The Five Elements – metal, water, wood, fire, and earth are the foundational movements of Wu Xin. Said to have been designed by Yue Fei, one of China’s most famous war generals. The Five Elements cover all angles the upper body can produce martial power. Travelling through historical influences the 11 animals and 1 insect were introduced and enhanced the delivery of Wu Xin, particularly in unarmed conditions. Unlike other Chinese martial arts systems that mimic animals we use the spirit of their natural survival traits.
Wu Xin Background
Wu Xin is part of the internal group of martial arts, which includes Taiji Quan and Bagua Chang. What makes us different to the other two is a focus of conditioning the mindset, emphasis on combative intent and our linear nature as opposed to our circular and Qi focused relatives.
There are no flowery or overly complicated techniques in the Wu Xin fight method everything can be learnt by anyone of any age or gender. It is indiscriminate in its approach as it is focused on developing your survivalist mentality.
With historical roots dating back over 900 years it is said to be one of the oldest ‘internal’ martial arts and one of few martial arts ever proven used on the battlefield. Used in war and based on armed opponents it is designed to end an opponent as quickly as possible. It favours a percussive, evasive and deadly offence. Used without the life-risking exposure of grappling and wrestling on the ground.
Wu Xin Mindset
Wu Xin mindset is highly aggressive yet has a seemingly calm and focused intent, it is not really a system of self defence but aggressive offence. It’s shocking and percussive strikes will injure, disable and disorient an opponent no matter where they connect.
The real intent of Wu Xin strikes are through the opponents centre of mass, their earth line or vertical gravity line. It uses percussive strikes to shock the opponent internally not just externally. Although most martial arts skills are used countering the launch of an attack from an opponent first.
What makes Wu Xin different from most modern day martial arts:
- It avoids or disposes the threat before an attack can be launched. This makes a proficient Wu Xin practitioner a more realistic and survival minded individual than a glorified counter striker.
- Striking precise vital points and complicated routines is not necessary for it to be effective. Nor practical for real combative conditions, but is commonly found in other martial arts styles.
Although we may be on the back foot of an unforeseen or sudden attack, by consistently training to counter strikes we are putting ourselves in the habit of being in the victims shoes every time. Our martial arts training does not endorse a victim mentality or the habit of moving backwards or being on the backfoot. This of course is a compounded problem if unrealistic, slow and rehearsed attacks are performed repetitively through ones training.
Fluent and arriving techniques using intent, body weight and percussion together are what make up Wu Xin. This makes the techniques look calm and fast rather than aggressive and shocking. We consistently move in and out of this cycle, which makes it the most external of the internal martial arts. This also falls strongly into the Ying Yang philosophy. Read more about our martial arts programs here.
A message from Peter Anthony Boland:
“Right now as it was hundreds of years ago, Wu Xin will equip you with the skills to survive along with a steel mindset. Our martial arts education will deliver great health benefits, instill fair discipline and promote positive life values. The real martial artist understands it is a lifestyle without limitation to gaining self-knowledge, experience and skill development. I know of nothing else that develops such a diverse, strong and influential human being as the martial arts.”