Yon Ch'uan Martial Arts

Tradition is that the principles of Yon Ch'uan (Soft Fist) Chinese Internal Martial Arts was created by Chen Hsi-I (pronounced Chin-Hee), from the Hwa Shan mountain range during the early part of the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD). Yon Ch'uan is an ancient Chinese martial art health care science. It comprises more than 500 sequenced, rounded, graceful, powerfully balanced movement patterns. Yon Ch'uan Martial Arts incorporates many of the best principles of both Internal and External martial arts styles. The art was first named, "Lop Hop Pak Fat (Liou He Ba Fah or Liu Ho Pa Fa), which means "Six Combinations and Eight Methods."

You will enjoy the state of optimal health and well-being derived from one of the oldest martial arts self-defense systems in the world as taught by: Missionary/Pastor 9th Degree Black Belt, Robert F. Xavier, Lineage Holder, with over 40 years experience. Each class provide a wonderful Christian social exchange, with personalized instruction that produces the very best results.

John Chung Li

Grand Master John Chung Li

Under the teaching of the late Grand Master John Chung Li, the art was known as Hwa-Yu Tai- Chi Ch'uan. Master Li named it for the mountain range where the art originated. He often showed his students the many impressive martial art applications but always emphasized correct posturing and movement principles to enhance the many health care benefits.

John Li was an internationally renowned Martial Arts Grand Master who was tremendously skilled in the worlds three major Internal martial arts systems. Master Li taught the health care science of the advanced exercises of both "Hwa-Yu Tai-Chi" and the "One Yin Circle Palm Internal Art" to many university students in the United States, including Yale, Harvard, MIT, Boston University and the New England Medical Center. Master Li taught more than 900 seriously committed students while he lived in the United States including Master Instructor Robert Xavier.

Grand Master Xavier is one of only a few privileged students to receive certification from Master Li in both the Internal health care benefits of Hwa-Yu Tai- Chi Ch'uan and Yon Ch'uan Martial Arts and the more than 500 elite Internal movement vocabulary of the Yon Ch'uan self-defense system formerly known as Lop Hop Pak Fat. Master Li gave the lineage of Yon Ch'uan Martial Arts to Master Robert Xavier shortly before his death. Master Li died in 1982. Master Xavier is the Chief Instructor and Lineage Holder of Yon Ch'uan Martial Arts and Hwa-Yu Tai-Chi Ch'uan with Headquarters in Bradenton, Florida.

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Robert Xavier

Grandmaster Robert Xavier



Yon Ch'uan Martial Arts Curriculum
15 Animal Kung Fu
Hwa-Yu Tai-Chi
Push Hands
Routing Exercises
Martial Arts Weapons

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