AUTHENTIC, PRACTICAL, IN DEPTH:
THE ESOTERIC ART OF YAN YI
Xing Yi Academy teaches authentic Hebei Style Xing Yi Quan as practiced in Beijing and Northern China.
Yan Yi is an essential part of the practices Xing Yi Academy use to develop practical skills.
Xing Yi is a rare and powerful Northern Chinese martial art, developed by a battle hardened warrior in the Ming Dynasty and evolved through generations of fighters, bodyguards, armed guards and martial artists.
Yan Yi translates as "The Research of Intention" and is even less well known than Xing Yi Quan, it is a separate yet complimentary practice which some schools of Xing Yi use to augment their training. The exercises within Yan Yi could be said to be Qi Gong (Energy Work), Nei Gong (Internal Work), or even Shen Gong (Divine Work), combining the Yi (Intention) with energy and movement in a holistic practice connecting Mind, Body and Spirit.
Yan Yi can be practiced completely non-martially as a separate art to Xing Yi focusing on movement, energy and awareness. It may also be used as a way to explore and experiment with your Xing Yi, other martial art styles, or just about any other disciple that involves physical movement or engagement, it could be anything from dancing to a whole range of sports, the principles can be adapted to different movement methods.
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, and the practice of Yan Yi more so! Even in China it can be difficult to find a good teacher nearby and chances are they won't have a full system of movement exercises or principles quite like Yan Yi. Wherever you are you can get access to the Yan Yi 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 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
We want to pass on our art to the next generation not simply sell some routines and techniques. The Yan Yi Course is fully accessible from day one with a simple modular progression to guide you from complete beginner to Yan Yi movement expert. Support is also on hand, email Paul or send in film of your practice to get feedback and answers to all your questions
The course consists of 5 modules with 23 practical lessons. Starting with simple drills and exercises, working towards free movement. The modules work include examples of all Xing Yi's Five Elements and 12 Animals to link Xing Yi and Yan Yi practice, developing a deep understanding of Xing Yi movement and intention. In many cases lessons are provided with detailed training notes and links to other resources, allowing you to continue to research and develop your own Yan Yi practice.