The training started with basic straight line forms and progressed until the student had a good foundation. After the initial period of training the basics, the students began studying Xing Yi. Training started with the Wu Xing (Five Elements). A great deal of emphasis was put on thoroughly training the five elements. After the five elements, the students learned the twelve animals and the combined forms. Students learned and trained at the fighting techniques from the forms and at a more advanced stage in training began learning push hands and San Shou. My father had researched and been exposed to other styles, but Xing Yi Quan was the core of the system.
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