Xingyi quan is a rich and complex system. Once a solid foundation has been built through the consistent practice of the Xingyi basics, the Five elements, Lianhuan Quan, the paired form and the Xingyi Animal sets, the student can then explore the nuances of the style through various advanced training techniques. The two man form, Ah Shen Pao (stable body pounding), is generally use as an introduction to Xingyi free sparring. The student can also continue to explore different aspects of the style by learning additional forms such as the Ba Shi Gong.
When a Xingyi student has reached a high level of understanding through the training of sequences, he will then start to learn how to apply the techniques in a fight. Before the actual sparring training, however, he will usually learn prearranged fighting sets. These are designed to give the student a feel for real fighting situations. They teach him to keep a safe distance from the opponent, and how to execute timely and accurate techniques. Only after a student has practiced many fighting sets will he have built up the natural reactions which are necessary in a fight, and only then will he become involved in sparring without prearranged techniques.
An Shen Pao is a well-known Xingyi fighting set. It will help you to understand the strategy, principles, and theory of Xingyi fighting, and it will also familiarize you with how the techniques are set up. The final goal of the training is to build up correct natural reactions.
The Eight Characters are movements from the Xingyi form of Ba Shi Gong.
Zhan "Chop" or "Sever"
Pi Quan - Splitting Fist
Zuan Quan - Drilling Fist
Heng Quan - Crossing Fist
Beng Quan - Crushing Fist
Yan Xing - Swallow Form
Pao Quan - Pounding Fist
Tuo Xing - Water Lizard
She Xing - Snake Form.
Xingyiquan is conservative with it's forms. Most of them are short, some having only two or three movements. Like any martial art, the amount of forms will vary depending on the style and family.
Each of the animal styles of Xingyi often have several different forms also. There may be for example, three different horse forms taught by a teacher.
The following is a brief list of some of the additional forms of Xingyi. Most likely any one system isn't going to have all these forms. Once again, it depends on the style and teacher teaching it. This list is by no means all inclusive.
Niu Pu Pi - "Pi Quan with oblique step"
Fan Pi - "Overturned Pi Quan"
Niu Pu Fan Pi - "Overturned Pi Quan with oblique step"
Niu Pu Zuan - "Zuan Quan with oblique step"
Niu Pu Beng - "Crushing Fist with oblique step"
Mu Yum Pao Quan - "Cloud Hands Pounding Fist"
Tong Tien Pao Quan - "Pounding Fist Up to the Sky"
Dou Ji Xing - "Fighting Chicken Form"
Ji Xing Si Ba - "Four Seizes of Chicken Form"
Mao Shi Le - "Cat Washes Face"
Wu Hua Pao - "Five Flower Pounding"
He Yi - "Uniting Into One"
Ji Xing Si Ba - "Chicken Form Four Grasping"
Liu He Quan - "Six Combinations Form"
Wu Shou - "Five Hands"
Ba Zi Gong - "Eight Characters Method"
Ba Shi - "Eight Postures"
Shuang Ba Shi - "Double Eight Postures"
Xingyi Shi San Shi - "Xingyi Thirteen Postures"
Ji Gang Ba Shi - "Budda's Warrior Eight Forms"
Long Xing Ba Shi - "Dragon Style Eight Forms"
Shi Er Lian Quan - "Twelve Linked Fists"
Shi Er Hong Chui - "Twelve Red Hammers"
Zhou Tao Huan - "Nine Linked Set"
Wu Xing Pao Chui - "Five Element Pounding Fist"
Wu Hua Pao - "Five Flowers Cannon"
Wu Xing Liu Shi - "Five Elements Six Postures"
Yan Shou - "Covering Hand"
Xiong Xiang - "Image of the Bear".