The Yi Chuan Method

Yi Chuan is a martial arts style founded by Grandmaster Wang Sheng Chai in the early 1900’s after studying and testing his skill with some of the most famous Kung Fu masters in China.  Yi Chuan is also known as Yi Quan, Dachengquan, or I Chuan/Quan.

My wife Sabrina, Master Cheuk Fung and I with Mr. Ian Fok, Chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association

Yi Chuan is often translated  to “Intention Fist” or “Mind Fist” because its methodology is rooted in the mind’s natural ability to unify one’s strength towards an intended purpose.  Yi Chuan practice is a study and cultivation of one’s self, a way to understand how intent directs life energy to transform dynamically into physical action, movement and power.

Yi Chuan practice helps to develop oneness, whole-body, six surfaces or “Hunyuan” strength.  I like to call it “Integrated Strength” as the method requires muscular strength to act in concert with structural strength, the elastic strength of bones and connective tissues and the inertial strength of mass in motion.

The path of Yi Chuan is not an easy one.  Many of its practices seem strange until their purpose is correctly ascertained.  Moreover, achieving success in the art requires confronting and overcoming well ingrained beliefs in how one’s own body works.

My teacher, Master Cheuk Fung, has studied martial arts since childhood.  Like Grandmaster Wang his knowledge and insight into Chinese Kung Fu has been achieved from distilling many styles of martial arts into their essence.  Known internationally for his explosive power and lightening hands he has gifted his students with an extraordinary method of cultivation rooted in ancient wisdom yet accessible to the modern mind.

I currently reside near Guildford, in London’s southwest.  I offer private lessons, small group classes as well as live practice sessions and consultations on-line.  Please contact me if you are interested in learning or developing your practice.

-Steve Ehrenreich