About I-Liq Chuan

Overview


I-Liq Chuan (ILC) is an internal Chinese martial art based on principles of Zen (禪) and tai chi (太極). I-Liq Chuan (意力拳) literally translates to "mind body boxing." It is called the martial art of awareness because of its emphasis on the Zen concept of mindfulness as the path to developing martial skill. Mindfulness is used as the tool to develop body awareness and to unify the body and mind such that relaxed, natural body mechanics can be readily applied.

Training encompasses two stages: unifying the self and unifying with a partner/opponent. Initially, training focuses more on the unification of the self via solo exercises and the 21 and butterfly forms to develop the foundation of body awareness and an understanding of basic body mechanics. As the ILC practitioner gains more proficiency in maintaining body unity, progressively more partner exercises (spinning and sticky hands drills) are incorporated into training to develop an ability to harmonize with an opponent.

History


I-Liq Chuan originated in Malaysia and was the family art of the Chin family. The founder of the art, Grandmaster Chin Lik-Keong (曾力強), studied several martial arts. The three arts with the largest influence on the development of ILC were Lee style (Sifu Lee Kam Chow), Phoenix Eye, and Feng Yang Lu Yi. The last art is sometimes also referred to as Lu Yie Pa Kua, Hsing-I Pa Kua, or Liew Mun Pai (nomadic clan art); this nomadic art was originally a hidden art meant for protection on the open roads and not taught openly.

During his research, the grandmaster dissolved the arts he previously learned into basic movements in accordance with the nature of the human structure. He coalesced his research into a new style. The new art was sufficiently distinct that he was uncomfortable with classifying it under any of the previous arts. Instead, the grandmaster chose to name the art I-Liq Chuan.

Grandmaster Chin Lik Keong formed the Malaysian I-Liq Chuan association in 1976 and has been teaching the art in Malaysia. He passed the art on to his son, Master Sam F.S. Chin, who now lives in New York and graciously shares the art with practitioners in the U.S. and internationally.