The Yongquan Martial Arts Association is dedicated to the study and practice of Chinese martial arts in the UK. In addition to Choy Lee Fut we also study two other complete arts:
- Tai Chi Chuan
A famous northern style of martial arts characterised by the slow movements of the Long Form. We study the Old Yang Style handed down from General Li Jing Lin. Our lineage is interesting in a historical sense in that it bypasses Master Yang Cheng Fu, who linearised and simplified the form, coming instead directly from his father, Master Yang Chien Hou. Consequently there are many different angles and folds in our form, which make it a little closer to Chen Style in some respects than the familiar modern Yang Style is.
Hsing-I is, together with Tai Chi Chuan and Baguazhang, one of the “big three” internal arts in China. We practice the Guo Style or Old Hebei Style descended from Master Guo Yun Shen. Hsing-I is a very subtle fighting system based upon the Five Elements and Twelve Animal styles, and is characterised by the mutually supportive principles of “threading into one” and “one root, a thousand branches and ten thousand endings”. Guo Style Hsing-I makes extensive use of the piercing “Dark Jin” combative energy.
Both Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing-I, which are primarily close range fighting styles, make a good match for Choy Lee Fut which is primarily a longer range style (although it does have some close range methods of its own).
Choy Lee Fut, Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing-I are by far the main martial arts studied in the association. However, in order to support various aspects of training we also study several other arts to a much lesser extent:
- Northern Shaolin (Bak Siu Lam)
Historically, the Northern Shaolin school of Master Ku Yu Chang has had a significant influence on the development of Bak Hsing Choy Lee Fut.
- Northern Shaolin Dragon Sword
This is a light, quick dueling sword.
- Southern Shaolin Broadsword
A heavier chopping weapon with many circular “round the body” methods.
- Sixteen and a Half Point Pole
This is a very rare martial art from North China. It has no relationship to the familiar Six and a Half Point Pole of the southern Wing Chun system - the similarity in names is coincidental, and the two arts are dissimilar. The art is so-named because it has seventeen principles, two of which are closely interrelated. Although primarily a pole art, it is a complete martial art and contains many unarmed techniques as well.
In addition there is quite a bit of knowledge in the association relating to Chi Gung, Nei Gung and Traditional Chinese Medicine.