I Liq Chuan is a style of Kung Fu based solely on physical sensitivity and sensorial mind awareness. It does not develop techniques for dealing with particular situations; which just create another habit. Through the learning process, (which is merely to recognize and realize, not to accumulate or imitate) the student begins to understand how “mental and physical” affect each other and starts to develop the skill to unify and coordinate them. The student needs to recognize the six physical points and three mental factors in the training system. You train through the process of understanding your muscular movement, body structure (skeletal, ligaments and tendons, incorporating chi (energy) and your mental process. Relaxation is an essential component of the art. Relaxation contains the process of looseness, softness, elasticity, and fa jing (issuing power). As soon as an I Liq Chuan practitioner touches an opponent’s hands or body, he can feel instantly where the opponent’s weight and center of gravity is and what strike or technique the opponent is going to use. Ultimately, the I Liq Chuan practitioner is able to sense the opponent’s intention without contact, through awareness. He can redirect the force and use it against the opponent or incorporate the use of fa jing (energy release strikes) depending on the threat level.
It is the mind that leads and the body that follows. When you are trying to move your opponent, first lead his mind before you move his body. By trying to move your opponent with brute force alone his body feels heavy and you have to exert a lot of energy. The mind has neither weight nor volume. If the art of leading the mind is mastered, a woman or a child can easily defeat a large powerful man. By leading your opponent’s mind, he leads his own body movement. He defeats himself.