Grandmaster Ma Zhendai: Xingyi Eight Methods (xingyi bashi形意八式)
Xingyi is another major internal art akin to Tai Chi, attributed to Grandmaster Ji Jike of the early Qing Dynasty. Based on traditional Chinese five element theory, Xingyi is popular as a military and police training method as well as a practice for longevity cultivation that creates inner peace. The Xingyi Eight Methods is a concise program for the study and practice of Xingyi.
Grandmaster Ma Zhendai was born in 1907 in Chongqing City of Sichuan Province, China. He studied martial arts from childhood and rose to become one of China’s greatest masters. He is an important representative of Sichuan Xingyi.
The Legendary Grandmasters of China series showcases many of the leading elder grandmasters of China. The footage was collected from 1983 to 1986 during China’s National Martial Arts Survey. When the department in charge of this survey was shut down by the government, much of the data was lost. Fortunately, some footage was recovered and has been re-mastered to include new lesson material. Each form demonstrated by the Grandmasters is broken down for instructional purposes by leading contemporary practitioners of these styles. TC Media is proud to present these historic videos in order to preserve the legacy of these extraordinary Grandmasters.