Tongbeiquan (通背拳 tōngbèiquán; literally “Spreading Power from the Back Boxing”, as tong means “through,” bei means “back” and quan means “fist”) is a school of martial arts popular in northern China, known for engaging opponents from maximum distance.
In accordance with some records, in traditional Tongbeiquan training, several parts are included: basic training (stance, arm techniques, leg techniques and conditioning), combinations, forms training, two-person free sparring, weapons training, and qigong training.
Traditional Kungfu focus more on internal strength and conditioning, their movements tend to more steady at the ground level and have solid footwork. The movements of hands required swift and elongated movements, often taking opponents by surprise.
According to the Boxing Chronicles by Xu Jianchi (1931), Qi Xin of Zhejiang went to teach back-through boxing at Gu’an County in Hebei Province in the middle and latter half of the Qing Dynasty. His style was then called Qi-style Boxing which was later named “Tongbei” or Back-through Boxing.
It was recorded that both Qi and his son, Qi Taichang, had created and developed similar, yet different boxing techniques. It was understood that the old style (by the Elder Qi) emphasizes simplicity and power whereas the new style (by the Younger Qi) concentrates on exquisiteness and suppleness.
The author, Xiu Jianchi, is a successor to the new style, combined the best elements of his predecessors and left his theoretical summaries on stances, methods and philosophy of boxing to create a new style, Wuxing Tobeiquan.
In the development of the Martial Art technique, there were various adoption of the styles, both old and new and had encompassed the internal strength and swift movements, yet steady pulse and flow.
|Benefits:||Improve blood circulation, Mid-intensive sports, Agility|
|For||15 yrs old and above|
|Duration per lesson||1 to 1.5hr|
|Intensity Level||Mid to High|
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