Cross-Training: Hun Yuan Unified Chi Palm

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Hun Yuan, is a concept and an exercise that is also  a separate school of teaching and/ or a principle addended upon or within an existing martial exercise. The named Hun Yuan Yi Chi Chuang [ original unified chi palm] has been merged with the Hong Kong 'LHBF' by teachers desiring improvement over conservatism.  This teaching was not part of LiuHe BaFa exercise-system of Nanking.  
   Thus, for this amended -LHBF-curriculum, there are at least five (5) known links and crossovers: the 'water-style' to the LiuHe BaFa, the hun-yuan one-chi 'spiral-pulse', the tai-chi 'waving', the Lu Hung 8-strategies [which distinguishes Nanjing LHBF from earlier fluid waterstyle ] and the Yi Quan stepping and standing. A case could also be made for an actual linking of the Chao Family Ruler Standards.
Disambiguous :
Yuan=Hun Yuan Chuan-boxing   混元拳   
Yi Jie Hun Yuan Gong   一杰混元功  - Circular-Undifferentiated Force
Hun Yuan Yi Chi Chang,  Huan-Yuan I-Qi Zhang, unified force palm.
混元一氣功  <=> 混元一炁掌 [ 混元一气 ]
[ Note: variation of 'chi' ...a character within alchemy; this is better description ( than the ordinary ) appears on most Chinese websites.  ]
Abbreviations : WYYHC, WCYHG [ based on Cantonese ]
Alternates:  先元 一氣掌 'Wun Yuen Yat Hei Cheung'
References :
"Hun Yuan Taijiquan as a Legacy of Chinese Culture a philosopher of the Song Dynasty Zhou Dun Yi, ... often teaches: "the essence of Hun Yuan Taijiquan is ... Xiu Xin` (correcting the heart) and `Wu De` (martial way)    http://www.taijichinesemedicine.com/legacy.htm

Form Names- Huan Yuan One Force Palm series

Hun Yuan unified one-chi--Palm  混元一炁掌
Lineage :
<0>a self-styled Hong Kong 'taoist priest' named Ho Tim, He Tan 何譚
or He Yu-tan 何于譚 [also 何道長  He Tao-chang, He dao-zhang ]
whose teachers are unknown, ...[he only knew of a 'water-style' boxing from Shanghai] taught:
<1>LHBF teacher Lu Zhi-yuan [ Lo Chi-wan ] 盧志雲 [ 卢志云 ] 1964-66
<1>LHBF teacher Li Chung [John]  李忠
<1> David Chan, Chan Chung-lam 
<2> JR Rodriquiez IV
<1> LHBF teacher Connie Coleho  高玉華  Gao Yu-hua  [Koh Yoke Wah]
<2> Gary Koh, 高 洪柱 Gao Hong-zhu

Taoist He Tan [ Ho Tim ]
Teacher of Hun Yuan Yi Chi Palm Boxing

According to an interview in 2007 between Eric Matheson of Denmark and Lo Chi Wun, both Msr. Lo and Li thought that an advancement could be made on the LHBF by understanding the principles of the Hun Yuan one-chi principles.

'While Msr. Lo Chi Wan was teaching LHBF in the Botanical Gardens in Hong Kong, an elderly man named Lee Cheung Wah befriended him. Msr. Lee commented that Lo Chi Wan's LHBF was good but still lacking. My master asked for instuctions and on trying out with Lee, my master acknowledged Lee's skill and went on to study Wun Yuen Yat Hei Cheung from Lee.  Wun Yuen Yat Hei Cheung from Lee  is divided into 64 sections ...and is much more intricate than LHBF. There is little known about Wun Yuen.

"Master Lo was told by Lee that this art was only known by himself and his elder brother who lives in China, and as far as he is aware, no one else knows this art. The reason he taught master Lo was that his elder brother ask him to find someone suitable and pass the art on so that it will not be lost as the elder brother said he will not pass it on in China.

Briefly, it was around 1917, a man called Sung Sai Wai from Ng Toi Shan [Mt. Ng-Toi], Shensi Province taught the Lee family namely, Lee Chun Yee {uncle} and the nephews, Lee Cheong Wing and Lee Cheing Wah. The WYYHC was created by Ngai Bak Yeung and Chui Chi around 206 BC. Ngai and Chui are the senior disciples of  Lao Tse, the taoist sage who lived during the Han Dynasty. Master Lo said that it has been the general opinion that all soft internal martial art forms sprung from the internal exercises taught by this sage.' [Comment: this is only speculation.]

Lu Zhi-yuan with teacher Ho Tan
Hun Yuan Unified Chi Palm Exercise

Msrs- Lu Zhi-yuan and Chen Yik-yan
Led to merging of HK-LHBF and HunYuan One-Chi Palm

Photo of my Liu He Ba Fa grandmaster practicing his sword form at a temple where he resides. Connie Coelho.
Wun Cheun Yut Hay Geun(Cantonese) WCYHG: Taoist Single-Circle Palm:

'Let me introduce myself. My name is Cornelius Coelho born January 1941. Father of Portuguese origin and mother Chinese. At age 15,   I studied Choy Lay Fut under master Lee Chau. From the mid sixties to the present time I have continuosly taught Liu He Ba Fa. With the martial art concepts of LHBF I have successfully trained students to enter into full combat Kung Fu / Kickboxing/ Boxing competitions in Hong Kong and Australia and internationally with some success. In the late seventies I was the national coach for the Hong Kong Boxing Assn.  Due to health reasons I studied LHBF under master Lo Chi Wun in 1967 and also a rare Taoist martial art called Wun Yuen Yat Hei Cheung. Since gaining my health back I have decided to fully commit myself to perfecting the LHBF and the WYYHC and also sharing my knowledge with others. I migrated to Australia in 1985, joined the Australian Chinese Kung Fu Assn. in 1986 and was elected President in 1988.

