12 Animals Xingyi Staff & Spear: Xingyi is an internal style of Chinese Martial Arts akin to Tai Chi and Bagua. It is based on the five elements so that each element is expressed as a characteristic combat technique. These elements are combined to form twelve more techniques that emulate the fighting skills of the animals. Xingyi is still implemented by modern military and police for combat training. It is also very popular for health cultivation since its guiding five element theory is parallel to that of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
This unique Xingyi form is for long pole weapons. The staff is a long tapered staff, sometimes referred to as a rattail staff. The spear is very similar in design, only a spearhead and tassel have been added to the weapon. 5 Element Xingyi Staff & Spear is the first form. 12 Animals Xingyi Staff & Spear is the second form.
Xingyi Staff & Spear is demonstrated by Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang, Master Helen Liang, Master Tony Chen and Master He Tao. Together, these masters break down all the movements into easy-to-learn lessons and basic line drills (Xingyi linking sequences), as well as reveal the applications for combat.