Learn Xing Yi Quan with Paul Andrews



Paul Andrews has over 20 years martial arts experience specialising in traditional Hebei Style Xing Yi Quan. This unique style has been passed down from three different lines to Xing Yi Academy creating an art with a huge amount of content and depth. Online membership will give you a gateway to understanding this art, supported along the way by Paul and the Xing Yi Academy team

Access content anywhere

Xing Yi is a rare martial art, even in China it can be difficult to find a good teacher nearby. Wherever you are you can get access to Xing Yi Academy and Paul through the members website, email support, Private Facebook Group and Slack Discussion Group.

Train any time, at your own pace

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. Live online classes are recorded and added to the members area for review anytime.

Connect directly with Paul

We want to pass on our art to the next generation not simply sell some routines and techniques. That is why there are ways to interact and get feedback directly from Paul. From a weekly training routine, to providing feedback on your training videos, or answering questions via email, this is a personal learning experience.

Constantly updating

Content is added each week, from new recordings to supplementary information, links, additional training ideas and more. The members area will become a repository for a wealth of Xing Yi training and research information that just keeps getting bigger and better with time.

Xing Yi Quan is a hard hitting, sophisticated, style of Chinese boxing, first created in the 1600s it is descended from the battlefields of Ming Dynasty China, evolved over time to be used by bodyguards, professional security agencies and prize fighters throughout the 1700s and 1800s.


Today the art is still relevant whether you want to learn it for it's excellent self protection qualities, for inclusion within Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or sport combat, to stay healthy, fit and strong, or for more esoteric, spiritual and personal development purposes.


Xing Yi Academy promotes a balanced and realistic view to learning Xing Yi Quan. Every step, each lesson, they are all focused on providing in depth, practical methods that can be used immediately.  Methods that are simple and effective but can be continued to be refined for as long as you continue to practice the art. 


The Xing Yi Academy system has amazing depth and detail. As well as the Foundational teachings of the Five Elements, each of the 12 animals is its own martial art in itself. You can focus on those aspects or animals you are strongest or most natural with or take a strategic approach and work with those that highlight specific abilities or tactics. Advanced training involves working on the more meditative and esoteric aspects of the art, the Xin (Spirit), Yi (Intention), and Qi (Energy).


We know that people have different needs and circumstances. With this in mind we have designed three levels of membership.


Train each week live with Paul Andrews and have access to the entire archive of past recordings from April 2020 onwards.

Each week Paul will work on Xing Yi Fundamentals, with lots of repetition of the basics and occasionally more intermediate and advanced things thrown in. You'll also get the weekly suggested training routines and access to the Private Facebook Group. This level is best for the beginner or hobbyist training occasionally. 


The Full Membership gives you access to all the resources of the members area, the Live Classes, all the recorded classes starting in April 2020, links to relevant videos, websites and content, and access to Xing Yi Academy's support - Private Facebook Group, Slack Discussion Group, email support and the option to provide training videos for feedback.

As well as all of the above you'll get access to our Flagship Online Course: FOUNDATIONS OF XING YI QUAN.  This is around a year's worth of in depth training in the Five Elements of Xing Yi. 


Premium Membership gives you everything that Full Membership provides...but more.

As well as live classes, additional resources and support from Paul you will get access to all of our Online Courses and content as soon as they are made available.


Courses available now:




Upcoming Courses:


- WU XING LIAN HUAN (Estimated Spring/Summer 2021)

-XING YI BEAR-EAGLE (Estimated 2021)


Upcoming Publications:

- THE XING YI CLASSICS (Estimated 2021)


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Online training, support direct from Paul, and the Foundations Course!



Online training, support, and access to all our courses and content 




Included within Full and Premium Memberships or available to purchase upfront for lifetime access

Foundations is a comprehensive course in Five Elements Xing Yi, taking you from the ground up it covers everything to become proficient in the Five Elements of Xing Yi Quan in a solid practical, no nonsense manner.  Rolled out over 42 weeks the course is carefully crafted to work at a pace to allow you to progress and learn.  Over 85 lesson pages with training notes, media, and video covering theory, follow along demonstrations, drills and exercises.  Learn the fundamental principles of Xing Yi in depth, not just the surface level of movements and techniques but what goes on behind them, the body mechanics, the energy work, and strategies. More than 80 video lessons and a extra resources to ensure your Xing Yi understanding is complete.  Xing Yi Academy also offers support to our members, send in video for review, email questions, or engage with the community on Facebook and Slack.


Access to Foundations of Xing Yi Quan is included within the Full and Premium Memberships (see above), if you only want Foundations as a stand alone course without Xing Yi Academy membership then click the button below to find out more


Paul Andrews

Creative Director - Instructing, Applications, Fighting

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 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 inherited his Xing Yi from Sifu Damon Smith who learnt from three different lineages.  Firstly, Master Yeoung Ko Te, a Malaysian of Chinese decent, his grandfather had studied under the renown Gou Yun Shen. 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 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

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 Creative Piano Academy.


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