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The routine and short forms of xīn yì liù hé quán mentioned in the novel The Superior Men of

Xinjiang and its sequel The Vengeance of Superior Men are described in detail below.
Xīn yì liù hé quán is an old Chinese-Muslim martial art. In the West, it is called Ten Animals
Xingyi, Muslim Xingyi, Henan Xingyi, or Six Harmonies Boxing. One of a number of literal
translations of the Chinese name is “mind intention six harmonies boxing.”
Xīn yì forms consist of simple movements that are considered easy to learn but very difficult to
master. Each form is performed in a linear manner. At its simplest, a form consists of a standard
starting stance (qīn pū zhàn), striking from right side of the body to the front while walking
continuously (or walking with repeated, brief pauses in gōngbù) for some distance (e.g., 20
meters), a simple turn, striking from the left side of the body to the front for the return to the
starting position, same simple turn, and the standard finishing movements (tā bă). Xīn yì routines
are collections of the simple forms, usually those considered related to one of the ten animals, with
the exception of the important Sì Bă Quán routine.
Because of its basic simplicity, xīn yì requires exceptional boldness to use effectively in real
combat.
The six harmonies consist of three external harmonies and three internal harmonies. The external
harmonies are hands with feet, shoulders with hips, and elbows with knees; and the internal
harmonies are heart with intention, intention with qì, and qì with power. The attributes of the ten
animals that xīn yì practitioners strive to emulate are the bravery of a bear, fierceness of a tiger,
feistiness of a chicken, swooping power of a sparrow hawk, grasp of an eagle, flexibility of a
snake, speed of a swallow, jumping and stamping of a horse, agility and leaping of a monkey, and
coiling of a dragon.
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From May 1996 to May 2000, I was a student of the eighth level xīn yì master Lĭ Zūn Sī in
Shanghai, and on 21 November 1998 my friend Jarek Szymanski and I became disciples of Master
Li. Mr Szymanski’s website [www.chinafrominside.com/ma/index.html] is the best source of
information about this style. Several short videos of Master Li performing Sì Bă Quán (posted by
someone else) are available on YouTube.
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Abbreviations and terms used in the descriptions:
CW = clockwise
CCW = counter clockwise
LLF = left leg forward
RLF = right leg forward
gōngbù = bow step, with (for example) LLF and bent and right leg behind and straight (but not
stiff)
jī bù = chicken step, with (for example) LLF in a deep crouch with upper left leg nearly parallel to
the ground and right knee nearly touching left calf

Available in a variety of digital formats as well as print.
Xīn Yì Liù Hé Quán
Routine and forms:

Jī Bù (Chicken step). Mă Xíng Chōng Quán (Horse form rushing fist). Bō Shŏu (Blocking/grabbing hand). For a description and applications. For a description and applications. For a description and applications. click here. For a description and applications. For a description and applications.Sì Bă Quán Tào Lù (Four grasps boxing routine). . For a description. For a description and applications. For a description and applications. Yīng Dŏu Chì (Eagle trembling wing). click here. click © SinoAmerican Books 2013. Shé Tŭ Xìn (Snake spitting tongue). click here. click here. Xiăo Tā Bă (Little collapsing grasp). click here. click here. Dān Bă (Single grasp). All rights reserved. click here.