ABOUT WU XIN

 

‘Wu Xin’ Kung Fu is based on the Chinese Five Element Theory, and is a non-flowery yet flowing and powerful combative art. It is unrestricted in its application and has sound bio-mechanical principles. Unpredictable, elusive, intensive and efficient, it is not taught as a ‘form art’.

 

Said to have been designed by Yue Fei, one of China’s most famous war generals, Wu Xin (The Five Elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth) are our foundational movements. The Five Elements cover all angles the upper body can produce martial power. Travelling through historical influences the 11 animals and 1 insect were introduced and enhanced the delivery of Wu Xin, particularly in unarmed conditions. Unlike other Chinese martial arts systems that mimic animals we use the spirit of their natural survival traits.

 

Wu Xin is part of the internal group of martial arts, which includes Taiji Quan and Bagua Chang. What makes us different to the other two is a focus of conditioning the mindset, emphasis on combative intent and our linear nature as opposed to our circular and Qi focused relatives.

 

There are no flowery or overly complicated techniques in our Wu Xin fight method everything can be learnt by anyone of any age or gender. It is indiscriminative in its approach as Wu Xin is focused on developing your survivalist mentality.

 

With historical roots dating back over 900 years it is said to be one of the oldest ‘internal’ martial arts and one of few martial arts ever proven used on the battlefield. Used in war and based on armed opponents it is designed to end an opponent as quickly as possible, favouring percussive, evasive and deadly offence without the life-risking exposure of grappling and wrestling on the ground.

 

The mindset of Wu Xin is highly aggressive yet has a seemingly calm and focused intent, it is not really a system of self defence but aggressive offence. The shocking and percussive strikes of Wu Xin will injure, disable and disorient an opponent no matter where they connect. The need for striking precise vital points and complicate routines found in most other styles of martial arts is not necessary for Wu Xin to be effective.  Nor practical for real combative conditions.

 

The real intent of Wu Xin strikes are through the opponents centre of mass, their earth line or vertical gravity line, using percussive strikes to shock the opponent internally not just externally. Although most martial arts skills are used countering the launch of an attack from an opponent first, what separates Wu Xin from most modern day martial arts is we prefer to avoid or dispose of the threat before an attack can be launched. This makes a proficient Wu Xin practitioner a more realistic and survival minded individual than a glorified counter striker. Although we may be on the back foot of an unforeseen or sudden attack, by consistently training to counter strikes we are putting ourselves in the habit of being in the victims shoes every time. Wu Xin training does not endorse a victim mentality or the habit of moving backwards or being on the backfoot. This of course is a compounded problem if unrealistic, slow and rehearsed attacks are performed repetitively through ones training.

 

The techniques of Wu Xin are fluent and arrive using intent, body weight and percussion together. This makes Wu Xin look calm and fast rather than aggressive and shocking. We consistently move in and out of this cycle giving us the reputation as the most external of the internal martial arts. This also falls strongly into the Ying Yang philosophy.

 

A message from Peter Anthony Boland:

 

“Right now as it was hundreds of years ago, Wu Xin will equip you with the skills to survive along with a steel mindset. Our martial arts education will deliver great health benefits, instill fair discipline and promote positive life values. The real martial artist understands it is a lifestyle without limitation to gaining self knowledge, experience and skill development. I know of nothing else that develops such a diverse, strong and influential human being as the martial arts.”

 

 

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