XINGYI - A Means To An End
By: Shrfu Mike Patterson
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Years ago, in the 90's, Mike Patterson wrote an article for a magazine by the name of "The Internal Martial Arts Journal" and that article was called "Hsing I - A Means To An End."
Now, in 2012, he has completed the long awaited book by the same title. He has come full circle and so this same title has been selected as appropriate for this work.
Mike Patterson is widely considered to be one of the foremost experts in the world on the art of Xingyiquan. With over 40 years experience (at time of writing) as a fighter, coach and teacher, he has authored a masterpiece covering all aspects of this discipline.
His immense experience is gleaned from the crucible of continuous and true testing of Xingyi's tenets. The crucible of first being a successful full contact fighter himself. And then following that experience by becoming a successful full contact coach, training and guiding 37 full contact champions throughout the 80's and 90's until retirement from coaching in 2000.
This book covers the Hsing I (xingyi) taught to him by Hsu Hong Chi (Xu Hong Ji) in thorough detail. Theory, mechanics and strategy of the five fists and twelve animals are covered. Perspectives on training, skill development, conditioning, meditation/energetics, drilling, strategy and cultivation are all discussed thoroughly. This is not your typical book on this discipline. It does not merely portray the forms, postures and theories that composite this art. This book describes the how, why and wherefore of developing actual skill in the art of Xingyi as it is applied to a fighting context.
The book also covers R.S.P.C.T. (Realistically Structured Progressive Combat Training). RSPCT was invented and synthesized by Mike himself as a stand alone program to train effective fighting for both competition and/or street environments. All five Tiers, ten total categories of training methods, drills and exercises are discussed in depth.
The book is punctuated by personal anecdotes which drive home certain salient points within the scope of the work as only a person who has lived this path can ascertain and convey.
The book contains 266 pages, at 8 1/2 x 11, and over 700 high resolution photos and illustrations. A summary of the main table of contents is as follows:
(1)Statement of Purpose; (2)History; (3)Memories of Master Hsu; (4)Building The Wall; (5)Meditation & Energetics; (6)Hsin, I, Li, Chi, Jin; (7)Importance of Ritual; (8)Song of Pi; (9)Song of Tsuan; (10)Song of Peng; (11)Song of Pao; (12)Song of Heng; (13)Theory and Principle of the Ma (Horse); (14)Theory and Principle of the Yao (SparrowHawk); (15)Theory and Principle of the Ing Shyung (Eagle/Bear); (16)Theory and Principle of the Dou Gi (Cockerel); (17)Theory and Principle of the Sir (Snake); (18)Theory and Principle of the Tow (Tortise/Alligator); (19)Theory and Principle of the Gi (Rooster); (20)Theory and Principle of the Tai (Phoenix) Hsing; (21)Theory and Principle of the Yen (Swallow); (22)Theory and Principle of the Hou (Monkey); (23)Theory and Principle of the Fhu (Tiger); (24)Theory and Principle of the Lung (Dragon); (25)Practical Practice; (26)Paired Drills; (27)Three Basin Theory; (28)The High Low Poker Game; (29)The Nine Essences; (30)The Seven Stars; (31)The Eight Fundamentals; (32)Energy Release; (33)The Five Forces; (34)The Five Key Words; (35)Essential Knowledge - 24 Stems, 5 Roots; (36)The Three Powers; (37)Yin & Yang Theory; (38)R.S.P.C.T. (Realistically Structured Progressive Combat Training); (39)RSPCT Tier 1 - Reflexive; (40)RSPCT Tier 2 - Structural; (41)RSPCT Tier 3 - Perceptual; (42)RSPCT Tier 4 - Conceptual; (43)RSPCT Tier 5 - Tempering; (44)Closing Commentary