The Curriculum of Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan (Levels 1-8)

Curriculum of I Liq Chuan – Levels 1-4

Three Dimensions & Six Directions


“To understand the three dimensions, you must understand each plane in order to understand the sphere: how these relate as one sphere.”
~GM Sam Chin
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Level 1 & 2

Have you guys trained the movement to understand it enough yet?

You see, the basic exercises level one and basic two is all about

  • Absorb Project
  • Condense Expand
  • Three dimensions.

To understand the three dimensions, you must understand each plane of the three dimension in order to under the spherical: how these relate as one spherical.

That’s why the training of the 15 basic exercise has different dimensions, different planes: to understand the limit of each plane: to understand how each plane transforms into the another plane, so they can integrate into the three dimensions. three dimensions that we put it into the bobbing exercise and absorb-project, condense-expand, then into one big spherical energy: that itself is six energies and three dimensional planes.

With the six energies of three dimensions here we learn to make stepping, to move while still holding these six energy and three dimensions; we learn to step and learn to kick and learn to release of throwing the hands and you can punch. That’s why the first ten exercises are to get the core of the six  energies and three dimension. Then with that, you start to move: see if you can maintain the six energies and three dimensions. Actually that’s level one and level two.

Level 3

Because with the core, kicking and everything there, then we do it into the continuous movement with the 21 form, with six energies and three dimensions.

That’s why sometimes we call it a zhan zhuang movement, a “fullness” movement fullness form, a zhan zhuang form, like a standing posture form, because of the fullness, with-the action of continuity.To be able to understand to keep our attention with the action; to learn the continual movement of “yi dao, qi dao, li dao“; that means attention must be there, the energy must be there, then the movement.

That is level three. Then with that, what I mean is the level of three can go that high. Of course, there’s a minimal requirement, now what we grade you guys now is you understand the movement, you understand this and that, ok.

You have the minimum requirement to go ahead. Now you know: you have the syllabus this quality now, this criterion now to go higher. So every level now keeps on processing [advancing], keeps on going up.

Level 4

Then, in level four, with continuity and everything, and unifying, then you must have the coordination to produce power. That’s why we do the fajin exercise on level four: able to produce the power, alright.


GM Sam Chin shows a modified butterfly form in Moscow with explosive power May 2005

Curriculum of I Liq Chuan – Levels 5 & 6

Level 5 – Spinning Hands

I Liq Chuan Spinning Hands DVD
Spinning Hands DVD

In level five, you are training on point of contact, right. To see the point of contact that you are unifying with the opponent, but through unifying with the opponent there is a flow: flow, fend, roll and pivot. You must understand what is flow.

Flow is a process where you reach in to merge in to be with the opponent to maintain the present, to produce a fending force, a peng energy. A peng energy starts with meeting force: you start to meet on Point of Contact.

So attention must be there to really MEET the point of contact: meet the point of contact on contact until you see yourself as a cross.

A cross is a simplification of three dimensions: first start with cross.

With that cross, with that fullness, you bring that ball, like a three dimension ball you carry it along with you to go along the opponents point of contact, the changing point of contact: like you’re holding a ball to change the point of contact.

Holding the fullness, you’re holding the fullness to change the point of contact. So every point of contact has fullness itself. But of course you need to understand what is fullness, recognize what is fullness.

Then, with the fullness here, on the point of contact of fullness, you must be able to propel to produce the pull push energy from there. By understanding of fullness, then you start to pivot: changing the polarity to do the pull, to do the push. Hanging onto the center so that you can produce pull push by using the 3 dimensions: horizontal pull push, saggital pull push, frontal pull push. Right. That means flow, fend, roll, pivot on 5th level, but without stepping.

Curriculum of I Liq Chuan Level 6 & 7 

Level 6 – Range, Section, Footwork & Kicking

When it comes to level six, you hang onto that principle strong enough you must be so strong that your attention must be there so that when you start to step, start to kick, start to do all different exercises as you’re changing the center, so that these 4 (flow fend roll and pivot) can keep up: that you don’t lose these four qualities.

But before that, of course you have the “13 Points”, the “Five Mechanisms” there, so that you don’t lose these. Once you lose these that means, what makes you lose?

