Xing Yi quán is classified as one of the internal styles of Chinese martial arts. The name of the art translates approximately to "Form-Intention Fist", or "Shape-Will Fist". Xing Yi is characterized by relatively forward linear movements and explosive power.
Tai chi, short for T'ai chi ch'üan or Tàijí quán, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training, its health benefits and meditation. The term taiji is a Chinese cosmological concept for the flux of yin and yang, and 'quan' means fist.
Bāguà zhǎng literally means "eight trigram palm," referring to the trigrams of the I Ching. The practice of circle walking is the characteristic method of stance and movement training. Students begin learning proper stepping and posture before moving to more complex forms.