Yiquan (pronounced yee chuan), also known as Dachengquan is another style of Chinese internal martial art. Less well known than Taijiquan, it was developed by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 1900s after he spent many years travelling China and researching different styles and techniques. It focuses far more on some of the basic training techniques used to build internal power without what Wang Xiangzhai considered the distraction of a long set of moves or forms to learn. With a particular emphasis on Zhan Zhuang (standing postures training) as a core training method to recondition the body over time and start to build internal power. Yiquan trains the use of intent to direct movements and reactions. We also teach some of these principles in classes as the techniques used in both Yiquan and Taijiquan complement each other.
3rd generation lineage disciple of Yiquan practising Zhang Zhuang postures.