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 in the world

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 the Foundations Course via the online membership portal. Connect at home on your computer or on the move with a tablet or phone.

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. You can purchase lifetime access or decide to enrol and keep access as long as you remain subscribed.

Guided Support Direct From Paul

We want to pass on our art to the next generation not simply sell some routines and techniques. Foundations has been designed to help you work at a pace that allows you to learn the material but you can go as fast or slow as you like. Each week you will get a specially crafted email with training advice drop in your inbox. Have any questions or concerns and you can drop Paul an email directly or contact him through the private Facebook group.

Enormous Depth of Content

Foundations currently consists of 11 modules and a bonus module with extra resources. There are 85 lesson pages and 79 videos. 42 weeks of emails to add to your training experience. 

Training notes and content are added or updated regularly. 

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).

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We know that people have different needs and circumstances. With this in mind we have three options to purchase the course.


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Paul Andrews

Head Instructor and Creative Director - Instruction and Content Creation

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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