Simple Mission :
This site is to serve the interests and
needs for accurate data regarding the Chinese Internal Martial arts exercise: commonly named Liu He Ba Fa Chuan,
[ Cantonese: LokHop PatFat ], or by a longer, somewhat revealing names, as: HuaYue-XiYi-Men + xinyi-LiuHeBaFa-,
華嶽希夷門 心意六合八法; or tersely as LHBF in abbrevation,
and its associated principles and forms.
Note: there are longer and alternative versions of this exercise still being taught ]
It is not limited to usual published stock of stories offered without much thought to their veracity or lack of supportive
prima facia evidence.
Peripherally linked data is also given to consider the subjects context and historical timeline and if or if any linkage had
The LHBF exercise is often now called 'water-style' boxing, [ 水拳 shui-chuan ] which is
incorrect historically, but can be said to be true as an objective principle; the term water boxing has also
been used for marketing and for personal interests. This has resulted in an altered use and meaning of this word-principle.
Most 'teachers' cannot demonstrate this flowing within LHBF.
The LHBF exercise has often been renamed due to redesign by some teachers with the objective of simplifying its' name to the
general public as Hua-shan Tai-Chi- or as Hua-Yue Tai-Chi- [ 華嶽太極拳
]. Correct in intent.
The exercise can also be monikered as the adjunction of the various names given by recent teachers: a ' Mt. Hua-derived Chen-Tuan
sect' 希夷門 coupled with the 'central ideas of two teaching verses, the 6-coupled harmonies and the 8-methods'
Note: the association with Mt.Hua or with Song Dynasty Court Taoist Chen Tuan is considered both a myth and
perhaps also a confusion of phonetically similar names or a mispoke description 'from Hua Shan' rather than 'around that area
of Hua Shan'; or that he was also called Chen Bo meaning of Bo Village; this has also occured for other somewhat related martial
exercises. The activities of the Xi-Yi-Sect are not those of Taoist Chen Tuan.There are many layers of cross-confusions.]
Contemporary styles often have elements of Yi-chuan 'intuition' boxing as set down by reknowned teacher-founder Wang Xiang-zhai;
notable among the yi-chuan enhanced LHBF is
Zhu-ji Chuan 基.築拳 and
Pan Yan Flow -LHBF, 潘炎流 六合八法拳 created
by teacher Pan Yan Liu 潘炎流 .
Prototypes or 'other' versions of LHBF :
There appears also to be prototypes or 'other' versions of LHBF [ not clearly called
as such ] prior to its first public teaching in Shanghai and its later academic teaching in Nanjing. These differ in number [ 96-form or 104-form series ] or due to provincial
locations, Shandong and Henan. [ both 96-and104 form styles continue to be taught ], and also do appear to differ
from the now standard 66-form Nanjing series in form series and intent. Some notable teachers have even expelled students
for their interest in them.
Some teachers have also sought to emphasize its potential
health giving aspects,
Yuan Tong Ba Fa ( 元通八法 ) or to include or simplify with qi-gong principles
Some teacher have also found or created 'Mt. Hua' qigong [chi-kung] exercises which
become packaged with their LHBF exercise.
There also exists strong evidence that a First Song Dynasty period martial
the notable military general and Emperor Tai zu..its' .methodologies
and principles later a part of Shaolin exercises...and later
still, a part of later Chen Village boxing's development ...to form what is now called [or should be called ] a
proto-tai-chi-principled exercise; this has been substantiated; this seems also a part of the now called LiuHe BaFa. This explantation requires some acceptance of an exercises 'division'
into known Shaolin and non-Shaolin tracks whose differences made them adaptable to internal martial arts principles before
the name 'tai chi' boxing exercise was used.
Although this site discusses LHBF, its' true interest is in the concept of
> change, equilibrium, and balance,
> flow within a dynamical system,
> continuity, and evolution...
Water is usually taken
as a metaphor for this: thus the moniker water'-boxing; this is not reserved to only LHBF, but to older styles and also to
concept of 'tao' or literally, a traverse,
a way, a course, or a path or a track [without being intermeshed with philosophical dogmas of 'taoism'.
is born in water, intrinsically it understands its' fluidity and its' dynamic connection to 'spirit' and to 'source'.
As in ancient times, we also use these feelings and ideas in our name title :waterspirit; we also use
them separately as a 'water' style and 'spirit' style kinesthetics, energetics exercise.
The addended numbers
-6x8, or 6-by-8, that I have chosen, are a
reference to a simple and basic set of ideas codified as a teaching aid by the Chinese, called the Liu-He-Ba-Fa verses, thesix-harmonys [combinations]
and the eight-methods [standards]. Thus, when brought together, we have the title of this website and its
guiding tenets: water+spirit+6x8.
The origins of these verses is questionable,
as all Chinese martial arts utilize them. The numerics chosen and the style were a trait of the Song Dynasty but this does
not fix them as from the Song period.
title for this teaching would be : Intuitive-water-spirit-standard-method or Integral-knowing-intuitive-feeling orPsi-Force
Awareness Skill. All are and would be modern ways of identifying and describing them. Proven methods of intuitive intellegence are used that you
can be assured of as correct to a 'standard'; its' skills goes beyond intuition.
practice, the exercises taught here in are a reengergizing experience, a 'qi-gong' [chi-kung ]; they
can also be fulfilling as a spirit-renewing endeavor, a 'shen-gong' for medical-health improving/ balancing, and
if wished, applied to preserving and defending life as it was in ancient times; this application has been often called martial.
The martial methods are inherently limited
by physical and hyper-physical teaching, practice methods; a step up would be intuitive; a next step would be noetic, which
the Chinese call ling shu, or ling-gong, 'empty' force way.
Martial art is not an 'art', it is a skill; military
action is a serious affair, requiring a 'heart of stone' and a 'mind-sword'; it is not in anyway an exercise of boxing
or competition. This is why, at this website, we will will not discuss this aspect with this as a goal. We will
only discuss the potential of your intrinsic-dynamics and your spirit-force. Martial art is a low level application that will
only result in impeding yourself; it is skill attenuating. It can be easily shown that spirit- or qi-inspired practitioners
easily outlive martial-practitioners. It can also be shown that noetic or psi-force exercise guides skill development better.