From: "Cornelius Coelho" <cornelius.coelho@opc.nsw.gov.au>
To: "
'waterspirit6x8@yahoo.com'" <waterspirit6x8@yahoo.com>
Subject: FW:   Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 10:00:02 +1000
> Hillary Stanley,  Mathys Australia Pty Ltd
> Tel: +61 (02) 8303 3018,  Fax: +61 (02) 8303 3096
> Email:
Master Connie Coelho learned LHBF and Wun Cheun Yut Hay Geun (Cantonese)WCYHG, which pre-dates LHBF from a Taosit Priest, Master Lo Che-Yuen, in Hong Kong ...after he was injured from Competiiton in Thailand and Singapore  (He was known as one of the 5 Tigers of Choy Lay Fat) He was taught LHBF, WCYHG and TCM to both heal himself and to strengthen himself after he got injured.  I hadn't even finished mastering LHBF so he never mentioned WCYHG to me. WCYHG, of which I have a Video, is more than twice as long as LHBF, more intricate, flowing and powerful. Even Connie says that he has never met or heard of any one who knows of WCYHG.  He immigrated to Sydney, Australia back in 1980's and has continued to teach there. He is a true master of the Martial Arts as he has mastered the art, applied the Martial principles and is able to generate real power

I am sure you are thinking that the above is too good to be true. Bear with me and check it out. You may be surprised. In the meantime, I am still looking for some who may have also studied from Master Lo Che-Yuen  who may have immigrated to Canada or the US.

Wun Yuen is a unique style of Taoist Internal Martial Art founded by Ngai Bak Yeung and Chiu Chi, the senior disciples of LO TZE, during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). The training involves meditation, Chi Gung exercises and the Wun Yuen Set of Forms which are divided into two halves. The first half involves more hand and palm techniques and the second half emphasize more on the leg techniques. Through doing the exercises correctly, one can develop peace of mind and better blood circulation, resulting in achieving a healthy mind and body. The purpose of the exercises are to attain the Six Unions namely :

  • Body and Heart (Mind)
  • Heart (Mind) and Intention
  • Intention and Breath (Chi)
  • Breath (Chi) and Spirit (Spirit as emanating in the eyes and aura of a great warrior
  • Spirit and Movements
  • Movements and Void (i.e. After having achieved the Five Unions, you have to forget focusing on the Five Unions when effecting a Strike or Movement).

When the Six Unions are achieved the focusing on the co-ordination of Body/Heart/Intention/Chi/Spirit are no longer required in order to deliver an effective striking technique. To achieve the Sixth Union (this is the final stage) the practitioner must train the Buttock Muscles to manipulate the movement of the arms when doing the Form Set or striking techniques without having to use the top body muscles. The Buttock Muscles are trained to a stage where without thought or focus the arms are automatically manipulated to effect a striking technique or movement. At this stage the Sixth Union is successfully completed.

The successful joining of the Six Unions will improve health and martial art effectiveness. At this stage when you deliver a technique in self-defense, the movement is so relaxed and effortless that it helps to conserve your energy. It also makes the technique faster and more explosive and does not telegraph your intention to make a Strike. Although there is no focus in delivering a powerful strike, because of the joining of the Six Unions, the Strike will automatically encompass the Five Unions without having to focus on it. Any focus, no matter how little will automatically make the body and arms tensed and any strike or technique with focus will result in:-

  • Telegraphing the intention to strike
  • Slows down the strike
  • The strike is less explosive
  • Use excessive Chi
  • Disturbs the Breathing rhythm
  • Put a strain on the Internal Organs

   The above factors besides lessening ones effectiveness in Martial Art, is also detrimental to ones health and well-being.
To achieve the Six Unions the practitioner must perform the following exercises preferably daily in order to have good results :-

  • Standing Meditation (Minimum 1 hour; this will help cultivate the Chi and strengthen the internal organs)
  • Chi Gung exercises (repeat each exercise 9 times) ensures it is done slowly using the Buttock Muscles. This is very important, as the exercises will train the Buttock Muscles to move the arms in different angles and directions. Through constant practice the practitioner will be able to deliver a technique or movement using the Buttock Muscles automatically without having to focus on the Buttock Muscles. The exercises also help cultivate the Chi and strengthen the internal organs. Chi Gung exercises actually are certain movements, extracted from the Wun Yuen Form for people who only wanted to cultivate the Chi and the internal organs to improve their health.
  • Practising the Wun Yuen Form using the buttock muscles throughout to manipulate the arms. One can describe the Wun Yuen Set as a whole series of Chi Gung exercises. The set is designed to improve the performance of the Buttock Muscles, cultivate the Chi and strengthen the internal organ.
  • Ensure that the above exercises are practised without focus or intention especially the meditation and Chi Gung exercises. Keep in mind, focusing and intention when doing the exercises will stress the internal organs and disturbs the Breath.