The power of Yi Chuan (I-Chuan) is very real and applicable to any martial art style. Increase your power and effectiveness of your art through the study of the minds intention (intent).
Traditionally, in most martial styles, the student or practitioner will first learn fixed forms, and then the applications of the movements in those forms. However, it usually takes a long time to develop true combat fighting ability with this approach.
A student or practitioner may perfect a set of movements which looks good, but still have little, if any, combat fighting ability. Yi Chuan (I-Chuan) is a much more direct method and gets to the heart of the relationships created in combat by stressing the appropriate utilization of space and gravity through the integrity of the body structure. The attention is not on movements or techniques, which are secondary, but rather, on their essence in terms of rooting, internal energy ("Qi") development, centering, balancing, and expressing true explosive power.
The art is very "true" to the practitioner in that accomplishments are directly proportional to the time and effort put into the practice. Knowledge and understanding take precedence over size or brute force. The sooner that students let go of their opinions and conformed rational, the quicker they will see results.
History of I-Chuan
Grandmaster Wang Sheng Chai was born in 1885 in Sum County, Hopei Province. He began to study Hsing Yi Chuan (I-Chuan) from the famous Master Kuo Yun Shun. As a diligent learner, Wang earned the respect and attention of his teacher and was able to dedicate himself fully to learning both the theory and practicality of this form of kung fu.
Grandmaster Wang spent sum time at the Shaolin Temple which was very significant to the future establishment of Yi Chuan (I-Chuan). In the mid 1920's he took his experience and founded Yi Chuan; this crystallization of his kung fu knowledge into Yi Chuan (I-Chuan) being truly a revolutionary event. In the summer of 1940, in praise of Grandmaster Wang and his Yi Chuan (I-Chuan) Kung fu, his fellow practitioners and teachers began calling Yi Chuan (I-Chuan) by the name "Da Cheng Chuan" (Grand Achievement Fist). While he was somewhat embarrassed by this, since he believed that learning has no limits, Master Wang accepted this new name for his art. In the 1940's Wang Sheng Chai began to express his martial arts viewpoints in Peking newspapers. Besides discussing Yi Chuan (I-Chuan) characteristics, he invited people to come test his abilities. Many martial artists challenged but never defeated him. Among those that visited, many eventually became his humble students and friends.