In martial arts there are many styles that have become household names such as: Karate, Hung Gar, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but often when I mention internal martial arts, I usually see furrowed brows and confused looks. It is not until I mention Tai Chi that I finally see that “ah-ha” moment of understanding. Tai Chi is definitely the most famous internal martial art, as it is easily identified by the layman once they see the familiar slow graceful movements, but there are other internal arts as well. Among the most famous internal martial arts are various styles of Tai Chi, Ba Gua and Xing Yi.
Internal martial arts are not all practiced slowly like Tai Chi. However, they all share qualities of relaxed motion and incorporating the practitioner’s whole body with the motion. Xing Yi is a dynamic martial art that encompasses standing Qigong and explosive moving forms. Standing in the San Ti form for long periods of time is part of Xing Yi practice. It is the cornerstone of the art. The purpose of standing in this form is for the practitioner to condition their body and mind, and to cultivate the practitioners’ internal energy.