The origins of I Liq Chuan is the cumulation of centuries of secret Hakka martial arts (‘Kung Fu or Kuntao’).

In their travels and migrations in historical China, they developed many fighting arts to protect themselves. These arts are not taught to other Chinese peoples and are handed down within a family or clan. It is from these arts that I Liq Chuan traces its roots. One of these arts is ‘Fung Yang’. ‘Fung’ refers to the male of a Chinese mythical bird. It is supposed to have five colors and represents the coming of peace and prosperity. It also represents justice, obedience and fidelity. The appearance of the ‘Fung’ signifies the appearance of good deeds. ‘Yang’ refers to ‘bright’ ‘shiny’ ‘illuminating’ and of course, man. Thus, the art can be translated as the ‘luminous man who brings justice’. It is an art based on internal strength, fa jing, hand grabbing, sticky hands and chin na. Other Hakka arts that have influenced the creation of I Liq Chuan include Fung Ngan (“the Eye of the Phoenix”) – a lethal dim mak art using the index knuckle to strike at meridian points. This part of the art is taught at higher levels of I Liq Chuan.


I-Liq Chuan is a martial art that emphasizes the development of internal power through mental practice and awareness. It is based on the principles of non-assertion, non-resistance, harmony of yin and yang, one-ness and being in present moment.

Students are taught the art through philosophy and a series of exercises in order to learn to sense and regulate the inner energy flow (Chi). Practising this art benefits the whole nervous and intrinsic systems which facilitates total control, harmony and awareness to the mind and body. By understanding the affinity (yin and yang) of the body, recognizing the limits of the structure, the movement in each of the three dimensional planes of cycles, the student transforms this inner energy into internal power, accumulating Chi which propels the fitting natural body movements. I Liq Chuan develops better awareness of your strength, its limits, and the abilities for self-defense.

The training develops sticking and merging abilities, circular spiral energy, Chin Na, F’a Jing, Chi Kung, and most importantly, integration of the mind’s complete awareness in the present moment be it in daily life or any situation. The inner feel is cultivated first, and then the appropriate external movement is merely an expression of the developed inner feel. Practitioners of I Liq Chuan integrate this art into their daily lives to maintain their awareness by not hurting themselves or others. The cultivation of awareness reveals the nature of everything. Thus, the student understands cause and effect in life and has the ability to maintain the right understanding in all situations. Right mindfulness is the mental state of being neutral, formless, and in the present. It is a state (Wu Ji) of being emotionless and unattached to but being aware of the physical world.