We are happy to announce that Chinatown Internal Arts will be hosting Master Luo de Xiu for the 6th time in October.

This year Master Luo will be covering:

Xing-yi chuan- 5 elements fist forms & application

Gao Baguazhang- Post heaven wind trigram 8 elbow forms & application

See descriptions below!

Master Luo De Xiu of Taipei, Taiwan, is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in the Chinese Internal Arts. Master Luo has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching for over 35 years. He received his fundamental training from Zhang Zhun-Feng's student, the renowned Xing-yi & Bagua master Hong Yi-Xiang. Later, he went on to study with many of Zhang's other students, including master Liu Qian of the renowned Sun Xikun branch of Ba Gua Zhang.  Master Luo De Xiu has been giving seminars worldwide on Xing-yi Chuan, Bagua Zhang, Tai Ji Chuan, as well as various methods of Qi-gong since 1993.


Master Luo's years of personal practice, research into the theory, and teachings of the internal arts, as well as his experience in many full-contact competitions; gives him the ability to explain internal theory, proper body mechanics, health benefits and fighting theory in a way that is clear and easy to understand to people of all levels.  Through working with various students both home and abroad, master Luo has developed a practical approach and teaching methodology to clearly develop one’s personal skill and practice of the Chinese Internal Arts through this seminar format.

Having trained with Master Luo since 2005 him at his various US workshops for the past thirteen years. I have always  found training with him inspiring, profound, and really fun! After decades of practice and teaching, he remains a very energetic, enthusiastic, and open teacher. He is a treasure trove of martial arts experience, and very good at giving the individual student insight on key components of the art which the student may not have considered in previous training.  This is a rare opportunity to train with him, and experience instruction from an exceptional practitioner!

As in all previous years, participating in his workshops have been highly instructive, inspiring, and extremely enjoyable!

Due to his extremely demanding teaching schedule, Master Luo will only be joining us to teach for 2 days this year.

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to train with this highly respected teacher and practitioner!


Saturday October 20,11:30AM - 5:30PM:

Xing-yi Chuan Five Elements, supplementary training exercises and martial applications

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Xing-yi Chuan is a martial art characterized by relaxed, yet powerful whole body movements, and the implementation of economical angles of attack and counter attack in application. It offers the meditative benefits found in other internal arts while maintaining a strong martial emphasis that is not always seen in those arts.

The central practice of xing-yi chuan are the 5 Element Fist Forms. These consist of short form sequences which contain all the fundamental postural requirements, footwork, and fighting strategies found within the system.

Xing yi places a strong emphasis on the quality of the execution of fundamental movements over the memorization of complicated forms found in many martial arts, which although may be beneficial and beautiful to watch, are challenging to comprehend and learn. The five element forms are simple to learn and remember, yet are arguably just as profound as those found in other martial arts.

For students of the internal martial arts of Bagua or Tai Ji, who have some difficulty understanding the frequently misunderstood principles behind these arts, learning Xing-yi chuan’s 5 element fist forms is an excellent way to see parallels within one's own art. Grasping these principles allows you to fill in gaps of information and improve your overall comprehension of body mechanics, power generation, and martial application.

For students who have a background in harder style martial arts, the method of xing-yi chuan is an easier way to learn and understand how to practically apply the often misunderstood martial applications of the internal arts. The emphasis upon relaxed body movement, clear distribution of weight during transitions, and obvious martial intent expressed through practical combative application developed while maintaining a calm mind, will be useful to you in your own martial art and will be of benefit further down the road should you want to continue your training into BaguaZhang, Tai Ji Chuan, or Xing Yi Chuan.

Xing-yi Chuan is an excellent choice for beginners looking for a martial art based on leverage, body mechanics, improvements in strength and flexibility, as well as practical skills to defend yourself. In addition, it can be effectively practiced as one matures, and will also improve with practice over time.

Master Luo will be teaching the 5 elements fist forms consisting of splitting, drilling, crushing, pounding, and crossing, along with their individual supplementary training methods and martial applications.

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Master Luo De Xiu began his martial arts training in 1968, with Shaolin Kung Fu, and then In 1971 he went on to train in the Tang Shou Tao school of Master Hong yi-Hsiang. Master Hong yI-Hsiang was a highly regarded teacher and practitioner of the three main internal arts of Xing-yi Chuan, Bagua Zhang, and Tai Ji Chuan, as well as having a strong background in Shaolin and Judo. During the 1950's and 1960's, he founded the Tang Shou Tao method, using the commonalities of Xing-yi, Bagua Zhang and Tai Ji Chuan in practice and application. At the foundational level of training this method was the practice of Xing-yi. Master Hong Yi Xiang strongly believed  that learning Xing-yi Chuan's five elements was the best way to develop the subtle body mechanics and whole body integrated power emphasized in all three internal martial arts. Master Hong felt that regardless of a student’s stylistic preference, they needed to learn to develop internal body mechanics at an obvious level: in other words, through clean and direct lines of movement that expressed obvious martial intent, before they could truly understand the more subtle levels of refined skill associated with Bagua Zhang, and Tai Ji chuan.

