yi Quan, Liu He Ba Fa, Baguazhang, Bagua 8 Kicks, Bagua 72 Palms, Jian Rongjiao's 8 Old Palms and Lui Hong Ba Shi. Tsang learned more from Fung Nai, specifically from the Shanxi style, and went on to train in this style with Liu Jingru, as well as furthering his knowledge of Baguazhang and Six Harmonies Praying Mantis. His knowledge of Xing Yi Quan's two man practice through a manual owned by Hung Gwun. Additional teachers include Li De Run, Niu Sheng Xian and Li Tianji.

However, for a more detailed description of Tsang's training, I strongly recommend getting hold of his book.

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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby jonathan.bluestein on Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:08 am

tanglang wrote:Tsang then started training Gao style Baguazhang with Ho Ho Choy, and learned the rare Xingyi Five Tigers Form from Sibak Zhang Chun Feng in Taiwan.


Five tigers form?
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby eddie mush on Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:59 am

Got my copy this week and so far this xing yi book is looking very detailed and interesting.

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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby eddie mush on Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:59 am

Got my copy this week and so far this xing yi book is looking very detailed and interesting.

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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby Doc Stier on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:09 am

tanglang wrote:Here is a short summary of Tsang's history for those interested in his teachers -

His first contact into the martial arts was through his father, a student of the Jing Wu Association and a practitioner of Dong Ying Jie's Taijiquan. However, Tsang's formal training in Xing Yi Quan began with Dr Chat Yuet Sun, a student of Lee Ying Ang, a Hebei man who studied with Bu Xue Kuan. Tsang learned Yang style Taijiquan and Yiquan from Ngai Wah (his teachers - Li Bai, Sun Dit, Lee Ying Ang and Lian Zi Peng). Tsang learned Chu Gar Praying Mantis with Chu Kai Ming, and three forms of Hung Gar, Wing Chun, old Hung Kuen, Choy Lee Fut, Dai Shing Pek Kwa, Lung Ying and Bak Mei. From Tse Man he learned Fong Gar Tong Long, from Yang Shou Chung he learned Yang Taijiquan, from Wong Yit he learned Yang and Fu Family Fists, Ching Wu forms and Crane Flying stance.

Tsang then started training Gao style Baguazhang with Ho Ho Choy, and learned the rare Xingyi Five Tigers Form from Sibak Zhang Chun Feng in Taiwan. Tsang later met up with his martial brother Lee Bo to train at the Eagle centre of Wan Chai, and trained in Xing Yi Quan, Liu He Ba Fa, Baguazhang, Bagua 8 Kicks, Bagua 72 Palms, Jian Rongjiao's 8 Old Palms and Lui Hong Ba Shi. Tsang learned more from Fung Nai, specifically from the Shanxi style, and went on to train in this style with Liu Jingru, as well as furthering his knowledge of Baguazhang and Six Harmonies Praying Mantis. His knowledge of Xing Yi Quan's two man practice through a manual owned by Hung Gwun. Additional teachers include Li De Run, Niu Sheng Xian and Li Tianji.

However, for a more detailed description of Tsang's training, I strongly recommend getting hold of his book.

I wonder what Tsang did with his spare time? ;D
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby Orange-grasshopper on Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:23 am

RE 5 tigers xing yi - luo de xiu taught a form by the same name a couple years ago in London - the same?
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby JessOBrien on Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:26 pm

Sounds likely that the 5 Tigers Form he refers to here is the same five versions of the Hsing-I Tiger form that came from Zhang Jun Feng to Hong Yi Xiang, and then to Luo De Xiu, the Tang Shou Tao and other schools that come out of that line.
It's essentially the same as the usual Hebei Tiger Form, but there's a different one for each of the five elements.
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Re: C S Tsang’s "The Mysterious Power of Xing Yi Quan"

Postby tanglang on Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:36 am

I suspect this is irrelevant but 五虎拳 appears as a recurring theme in many styles -
see http://baike.baidu.com/view/1209498.htm for more information...
...and for 视频: 峨嵋趙門五虎拳第一段, check out...
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTk3ODMxNzU2.html
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