George Xu Declares His System

George XuIn his typical forthright manner, George Xu has declared his own system of martial arts: “Ling Kong Shen Shi Men” (also the name of his new DVD set). The description of this concept is a little too sophisticated to try and squeeze into this post, but suffice it to say that this is a step beyond even such concepts as Fa Jin.

And, in fact, it doesn’t effectively couple with Fa Jin, in the sense that you cannot practice both at the same time. In this two-disk set , Xu shows a bunch of exercises of pure relaxed actions that fill a space but do not restrict the spontaneous upsurge of variation. To my eyes, he looks to be carving out a “qi space” and then occupying it. This all dovetails with the second disk, an hour-plus lecture explaining what he has created which, according to report, is a profound exploration of those states outside the normal skills.

This is not some funny trick of lighting a gum wrapper with your qi. It is more about re-framing the spirit to a very high pitch and point. If anyone in his generation can accomplish this, we think George Xu is one of the best bets.

And while we are on the subject of getting to the heart of real Kung Fu…

We just got notice that Shifu Adam Hsu’s new 4-disk entry in his Bagua series–this one on the Eight Changing Palms–is coming soon! This recent series is as close to having a teacher in your living room as you are likely to see.

The DVD is still about a month out, but check this space for updates. And, of course, if you would like to be notified when it arrives, click here.

3 Responses to “George Xu Declares His System”

  1. Thomas Kiefer says:

    Is this offering by Sifu Xu a kind of neigong or qigong training? Or is it a unique martial style of sorts (kind of like Yi Quan, a summation of all his knowledge)? In other words, is this work something that can be used by a practitioner of any Chinese Martial Art (external, internal or both), or is it its own thing? Also, how advanced is this? It seems clear that it’s not for beginners, that’s for sure, at least from what bits I know about pre-/post-birth levels of practice.

    My apologies for so many questions–it looks like a wonderful title. Thank you, TK

  2. Plum Staff says:

    There are many psychic states associated with learning martial arts. We know, for instance, that warriors can be cool, but also clever, determined, etc. Most of these states we consider to be developed often in a random way, in someone’s martial career.

    What George Xu has done is develop a series of exercises that raise you to some, even further, states, creating something like a comparison between the strategy of a private vs. the strategy of a general. These advanced states are subtle in both their acquisition and their maintenance, requiring at least intermediate skills to even think of apprehending them. For instance, just one state, which he calls predation, is an example of looking at your opponent as a tiger would, instead of how a martial opponent would.

    This DVD set might be an example of those rare times where you are either at that point of appreciation, or not—only you can know where you are in your training and if you feel ready to take this next, possibly vulnerable, step. One DVD is Xu’s lecture presenting his thoughts on the topic—quite intriguing; in the other, Xu introduces some almost amorphous and undisciplined movement designed to enable this transition.

    One might say it’s just the next step in what George Xu has been developing almost his entire life: a better way to teach undefined methods.

  3. Thomas Kiefer says:

    Dear Plum Staff–
    Thanks you so much for this information–it is really helpful and enlightening. I’ll have to purchase the video to find out for myself, but the details sound related to some visualization excericises of YiQuan (found on your YiQuan VCDs –e.g., one, during the stake exercise, was roughly to imagine yourself as a mountain, with everyone else as tiny). The movements perhaps sound related to some of the more advanced material Erle Montaigue was doing with his “qi disruption” forms, but I could be wrong.
    Thanks again!
    Thomas K.

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