 As a testament to his teachings, The Tang Shou Tao method become well known throughout Taiwan because of its clear and practical training methodology, and produced some of the most dominant full contact competitors in the Taiwan tournament scene from the 1960's through the early 80's.

 Luo De Xiu is considered one of Master Hong’s best students in the school’s history. A highly regarded Master in his own right, and in addition to his own extensive personal experience as a tournament competitor and champion, he has worked with competitors teaching them how to adapt and implement the principles of the internal martial arts into the realm of mixed martial arts. In addition to teaching the classical five elements, Master Luo will be sharing some of these training methods from the past and present.

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Sunday October 21 11:30-5:30

巽八式 Xun gua-Post Heaven Wind trigram Eight Postures

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 Bagua Zhang Hou Tien

Consisting of 64 short individual forms sequences divided into 8 sets of 8 short forms, similar to the five elements of Xing-yi Chuan, the Post-heaven (hou tien) palms are a critical component for understanding Bagua zhang as a martial art. Although the circle walking forms contain the essence of Bagua, the straight line Post-heaven palms clarify the  martial usage, which is challenging to decipher with the circle walking forms alone.

 In order to help the student understand the sophisticated body mechanics found within Bagua, the Post-heaven sets are initially trained in large lengthened positions, which develop flexibility, strength, stable postures, and allow the student to feel how to coordinate the body to move as an integrated whole more easily. 

The Xun line of Post Heaven Bagua teaches the application of elbow techniques to strike pressure points and to lock joints in close quarter combat.

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Although historically renowned for the usage of palm striking techniques, Bagua Zhang makes extensive use of the elbows in martial application. Used in the correct ranges as a striking tool in self defense, the elbows have several advantages over other ways of striking. Unlike punching, which requires considerable conditioning, correct wrist and body alignment, and accurate targeting upon impact to be used effectively, you are far less likely to injure yourself with an elbow strike. The hardness of the elbow allows for hitting with considerable force: the tip of an elbow is far stronger than any knuckle and far less likely to break on impact. The elbow is strong enough to hit bony targets, and therefore suitable in joint locking techniques, and there is no need to concern yourself with injuring your wrist through incorrect alignment, or hitting a solid target. You can maintain your defensive guard the entire time you’re striking with elbows and still employ other strikes as well when it is executed correctly. In addition, when you understand how to throw elbow strikes correctly, it is much easier to learn how to use your your whole body as leverage in other strikes such as punches, open hand strikes, and knees.

Master Luo will be covering the 8 individual elbow forms and their application, which include; lifting, winding, sinking, upward piercing, horizontal twisting, filing, folding, and drilling.

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About Luo Dexiu

Luo Dexiu  of Taipei, Taiwan, world renowned Internal Martial Arts instructor  entered the Tang Shou Tao (唐手道) school of Master Hong Yixiang (洪懿祥) in 1971. Master Hong Yixiang himself gained worldwide attention when he was featured  as the first teacher in the chapter The Not-so-little-Elephant, in Robert Smith’s seminal classic book, Chinese Boxing Masters and Methods. When Luo began his study of the Internal Martial Arts,  he initially devoted himself to the practice of Xingyiquan with an emphasis on tournament competition. and later went on to become one of Master Hong Yixiang's best fighters, who all known to be among the most successful tournament competitors of the full-contact Taiwan scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s. As Luo matured in his skills, and frequently encountered opponent’s who were much larger than him, he became intrigued with Bagua zhang’s deceptively indirect strategy which was well suited in handling opponents of larger size. Bagua Zhang was at the core of the skills taught by Hong Yixiang, having been passed directly from Zhang Junfeng(張俊峰), who trained under Gao Yisheng (高義盛), a master in the Cheng Tinghua (程廷華) branch of Baguazhang. Zhang Junfeng had brought the Gao style of Baguazhang to Taiwan. Luo Dexiu studied Gao style Baguazhang with Hong Yixiang, and sought out many of Zhang's other students as well, including Hong Yixiang's brothers Hong Yiwen (洪懿文) and Hong Yimian (洪懿棉). Luo went on continued his research of Baguazhang with Liu Qian, an early student of  the renown Xing-yi and Bagua Master Sun Xikun.

In 1983 Luo appeared in the BBC's “Way of the Warrior” martial art series, demonstrating Bagua Zhang. He then came into wide attention in the west in the early 1990’s when he appeared in a series of  featured articles in the seminal Chinese Internal Martial Arts Publication, The Pakua Chang Journal. In 1993, along with his student Tim Cartmell, who acted as translator and demonstration partner, he started teaching a popular series of Xing-yi-chuan and Bagua Zhang seminars in the USA.  He shortly after appeared in the instructional l series The Principles of BaGua Zhang Fighting, and Gao Style BaGua: Practice and Application.

In 2004 he appeared in the book, Nei Jia Quan: Internal Martial Arts Teachers of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang by Jess O'Brien

Luo Dexiu continues to hold worldwide  seminar tours annually on Gao style Baguazhang, Hebei Xingyiquan, Tai Ji Quan, and health related practices  throughout America, Europe, and the Middle East. He can still be found instructing classes in Taipei, Taiwan.