Xing Yi Quan Tu Na Si Ba

The Four Breathing Forms of Master Li Gui Chang

by Song Zhi Yong with Tom Bisio

Xing Yi Quan Tu Na Si Ba

Xing Yi Quan Tu Na Si Ba

The Four Breathing Forms of Master Li Gui Chang

by Song Zhi Yong with Tom Bisio

Published Sep 15, 2014
168 Pages
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Healing / Energy (Qigong, Reiki, Polarity)


Book Details

Tu Na Si Ba - The "Secret" Breathing Methods of Xing Yi Quan

Chinese-English Edition with link to online video of Tu Na Si Ba performed by Master Song Zhi Yong .

In this unique book, Song Zhi Yong, a senior disciple of Li Gui Chang, reveals the formerly "secret" foundational training which is the key to Master Li's Xing Yi Quan: - Tu Na Si Ba (Four Essential Breathing Forms) - San Ti Shi (Three Body Posture Training).

In Northern China and in Shanxi Province, the purported birthplace of Xing Yi Quan, Master Li Gui Chang is a legendary figure in the world of martial arts. Few practitioners have approached Master Li's achievements in Tai Ji Quan and Xing Yi Quan. Li studied Xing Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang with the great Dong Xiu Sheng and Tai Ji Quan with Liu Dong Han.

Li Gui Chang's expression of Xing Yi Quan is sometimes referred to as the Xing Yi "Body Method," because of its emphasis on subtle internal body actions and internally sensing Qi and Jin. Hence, it is completely congruent with Daoist Yang Sheng (nourishing life) practices.

Tu Na Si Ba was traditionally only taught to senior disciples, and has never before been written about in English or Chinese. Tu Na literally means "spit out" (Tu) and "receive" or "accept" (Na). In both martial and Daoist practices, Tu Na refers to breathing exercises associated with self-cultivation.

When practicing the gentle, slow movements of Tu Na Si Ba, one effectively "breathes out the old and takes in the new" (Tu Gu Na Xing). This combination of inner-directed movement and breathing builds up Qi in the body, while simultaneously strengthening the tendons and bones. Every aspect of Tu Na Si Ba directly connects to the spirit, internal mechanics and martial techniques of Xing Yi Quan.

The practice of Tu Na Si Ba is particularly critical to understanding and developing skill in San Ti Shi and Pi Quan (Splitting Fist), the core practices of Xing Yi Quan.

The final section of this book presents San Ti Shi, the fixed standing (Zhan Zhuang) practice unique to Xing Yi Quan. One of the key training methods, but perhaps the least understood, the practice of San Ti Shi allows one to actualize the body's intrinsic, instinctual energy and to connect with the Original Spirit (Yuan Shen).


About the Author

Song Zhi Yong with Tom Bisio

About the Author: Master Song Zhi Yong is a senior disciple of Master Li Gui Chang. He teaches Xing Yi Quan and Tai Ji Quan in Taiyuan, China. This book is the product of a collaboration with Tom Bisio, Valerie Ghent, Huang Guo Qi, and Internal Arts International. He is the founder of New York Internal Arts and Internal Arts International ( and co-founder of Zheng Gu Tui Na (

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