心意六合拳        Xin Yi Liu He Quan (XYLHQ)

Xin Yi Liu He Quan (XYLHQ) is said to have originated in the Chinese military from the famous general Yue Fei in the 12th century. It is the oldest of the three internal arts of the Nei Jia Quan (Xingyi, Taichi & Bagua). Historically, XYLHQ has been a secret tradition of the Muslim Hui community which was brought to Shanghai at the turn of the 20th century and taught openly for the first time by Lu Song Gao. Lu was a famous martial artist with several accounts of his high level of skill.

Prior to this, the art had been considered a form of Jiao Men Quan (教門拳) or spiritual boxing and was a closely guarded secret not taught outside of the community.  

Xin Yi Liu He Quan literally means to integrate the heart and mind through the six harmonies. The Xin is the heart/mind responsible for consciousness. Yi is intention. Six harmonies is a metaphor for the coordination/unification of the parts that leads to an integrated and powerful body that is the hallmark of the practice.