Learn Xing Yi Fighting Applicaitons with Paul Andrews



Xing Yi Quan is a Northern Chinese Martial Art, historically used by bodyguards, armed guards and escorts, prize fighters, outlaws and martial artists. It was combat tested in the cities, villages and trading routes of China all through the 1800s.  Known to be an art that created robust fighters with skills used to protect themselves, others and valuable goods.


Xing Yi remains a direct, powerful and practical martial art, producing robust and skilled practitioners.


The Wu Xing () Five Elements are the basis of Xing Yi, providing the foundation for the rest of the art. Often these are presented as a simple set of Five techniques but these methods actually embody a multitude of principles and many variations creating a usable system of combat in itself.


This course takes you through the Five Elements in a practical step by step manner, beginning with a Two Person sequence which embodies the basic applications and principles of working with a partner.  It then introduces Fighting Principles and Applications, moves on to variations on applications and how each of the Five Element techniques can overcome all of the others. It provides drills and exercises to train each technique with a partner, begin to work with combinations and finally move into free sparring and fighting. 

Xing Yi Academy Head Instructor Paul Andrews has over 20 years martial arts experience across a number of styles but specialises in traditional Hebei Style Xing Yi Quan. His unique style of Xing Yi has been passed down from three lineages to Xing Yi Academy, Paul has also trained in and incorporated exercises from Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Yi Quan, Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) and more, creating an art with a huge amount of content and depth including the secretive practices of Yan Yi.  

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Xing Yi is a rare martial art! Even in China it can be difficult to find a good teacher nearby and chances are they may not teach a full system of fighting and sparring. Wherever you are you can get access to the Five Elements Fighting Course via the online membership portal. Connect at home on your computer or on the move with a tablet or phone.

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Sometimes life gets in the way, we have other responsibilities. Log in and train whenever suits you. Our online courses can be worked through systematically and you can go back over material whenever you like. You can purchase lifetime access or decide to enrol to our premium subscription to get access to all our courses and keep access only as long as you remain subscribed.

Guided Support Direct From Paul and XYA

We want to pass on our art to the next generation not simply sell some routines and techniques. The Five Elements Fighting Course is fully accessible from day one with a simple modular progression to guide you to combat proficiency.  Support is also on hand, email Paul or connect via the Private Facebook Group. You can even send in film of your practice to get feedback and answers to all your questions.

Clear, In-DepthContent

The course consists of 5 main modules with 31 practical lessons and a BONUS 6th Module which looks at Xing Yi Five Element Kicking Techniques.

The Course begins by teaching a straightforward partner sequence, then moves forward from there to introduce theory, drills, exercises and applications. 

In many cases lessons are provided with detailed training notes and links to other resources. 

The practical aspects of Chinese Martial Arts have become increasingly rare, for a number of reasons the arts have moved towards performance, health and social aspects rather than combat.  All these various facets are important and part of the tradition of Xing Yi Quan but historically this was an art used for real by men and sometimes women who relied on their skill and ability to defend themselves or earn their living.


Xing Yi Academy's syllabus has always been practical in nature and focused on testing techniques and methods with partners in sparring and fighting, from coordinated sequences and more cooperative work to out and out fighting.


The Five Elements are the basis of Xing Yi's fighting skills. Although they can be used as simple techniques, they embody the introductory syllabus and foundation for the rest of the art. Within this framework are principles relating to timing, distance, defensive structure, defensive strategy, application of force, and application of techniques and combinations.


With this course Paul Andrews will take you step by step through the practical aspects of Xing Yi's Five Elements, from a coordinated sequence to work with a partner, through theory and applications to uncooperative free sparring.


This course will help you to take your Five Elements practice further, deepen your understanding of Xing Yi fighting theory and take steps towards being a more effective and adaptive fighter, whether for self defence, sport or just for the love of training Xing Yi.

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*Xing Yi Academy aim to release two additional courses each year.  Upcoming courses in 2021 include: 1. Xing Yi Xiong Ying Bear-Eagle.  2. Xing Yi Lian Huan (Linking Sequences)


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Paul Andrews

Creative Director/Head Instructor - Instruction, Application, Fighting, Weird Esoteric Stuff

Paul has studied martial arts for over 20 years with a special interest in Xing Yi Quan.  He primarily studied under Sifu Damon Smith in the UK but has cross-trained widely seeking out other skilled martial artists to learn from. 

He competed in the European Chinese Full Contact Sword Tournaments 2011 and 2012 where he placed in the quarter and semi-final respectively. There he met Scott M Rodell Laoshi and began training Chinese sword fighting, holding regular UK seminars, and becoming an accepted apprentice Jianfa student in 2019. 

Paul has also travelled and trained in China. First in 2016 when he trained intensively in Yi Quan with Yao Cheng Rong and Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) with Wang Tong Qing in Beijing. In 2019 Paul travelled to Tianjin and Shanxi to meet with representatives of various Xing Yi and Xin Yi Styles.

Paul has inherited his Xing Yi from Sifu Damon Smith who learnt from four masters in three different lineages. Firstly, Master Yeoung Ko Te, a Malaysian of Chinese decent, whose grandfather studied under the renowned Xing Yi Master Gou Yun Shen. It is from Master Yeoung that much of the Yan Yi content comes from. Secondly Master Zhu Guang from Beijing who had studied under the prominent teacher Luo Da Cheng.  And finally with two masters in Beijing who taught a family style again descended from Gou Yun Shen. 

The merging of these three lines as well as Paul's own experiences from Yi Quan and other groups means that this style is uniquely rich in variety, depth and detail, especially the Twelve Animals.

Paul has also studied esoteric traditions with Sifu Smith including eastern and western traditions and was introduced to Kato Eiichi Sensei and Kato Kaoruko Sensei who taught him much about Japanese shamanic tradition.

Paul previously worked as a professional ecologist for over 16 years before pursuing Xing Yi Academy full time. His professional experience has given him a deep understanding of animal strategy and behaviour able to be applied to the Xing Yi Animals   

Josef Sykora

Technical Director - Camera, Editing, Making Awesome Content, Creative Thinking

Josef began training in Xing Yi with Paul around 2011 and has also trained with Sifu Damon Smith.

Joe is a competent Xing Yi Practitioner with a good grasp of the Five Elements and Twelve Animals as well as having cross-trained in a number of other martial arts to lesser extents.

Paul and Joe have trained together in Shamanic technique and esoteric arts under Damon Smith, often practicing together doing strange and unusual tasks from social experiments, to deeply meditative techniques, in cities or out in nature. 

Joe's expertise also extends to the technical and since 2014 has been behind the camera and the editing desk for Xing Yi Academy. Joe's background as a musician and music producer has expanded into the realm of film and his attention to detail and creative flair means that our content is always has a high production value.  

Joe also hosts the Woven Energy podcast on Practical Shamanism with Damon Smith and run his own YouTube Channel and music tuition business - Creative Piano Academy.

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