Because you drop back to habit. Normally, because you lose something, you’ve dropped back to a different habit or your mind has been disturbed by a different thought. So until you can hang onto these flow fend roll and pivot, these principles that action follow your action, how you move and do action here, you need to adjust the movement: to align to these principles.

When the principle tries to go off, you need to adjust yourself to keep that principle there; if you adjust yourself, that means you are moving to adjust. When you’re adjusting and moving yourself to keep that principle there, to hold there that means that action is right.

It’s not through thinking I should move this or I should move that, no more. It’s because I’m seeing this principle and I’m trying to maintain this principle that my actions have to adjust to this to maintain that. My actions have to support the principle.

When the action supports the principle, the action is correct. Understand?

So, if you can do this, that’s what I call “you cannot think any more”; the thinking process is less now, the habit is less now because you have to back up this principle.

So you can hang onto this principle now. You can hang onto this principle and reverse that: hanging onto that principle tells you what to do.

This means that the principle is a guideline no, it guards you and protects you now. So, in this sense. When you reach this point I say it’s “a point of no return”. It means you are starting to melt off your old habits already. That means the melting pot starts to melt all other things already: so now it’s only principle now.

All these transitions you need attention; the higher you go you need more attention. So slowly all things melt off. The training itself is that you must have the right understanding to approach. If it’s not, you can never, never understand. You can never be there.

Because you cannot think. Once you think and fall back into thinking you’re not with that principle enough. Understand. You guys follow me now?

Alright. That’s why we say when it comes to level six, its so hard. Because its “yes” or “no”, you cannot be “maybe”. You cannot maybe anymore.

Level five is like this: you cant maybe any more. Are you there or not there? If you’re not there, you’re not there. That kind of thing, you see. That’s why level one to level four, you’re still okay.

When it comes to level five, “Yes” or “No”. If you can’t produce the fullness, you can’t pivot, I can’t say you can, because you cannot: because you’re not there. Yes? You see.

When it comes to stepping in level six, with flow, fend, roll, and pivot. When you first start to step: OK every principle breaks off, so how can you say it’s “yes, it’s there”? Its not. No way it can be “yes.” Unless you keep on stepping and keep on moving and you still have that thing (attention/ connection) over there, then yes. Or no. Alright?

This is what I want to tell you guys you must understand: the curriculum, the criteria, because as students go further and higher, as an instructor what to see, what to grade, what to look into, what to train, how mental should be. Alright?

I talked up to here, up to level six.

Level 7 & 8 Sticky Hands

“You cannot control on defense; you can only control on offense.”
~GM Sam Chin
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Level 7 – Upper  Hand

There’s level seven, level eight. Each has its quality.

Level seven, because it’s flow. When it comes to flow same flow: flow means maintaining the point of contact, maintaining that you can keep the point.

Because sticky hands is to keep the point, that you can keep 90 degrees direct to the center for maximum to control and maximum to control is also maximum you can read. Anything that is direct, it’s the maximum information; if it slightly slides off, less information.

So you must be maximum there to get the flow, to change with change, to maintain over there.

There’s a flow. “Flow” with “fend”: because fending from here is not only building one ball of defense here; you must also have a shield, have a shield that the opponent cannot penetrate. Moving with a ball that they cannot penetrate because on here you must understand center-to-center: that means that you can meet his center, that means stop him. Stop him from hitting.

That means the movement turns into more precise now. Because you stop, you cut, you stop your opponent with fullness. If you want to control, you still need to control the point, but it’s more free action now.

Now, control: what is control?

Because fend is defense, so when it comes to control you must understand what is offense.

You cannot control on defense; you can only control on offense.

So, in order to control on offense, you must know where is the half line. On level five and Level six, you are still maintaining the defense of meeting: keep on meeting, meeting, meeting to see the relationship of the line from point to the feet and to all the centers: center to center and to all the centers, that’s still on level five and level six: keep on meeting, meeting. (But under Instructor Level 3 there’s something different; I’m not going to talk about that). But on level seven, under control, you must pass the half line to pass the offensive, so for your opponent to hit you, he must neutralize your offensive in order to get into you, so you must always be one step ahead to control. Alright.

Of that control, of course, you are sticking to the hand and also must understand all the centers themselves: center-to-center.

