I-Liq Chuan

I-Liq Chuan / Zen Tai Chi

I-Liq Chuan, or Mind-Body Fist, is a martial art based on Tai Chi and Zen principles. I-Liq Chuan training focuses on developing mindfulness as the foundation for skill in the art. Mindfulness training is used to unify the mind and body, improve balance, develop body awareness, and cultivate relaxed body movement. Depending on the practitioner, I-Liq Chuan can be trained for martial proficiency, health purposes, and as a method of Zen mindfulness practice.

Originally a family art of the Chin family in Malaysia, I-Liq Chuan was not taught publicly until 1976 when Grandmaster Chin Lik Keong established the Malaysia I-Liq Chuan Association. The exact origins of the family art were not recorded, but the art has strong influences from Lee Style (from Sifu Lee Sum), Phoenix Eye, and Liew Mun Pai (nomadic clan art, sometimes also referred to as Feng Yang Lu Yi or Hsing-I PaKua). Grandmaster Chin Lik Keong formalized the Chin family art under the name I-Liq Chuan and began teaching the art publicly in Malaysis. His son Master Sam F.S. Chin further codified the system and continues teaching I-Liq Chuan in the United States and internationally.

I-Liq Chuan training includes a set of 15 basic exercises and two forms meant to teach natural body mechanics and mind-body unification. The solo training also incorporates breathing and qigong practice which lower stress and improve health. Partner training is used to expand the practitioner's awareness outward to harmonize with an opponent. The spinning and sticky hands partner training is used both as mindfulness training and the foundation for martial proficiency.

I-Liq Chuan 21 Form performed by Master Sam F.S. Chin

I-Liq Chuan ButterFly Form performed by Master Sam F.S. Chin