Sun Lu Tang Hsing I Chuan
The three major schools of Hsing I Ch'uan are Honan, Shansi, and Hopei. Sun style Hsing I Ch'uan was developed by Sun Lu Tang, who learned the Hopei style from Guo Yun Shen. Hence, Sun Style is an outgrowth of the Hopei school, many consider Sun Lu Tang to be the highest level master of Hopei style Hsing I Ch'uan that has ever lived.
The Hsing I Ch'uan taught at EBM is authentic Sun style. The core of the training in Hsing I Ch'uan are the Five Elements:
Pi Ch'uan (splitting fist)
Tsun Ch'uan (drilling fist)
Bong Ch'uan (crushing fist)
Pao Ch'uan (pounding fist)
Heng Ch'uan (crossing fist)
The Five Elements are the foundation of Hsing I Ch'uan and this cannot be emphasized enough. After one has reached proficiency in the five elements, the next two forms are "fighting forms" which are done with a partner. The first fighting form utilizes three elements done in sequence, the next utilizes all five elements, these develop the techniques into practical application. The next solo forms are:
Lien Huan (linking five elements)
Pat Sik (eight methods)
Following the linking forms are the twelve animal forms:
Bear and Eagle
Following the twelve animals, is the twelve animals linking (Chop Sik Choy) form which develops the ability to link different techniques together in various ways. The final fighting set is the "fighting animal two man form" (En Tsan Pao) which is the essential form for developing real Hsing I fighting ability.
The final aspect of Hsing I training is the Hsing I two handed sword. Since the Hsing I sword is much like the Japanese samurai sword, it is possible that the Hsing I style of swordsmanship is the true origin of the samurai style. The sword is practiced in a similar fashion to the five elements. There are five forms to the Hsing I sword, as well as countless two person fighting forms.