LiuHeMen (Six Harmonies Kungfu)
A branch of Yue style Shaolin Kungfu.
Combining soft and hard, internal and external techniques.
LiuHe is based on the combination of the six harmonies.
Externally cultivate hands, eyes and body.
Foot corresponds to Hand,
Elbow corresponds to Knee,
Shoulder corresponds to Hip.
Internally cultivate essence, energy and spirit.
Mind leads Intent,
Intent leads Blood,
Blood leads Qi.
LiuHe training develops an ideal state of health,
protecting and increasing the body's energy,
allowing one to master the art of self defence and retaliation.
This leads to a superior level of martial arts skill,
total freedom of movement,
a healthy body and a long life.
Eyes go with the mind,
Mind goes with the Qi,
Qi goes with the Body,
Body goes with the Hands,
Hands go with the Feet,
Feet go with the Hips.
LiuHe movements are firm, forceful, steady and precise.
The head moves like an inquisitive ghost,
the chest sinks in defence and extends in attack.
The body floats, sinks and soars,
jumps like a cat and dodges like a dog,
rolls like a rabbit and turns like an eagle.
When one part moves, Every part moves.
When one part is still, Every part is still.
Move when the opponent moves, Move like an avalanche.
Grandmaster Wan Lai Sheng initially trained LiuHeMen under
Zhao Xin Zhou later progressing into ZiRanMen training under Du Xin Wu.
He later constructed a curriculum of LiuHeMen forms
he felt most appropriate for developing skills as a martial artist.
So in this way, Wan Lai Sheng's LiuHeMen curriculum could be seen as the foundation for the study of contemporary ZiRanMen.
Grandmaster Wan Lai Sheng once said:
All Kungfu requires a deep understanding of the principles of LiuHe.
Without this deep understanding, ones Kungfu will not be solid.
LiuHeMen training consists of strength and flexibility training,
internal and external training;
Encompassing the body, the mind and the spirit (SanBao).
Through the study of Shaolin LiuHeMen forms and applications,
one can successfully apply these techniques in physical combat.
Specific forms (TaoLu) traditionally taught within the
LiuHe-ZiRanMen curriculum are:
LiuHeMen Empty Hand Sets
Wu Bu Quan - Five Stance Fist
Ying Yong Quan - Basic Fist
Liu He Dui Lian - Six Harmony Two Man Fighting Set
Da Liu He Quan - Six Harmony Fist
Hei Hu Quan - Black Tiger Fist
Qing Long Quan - Green Dragon Fist
Zi Mu Lian Huan Quan - Mother and Son Interlocking Fist
Jian Hua Tai Ji Quan - Simplified Taiji Fist
Zhang San Feng Tai Ji Quan - WuDang Taiji Fist
LiuHeMen Weapon Sets
Feng Huang Jin Chi Dan Dao - Golden Phoenix Single Wing Saber
Ba Xian Jian - Eight Immortals Straight Sword
Ying Yong Gun – Basic Staff
Jiu Zhou Gun – Nine Province Staff
Liu He Qiang – Six Harmony Spear