The practice of Meihuaquan is to achieve a higher understanding of the 'Three Internal Coordinations',(neisanhe). These coordinations refer to training mind and intention (Xin and Yi), intention and internal energy (Yi and Qi), and internal energy and strength (Qi and Li). Once these skills are learned, a student will have the highest level of Meihuaquan for use in practical fighting situations. This system will make your fist and footwork move too fast to be clearly seen in any combat situation, and once you've mastered it, you will have reached a profound stage of understanding where your internal energy, mind and body are now unified as one.
Meihuaquan is an ancient style and has many different branches throughout it's history, therefore it is also famous for having as many as eighteen different, and at times unusual weapons, incorporated in to the art. One of the common and most practical of these weapons is the Meihua Staff, a longer range weapon which has many different methods of attack, such as striking and thrusting, and a well rounded defensive structure, capable of defending both blunt and edged weapons. Other advantages of learning the Meihua Staff include learning how to direct power from the legs up through the waist, to teach grounding and coordination.
Meihuaquan Pile Standing is the practice of the five key elements of Meihuaquan training. The stake stances are left-right symmetrical postures (Zhang Bu), which are: Da Shi (big stance), Shun Shi (fluent stance), Ao Shi (twisted stance), Xiao Shi (small stance), and lastly, Bai Shi (falling stance). These five stances are based on the theory of the generation and restriction of the five elements; Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, Earth respectively. Whilst stake stances should remain as motionless as a mountain, the theory of alternating Yin and Yang is that the moving steps should flow like the waves of a river in a never ending stream.
Meihuaquan - 'Plum Blossom Fist'
Meihuaquan has over one thousand years of history. Traditionally it was passed down from father to son, from son to grandson, only through male line, thus maintaining the authenticity of the teaching. Due to these reasons, although this style was well known and highly regarded even from ancient times as an effective battlefield art, the system only began to spread throughout China at the end of Ming dynasty.
Basic skills of Meihuaquan include fist techniques, leg techniques, waist techniques and footwork, however the key element of Meihuaquan is characterised by five static positions intermixed with dynamic motion, consisting of light and rapid footwork and large flowing movements. With simple expansive posture and built-in poise, the art of Meihuaquan releases and strengthens the flow of internal energy to expand concentration of the mind. The basic training methods of Meihuaquan are simple and strong, yet relaxed and highly adaptable. Due to the intense nature of the training and the emphasis on understanding the correct postures to maximise internal Qi circulation, Meihuaquan will be one of the last styles you will learn as a part of the Wu Xing Dao curriculum.
Meihuaquan Staff Training