Primary (Common) Neijia Weapons:
Hsing-I (XingYi) Straight Sword (Jen) - This is a "no nonsense" approach
to the straight sword. The techniques employed are brisk, powerful and succinct, typical of
Hsing-I in general. This set offers the practitioner a brief but inclusive format in which
to delve into the straight sword as a combative weapon.
Pa-Kua (BaGua) Straight Sword (Jen) - This set is beautifully fluid and contains
some very good combative concepts and applications. It is a practice that all people when
witnessing it are instantly drawn to, but the nuance of motion within the form thwarts
most people quite quickly when they attempt to learn. For those who are able to stick it
out and complete the set, the rewards are numerous.
Tai-Chi (TaiJi) Straight Sword (Jen) - This set focuses on a variety of different
tactics, but one of the most striking when witnessing the practice is the smooth insertion
followed by a rapid slicing cutback of motion. As is typical of most Tai-Chi forms, the
set is quite long and only somewhat repetitive.
Hsing-I (XingYi) Sabre (Dao) - This is not a weapon that Hsing-I is widely known
for. It has not been largely disseminated to many people in recent history. The techniques are
direct, simple and effective. The set makes good use of the body mechanics and stepping
patterns of Hsing-I.
Pa-Kua (BaGua) Sabre (Dao) - This type of Sabre (Dao) is much larger than the sabre
used in most systems. The Pa-Kua Dao is typically approximately two thirds again as long as the
average sabre in Internal Martial Arts practice. This of course tends to increase the
weight substantially and makes the weapon difficult for the practitioner to wield. Hence
the movement structure tends to make use of existing centrifugal force to keep the
oversized blade moving fluidly within the form.
Tai-Chi (TaiJi) Sabre (Dao) - This is again a multi-directional, multi-concept form.
It contains numerous possibilities for utilization of the sabre in combat and is
appropriately challenging from a performance perspective.
Hsing-I (XingYi) Spear (Chiang) - The Hsing-I Spear is not something that is
flamboyant in appearance. The function of the practice is to help crystlize the concepts of
power derived from the Five Forces of Pi (splitting), Pao (pounding), Tsuan (drilling), Heng
(crossing) and Peng (crushing) in the practitioners mind, so that the understanding
gleaned from the spear practice can then be put back into the hand sets to strengthen
transferance of energy. This is not to say that the spear techniques are not functional.
Indeed, they are quite practical, but not extraordinary to look at.
Tai-Chi (TaiJi) Spear (Chiang) - This spear set places a great emphasis on body
connection to the spear as is evidenced through the practice. The flavor of the form is
dramatic expression of energy through large fluid movement, with the occasional
punctuation of an abrupt issuing of energy within the frame. This set requires a great
deal of room to exercise as the weapon of choice is quite long and it tends to move in
multiple directions with numerous broad, sweeping changes of technique and alignment.
Additional Neijia Weapons:
Hsing-I (XingYi) Staff (Guen) - This set is characterized by strong, quick motions,
precise double end usage, coupled with occasional rapid hand changes to avail usage of a
single end for long range tactics reminiscent of the spear. It contains a multitude of
unique tactical applications. It is quite a lengthy routine for a Hsing-I weapon set,
contrasted to some of the other weapons routines in the system.
Pa-Kua (BaGua) Staff (Guen) - This is a very fluid set, emphasizing double hand usage
and multiple interwoven circles. A very typical representation of the fluid, centrifugal
power found in Pa-Kua. In our family we use this as a beginning staff set as it does a
fine job of covering all the primary techniques of the weapon.
Hsing-I (XingYi) Long Sword - Characterized by exceedingly strong, two handed usage
of power derived from the Five Forces of Pi (splitting), Pao (pounding), Tsuan (drilling),
Heng (crossing) and Peng (crushing). In many families, the Two Hand Sword is taught much
like the Hsing-I Spear in that there is no real set, but rather a system of five movments.
However, in my family there is a set based upon the five forces taught in addition to the
linear single routines.
Pa-Kua (BaGua) Crescent Swords - This set is, at this point in time, quite rare
outside of certain circles of practitioners. The routine is characterized by complex bilateral
usage of the two Crescent Swords within a dynamic structure of tightly twisting footwork
and strong centrifugal force that is synonymous with Pa-Kua.