The Right Path of Yiquan

The Right Path of Yiquan

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The Right Path of Yiquan

Author: Wang Xiangzhai Translators: Li Jiong, Timo Heikkilä Copyright © 2001, Timo Heikkilä & Li Jiong ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Table of Contents



A Note from the Translators


Author’s Preface


Changing One’s Strength with Zhanzhuang (Pile Standing)


Training the Muscles, the Tendons, and the Bones


Exerting Strength


Training the Qi


Nourishing the Qi


Syncretism of the Five Elements


Six Harmonies


Formulas Put into Verse


The Classical Method of Hand-to-Hand Fighting


Dragon Method


Tiger Method


The Right Path of Yiquan



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A Note from the Translators This is the second, revised edition of ”The Right Path of Yiquan”. The first edition was published on December 7th, 2000. The corrections are mainly grammatical and some words have been changed to make their original meaning clearer. We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone, especially Bertram Chock, who has helped us making this translation better. ”The Right Path of Yiquan” is the first book published by Mr. Wang Xiangzhai. It was published only a few years after the founding of Yiquan. Although Wang states Damo as the founder of Yiquan in the book, one should know that the training methods of Yiquan do not originate from those ancient times, only the essence, which is also the essence of Zen. At the time Wang Xiangzhai wrote this book, his approach to physiological things was a very traditional Chinese approach, which many of the western readers might find hard to grasp. For example, Wang writes about shrinking the bones, which we all know is physiologically impossible, but Wang wrote from his own experience, telling about the feelings he had personally had. Naturally he had not shrunk his bones, but the muscles around the bones contracting with a great force do indeed produce a feeling of tightness around the bones, which feels as if the bones were shrinking. We have added commentary to the text to make it more understandable for the western readers. All of our comments are in the footnotes, the comments in brackets were all written by Wang Xiangzhai himself. Still, many things cannot be truly understood just by reading them, they must be perceived in actual practice, even the best books can never be anything more than just helpful guides. We would also like to note that Wang Xiangzhai, and also many of his students, kept on developing the training methods of Yiquan even after the art


was founded and this book was published. Thus today, the training method of Yiquan is somewhat different from the times of this book, however, the essence is still the same. Later Wang stopped using concepts such as the tiger method, the dragon method, etc., but it does not mean that their essence did not remain it is not important how things are called or expressed, only grasping their quintessence matters. As the sciences progressed in the 20th century, Wang also came to critisize openly many traditional concepts, such as the Dantian qi, as inappropriate. There exist several different versions of this book in Chinese. Their differenc