Internal Martial Arts
Freestyle Internal Martial Arts is a modernized and refined combination of empty-hand and weapons practice that seeks to combine the essential principles from pre-existing traditional Chinese Internal Boxing methods and combative strategies, and update these approaches with contemporary applications. Freestyle Internal Martial Arts has its foundations in Xingyiquan, Xinyiliuhequan and Baguazhang, with additional complementary skills drawn from the wrestling and grappling methods of Shuai Jiao. Alongside existing striking, qin-na and takedown methods, our training includes a strong focus on stand-up grappling and throwing, with some ground-fighting and submission grappling in order to arrive at a more contemporary and complete art form. Our Freestyle approach also encourages the practitioner to explore and employ their own unique forms of self-expression through their training journey. Freestyle Internal Martial Arts does not seek to separate itself from the genuine classical schools of the Chinese combative Internal Arts. Rather, it is a continuation that pursues evolution and refinement of its traditional roots whilst remaining congruent to the original spirit of these arts .
Students have the option of choosing to develop their foundational training in the traditions of baguazhang or xingyiquan (or both) before refining their own unique approach through the freestyle advanced training process. The Freestyle practitioner is one who actively develops the classical principles with contemporary understanding and fresh input, in order to develop a unique, individualized approach to the traditional arts. Our aim is to preserve what is valuable whilst humbly seeking to inject new life into tried and true methods.
At its core Freestyle Internal Martial Arts takes the original fundamental, essential combative and strengthening skills of the internal schools of Baguazhang and Xingyiquan as its heart, whilst simultaneously liberating and refining the classical methods to meet the spirit of contemporary study of the martial arts.