Internal Chinese Martial Arts (Neijia) refers to the three classical Kung Fu styles Taiji Quan, Bagua Quan and Xingyi Quan. It occupies with spiritual, mental and qi-related aspects as opposed to the external martial arts where physical aspects are mainly trained.
During and already at an early stage of training, the focus lies on awareness of the spirit, mind, qi by the use of relaxed leverage rather than muscular tension. Movements are generally executed slowly in order to improve the coordination and balance of the whole body and the mind. In real combats internal styles are performed quickly with the strengths of the whole body and underlying physical leverage of its techniques.
Xingqi Quan, literally translates as Form/Intention Fist, is an aggressive, seemingly linear movement with explosive power bursts most often applied from a short range. Simultaneously attacking and defending it is a pro-active battle technique yielding to put down opponents in a shortest time range. If a fight is unavoidable, then attack first in order to gain control. It is born from the battle fields and is a no-nonsense martial arts. A typical training agenda consists of physical strengthening of stamina, 5-Elements fist routines, 12 Animal forms, single routines, partner forms and weapon training.Master Chu's Xingqi Quan style is from the most popular branch, the Hebei Xingqi Quan style.
Taiji Quan, literally translates as Supreme Ultimate Fist, is an elegant combat technique illustrating best the aspect of Yin and Yang and their creation of force. Through reforms in the 50ies of last century to simplified the Taiji Form and make them 'learnable' for the mass with health aspects in foreground, Taiji, especially the Yang style Taiji has gained enormous popularity worldwide. Grand Master Chu Guiting was a member of this committee to develop the simplied Beijing 24-Step Form.Master Chu is teaching the Yang Style Taiji Techniques as passed down from the Yang Taiji Quan family, Yang Chengfu and Yang Shaohou.
Bagua Quan, literally translates as Eight-Diagram Palm, is attributed to Grand Master Dong Haichuan who served as the head of security of the Chinese Emperors. It is the youngest of the three internal martial arts and is characterized by avoiding frontal opponent's contacts (as opposed to Xingyi Quan).Bagua Quan contains an extremely wide variety of techniques including strikes with the whole body, kicks, joint locks, throws and evasive circular footwork. By being able to flow in and out of opponents ranges, one is being able to fight multiple attackers.Master Chu is teaching the Liang Style Bagua Quan.