Flowing On Neutral – Part 4

Quarters and Cycles: Understanding the Straight and the Curve

With the centers reference then you understand the open close; the empty full; and the movement—the direction from the four quarters: how to move from which of the four quarters. There’s four quarters see: upper lower, left right—how this cycle turns and goes through which quarter to which quarter, so you can cut—understanding the straight line and the curve: like how you drive a car to make a corner: how you cut the line in order to be starting. No doubt it’s a curve but you want to make it straight. If it’s too straight, you want to curve.

So now today’s training, I’ll try to talk about FULLNESS point.

Fullness point is also one point; it has the highest point of meeting. Of the meeting point. Fullness you can say is how you meet; more like sometimes people will say it’s a fulcrum point; fulcrum point is a fullness point.

Why is it FULL?

Because this point is directly from the center. Directly from THIS center to meet on this center: to be one line 90 degree is a fullness point, it’s a highest point. Any ball, any circumference you touch, you say this is the highest—to where? To the center.  Because I touch it, it’s the highest…if I’m not touching these 2 sides are lower already: any point I touch is full…but if it’s without the reference to the center it’s wrong.

Because it’s the diameter line also. This fullness is also the fullness point that I touch. That means if my hand is this way and I touch this way—this is not the furthest—how to consider furthers? It means my circle comes from here: my fulcrum part is here… on point of contact. Because you have to adjust at this point of contact, this is not the furthest because my center is her; I need to adjust my c-7 back to here to adjust. 

If the point is here, then this is not the furthest. Understand? Unless I move the point or if I move myself behind it—if I move my mass behind it, then this point is also pointing at the opponent’s mass: that is the fullness in one line. You can say this is all physics. You can use science, math physics to explain this.

How are you going to train that?

It’s to maintain the fullness: to MAINTAIN the fullness so that everything adjusts to maintain this.  To maintain this—to be fullness, then fullness itself must have a quality: must have conditions to be full.

A center must have a condition to be a center. A center must have its own quality and properties to be a center that’s why a center must have left right up down forward back center is a junction point. FULLNESS? -the same.

It needs conditions to be the fullness and you need to maintain the conditions to keep the full. You must OBEY that. you can’t think that—no, you cannot. In a way, it means you have no thinking—if you think that means you relate back to your past and try to adjust that. NO—it’s based on meeting, reflecting direct. That you need to support this fullness. That’s why in Tao talks about if you can hold onto the circle with center—hold over there—everything will align over there. If you can hold over there. No other way. If you can’t, the conditions separate, the conditions are not formed, then the things aren’t formed. 

Everything is the same in life—with things happening. Everything’s the same. You need the condition.

Condition isn’t here, you can’t uphold something there—things will break down. In Zen, we say, if condition are there, things come by; if conditions is not there, they’ll fall apart. So, things come and go.

If you don’t recognize the condition things will not be maintained. You want to be clear, you must have the conditions. You want to be peaceful, you must have the conditions. Every has conditions—can your recon the conditions. That’s why we talk about cause and conditions. To see the conditions is not that easy. Normally we JUDGE on the condition, we don’t see the condition.  Even just to listen to this talk you need the condition to be able to listen or you think ‘ah, this is just rubbish.’

I Liq Chuan Knowing The Moment DVD

Official Statement by Grandmaster Sam F. S. Chin

To All Our Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan Family and Our Martial Arts Brothers and Sisters Worldwide, 

The Martial Way is a Living Way that cannot be contained, regulated, or defined by words. By living each day, one day at a time, moment by moment, all the elements of the Dao run into each other to produce a whole.

As a mountain lake is fed by thousands of springs, so too is life and its obstacles. Life, like the way, is perfect in its completeness. When collaborating with people I have found the best and worst will emerge in the time of personal/professional stress and pressure.

This is an appropriate moment to reflect on our  Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan principles and Chin Family culture and cultivation. We are inclusive rather than exclusive in our teaching. We ‘open heartedly’ teach and share our Art to all those who sincerely and earnestly wish to learn. In the ‘Chinese Martial Arts Community,’ there is a saying, 武术一族 “Martial Arts One Family.” Our tradition is united by a common love of training, self development and the transmission of skill through direct touch from teacher to student. We do not perceive other systems, instructors, or practitioners as competitors. We strive to be transparent in all our dealings.

