Formless.

August 26, 2009

There are many, including me, who believe that TCMA started without formalized forms training.

It was, in a big way, all “loose techniques” training. Forms, a stringing together of techniques, most likely started during the “Ming” era.

I remember, in an old Hong Kong magazine, an article talking about “Hap Gar” and the Sifu interviewed said that they only have 16 techniques.

Their training format is doing these in different permutations and their concentration is on polishing the essential 16.

I will post that article once I find it in my heap of books/magazines.

Here’s another style that is “formless”, again the focus is on working on energies and flow etc etc…

Wang Xiang Zhai’s Yiquan.

From wiki:-

Yiquan is essentially formless, containing no fixed sets of fighting movements or techniques. Instead, focus is put on developing ones natural movement and fighting abilities through a system of training methods and concepts, working to improve the perception of one’s body, its movement, and of force. Another thing that sets yiquan apart from other eastern martial arts, is that traditional concepts, like qimeridiansdantian etc. eventually were discarded, the reason being that understanding ones true nature happens in the now and that preconceptions block this process.

Yiquan seems to have been influenced by various other arts that Wang was exposed to, include Fujian hèquán,Tai chi chuanbāguàzhǎng,, and Liuhebafa[citation needed]. But in fact it was the internal core of these other arts that made them effective. It was this core that master Wang perceived. In essence there is only one principle of merit in all martial arts, one core, and one moment of truth.

And from a mainland magazine, this is Dachengquan – another manifestation of Yiquan :-

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