What is Hsing-I?
The Hsing-I (pronounced sing-e) system of training offers the practitioner the balance of both the internal and external martial arts. It is a system known for its dynamic and explosive movements. The style is characterized by linear movements and uses offense as a method of defense.
Hsing-I contains the vigorous training and honing of body reflexes and control, highly developed self-defense skills and the ability to defend oneself with ease and agility. This approach is coupled with a highly refined science of understanding the body and its workings toward the aim of preventative medicine and holistic practices of health and body energetics.
Hsing-I embraces the concept of mind, body, and spirit.
The mind is trained to cultivate the “Intention”. The intention is the working of the mind that when set in motion causes the occurrence of events in our lives.
When you intend to do something, you cause it to happen. By training the intention you train to be successful in any endeavor.
The body must be trained so that it can obey the mind’s directive of intention. To be able to meet the demands of mind intent, the body must reside in a state of physical balance that is alive, vibrant, strong and full of abundant energy. A weak, tired, sick body prevents the ability to continue in the face of adversity.
Hsing-I training will make one spiritually strong, however, even though your spirit is elevated to a very powerful level, you will remain calm, peaceful and in control.
This healthy spirit is reflected brightly through the eyes of the person who possesses it. Only through strengthening the harmony of the mind and body can one achieve a state of balance that is conducive to creating a brightly glowing spirit.
All movements are performed slowly at first and are never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, joints are not fully extended or bent and connective tissues are not overly stretched. Hsing-I can be easily adapted for almost anyone, from the very fit to people confined to wheelchairs.
Research and Evidence of Hsing-I for Health
Hsing-I’s intention attitude skill has been shown to improve muscle strength in skeletal muscles by as much as 10% or more without performing progressive resistance exercises “weightlifting”.
Training methods used in Hsing-I are proven to improve joint mobility and flexibility of the spine and limbs when performed with regularity.
Hsing-I training improves balance by improving the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space. This ability typically declines with age but Hsing-I helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments.
Depending on the speed and size of the movements, Hsing-I can provide some aerobic benefits. Studies have shown that Hsing-I footwork can improve vascular blood flow in the lower extremities resulting in a higher rater of oxygen being transported through the blood system. Those who want a more aerobic effect can simply perform the forms at a faster rate with deeper stances.