The fastest way to lose the integrity of any Art is to have an Instructor or Student teach when he/she is not prepared, authorized, or qualified. I don’t want anyone to teach my family’s Art of Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan unless I can directly guide what they teach and how they teach it. I can then take responsibility for what is being taught, for the results produced, and the curriculum quality. I ask for each Disciple, Instructor, and Student to observe his/her personal integrity, and to support and add to the integrity of Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan. 

Our culture of Wu De i.e. Martial Virtue emphasizes the essential importance of recognizing and realizing the state Neutral and Balance in all situations. Following the path of Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan can and will create limitless power, by the utilization of harmony and wisdom. Please continue to stress the rigorous moral training and ethical code of Wu De. I am sure that on your Path through life you will find peace, harmony, and wisdom by following this code. 

“When debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” – Socrates

We Mirror, Meet, and Match in Order to Know – If you Recognize any vindictive or slanderous behavior stay neutral and aware – do not respond or retaliate.

Preserving the culture that has permeated Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan since it’s inception at Chuang Yen monastery nearly 30 years ago, we welcome everyone with open arms regardless of affiliation. Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan is not to be, and was never designed to be, reserved for one special group of people.

The Chin Family Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan system is open and available to everyone. 

We will continue to provide high quality training and support, offering access to any individual to receive instruction directly from myself, the Chin family, or our licensed instructors. 

Always continue with your current dedication and perseverance by following the Philosophy, Concepts, and Principles as taught by the Chin Family. This Spirit must continue to live with you through future generations of Zhong Xin Dao – I Liq Chuan. 

Sincerely, 
Grandmaster Sam F.S. Chin

 

Announcement Regarding Our Cooperation With EWTO

Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan students, instructors and friends:

For the last several years, the EWTO has been working under the guidance of GM Sam Chin and the Chin family, learning the fundamentals of the Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan curriculum and methods, initially to internalize their WingTsun, and also working under the tentative approval of the Chin family to manage and spread the art of Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan as a unique and complete martial arts program in specific countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Bulgaria and Italy through its participating EWTO locations and instructors on behalf of GM Sam Chin and the international CFILCA.

Recently, the EWTO announced that they will no longer be working with GM Sam Chin to help manage the Chin family art of Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan in their respective countries as appointed by the Chin family.

We understand that there may be some questions, and that many public posts and comments have already been made on social media regarding the situation.

GM Sam Chin will be making a detailed announcement soon. In the meantime we ask for all of our students and instructors to stand by for more information.

We appreciate all of your cooperation on this matter, and we wish our friends in the EWTO all the best moving forward.

Flowing On Neutral – Part 3

GM Sam Chin & M Alex Skalozub in Poland 2019

GM Sam Chin & M Alex Skalozub in Poland 2019

Q: can you explain the ex. In terms of the ones we did yesterday in relation to expansion/compression in relation to balance of yin yang…. the progression of the exercise?

Point of Contact Itself Manifests the Center and The Cross.

Here’s where the Basic Exercises come in: you must know the 2 groups of muscles first, and the bone first. That means you must understand the dan tien and ming-men: then that the whole body has only 2 lines: yin and yang. Here’s where the macrocosmic energy comes. If you’re not clear of your own body flow, then how can you manifest on point of contact?

When I touch it, because my body has this flow, I have a center—I have 2 lines—when I touch it on the point of contact, I already have a center, I already matched my line like negative and positive I connect already! Yes? I connect my positive and negative line to your line—so I move: I draw there; I expand there—but I need to hold onto the centers. If I can’t hold onto the centers, I can’t do that. So on the point of contact itself manifest this: it manifests the center and the cross.

With the hardware and the software. The hardware is because have 2 lines here; the software, under rotation I have under different planes.

Q: Can you explain more about hardware and software?

Hardware means it’s your body that yin is yin, yang is yang –can’t be changed.

Software, your action: my yin can do yang action, my yang can do yin action—and it changes on point of contact: how it manifests to engage. Movement is based on point of contact to engage—what do you mean by engaging?

