Hsing-I Chuan or “mind boxing” was created by a famous General of the Sung Dynasty, Yueh Fei, about 1500 years ago. Having learned Pachi Chuan himself he wanted to teach his troops this powerful sytle. Realising that the movements of Pachi Chuan were not designed for armies of solidiers with heavy armor, General Yueh modified the techniques to better fit his men. This way he created Hsing-I Chuan. With a foundation in Pachi Chuan, this system became direct, powerful and elegant in its simplicity.
The basics of this style were developed by using the five elements and twelve animals.