Hsing-I Beng Chuan: Wood Element Fist Course

Hsingi Beng Chuan: Wood Element Fist

This hsing-i technique uses straight-ahead physical motion along with the internal energy of Press Forward. Beng Chuan is often considered to be the most powerful straight punch in all the Chinese martial arts. Although a famous attack technique, it also uses forward momentum for defense. It gives practitioners a sense of projecting through obstacles in a very powerful fashion. As such, it is an yang technique and can be very aggressive or stabilizing depending on intent.

Beng Chuan is represented by the Wood Element. The internal pressures initiated in the body by this movement, in addition to its basic qi work, have a direct and positive effect on the liver, ligaments, tendons and blood circulation. Besides being particularly good for balancing problems with the liver, such as those derived from heavy drinking or other toxins, Beng Chuan can also help rebuild a liver that has sustained damaged from physical illness, such as hepatitis. The liver in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also is the source of the "Hun" or spirit. Wood element practices such as Beng Chuan can  increase clarity and awareness of spiritual energy, what in the West is know as psychic abilities and phenomena.

There are six basics methods of Beng Chuan and Bruce will cover as many as time allows. Beng Chuan uses full steps, half steps and what are called “flying steps,” used to cover a tremendous amount of distance very rapidly.

Hsing-i's Wood Fist is also called the "Crushing Fist" because it focuses on making fists "grow" out of the body. It is often compared to the force of a powerful plant growing and expanding through concrete with a steady, inexorable force.
–Bruce Frantzis

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As a result of meeting Bruce Frantzis in 1992 I am currently enjoying a quality of life I was informed I would not have following a partially successful major heart operation. Although my lifestyle is restricted, I believe that the Tai Chi and Quigong routines, especially Cloud Hands from the Energy gates have enabled me to stay mobile & active , to continue working and keep my medication well below that taken by others in my position.

Nick Cahill, UK