Meeting like meeting or to hold, alright? To have close-close, open-open, or to get across the half line—this is all engaging: how you engage to balance, engage to penetrate, or engage to hold, to expand it as one.

Engagement is to connect. You must have the connect that kind of conditions in order to function. That means you must know what is the condition over there [at the point], and your move is only acting accordingly to what the point is engaging.

The engaging point: you could be using your yang to engage on me—and I feel your Yang. Or you could use your yin to engage on me—you are drawing. You need to recognize the conditions—and how to act according to those conditions. It’s all through these 2 lines: the yin line and the yang line—there’s only 2 lines.

Without the connecting of the centers you have no reference. That’s why we say “your knowing is based on what reference?” So the training is not much, but it will take years.

I Liq Chuan Knowing The Moment DVD

Q: on holding to rotation?

Sifu: first you must have the contact. If the contact here is too loose information and energy can’t transfer.

A lot things are between our joints—in order to generate power through our joints—the hip joint any joint, later on, you need to close up the gap—so you turn to close up the gap and then how to rotate to close so the energy transfers, or else you cannot

Q: because there’s play and you can’t get the reference?

Sifu: If it’s not closed, then even to turn into that direction, you cannot. If can’t be too loose – also can’t be too tight. Too tight that means the rotation of movement is not fluid, not smooth. Any questions?

So, we first move from rotation. Then we feel the point of contact on the center. Because with the rotation with the center that means it’s a circle which has a circle—when you move and circle with rotation, so these will combine together: rotation with a center, so you move on the center.

You will produce the circles also. Then on this rotation, on this circle, then the connecting on the point—how far you connect—if you first go to the shoulders—then you must have direct feedback from the centers first. If you don’t, it means you cannot.


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Quarters and Cycles: Understanding the Straight and the Curve

With the centers reference then you understand the open and close; the empty/full; and the movement—the direction from the four quarters: how to move from which of the four quarters.

There’s four quarters see: upper lower, left right—how this cycle turns and goes through which quarter to which quarter, so you can cut—understanding the straight line and the curve: like how you drive a car to make a corner: how you cut the line in order to be starting. No doubt it’s a curve but you want to make it straight. If it’s too straight, you want to curve.

Poland 2019 Retreat

Students display their new certificates of rank at the I Liq Chuan retreat in Poland

In November 2019, GM Sam Chin and Hsin Chin traveled together to Dwor Dobarz, Poland for a seven day training retreat.

Nearly forty students, representing many European countries all joined GM Chin and son for the full week, and weekend training. In total, eight countries were represented, including Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Netherlands, Croatia and the UK.

What did we learn?

“Every day was very important talk where Sifu also answers all questions. So philosophy, concept and principles was clarifying. At training with our body and with partner we covered: structure, basic exercises (we go deeper and deeper), 21 form, fajin, spinning and sticky hands ~Dima Siomau

Grading

11 students graded for their next levels in the Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan system from levels 1-4.  Congratulations to all on making it to the next step in your journey with I Liq Chuan!

Students display their new certificates of rank at the I Liq Chuan retreat in Poland

Outline

Each days training progressed as follows

Time/Date Monday

11 nov

Tuesday

12 nov

Wednesday

13 nov

Thursday

14 nov

Friday

15 nov

Saturday

16 nov

Sunday

17 nov

Monday

18 nov

8:00-9:00 Qigong & Meditation Qigong & Meditation Qigong & Meditation Qigong & Meditation Qigong & Meditation Qigong & Meditation Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Check out
10:00-13:00 Training Training Training Training Training Training
13:00-15:00 Lunch & Rest Lunch & Rest Lunch & Rest Lunch & Rest Lunch & Rest Lunch & Rest
15:00-18:00 Check in Training Training Training Training Training Training
18:00-19:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30-21:30 Sifu talk Self training Self training Self training Self training Examination Ending talk and feedback from participants

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event such a great success.  Your support is what makes it all possible.

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The I Liq Chuan Poem

意以导引非真非假只诠天下之至理
力则谐调非有非无以合时空之无常

To depict the ultimate principles of the universal laws of no truth, and no untruth state,

The mind should be observed with awareness.

To adapt to the vicissitude of time and space to no present and “no unpresent” state,

it’s force should be harmonized with awareness. 

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