Been reading Tom Bisio’s book “Xing Yi Quan: Art of Inner Transformation”
it is nothing new or Earth shattering, but it is rather interesting and got me thinking about Xingyiquan, it health benefits and the possibility of me training it again. It is a very good book and I do recommend it, it has its bits that are good to know about, but if you have read many books on Xingyiquan you will see things you have read before.
I have been standing in Santi Shi, but not doing any xingyi stepping because of my knee and this long recovery process. I have been working on Yang Taijiquan, but it is not easy with the new knee just yet.
Today I decided to try Xingyiquan stepping just to see how it feels with the knee. Much to my surprise, it is easier to do xingyi footwork (Chicken step) than the footwork (cat walk) with Yang Taijiquan. Of course the Xingyiqaun is not to speed or full power, but I was surprised it was easier than taijiquan.
Don’t get me wrong, it is not comfortable with the knee, but it is more comfortable than Yang has been.
I think I will see where this goes.
Also Note that what Tom Bisio is does is Shanxi style and I have trained mostly Hebei and a bit of Shang (basically a subset of Hebei) and Wudang
Hebei Santi Shi
Shanxi Santi Shi