IMA and LHBF :
Firstly it should be said that forms and martial techniques between almost all Chinese martial arts
are almost identical. Thus Shaolin forms can be found basically in non-Shaolin forms. In reverse, there are notable
that are absorbed into the study sets of Shaolin..and thereafter are known by the same name, but with 'Shaolin' prefixed;
this topic needs better differentiation.
Secondly, there is a practice to separate styles due to vanities; which still results in the often
heard 'we do that one too'.
Specifically, LHBF is 'odd' in comparison to the usual '3-IMA' internal martial arts [there are more
if we proceed with this definition ]. Simple to say that LHBF is somewhat opposite or backwards to the usually seen series
of Tai-Chi-, Xing-Yi-, or of Ba-Gua-. Too often, students who later become teachers tend to rely on what they already
know to interpret LHBF and this results in striking applications.
As I have had three teachers, each also knowing Yi-chuan, mind-intuitive boxing, each had a different take
on LHBF; one was also adept at a differing 'water' boxing, and another would differentiale it with WingChun which he was fond
Addending to points of view, I can utilize my knowledge of Kuang-ping, an earlier version of Yang Family
Tai-chi- and also the fundamentals as supported by the Cheng Man-ching Yang Tai-chi-. Although most have attempted to
compare current Ba-gua-exercises with LHBF, to myself, this is misleading as qi-aikido-would be a better fit.