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Harmoniously merging the mind and the body, Hsing-I Ch'uan is simultaneously one of the most simple and most complex of the Chinese martial arts. The five forms, based on the Chinese concept of the five elements, provide a toolbox of techniques that the skillful Hsing-I practitioner uses to box with himself, channeling ch'i into spirit and spirit into mindful stillness. From this synthesis of external and internal forces springs new energy and true ability.

Engagingly written and amply illustrated with black and white photographs, Robert W. Smith's primer includes the history and meaning of Hsing-I, detailed instruction in the five forms and twelve animal styles, and cogent advice from the masters. First published almost 30 years ago, Hsing-I: Chinese Mind-Body Boxing was among the first books on Hsing-I and remains one of the best.

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A primer about an ancient Chinese boxing technique

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For one not familiar with the direct simplicity of Hsing-i as a martial art, it is paradoxically simple and complex. The five fists, a set of forms linked with the chinese concepts of the five elements, provide a base template of techniques that the hsing-i practitioner turns into an effective combat meditation. Through mindful repetitiveness, one "becomes," attaining a state of unforced being through which martial arts techniques flow. Also included in this book are quotations from the ancient Chinese masters that detail the mental disposition of the boxer, along with ample photographs and illustrations. This primer about Hsing-I has been widely sought by collectors since the book's first publication almost 30 years ago.

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Robert W. Smith is one of America's great pioneers in the Asian martial arts and has written numerous books and articles on these ancient fighting traditions. Smith is the author of Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense and Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods, also available from North Atlantic Books. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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billrunsfast, January 4, 2009 (view all comments by billrunsfast)
This book by Robert Smith is one for every serious hsing-i/xing-yi player. The first one in english.
Bob worked for the CIA and was assigned to learn
various arts for our gov. The quality of photos and text is excellent. It's good to see it back in print.
get it before it goes out of print again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781556434556
Author:
Smith, Robert W.
Publisher:
Blue Snake Books
Author:
Smith, Robert
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Martial Arts - Taichi
Subject:
Hand-to-hand fighting, Oriental
Subject:
Tai Chi
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2941
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.24x5.90x.30 in. .39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , For one not familiar with the direct simplicity of Hsing-i as a martial art, it is paradoxically simple and complex. The five fists, a set of forms linked with the chinese concepts of the five elements, provide a base template of techniques that the hsing-i practitioner turns into an effective combat meditation. Through mindful repetitiveness, one "becomes," attaining a state of unforced being through which martial arts techniques flow. Also included in this book are quotations from the ancient Chinese masters that detail the mental disposition of the boxer, along with ample photographs and illustrations. This primer about Hsing-I has been widely sought by collectors since the book's first publication almost 30 years ago.
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