There are three internal martial arts that compose the internal kung fu martial arts: Xingyi Quan, Bagua Zhang, and Taiji Quan.  All the internal martial arts require students to develop their qi through breathing properly, realigning and relaxing their posture, and practicing the forms, 2-person drills and qi gong exercises.  At Northern Arizona Kung Fu, we offer instruction in all three of these art forms.

Xingyi Quan (also written ‘Hsing-I Chuan’)
Northern Arizona Kung Fu teaches Shen Lung Style of Xingyi Quan.  It comes to us through Hsu Hongchi of Taiwan, a famous student of Hung I-Hsiang. Xingyi emphasizes direct attacks and immense power. It is taught through a series of levels which break down bad habits while building up good ones and guiding students to more difficult techniques.

For more information, go to the North American Tang Shou Tao website.

Bagua Zhang (also written ‘Pa Kua Chuan’)
Northern Arizona Kung Fu teaches Gao Yisheng Bagua Zhang.  It comes to us through our chinese teacher Liu Shuhang, who periodically travels to the US to teach their family art form, which all members of the North American Tang Shou Tao can attend.  Bagua emphasizes evasive maneuvers that lead to unexpected yet decisive attacks.

For more information go to the North American Tang Shou Tao website.

Taiji Quan (also written ‘Tai Chi Chuan’)
Northern Arizona Kung Fu teaches Chen Manching’s Short Yang form, Taiji 88 two-person, and push hands including the Ta Lu exercise. This material comes to us through Dr. Vince Black, founder of the North American Tang Shou Tao. The form is a 15 minute exercise that contains the major postures of the Yang Taiji form. It is a complete qi workout and yet retains martial applications. The fluid and graceful movements add to the student's abilities and enhance any martial art.